Easy Black Bean and Mango Quesadillas A few weeks ago some friends invited us over for dinner and they made these carnitas. I love sweet fruity stuff with Latin style pork so I brought some mango salsa to go with them.  We ate to our heart’s content and then afterwards we had a bonfire and came up with the most amazing s’mores concoctions you’ve ever (or never) imagined.  The crowning glory was the Berry-mallow-ella.  Giant hulled strawberries filled with nutella and then dunked in marshmallow fluff and roasted over an open flame.  The fluff gets all toasty, golden, and warm, and the strawberry stays cold and crisp, and then Nutella gushes out as you eat it.  Oh. My. Gosh.  But I digress.  Back to the mango salsa.  The mallow covered berry stuffed with nutella next day we had leftover mango salsa and I had about 20 minutes to get my family fed before heading off somewhere and this recipe was born.  It was a total throw-together thing, but they were so good we ended up making them again just a few days later, annnd one more time the next day.  My kids love black beans, and this is a super-duper short cut version, that packs flavor with minimal effort.  Because the beans are flavorful and filling, you can get away with this being a meatless meal, although you could easily add some shredded chicken, beef, or pork to bulk them up.  The contrast of the sweet juicy mango, complimented by ooey-gooey melted cheese and a golden brown toasted tortilla is perfection.  They make great party food or appetizers, too!

Quick fix dinner from Our Best Bites! Yummy Black Bean and Mango Quesadillas

Some of my most favorite (and most used, as you probably already know) ingredients.

mango salsa ingredients

Chop up some red bell pepper (you could sub yellow or orange if you need to, but not green), red onion, a little jalapeno, and a fresh juicy mango.

Mango Salsa diced

I like to chop everything pretty finely, with the mangoes slightly larger.  Give that a quick mix,

Mixed up mango salsa

and then add some chopped fresh cilantro,

Mango Salsa with cilantro

and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

fresh lime juice

Pop that in the fridge for a few minutes while you prepare the rest.  Now I love black beans, and I especially love slow-cooked black beans that soak in flavors as they simmer all day.  My my quick and easy version on the stove top is hard to beat, but we’re going even easier than that!  Canned black beans are already nice and soft, so we’re going to let the microwave to the work here, and it only takes a minute or two.

Just place a can of black beans (that has been rinsed and drained) in a microwavable dish.  Add a little water or broth and a few seasonings, like garlic and onion powders, cumin and coriander, and give them a quick cook in the microwave.

Mashed Black Beans

When they come out, use a fork to just mash them up part way.

Heat up some flour tortillas and toss on some pepperjack cheese.  If you want your tortillas to get nice, golden, and crisp on the outside, brush them with a little canola or olive oil first.  Non-stick spray will even do the trick.

melted cheese tortillas

When the cheese is melted, remove the tortillas from the heat and spread black beans on one half.

Black Beans on Torilla

Top with the mango mixture,

Quesadilla with Mango Salsa

and fold ’em up.

Black Bean and Mango Quesadillas from Our Best Bites

That seriously took, like, less than 20 minutes start to finish.  Top with a little sour cream if you want (and why wouldn’t you want?) and serve.

Quick and Easy Black Bean and Mango Quesadillas

These make awesome appetizers too.



Quick fix dinner from Our Best Bites! Yummy Black Bean and Mango Quesadillas

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