Quesadillas with enough pizazz to tickle your fancy

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feelQuesadillas… part 2. This week’s version is full of fresh, vital ingredients. But there’s still enough pizazz to tickle your fancy!

Black Bean & Veggie Quesadillas – Feel Comforted

Ingredients

  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup loosely packed cilantro, chopped, divided
  • 2 limes, juiced, divided
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 avocados, mashed
  • 8 oz. black beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 8-10 inch flour tortillas
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • Optional:  sour cream and tortilla chips for serving

Instructions

Prepare homemade pico de gallo: combine the tomato, onion, garlic, ½ cup cilantro, juice of 1 lime, salt and pepper.  Toss well.

Prepare homemade guacamole: combine mashed avocado, ½ cup cilantro, juice of 1 lime, salt, pepper and half of the pico de gallo.  Toss well.

To prepare the quesadillas: sprinkle a handful of beans and 2-3 tablespoons of cheese over half of each tortilla.  Coat a medium skillet with cooking spray and raise the heat to high.  Fold the tortillas in half, and one or two at a time, place them in the skillet.  Cook for about 1 minute per side, until the cheese melts.  Turn the heat down if necessary to avoid burning.  Continue with remaining tortillas.

Open each tortilla and spoon some pico de gallo and guacamole inside.  Fold them again and reheat once more, for 1-2 minutes per side, until crispy and golden brown. Again, lower the heat if necessary to avoid burning.

Cut the quesadillas in half. Serve with sour cream as desired. Any remaining guacamole and/or pico de gallo goes nicely with tortilla chips on the side.

Serves 2.