Bean and Cheese Quesadillas


  • 1 (16 ounce) can flavored refried beans
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon salsa of choice
  • 8 (about 8-inch diameter) whole wheat tortillas
  • 1/4 cup grated jack cheese with chiles
  • 1/4 cup grated queso ranchero
  • Vegetable oil


  1. In food processor fitted with metal blade, process beans, red onion, cilantro, parsley and salsa until smooth.
  2. Place half of tortillas on work surface and spread with bean mixture. Top each with cheeses. Top each with tortilla.
  3. Heat about 2 teaspoons vegetable oil in medium-large skillet, preferably nonstick, over medium-high heat. Add one quesadilla. Cook until beans are heated and bottom tortilla is browned, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Carefully turn to brown opposite side. Repeat with remaining quesadillas, adding more oil when necessary.
  5. Cut each quesadilla into 8 wedges and serve hot.

Yield: 32 wedges

Nutritional information: 43 calories, 2.1 grams protein, 7.8 grams carbohydrates, 1.1 grams fat, 114 milligrams sodium