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Bean Quesadillas

"My husband and I created this recipe to use up vegetables from our garden; now we make it monthly," relates Susan Dippel of Macomb, Michigan. "You can use any vegetables you have on hand and adjust the seasonings to your liking. Serve it as a main dish or an appetizer."
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 flour tortillas (6 inches)
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet yellow or orange pepper
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh cilantro


  • Mash beans until almost smooth; spread over two tortillas. Layer each with salsa, yellow pepper, jalapeno, garlic, cheese, pepper sauce and cilantro. Top with remaining tortillas.
  • Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Cut each quesadilla into four wedges.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1/2 each: 285 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 748mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 7g fiber), 18g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 2 lean meat, 1 vegetable.
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