This Recipe for Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas is So Dang Easy!

Jun 21, 2019 | Food, Recipes

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!

black bean and sweet potato quesadilla, from Fun Cheap or Free

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!


ingredients for quesadillas, from Fun Cheap or Free

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.


Before you start cooking, we have a few tips and hints for you.


cooking diced veggies in fry pan, from Fun Cheap or Free

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.


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.


black bean quesadilla on plate with sour cream, from Fun Cheap or Free

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.


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.


Ready for the easiest recipe ever?!

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadilla Recipe

The perfect freezer recipe to feed the whole family!
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 4 servings


  • 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
  • Tortillas


  • 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.


You can make a large batch of the filling and freeze some for later. Then when you're ready to eat it, take it out and defrost it in the fridge overnight or in the microwave. Cook as normal and enjoy!
Keyword easy, freezer

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!

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas

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  1. Ariane

    Do you leave the black beans whole or smoosh them a little ?

    • Jordan Page

      It really just depends on your preference! You can smoosh them so that they’re spread out evenly, but it really doesn’t matter!

  2. Bel

    5 stars
    Delicious!! Even my 5yo who is afraid of any level of spice (even cumin) enjoyed his quesadilla (his dad and I love Mexican food so I have no idea how he avoided spices growing up!!)
    I think my sweet potatoes were nearly 1kg each!! So our recipe turned out super mild, but so tasty. I am so excited to have this as a freezer meal! Thankyou Catherine and Jordan!

    • Jordan Page

      Oh, that’s so great to hear! This really is a delicious and easy recipe! 🙂

  3. chris

    5 stars
    So easy. So cheap. So delicious. We top ours with a drizzle of chili lime sauce and add fresh cilantro. My 8 year old told me it’s better than the taco pizza from our local pizza place.

    • Fun Cheap or Free

      Yum! That sounds like a great addition!


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