On our last night of vacation on the Crystal Coast the boys and I had an awesome tapas dinner at a local restaurant. While everything was to. die. for. (I truly need to figure out how to make their entire menu) one thing that we tried that I had to replicate ASAP was the black bean quesadilla and chipotle sauce.
Now their version had Monterey Jack and havarti cheese but I didn’t have either of those. Plus I like stronger cheeses that don’t lose their flavor when melted. Since I had several cheeses to choose from we decided to mix and match, so while the goat cheese was my favorite and matched beautifully with the black beans and the aioli, there were three kinds in all: goat cheese, cheddar and feta, & cheddar and smoke gouda (this one was Hubby’s favorite.)
So you can see how simple it would be to swap out flavors and see what you like best. Just don’t forget the aioli!
Black Bean Quesadillas
1 can black beans (I use organic)
1/4 cup finely diced onion
1 T butter
1/4 tsp cumin
salt & pepper
2 or 3 T fresh chopped cilantro
flour tortillas, large or small
cheeses of your choice, diced or shredded
In small saucepan, heat over medium-high and melt butter. Add in chopped onion and let cook for several minutes.
Stir in the cumin and cook a few minutes more. It’ll smell awesome.
Pour in the can of black beans, juice and all. Salt and pepper. Stir and simmer for 20 minutes.
Drain extra juices if there are any. Stir in the fresh cilantro.
Place some cheese on a tortilla and spoon some bean mixture over it. Add more or another cheese on the beans and top with tortilla. *I use a countertop Foreman grill to make my quesadillas. You can use a skillet on the stove(careful turning those tortillas) or the oven.
If you are using large tortillas you will have better luck filling them with more mixture because you will fold one half over the other, making a half cirlce-shaped quesadilla.
1/4 cup mayo
1 tsp sriracha
1/4 tsp chipotle seasoning
Combine and whisk all ingredients together. Refrigerate until ready to use (at least an hour if possible). Taste and adjust seasonings.
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