Quick & Easy: Black Bean and Corn Quesadilla

Can I have a weekend to recover from my weekend? Alex signed us up for a 2 day kayak clinic which meant we spent 5 hours on Saturday and 4 hours on Sunday learning the ins and outs of kayaking on the river. It was really fun but definitely exhausting! Saturday evening was pretty low key around the Thomson household since we were exhausted from all the paddling and it was kind of rainy and gross out which meant we didn’t really want to go anywhere.

Dinner at home? Yes please.

black bean and corn quesadilla

I was trying to figure out what to make, knowing I wanted to use up a ripe avocado. If you’re a regular avocado consumer then you know that having an avocado that is soft but not rotten is basically a precious miracle. I couldn’t let it go to waste. But I was feeling like I wanted something more than our typical quinoa + black beans + avocado bowl. We actually had tortillas on-hand, which is kind of rare for us, so I decided to make quesadillas. Honestly, I have no idea why we don’t make quesadillas more often! They’re so easy!

black bean quesadilla w guacamole

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Quick & Easy: Black Bean and Corn Quesadilla
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Serves 2
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 2
  • 2 large whole wheat flour tortillas
  • ½ cup frozen corn
  • ¾ cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tbsp crumbled feta
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced (or ¼ tsp garlic powder)
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup guacamole OR 1 avocado, sliced
  • Salsa (optional)
  1. Preheat a large skillet and spray with non-stick spray (I use grapeseed oil.)
  2. To thaw the frozen corn, place in a glass bowl with 2 tbsp of water and microwave for 45 seconds. Drain and place in a mixing bowl.
  3. Combine the black beans, feta, cheese, garlic, and spices with the corn.
  4. Place one of the tortillas in the preheated pan and top with the bean and corn mixture.
  5. Cover with the other tortilla and cook on med-low heat until the cheese is melted and the tortilla begins to brown.
  6. If it's too hard to flip, slide it off the pan onto a plate. Top with another plate and then flip it over. Scoot it back onto the pan. (That's honestly what I did!)
  7. Once it's done, serve with guacamole and/or salsa

Need an easy guacamole recipe? Try this 5 ingredient guacamole. I made a quarter-sized batch of this for our quesadillas!


Then sit back, relax, and enjoy your quesadilla.

Whip up a quick vegetarian dinner with this black bean and corn quesadilla! I see a lot more quesadillas (and possibly kayaking) in our future.

P.S. If gluten isn’t your thing, Udis & Food For Life make some pretty good gluten free tortillas. You could definitely swap one of those in for this recipe!

Are you a quesadilla fan?


  1. Huge quesadilla fan, especially of late! These look delicious, Liz- love that you used 2 kinds of cheese! For extra plant-based protein, I tend to make the wrap using chickpea flour and it turns out really well!

  2. Dear Liz, this looks absolutely delicious! I’m craving this for lunch today. xo, Catherine

  3. I love how easy (yet delicious) quesadillas are to make. I try to mix up what I put on the inside (sweet potato + kale + black bean or peanut butter + banana) but a basic black bean + corn is good, too.

  4. Gosh I used to make quesadillas all the time I don’t know why I haven’t been!! You’re making me want one right now! 🙂 These look awesome.

  5. NEVER let an avocado go to waste!! This looks so tasty! I definitely want to give them a try!

    Fizz and Frosting

  6. Kayaks are on our spring gear to buy list! So fun!

  7. I don’t know why I don’t make more quesadillas! They are so easy and always a winner.

  8. I love quesadillas! Also so true about avocados. If you miss your chance by ONE day, you’re screwed. The worst!

  9. I can’t even imagine how exhausted you must’ve been from all those hours kayaking. It’s tiring just thinking about being out on the water for all that time. It does sound like a blast though. Hope you wore lots of sunscreen 🙂

  10. Yum, I love quesadillas! Black bean and corn (and cheddar and chicken) is my favorite foursome in a GF tortilla.

  11. First, kayaking is literally one of my favorite things. Its intense, but also peaceful! It just all depends on the river. As a river rat, Id pick kayaking over laying out in the sun any day!
    Second, these quesadillas look incredible! If I had cheese I would totally make one of these for lunch. Quesadillas are definietly one of my favorite go-to meals, because they are just so versatile!

  12. These quesadillas look soo delicious. I feel the same way about quesadillas – they are so easy and simple to make but I never end up making them! Maybe this recipe will encourage me to make them more!

  13. It’s funny because we have a can of black beans I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with forever…it just follows us everywhere. I think I will do something along these lines.

  14. I think that same thing about quesadillas (and burritos) every time I make them! Also, I’m so with you on the double cheese thing. You need one that’s melty and one that’s not to achieve cheese perfection.

  15. Love the mix of feta and cheddar! Yum!

  16. Yes, I agree, a ripe avocado that’s not too ripe would be a crime to waste! These look like the perfect way to use it up. So easy and so good!

  17. LOVE LOVE LOVE quesadillas! And I love how you used both cheddar and feta. Yum!

  18. Yum! This sounds so good with the feta cheese!


  19. hahahah. This: “having an avocado that is soft but not rotten is basically a precious miracle” is the funniest yet most accurate statement ever. I completely agree. plus homemade guac with these delicious quesadillas sounds amazing

  20. feta in quesadillas is always a win…what am I saying? Feta in ANYTHING is a win!

  21. 2 days of kayaking, that sounds like such a fun weekend (but yes super exhausting!!) I am such a quesadilla fan, they are just the epitome of quick comfort food. And you used feta, which is the surprise ingredient here – love it!

  22. we LOVE quesadillas! so fun to make! My husband loves them and all things mexican so i’ll be adding these to his wish list of eats! haha

  23. Hey Liz– you really rocked the boat on these quesadillas. (har har har….) Seriously, look delish and yum, my two basic dinner requirements! 🙂 Score!

  24. These look awesome!


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