• can opener
  • sieve
  • mixing bowl
  • potato masher
  • box grater
  • chopping board
  • scissors
  • teaspoon measures
  • spoon
  • frying pan
  • fish slice
  • pizza cutter


  • STEP 1
    Step 1

    Hold the sieve in the sink and tip in the beans. Let the liquid from the can drain away, rinse the beans under cold running water and drain well. Tip the beans into the mixing bowl.

  • STEP 2
    Step 2

    Mash the beans with the potato masher to make a lumpy texture.

  • STEP 3
    Step 3

    Place the box grater on your chopping board and carefully grate the cheese. Add the cheese to the mashed beans.

  • STEP 4
    Step 4

    Peel the papery outer skins off the spring onions so you’re left with just the shiny parts. Use the scissors to cut off the roots and about 2cm from the other end. Snip the spring onions into small pieces, about the size of a pea. Add the spring onions to the mixing bowl.

  • STEP 5
    Step 5

    Use the scissors again to cut the coriander into small pieces. Don’t forget to use the stalks, too, as they contain lots of flavour. Add the coriander to the mixing bowl.

  • STEP 6
    Step 6

    Use a teaspoon measure to measure ¼ tsp ground cumin and ½ tsp paprika, and add these to the bowl. Season the ingredients with salt and pepper and mix everything together.

  • STEP 7
    Step 7

    Place a wrap on your board. Scoop half the bean mixture from the bowl onto one half of the wrap. Spread it out in an even layer, making sure you only cover one side. Close the wrap like a book, to cover the filling inside and make a semi-circle. Do the same with the other wrap and the rest of the filling.

  • STEP 8
    Step 8

    Put a medium-sized frying pan on the hob. Lift one of the wraps into the pan, then turn the heat to low-medium. After 2 mins, use a fish slice to lift the wrap and check underneath. If it’s golden brown, it’s time to turn it over, if not, keep cooking, checking every minute or so until it’s ready. Use the fish slice to carefully flip the wrap over, then cook for another 2-4 mins on the other side until toasty brown. Turn off the heat and slide the quesadilla onto your chopping board. Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut it into wedges, then tuck in.

Recipe tips

Love your pulses

Beans and pulses are a great source of vegetarian protein. They also contain lots of vitamins and minerals, and they’re cheap! Challenge yourself to try more varieties – you can swap the black beans used here for chickpeas, kidney beans or black-eyed beans.  

Don’t waste it!

Tortilla wraps can be transformed into crispy tortilla chips, perfect for dunking into creamy guacamole. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Cut the tortilla wraps into triangles and toss them in a drizzle of oil and some seasoning. Add some spices, too, if you like – paprika, cumin and coriander are all nice. Spread the tortillas out on a tray and bake for 10 mins, tossing them halfway through cooking, until crispy. 

Recipe from Good Food magazine, August 2022


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