Friday, August 08, 2008

Spinach Fest 2008- Spinach Quesadillas

Boy, you'd think I'd married Popeye the sailor man what with all these spinach recipes in a row. And I even have one more in my pocket! This is a little something I whipped up a couple weeks ago. I had one night open on my menu plan that I just couldn't think to fill. I wanted something that would be really easy to put together, so I decide I would just come up with some kind of quesadillas. I decided on using chopped spinach and black beans for my filling, along with some cheese of course. These were really great! I think I might make a batch to tuck into the freezer for emergency meals. I can't remember now what I served with them, aside form our usual salad. I think we just had some chips & salsa with them. I would have liked cilantro-lime rice, but I think cilantro and peppers were off the shelves at the time.

Spinach Quesadillas
Recipe by me; Makes 6

6 wheat flour tortillas
1 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess liquid
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 4.5 oz. can chopped green chiles
Coarse salt and ground black pepper
Ground cumin
Shredded cheese- I used cheddar and pepper jack
Olive oil

  • Mix the drained beans, spinach, and chiles together in a bowl. Add salt, pepper and cumin to taste.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Rub surface with paper towel dipped in olive oil. Place one tortilla into the pan. Top with shredded cheese. Once the cheese starts to melt place about 1/3 cup of the filling on one half of the tortilla. Gently fold the tortilla over the filling and press down. Let sit for a moment on each side of the tortilla to warm the filling through and finish melting the cheese. Remove quesadilla from pan and repeat process with remaining ingredients. Serve, cutting into wedges if you like.
My notes: The chile amount is a guess. JalapeƱos were hard to come by, and I had a 7 oz. can of chopped green chiles, of which I used half or more. And the cumin I really did just sprinkle liberally over the filling, so just use your personal judgment. I love using wheat tortillas to make quesadillas this way. They are a little sturdier than white flour tortillas, so the don't tend to split when folded or become soggy from cheese or fillings. What are you favorite quesadilla fillings?


Andrea said...

Hi! I just found your blog and I love it! I discovered a strange way to use tortillas and spinach a while back that I fell in love with. I just cook up a fresh tortilla, a little turkey kielbasa (strange, I know) and put it together with some fresh spinach and brown mustard then roll it up like a burrito. Bizarre but Yummy!

i'm kelly said...

i love spinach! and i can't wait to try these. i bet the boys will LOVE them. you're the best, as always!

Maria said...

YUM! We go to quesadillas when we are tired and not int he mood to cook. I will have to try spinach in them next time! We buy the "fresh" tortillas from Costco! They are tasty!

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