Here, the vegetables provide a crunchy contrast to the creamy melted cheese, with a little kick from the chili powder. The quesadillas can be made on the stovetop or, especially if you're increasing the recipe, in the oven. Serve with salsa, sour cream or guacamole.
A word about reheating: Quesadillas are best eaten fresh. If they need to be reheated, avoid the microwave, which makes them soggy, and the oven, which dries them out. Instead, warm the quesadilla in a nonstick skillet over medium or medium-high heat, turning it once, until the cheese softens and the tortilla crisps slightly, 3 to 4 minutes total. (Those with thick fillings will remain somewhat soft.)
Servings: 4 - 6
Yield: Makes 4 quesadillas; 4 to 6 servings
- Eight 8-inch flour tortillas
- 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
- 1 cup freshly cooked or canned black beans, rinsed and well drained if canned (may substitute kidney beans)
- 2/3 cup paper-thin slivers of red onion
- 2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese (about 8 ounces)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
Place 4 of the tortillas on a work surface. Sprinkle one-quarter of the corn, beans, onion, cheese and chili powder evenly on each tortilla, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Top with the remaining tortillas and press down to help them stick together.
To cook them on the stovetop: Heat a large, ungreased skillet or grill pan over medium heat. (If the tortillas are more dry than fresh and moist, lightly coat the skillet with nonstick spray oil.) Add 1 quesadilla and cook for 4 to 5 minutes, then flip over and cook another 4 to 5 minutes. It's done when it begins to get brown flecks and the cheese is melted.
To bake: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place the quesadillas on a large, ungreased, rimmed baking sheet (use nonstick spray oil if the tortillas are on the dry side) and bake for 5 minutes per side.
Transfer the quesadillas to a cutting board and cut each into 4 wedges. Let them rest for 1 to 2 minutes before serving.
Adapted from "Simple Vegetarian Pleasures," by Jeanne Lemlin (Harper Collins, 1998).
Tested by Belle Elving.
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