Chicken, Bean and Cheese Quesadillas

Of all of the delicious recipes (at least, I think they're delicious!) created for weelicious, I have to say 
that few things get everyone in my house hustling to the kitchen faster than when I'm making something that smells as heavenly as these 
chicken, cheese and pinto bean quesadillas. I knew these were going to be a hit even before my number one taster, 
Kenya, put one in his mouth because he was standing at my pant leg grunting and repeatedly saying "mamamamama", which translated in baby language is 
"whatever you've got up there I want right now)!!!

These quesadillas couldn't be easier to make. They take only minutes to 
prepare and I think Kenya ate more of them in one sitting then anything I've ever 
served him. You can use any type of tortilla, but I like to use whole wheat or spelt. Both kinds came out great, but after the spelt tortillas were cooked, they had a 
really toasty, nutty flavor. These quesadillas are packed with protein 
and as we say in our house "yummy, yummy yummy!"


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Chicken, Bean and Cheese Quesadillas (Serves 2 )

Prep Time: 2 mins Cook Time: 15 mins

egg free

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup pinto beans
  • 1/2 cup grated monterey jack cheese
  • 2 whole wheat or spelt tortillas

Preparation

1. Place the chicken breast in a steamer pot over boiling water and steam for 8-10 minutes or until it’s cooked through. Finely chop the chicken.
2. Heat a skillet over medium to low heat. Place one tortilla in the pan and top with 1/2 of the cheese. Add beans and chicken and top with the remaining cheese.
3. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese melts. Top with the remaining tortilla, flip, and cook an additional 2-3 minutes, until cheese is melted and tortillas are golden brown.
4. Cool for several minutes, cut into triangles and serve.

Note: The cheese can remain quite hot even after you cut the tortillas into triangles, so make sure it’s cool before serving to your toddler.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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9 comments

  • Lisa

    Thanks for a great recipie! So quick and easy, the only changes I made was that I bought the chicken already cooked at the deli and I added mexican blended cheeses! :)

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  • Akmum

    I'll have to try these! I made some similar ones for lunch the other day- shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, whole black beans and diced grape tomatoes. The boys loved them!

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  • Garvinp

    I made these today really fast for lunch! Threw some leftover chicken breast in the food processor and added it to a can of fat free refried beans and spread it on the tortilla with some lowfat mozzarella cheese. Added some green onions and sour cream. Cooked it on the griddle. Absolutely delicious!!! I will be making these again for our 15 month old and ourselves. She gobbled it up!!! Thanks so much for a simple and yummy recipe!

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    • Adeola

      My mom is a great cook, but my grandmother was fatsintac. This post is bringing back memories of her cornmeal pancakes, which she made without a recipe and I cannot not replicate. But I'll keep trying!

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  • Love this easy way to use extra chicken...and can customize each one...hot sauce for the hubby, extra cheese and some corn for kids!

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