Refried bean quesadillas

Refried bean quesadillas

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(26 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4
This casual meat-free main is a cheap and cheerful way to fill up your friends

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal487
  • fat18g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs65g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre7g
  • protein20g
  • salt3.74g
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  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
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  • 1 onion, finely chopped



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  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 400g can pinto or kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika



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  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 100g cheddar or Gruyère, coarsely grated



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  • handful coriander leaves
  • 200g tub fresh tomato salsa, plus extra to serve
  • soured cream, to serve


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and cook the onion and garlic for 2 mins. Add the cumin and cook for 1 min more. Tip in the beans, paprika and a splash of water. Using a potato masher, break the beans down as they warm through to make a rough purée. Season generously.

  2. Spread the refried beans onto 4 of the tortillas and scatter over the cheese and coriander. Spoon over the salsa, then top with the remaining tortillas to make 4 sandwiches. Wipe the frying pan with kitchen paper and return to the heat or heat a griddle pan. Cook each sandwich for 1-2 mins on each side until the tortillas are crisp and golden and the cheese is melting. Serve warm, cut into wedges, with extra salsa and soured cream for dipping.

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Comments (27)

Rah_Rah's picture

Really delicious and low-budget recipe. I used small-ish tortillas and the quantities were just right, but larger tortillas would have been tricky to fill! I found turning the quesadillas a little tricky without losing the filling so I think next time I'll try the burritos as suggested underneath the recipe. Makes it easier to prepare ahead too.

MerleVeurman's picture

Really good, made it tonight! Great for a low-budget vegetarian student who doesn't feel like spending hours in the kitchen :) (Yeah, thats me)

sarah0902's picture

Super quick and easy, but would definitely agree with other comments to double the ingredients for 4 quesadillas - mine only made 1 1/2 but they were quite full! Yummy with guacemole.

earlgreytea's picture

Quick and easy, not just for vegetarians, really filling!

oollah's picture

Very tasty and filling! Will make again.

caraclose's picture

i would suggest to double the amounts! also a whole quesadilla each was very filling, 1 could maybe serve 2 people

caraclose's picture

really tasty but need to make double the amounts! also one whole quesadillas was too much for us but that might be personal preference

neets88's picture

real easy and realistic to make, loved it! Mexican food always loves a bit of guacamole as well ;)

gandhi's picture

Met all my family's needs with this one. Will cut down on the coriander on my next attempt.

whats4t's picture

Going to make these tomorrow. . can`t wait to have a go, sounds just the thing (the burritos especially) to have ready to just pop in the oven for when son and friends arrive back from having a pint or two, or great if us girls are expecting friends round for a therapeutic glass of wine!! Easily preprepared, healthy and much much better than `junk food`not to mention a fraction of the price.

qas5saq's picture

I made the 'Baked cheesy bean burritos' as suggested at the end of the recipe. Delicious. Used a tin of mixed beans, and added a little salt. I didn't have any coriiander, but it turned out just fine.

lisavalo's picture

Really yummy, however the mixture barely did 3 tortillas, yet alone 4. Double the recipe if you want to make 4.

bryony231's picture

Tasted lovely! was surprised didn't seem like much in it but would defo double the recipe, only got 2 out of it not 4!

merlot65's picture

An absolutely delicious, simple, so tasty dish to make. I used large flour tortillas so I could only get the beans on one but nonetheless filling. Served with sour cream, salad and savour rice, definitely making it again, so delicious :o)

callmendinger's picture

I make the baked cheesy bean burritos almost every week and my whole family love them! I leave out the smoked paprika for the kids , but add it for the adult ones. I use whatever beans I've got in the house - usually half kidney, half butter beans, but pinto are nice too. It's very easy to make and good if you want to prepare dinner in advance. And it's very filling!

katysimpson's picture

Does need a large splash of water.

roisindubh211's picture

Husband and I just made these- they are so tasty I created a username just to rate this meal.

Suggestion- corn tortilla instead of flour- gives them a gorgeous crunch.

kittenkirst83's picture

Just scrummy! Added some sweet red peppers and a spoon of chipotle chilli paste, didn't have soured cream so had natural yogurt with a generous helping of tabasco stirred in! Yum!

sallyjenn's picture

Mmmm, so delicious and easy to make!


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