Black Bean Zucchini Quesadillas

Black beans, zucchini, and a bit of cheese sandwiched between two tortillas – this may be the best quesadilla you’ve ever tasted.

Yield: 4 quesadillas

Time: 15 minutes


  • grater
  • colander
  • large bowl
  • large frying pan(s) or baking sheet
  • basting brush or rubber spatula


  • 2 pounds zucchini, grated
  • 1½ t salt
  • 30 oz cooked or canned black beans, drained
  • 12 oz Monterey Jack, grated
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 8 eight-inch corn or flour tortillas
  • olive oil


Toss zucchini with salt in the colander, and squeeze out excess water.

Combine zucchini with beans, cheese, green onions, and jalapeño.

Brush one side of each tortilla with oil. Place four tortillas oil side down and spread each with one fourth of the zucchini-bean mixture. Top each one with an oil-side-up tortilla.

To Cook

1. Stove: place one quesadilla in a frying pan and cook over medium heat for 3 minutes on each side, until golden.

2. Broiler: Place quesadillas on baking sheet and broil about 1-2 minutes per side, until golden.


Serve quesadillas with salsa and Spanish rice for a hearty meal.

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One Comment on “Black Bean Zucchini Quesadillas”

  1. AWESOME recipe! My four kiddos, husband, and I loved them. We will probably be making them on a weekly basis. THANKS!

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