I realize now that not many of my savory dishes are vegetarian, probably because I’m not (a vegetarian, I mean). But there are so many delicious recipes without meat, it is really a shame not to make these more often. Take this one for instance. It does not lack anything: you have a bit of carbs (not too many), a lot of proteins and a bunch of vitamins. Best of all, it is full of flavors.
For this dish to be a really quick one you’ll need the fried beans and the salsa made beforehand. The recipes are at the end of the post, but obviously you can use precooked if you don’t have too much time or don’t feel like cooking.
I hope you like it!
- 8 flour tortillas
- 125 g refried beans*
- 150 g cheddar cheese grated
- 1 small onion diced
- Chopped cilantro
First heat your tortillas in a slightly oiled pan.
Spread a layer of beans. Add cheese, onion, cilantro and one tbsp. of salsa. Make a roll and set aside. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and just before serving time, heat the Quesadillas in a nonstick pan over medium heat sprinkled with a few drops of water. Place in the quesadillas, cover the pan and wait just for the cheese to melt.
To serve, cut the quesadillas in quarters.
* Fried beans: if you want to make your own refried beans, you’ll need beans (125 g) preferably dried beans, soaked overnight. Place them in a big pan with ½ onion (cut in half), 1 bay leaf, fresh thyme and one red chili pepper. Cover with boiling water, and when it starts to boil again, lower the heat, cover the pot and cook for 2 hours until soft.
Drain, but save the cooking water. Throw away the onion, herbs and chili.
Place 2/3 of the beans and the cooking water in a blender and blend (not too much).
Heat some olive oil in a pan, sauté the other ½ onion (diced) for 10 minutes until soft and golden brown.
Add 1 tsp. of cumin and stir for a couple of minutes. Add the beans (mashed and reserved) and keep stirring until all the water evaporates and you get a thick mixture. Add grated cheddar (optional) and keep stirring until the cheese is melted. And you are ready to roll.
* Salsa: this salsa is really fresh and doesn’t need cooking, which is great! You will need diced tomatoes (3), tomato juice (50 ml), 1 garlic clove chopped, fresh cilantro chopped, a pinch of sugar, fresh green chili, ½ tsp. cumin and 2 -3 chopped scallions. Place all these ingredients in a bowl, add salt to taste. Cover and put in the fridge until needed. If you want it to be more like a sauce, just put everything in a blender and blend. Simple, isn’t it?
Ok, now I’m done.
I probably should dedicate a post for each one of these recipes, but I don’t have photographs, so this will have to do for now.