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Oven Baked Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

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    A gooey cheesy and fully loaded quesadilla, baked not fried for a healthier version of this classic Mexican appetizer.


    Traditional quesadillas are made with a corn tortilla, filled with cheese, and warmed on a griddle. Variations of the quesadilla recipe include fillings such as chicken, vegetables, and ground meat. In this variation, we’re opting for a lighter version of the quesadilla by baking it, not frying it on the stove with a bunch of oil. This version is also vegetarian, as we will be using two types of beans as our filling along with the cheese.

    If you’ve tried my Bean and Cheese Air Fryer Taquitos, this recipe is very similar!

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    What Ingredients are Needed for Oven Baked Bean and Cheese Quesadillas?

    Flour Tortillas: Six inch whole wheat flour tortillas are the perfect size for these quesadillas. To make this recipe gluten free, substitute for corn tortillas.

    Refried Beans: Fat-free refried beans, about half a can

    Beans: Black beans or even pinto beans would work well!

    Cream Cheese: Light cream cheese.

    Sharp Cheddar Cheese: A sharp white cheddar cheese. Cheddar cheese is the best for quesadillas as it will get nice and melty and hold the tortilla and all the fillings together like a cheesy glue! If you want to swap this for a spicier cheese Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack those would also have a great melt quality.

    Taco Seasoning: Opt for a low sodium premade taco seasoning packet or make your own with chili powder, cumin, coriander, and garlic powder.

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    How to Make Oven Baked Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

    Prep: Preheat the oven to 350° F and line a baking tray with parchment paper and grease with a light spray of cooking oil. 

    Make the Filling: In a small saucepan, heat the refried beans over medium heat. After 2-3 minutes, add the cream cheese and stir until combined and creamy. Sprinkle in the taco seasoning and stir to combine.

    Assemble the Quesadillas: Lay half of the tortillas down on the greased tray and evenly distribute the cream cheese and refried bean mixture to the tortillas.

    Top with black beans and shredded cheese and then place the remaining 6 tortillas on top. Lightly press down with your hand to seal the quesadillas together.

    Bake the Quesadillas: Spray tops lightly with cooking oil and place in the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are lightly browned.

    Remove from the oven and slice into wedges and serve with optional toppings.

    quesadillas topped with avocado and tomatoes

    Oven Baked Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

    A gooey cheesy and fully loaded quesadilla, baked not fried for a healthier version of this classic Mexican appetizer.


    Prep time: 5 min |

    Cook time: 30 min |

    Total time: 35 min

    Cuisine: Mexican |

    Serves: 6

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup, fat-free refried beans (260g)
    • 4 oz, light cream cheese
    • 1 tbsp, taco seasoning (16g)
    • 12 whole wheat flour tortillas (6 inches)
    • ½ cup, sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (112g)
    • ½ cup, black beans, drained and rinsed (125g)
    • Greek yogurt or sour cream, tomatoes or salsa, and guacamole, optional toppings

    Directions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 350° F and line a baking tray with parchment paper and grease with a light spray of cooking oil.
    2. In a small saucepan, heat the refried beans over medium heat. After 2-3 minutes, add the cream cheese and stir until combined and creamy.
    3. Sprinkle in the taco seasoning and stir to combine.
    4. Lay half of the tortillas down on the greased tray and evenly distribute the cream cheese and refried bean mixture to the tortillas.
    5. Top with black beans and shredded cheese and then place the remaining 6 tortillas on top. Lightly press down with your hand to seal the quesadillas together.
    6. Spray tops lightly with cooking oil and place in the oven to bake for 20-25 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are lightly browned.
    7. Remove from the oven and slice into wedges and serve with optional toppings.
    Notes:
    1. To make this recipe gluten free, substitute flour tortillas for corn.

    Nutrition Facts

    Serving Size 1 quesadilla

    Serves 6


    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 213
    Total Fat 9g
      Saturated Fat 4g
      Trans Fat 0g
    Cholesterol 10mg
    Sodium 760mg
    Total Carbohydrate 29g
      Dietary Fiber 15g
      Sugars 0g
    Protein 18g

     

    Find on MyFitnessPal as: TWW - Oven Baked Bean and Cheese Quesadillas


    Author: Christine

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    Cuisine: Mexican

    Keywords: Bean and Cheese, Quesadillas, Oven Baked


    Ratings and reviews (5)

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    Vaishali
    1 week ago

    Such a delicious and healthy recipe!

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    Christine | The Wellness Walnut 1 week ago

    thanks!!

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    Kevin Foodie
    1 week ago

    These beans quesadillas are perfect for breakfast or Meatless Monday meal idea. Looks tasty. Will be trying this someday. Thanks for sharing

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    Christine | The Wellness Walnut 1 week ago

    so perfect for Meatless Monday!

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    Jennifer
    1 week ago

    That looks great! I'm definitely going to have to try it!

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    Christine | The Wellness Walnut 1 week ago

    yay so glad!

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    Carrie
    1 week ago

    These quesadillas look delicious, and I love that the beans give some extra protein to my picky eater. I can't wait to try this.

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    Christine | The Wellness Walnut 1 week ago

    definitely picky eater approved!

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    Tianna
    1 week ago

    I love doing quesadillas in the oven nice and quick and love the idea of a bean and cheese one.

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    Christine | The Wellness Walnut 1 week ago

    thanks Tianna!

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