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Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas 

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas


Was your Halloween awesome?

Ours was.


It was awesome. I’m exhausted.

So I’ll keep this short and sweet.

Vegetarian Quesadilla Recipe

Speaking of sweet… I can’t believe that I’m not in a sugar coma right now. I swear I’m worse than the children. I’ve been eating Halloween Candy alllllll day. Skittles. Reese’s Cups. Itty bitty pieces of Hershey’s Special Dark. Nerds. Evan just gave me a snack size Snickers bar. I didn’t need it. I ate it anyway, though.

Also I made you some Halloween colored food.

Because even though Halloween is over, and there is snow happening like 45 minutes from here, and all the stores decorated for Christmas the week before last, it’s still TECHNICALLY fall for at least another month.  So bear with me here.

Sweet potatoes. Black Beans. Four Kinds of Cheese. Sort of healthful and full of things that are vitamin-ey. You know. To help cancel out the candy.

I also added some fresh Serrano peppers to my sweet potatoes and black beans. They came off the plants that Chad is so completely obsessed with that he has made them a nice warm over-winter place right smack in the middle of our bathroom. And now Norma Jean thinks it’s a jungle in there.

These quesadillas are sorta spicy and sorta sweet and completely amazing. Just like our Halloween.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadilla Post

How cute are my little monsters?

Andrew has informed me that this was the last year he will be trick-or-treating.

He went out with a bang in Chad’s construction garb (he’s missing half his costume in this photo, also he’s making a weird face. But! He’s still cute).

And then we have Jack Skellington here… I love that every year he lets me turn his face into an art project.

Halloween is officially through. And I’m crashing pretty hard right now. Oh the things a sugar binge will do to you.

So let me share this recipe before I fall flat out on my keyboard.

Vegetarian Quesadilla Recipe
Yield: Serves 8

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas are vegetarian quesadillas made with sweet potato mash, black beans, queso fresco, and serrano peppers. Sweet, spicy, hearty, and healthy!


  • 8 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 baked medium to large sized sweet potatoes (if you’re in a hurry, microwave them!!), skins removed and flesh smashed smooth
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of black beans, drained and rinsed OR 2 cups cooked black beans
  • 2 cups of shredded cheese; I like a blend of sharp cheddar, Colby, and Monterey Jack
  • 1 cup Queso Fresco, crumbled
  • 4 Serrano peppers, sliced (remove the seeds or exclude the peppers entirely if you’re not into the heat)
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • salsa and sour cream for serving


  1. I like to use my pancake griddle for quesadillas; I heat it to 375 and I don’t use any oil. You can also use a large skillet, but my stove tends to burn flour tortillas pretty easily so I cook these at a lower temperature on the stove top, and I usually opt for a little bit of non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Spread 1/4 of the mashed sweet potato onto each of 4 of the flour tortillas. Place the tortillas onto the heated griddle or skillet.
  3. Sprinkle each with 1/4 of the black beans, 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese, and 1/4 cup of the crumbled queso fresco.
  4. sliced Serrano pepper gets evenly spaced across each and a healthy handful of the chopped cilantro on top of that.
  5. When the cheese looks nice and melty, place the top tortilla shell onto each quesadilla. Wait a minute for each quesadilla to fuse together and then flip them.
  6. Let the second side brown, remove to a cutting board, and let them rest for about a minute before cutting.
  7. Serve with salsa and sour cream.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 521Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 717mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 8gSugar: 3gProtein: 25g


Until next October 31st…

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Friday 29th of March 2013

Dear sweet potato black bean quesadillas,

I saw you as a 'recommended' story on Heather's page and I just have to say I remember you fondly, you are delicious and I just want you to know that we shall meet again very soon!!

Love, Michelle


Friday 2nd of November 2012

Ok I'm sitting here at my desk eating a Spicy Chick-fil-A sandwich on wholewheat and your Mom mentions your new recipe post. OMG! If I could just snap my fingers and turn my much loved sandwich into your quesadilla right would be good.

Sugar Dish

Friday 2nd of November 2012

Haha thanks! We made these 3 times, 3 different ways before I photographed and posted them, and the bottom line is that sweet potatoes are awesome on quesadillas. I do love a good waffle fry, though,

Chica Andaluza

Friday 2nd of November 2012

Love the quesadillas - could do with one right now! And the scary monsters look great :)

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