Black Bean & Avocado Quesadillas

Who doesn’t love a flavour popping Mexican dish? We certainly do! Packed with lots of delicious and nutritious herbs and spices and with a healthy serve of vegetables and fruit, this black bean & avocado quesadillas recipe is a real winner!

Serves 4

The quesadillas:
4-6 large wholemeal wraps/tortillas
1 red onion, finely diced
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 spring onion, finely sliced
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp oregano
2 tomatoes, diced
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
1 cup frozen sweet corn, defrosted
1 red capsicum, diced
1 jalapeño, diced
250g vegan cheese, grated
Oil for cooking
S & P to taste
1 avocado, sliced

The Avocado crema:
1 large avocado
1/2 cup dairy-free Greek yogurt
1 lemon, juiced
A handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped
S & P to taste

The Method:
In a large frying pan/skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat, sauté red onion, garlic and spring onion until fragrant

Add all the spices (cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, oregano) into the pan, toss to bloom the spices, deglaze the pan with a splash of water if needed

Add in diced tomatoes, toss and cook until tomatoes soften and starting to break, then combine with the spices

Add in black beans, peas, sweet corn, capsicum and jalapeño, stir to cook for 3 minutes or until vegetables are tender but not over cooked

Transfer the vegetable filling into a large bowl and let it cool down

Meanwhile, in a food processor/ blender add avocado, Greek yogurt, lemon juice and coriander and process until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper, cover and set aside in the fridge until serving

To assemble the quesadillas, place wrap on a clean work surface, layer with cheese, black bean filling, sliced avocado, more cheese and fold in half

Transfer the quesadillas into a pan/skillet over medium heat and cook the quesadillas until golden brown and crispy and the cheese has melted, flip half way

Slice the quesadillas into triangles and serve with avocado crema and enjoy!

Cooking notes: You can always use dairy cheese and dairy yogurt (or sour cream) to make a non-vegan version of this recipe.

Black Bean & Avocado Quesadillas

Recipe created for The Avo Tree by Ting Xu @alittlepositivityeveryday


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