Black Bean and Goat Cheese Quesadillas

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  • 1 cup cooked and drained black beans
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onions
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, packed
  • 1 to 2 fresh jalapeño chiles - seeded, de-ribbed and chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 ounces chèvre cheese
  • 4 ounces Monterey Jack or Mexican cheese such as cotija, grated
  • Softened butter or high-heat oil
  • 8 (10-inch) flour or whole wheat tortillas
  • Sour cream and salsa, for topping


In a bowl combine black beans, red onions, tomatoes, cilantro, chiles and lime juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Combine chèvre and grated cheese together in a small bowl.

Preheat a 10-inch or larger skillet on medium heat. Spread softened butter or oil on one side of two tortillas. Place one tortilla, butter-side down, in the hot skillet. Spread 1/4 of the cheese mixture on top of tortilla and top with 1/4 of the black bean mixture. Place the other tortilla, butter side up, on top.

Cook until the bottom tortilla is golden brown; using a pancake turner, carefully flip the quesadilla over and cook until golden brown on the other side. Repeat process 3 more times with remaining tortillas and filling.

To serve, cut each quesadilla into 8 wedges and serve with a dollop of sour cream and salsa on the side.

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