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Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

Vegan Bean and corn quesadillas

Quesadillas made with vegan cheese are a great choice for an easy dinner. Serve with a big salad and a simple grain or potatoes (better yet, sweet potatoes). You can make these on the stovetop or in the oven. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

Makes 8; 1 or 2 per serving


  • 15- to 16-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, very thinly sliced
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 or 2 fresh jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced, or 4-ounce can mild or hot chopped green chiles

To finish:

  • 8 soft taco-size (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1 cup grated cheddar-style nondairy cheese, or as desired
  • Salsa (homemade or prepared), as desired
  • Vegan sour cream (homemade or storebought) or Cashew Cream, optional

Heat a large non-stick griddle, or preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Combine the filling ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir together. Arrange the filling on one half of each tortilla, leaving about a  l/2-inch border near the edges. Sprinkle each with a little of the cheese. Fold each tortilla over to make a half-circle.

If heating on a griddle, cook the quesadillas on both sides until nicely golden brown (flip them carefully!). If using the oven,  bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees, or until the quesadillas are hot and beginning to turn light golden brown.

Arrange one quesadilla on each serving plate and cut in half  with a sharp knife to make two wedges. Top each with a bit of the salsa and if desired, a small dollop of sour cream.

Bean and corn quesadillas recipes

Vegan Bean and corn quesadillas recipe

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    June 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Perfect for a quick healthful lunch. We’ve had great luck cooking melted vegan cheese with the George Forman grill that has a plate for grilling breads etc. I think we’ll give this recipe a try using the grill.

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    June 27, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Making this on the grill is a splendid idea! You’ve reminded me to designate some of the quesadilla recipes for the Vegan Barbecue section. Thanks!

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