Simple quesadillas are one of my favorite meals to make for chaotic weeknights. The mashed avocado in these quesadillas give them an ooey, gooey texture, even if you choose to make these dairy-free and leave out the cheese. Serve them with lots of salsa and sour cream for dipping!
What is in this black bean quesadilla?
To make these quesadillas, you’ll need:
- Seasoned black beans. We like to make them from scratch, but when we’re short on time, we get them already seasoned from the grocery store.
- Smashed avocado. Make sure the avocado is really ripe, or it will be harder to mash.
- Whole wheat flour tortillas.
- Pepperjack cheese. If you want a dairy-free quesadilla, you can leave this out!
- Salsa and sour cream for serving. Again, skip the sour cream if you’re dairy-free.
What kind of cheese is best?
We love the mild kick that pepperjack gives these quesadillas. But if you don’t have that on hand or aren’t a fan, cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses are also great choices. All three of these cheeses melt nicely, and their flavors go nicely with the black beans.
Can I make a black bean quesadilla for a lunchbox?
Absolutely! We make quesadillas all the time for school lunches. Prep it the night before and stash it in the fridge. You can pack the quesadilla cold (it will warm up to room temperature by the time lunch rolls around). Or, if you prefer a warm quesadilla, reheat it in a skillet until warmed through and pack it in an insulated container. It won’t be as crisp as a fresh quesadilla, but it will still be tasty!
When we pack this cold in a bento-style lunch, we like to pack it with:
- A condiment cup of sour cream or salsa
- Chips with a side of guacamole.
- Fruit like watermelon or grapes
- Sliced bell peppers
- Cherry tomatoes
Want more school lunch ideas like this one?
- Easy Chicken Quesadillas
- Baked Chicken Meatballs
- Instant Pot Mac and Cheese
- All of our school lunch ideas here!