If you like fast, delicious, and cheap dinner ideas, then stop scrolling. This freezer-friendly recipe for sweet potato black bean quesadillas is for you!
Freezer-friendly, fast, cheap, allergy-friendly, and ideal for a pantry dump? Yep! This recipe checks ALL the boxes and then some. So, should we keep going with the buzzwords, or are you already starting to realize how fantastic these sweet potato black bean quesadillas are?!
If it sounds like a strange combination to you, we'll admit it is unusual, but don't worry. It is truly delicious and foolproof. Everyone that we've made it for loves it. The base is super simple and impossible to mess up. Are you intrigued? We're about to spill all the deets, so keep reading!
WHY WE LOVE BLACK BEAN QUESADILLAS
If we had the time, we'd write these quesadillas a love letter. They’re a breeze to whip up, and you can substitute virtually every ingredient with whatever you have on hand. This recipe will save you time and money because we bet you have all the ingredients you need!
They’re super easy to batch cook, which makes them a great freezer meal! And who doesn’t like the cheesy goodness of a quesadilla? These babies have the added benefit of wholesome veggies that your kids will be too busy to notice as they gobble down this delicious finger food.
If you're a busy mom, this one-dish wonder is a dream. We cook the sweet potatoes right in the microwave to save time. And that means it's a ONE-PAN meal. Yes, fewer dishes, too! Cue the happy dance.
TIPS FOR MAKING BLACK BEAN QUESADILLAS
Before you start cooking, we have a few tips and hints for you.
ALL ABOUT THE VEGGIES
You can chop the veggies however you like them. We like the texture of the bigger chunks of peppers and onions, so that's how we chop ours. If you have kiddos who might not like it, you can mask the flavor by dicing them into tiny pieces, so they are less noticeable! #MomHack
If you don't have all of the veggies, have no fear! These are easy to eyeball, and you can change the ratio of every vegetable around as long as there is enough sweet potato to hold it all together. You can substitute with whatever beans you have, like pinto or cannellini. Feel free to add in different veggies, like mushrooms or shredded carrot, and other spices to suit your taste! Clear out your fridge and your pantry, and feel free to dump it all in.
DON'T FORGET THE SPICES
The key to a delicious quesadilla is the spices, so don't skimp. If you're feeling brave, double the spices! We always add a bit more than the basic recipe calls for because we like bold flavors. These quesadillas have a great sweetness from the cinnamon and sweet potato with a bit of kick from the chili (if you add it). The melty gooeyness of the cheese should help to allay any fears that it “tastes too much like a vegetable,” as some of our kids might say.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH BLACK BEAN QUESADILLAS
This freezer-friendly recipe pairs well with a few fresh ingredients. Salsa, guacamole, and sour cream really elevate this black bean quesadilla recipe from a to-go snack or quick lunch to a delicious family dinner! Looking for some side dish options? Try these:
Enjoy mixing and matching toppings and do what your family loves! It's truly hard to mess this one up.
HOW TO FREEZE THE BLACK BEAN QUESADILLA MIXTURE
This is such a great freezer meal idea! However, we recommend only freezing the black bean quesadilla mixture, not the whole quesadilla. We only suggest freezing the whole quesadilla if you don’t mind the tortilla being very soft from microwaving. If you go that route and have time, then throw it in the pan to crisp up after defrosting.
EASH & DELISH SWEET POTATO BLACK BEAN QUESADILLAS
Ready for the easiest recipe ever?!
Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadilla Recipe
- Splash of cooking oil
- 1 onion
- 1 red pepper
- 1 green pepper
- 2 large sweet potatoes
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 can black beans, drained
- 1 Tbsp cumin
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp chili flakes Optional
- Shredded cheese
- Scrub the sweet potatoes and cook them in the microwave after pricking them repeatedly with a fork. Or you can peel, boil, and then mash them.
- While the sweet potatoes are cooking, chop the onion, red pepper, and green pepper.
- Sauté onion and peppers over medium heat with the garlic and oil. Add the sweet potato and mix.
- Add black beans and spices and mix together.
- Put a few spoonfuls of the sweet potato black bean mixture into the tortilla and add shredded cheese.
- Heat both sides of the quesadilla in a pan until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden brown.
- Serve with guacamole, salsa and sour cream; or all on their own.
Ok, there you have it! Are you as excited about these sweet potato black bean quesadillas as we are?!
Let us know how you like them in the comments!
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Chow for now!