Quesadillas with Pinto Beans, Green Chiles and Potatoes

  • Yield: 4 servings

You can use any flavor tortilla; I prefer the whole-wheat, corn or spinach tortillas. Use black beans instead of pinto if you prefer. Serve with salsa verde with avocado and tomatillo or your favorite tomato salsa.


2teaspoons olive oil
1small onion, chopped
1 poblano chile, seeded and chopped, or cup drained and canned green chiles
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 all-purpose potato, peeled and cubed
1medium tomato, chopped
1teaspoon ground cumin
2teaspoons dried leaf oregano
1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1/2cup water or vegetable broth
4 (9-inch) tortillas
1 1/2cups low-fat shredded jack and cheddar cheese


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, chili peppers, garlic and potatoes and saute 2 minutes. Add tomatoes, cumin, oregano and saute another minute. Add beans and water or broth, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes until potatoes are tender and the filling is thickened. Cool.
  2. Divide filling among four tortillas by spreading over only half of each. Fold over other half to cover filling on top. Sprinkle cheese over filling and fold empty half of each tortilla over filling to form a half-moon shape.
  3. Heat a non-stick skillet pan or grill pan over medium heat. Spray with no-stick cooking spray and cook each quesadilla 3 to 5 minutes per side until cheese is melted. Cut into wedges to serve

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 416
  • Fat 10g
  • Saturated Fat 3g
  • Cholesterol 9mg
  • Sodium 629mg
  • Carbohydrate 54g
  • Fiber 12g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Protein 21g