Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Black Bean Quesadillas with Corn Salsa

The Mexican quesadilla! Around San Diego, you will see appetizers on the menu at Mexican restaurants- usually quesadillas of some variety, guacamole w/ chips, and even nachos (though that's more of a "bar food" around here.) But I'd have to say that I don't think apps are ordered much. At Mexican restaurants in San Diego, a big bowl of chips and salsa arrives at your table the moment you sit down, and you munch so terrifically on those that you're rarely hungry enough to finish your entree let alone order food to start the meal. On occasion, I might order a fancy quesadilla stuffed with seafood or grilled chicken and use it as my main dish. If you're at one of those dive Mexican food shacks that we love to frequent, they'll throw a half-pound of cheddar in a giant tortilla, melt it, wrap it up and hand it over to you. Now... can you just imagine having one of those before you've even eaten your meal??

This quesadilla - Black Bean Quesadillas with Corn Salsa - was perfect as a side for our Mexican meal. If you're anything like me, I'm always clamoring for new side dish ideas for Mexican food. The options can sometimes be so filling and fattening. This one was a good choice. It would also make a great light dinner served with a green salad.

A recipe from Cooking Light, the filling is simply black beans, tomatoes, cilantro & garlic- with a sprinkle of blended cheeses. These are all placed on a cookie sheet, folded over and given a quick 3 minutes under the broiler. Divided into 3 pieces with a pizza cutter, you may also choose to serve these up as appetizers. The salsa is a quick mix of corn, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and red bell pepper- a WONDERFUL super-easy topping for this quesadilla!

To lighten this up a little more... use whole wheat fat-free flour tortillas and low fat cheese. I would have been perfectly happy to have had this for my entire dinner, but hubby would have wondered what the main dish was supposed to be- so I whipped up a main entree too... and I'll share that in the next post!

This recipe can be found HERE.

15 comments:

Jesús Mtz said...

The Mexican food is of the best a real delicacy, very good pozt.

Josie said...

Yummmm ... I love quesadillas! I remember the first time my bf went to a Mexican dive with me (he is from Connecticut and there are no Mexican joints up there!), and he was shocked that the quesadilla was just melted cheese in a tortilla. I think he had been expecting a fancified non-dive quesadilla :) Oh well, it was still good. This will go into my rotation for this summer!

ali said...

amen Recipe Girl. i'm always stuffed with chips and salsa by the time my entree arrives. the chips are just irresistible though. they stick them under that heat lamp and make them all nice and toasty. yum.

ali

Kevin said...

Those quesadillas look nice and tasty and pretty good for you.

VeggieGirl said...

oooh, black beans are DIVINE in quesadillas - olé! :0)

Rosie said...

Mexican food is one of my favourites and I adore quesadillas! You really have made a fantastic job of these says Rosie licking her lips and drooling heehee.....

Rosie x

Cakespy said...

Oh, that just looks delicious! I love quesadillas!

Helene said...

I make these, once in a while, and really enjoy them for lunch. Quick and healthy.

Deborah said...

I'm a quesadilla lover - and I'm one that could eat one of these for dinner!!

Gloria said...

These quesadillas looks really wonderful!!!I love them. Gloria

Mike of Mike's Table said...

Quesadillas are great and these have all the right components. Looks like a very tasty meal--just bring on the hot sauce!

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Yum, yum! This looks like something my whole family would be happy with.

Jenny said...

Great looking Quesadillas! I get in moods where I make them all week long! Beautiful pics too!

Hillary said...

I love the combination of black beans and corn! Great idea to bake the beans in the quesadilla and top it with the corn salsa!

Laura said...

Yum, this looks awesome. And I am so impressed that you got the quesadillas to stand upright for such nice photos! :)