Kidney bean Quesadillas


My son stayed with my sister in law for a few weeks and he kept telling me about these delicious quesadillas his aunt makes and could I ask her for the recipe?  So finally, I managed to get the recipe from my sister in law  and I made the quesadillas.

Ingredients for 4 servings:

8 tortilla wraps
2 tbls sunflower oil
2 cans ( 2X240 grams) of red kidney beans
1 cup of pasatta
2 red pepper chopped in cubes
2-3 cloves of garlic – minced using a garlic press
1 onion – chopped finely
2-3 fresh green chillies – chopped finely(Optional)
small bunch of coriander- chopped finely
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups -grated cheddar cheese


1.  Drain the water from the canned kidney beans and wash several times with cold water.  Add 5 cups of water to the kidney beans and put these to heat until boiling.  Once boiled, discard the water and transfer the beans to a bowl.

2.  Heat the oil and add in the onions and garlic.  Stir these in with salt and pepper.  Add the pasata and kidney beans and allow to cook.  Keep stirring and pressing the beans with a wooden spoon until the beans looks mashed and the mixture looks fairly dry.

Now to prepare the Quesadillas:

3.  Lightly grease a frying pan and transfer a tortilla wrap on it.  Spread the beans mixture on half the tortilla and top that with grated cheese.

4. Fold the tortilla in half and cook both the sides until golden brown.

P11909835.  Serve the quesadillas hot with your favourite dip.


What fillings do you like in your quessadillas? We have tried some with mixed vegetables and onions too and they were lovely.

  • onion lover


  • Mellissa Williams

    I love chilli in my tortillas. This looks great though and vegetarian too.

  • Jen Walshaw

    We adore quesadillas – I often make leftover curry quesadillas, the boys love the,

  • angela

    I have never tried these before I must admit but I think its time to give it a try using your recipe x

  • These look delicious! I think a plateful of these served up would go very quickly.

  • We love quesadillas – we love pulled pork in ours x

  • Ooooh! We’ve never had quesadillas…but very tempted to try given we do use most of the ingredients on a weekly basis.

  • Ohh I’ve never had quesadillas but they sound delicious – I definitely need to try them. x

  • We love quesadillas, and beans are perfect to go inisde them as an alternative to meat

  • what a gorgeous recipe , I do love Mexican food

  • Kara

    Never tried these before but they look delicious

  • this is something i would give a try for sure i love kidney beans but my family do no so with this being an easy meal for one it would be great for dinner time snacks

  • Thou Shalt Not Covet

    I’ve never tried quesadillas before but they do look great xx

  • Nayna Kanabar

    These look very delicious and I am sure my daughter who loves kidney beans will love these.

  • i love all the other ingredients .. but hate kidney beans .. eek

  • Quesadillas are a big family favourite here – not tried them with kidney beans before, but will be giving it a try!

  • Ickle Pickle

    Looks great, apart from the kidney beans!! Kaz x

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