Plantain and Black Bean Quesadillas

So, I have to admit that we’re not huge football fans – in fact, I actually always feel a bit lucky that Apolinaras grew up in Europe and doesn’t follow any American sports at all, so I never get stuck watching them. But, I always insist we tune into the Super Bowl because, you guessed it, I like the commercials, the half time show, and of course the excuse to make some fun snacks! And this year I’m already looking forward to the new Glee episode that will be on after the game too. I’ve really enjoyed reading about everyone’s favorite game day dips and apps around the blogosphere this week and wanted to share one of my own too – plantain and black bean quesadillas with plenty of cheese and pico de gallo.

The recipe is a twist on my very favorite game day snack, plantain nachos, but they’re easier to make because no frying is involved and they’re a bit more hearty. I sandwiched the filling, a mixture of red onions, garlic, super ripe plantains, black beans, cumin, and lime juice, between generous handfuls of cheese and whole wheat tortillas. I always broil my quesadillas because I think it’s easier and healthier than toasting each one up individually in oil in a pan, but you can definitely do that too.

Plantain and Black Bean Quesadillas
Printable Recipe


Pico de Gallo:
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup chopped red onion
Juice of one lime
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt

Quesadilla Filling:
2 tablespoons canola oil
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 medium yellow plantains mostly covered with brown/black spots, peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 15.5-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Juice of half a lime
1/2 teaspoon salt

6 8-inch whole wheat tortillas
2 1/2 cups Mexican blend shredded cheese

Make the pico de gallo by mixing chopped tomatoes, red onion, lime juice, cilantro, and salt in a large bowl.

To make the quesadilla filling, heat canola oil over medium high heat in a large nonstick skillet and sauté onions and plantains for 8-10 minutes or until tender; add garlic and sauté one additional minute. Mix in black beans, cumin, lime juice, and salt.

To assemble the quesadillas, preheat the broiler. Place 3 tortillas on a large greased cookie sheet. Spread half the shredded cheese evenly on the tortillas; top evenly with the filling, the remainder of the cheese, and the remaining 3 tortillas. Place quesadillas in the oven and broil for 2 to 5 minutes on each side, or until cheese is melted and quesadillas are heated through. Cut tortillas into 4 wedges and top with pico de gallo with a slotted spoon. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition: 499 calories, 21.7g fat, 10.8g fiber, 20.8g protein per serving
Cost: $1.49 per serving

35 Responses to Plantain and Black Bean Quesadillas

  1. I’m so excited to try these–I love plaintains! One question–is your nutrition information per serving or for the entire recipe?

  2. You had me at plantain :) It’s one of my very favorite ingredients, and I LOVE this idea!

    My husband didn’t grow up in the US either — and you’re right, I have a secret happiness that we don’t HAVE to watch sports, we just do whenever we feel like it!

  3. What a perfect combo. I am always dipping my plantains in beans at restaurants, so a quesadilla with both sounds pretty close to perfection! I’m not a huge football fan but am easily persuaded to watch when good food is involved!

  4. beautiful and brilliant! I love the combination of black beans and plantains–for a very simple meal when I’m JUST about to go without, I simply saute plantain slices and doctor up refried black beans. Even on those nights, I think I could upgrade to this!

  5. You are one lucky duck. This way, even if you are “watching” the game…you can channel flip during the actual sports playing and just tune in during the commercials without any complaints from the peanut gallery. These quesadillas sound fantastic! Lvoe that they have plantains in them!

  6. I’ve never had a quesadilla with plantains, it sounds delicious! We’ve never been a football family either, so I’d rather enjoy this with a good TV show :)

  7. If we were having a Super Bowl party, I’d add these to the list! They sound delicious! And wow, are you lucky. Jeff watches every sport there is to watch. I never get a break from sports. He even watched curling during the Olympics… BORING. But at least I enjoy hockey and always get into really significant games in any sport like playoffs and the Super Bowl.

  8. I love quesadillas and think it’s awesome that these are a bit more unique than the typical! I don’t care about football either, but i love the act of getting together with friends, making lots of good food, and watching commercials! :)

  9. We’re not football fans in my house either, but I do love the food that comes with the Super Bowl. The filling of plantains and black beans sounds great! I like the idea of sauteing the chopped plantain rather than frying slices.

  10. You and your plantains! Every time you make something with plantains, I tell myself “I really need to try cooking with plantains!” and I never get around to it. Soon :)

  11. Thanks to all!

    Annie – Nutrition is per serving and I list the number of servings at the directions for each recipe.

    Bethany – One of my very favorite ingredients too :)

    Cara – I know! I actually have to plan to space my plantain recipes out a bit because I use them so often – go get some :)

  12. Sadly, I was somewhat disappointed with the Super Bowl commercials this year! But the half time show was good!! Quesadillas are definitely in my 10 ten list of favorite eats. I always use my quesadilla maker which rocks!

  13. mmm these quesadillas sound so good! I really want to try working with plantains. You have several plantain recipes that I’ve bookmarked so I need to get on that!

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