The other night I was driving home from work trying to come up with something for dinner. I had planned tacos, but for some reason that just didn’t sound good, but I did want something “taco like”. I thought of the ingredients I had available and came up with the idea for beef and black bean quesadillas. They were a huge hit.
As a matter of fact, everyone liked them so much that I made them again this week. And I took the leftovers for lunch the next day. And I ate more leftovers tonight for dinner when the kids had McDonald’s. And another and, I’m going to share the recipe so you can wow your family with this really easy to prepare recipe too.
(Please excuse my horrendous food photography. They look way yummier in person.)
What you’ll need:
– 1 pound of lean ground beef
– 1 can of black beans
– 1 taco seasoning pack
– Large flour tortillas (not the huge ones, but not the little ones)
– Sliced Colby/Jack cheese
1. Brown your ground meat and add the taco seasoning with 2/3 cup of water.
2. Rinse and drain the black beans while the meat is browning.
3. Add the black beans to the seasoned ground meat and stir. Turn to low.
4. Spray a pan with non-stick cooking spray and put on medium heat. Lay a tortilla in the pan. Fold a piece of cheese in half, tear, and place both halves on one side of the tortilla. Spoon about a 1/2 cup of your seasoned beef and black bean mixture. Add another halved piece of cheese on top of the meat.
5. Fold the tortilla over and cook until the cheese is melty and the tortilla is lightly browned. Flip and do the same with it on the other side.
6. Remove to a plate and slice down the middle. Serve with sour cream, guacamole, and/or hot sauce.
This meal was very filling, and I had a ton of leftovers. But the best part is that everyone loved it. James didn’t like the black beans, but you could make it with pinto beans too.
Try it out and let me know what you think.
Recipe Note: I tried these with shredded cheddar too, and while they were good, I thought they were much better with the sliced Colby/Jack. Of course you can try whatever cheese you like.