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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quesadillas

The other night I made a new version of my sweet potato & spinach quesadillas. I found this version in the new LCBO Food & Drink magazine, summer 2009 edition. Rather than mash the sweet potatoes up the potatoes were diced into small cubes and cooked in a skillet only for about 10-15 minutes, along with other ingredients and spices. The diced potatoes added a nice texture to the quesadillas. It made enough for 3 small tortillas (8”) and 2 large tortillas (10”)

1 T olive oil
4 green onions, sliced
1 celery, diced
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
½ cup black beans (drained and rinsed if using canned ones)
1 red pepper, diced
1 jalapeno, minced and seeded
1 tsp cumin
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
¼ tsp chili powder
Dash cayenne
Feta cheese, crumbled
4 whole wheat 8-10” tortillas

Prepare all the vegetables in advance. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the oil and let heat. Add the green onions, celery, sweet potatoes, black beans and spices. Let cook until onions are soft. Then add the jalapeno and red pepper. Cook for 10-15 min more. Remove from heat.

Meanwhile preheat the grill to med-high. Make sure to grease it first as you do not want the quesadillas to stick.

Spoon the sweet potato mixture onto half of the tortillas and sprinkle with feta cheese (or cheese of your choice – however feta is amazing on these). Fold the tortillas in half and place on the grill for a total of 5 minutes (2.5 minutes per side). Use the back of the spatula to press them down, but beware ingredients will tend to squeeze out if you really filled them like I did.

Remove from grill and serve immediately with sour cream and salsa.

Try these quesadillas recipes:

Black bean & Corn Quesadillas

Sweet Potatoe & Spinach Quesadillas

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Sophie said...

I love eating sweet potatoes year around but usually only see them in fall recipes, I like how summery and fresh this one is.

Lo said...

I absolutely love the black bean/sweet potato combo. It's great for enchiladas and burritos too!

Haven't done a quesadilla... but I couldn't tell you why not. These look great! And I'll bet they're a nice, and fairly quick, dinner!

Good as leftovers??

Reeni♥ said...

These are delicious treats! What a great combo of flavors!

Anonymous said...

Yes, they really look great!

Kaitlin said...

This sounds so, so fantastic! I love black beans and sweet potatoes, but have never thought of combining them. Makes me wish I was able to get my hands on a copy of the latest issue at the LCBO before they were all gone!

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Helene said...

Such a great idea to add sweet potatoes, I love making black bean quesadillas but never thought of it.

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