Black Bean Quesadillas – Waffle Style



I am constantly trying new recipes so It wasn’t until I went to write this post that I realized I had actually made Black Bean Quesadillas before, but let me tell you this recipe is even simpler and quicker.  Not only that, but they went over just as well.

Not only were the ingredients simpler, but so was the cooking method.  Last time I made Black Bean Quesadillas, I did them stove top.  This time I decided to use my Cuisinart Panini Grill Press, since it would cook both sides at once.   When I was pulling that out of the cupboard I noticed another appliance I haven’t used in awhile.  In fact, I almost gave it away when we were doing the clean out for selling our house, but kept it just in case I wanted to make this high protein packed breakfast item again.

I got to thinking that this rarely used small appliance would also cook two sides at one time.  So I pulled out my waffle maker too and plugged it in.  After all, getting two cooked in the same time as one is a definite bonus for a busy mom.   Boy was I glad I did, because cooking quesadillas in a waffle maker makes them so fun to eat.  The kids thought it was cool and the waffle iron made them so easy to cut.

Similar to my previous version of Black Bean Quesadilla, the ingredients are part of my top 12 Aldi items.  However, since moving to Florida, I need to update this list just a bit.  For some reason tortillas in Florida are double the price they were in Pennsylvania.  So instead of picking them up at Aldi, I wait for a Buy One, Get One sale at Publix or Winn Dixie, and stock up on tortillas and salsa.  Since these items seem to go on a BOGO sale at least once a month, it is very doable.

So are you ready for the recipe.  Trust me it’s super easy.  There are only 4 ingredients and each one (or should I say two since I used two small appliances to cook them) is finished in just 3 minutes.   Perfect for a busy night!  I ended up making 7 for my family so dinner was done in just 12 Minutes!!





Here’s how much I used to make my 7 quesadillas:

  • 12 oz Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Cans Black Beans (drained)
  • 14 Tortillas
  • 16 oz Mild Salsa (if you want more spice, use medium or hot)

The only step prior to cooking to to mix a couple spoonfuls of salsa into the black beans.

Step 1 of Cooking

On the Panini Grill Press, I turned the heat on high and for the waffle maker, I just plugged it in and let it warm up.

After placing on the tortilla, spoon on a mixture of the black beans and salsa.



Step 2

Top the beans with  a handful of shredded cheese.



Step 3

Put a tortilla on top and shut the lid.  I held each of them shut for about 30 seconds and then let it cook for an additional 2 to 2 1/2 minutes until the quesadillas were golden brown.



Helpful Tip

Although this is a quick cooking meal, with it all being done in 12 minutes, there is 9 minutes between the first quesadilla being done and the last.  That definitely means if you all want to sit down at the same time for dinner, the first quesadillas will be cold.  That is unless you do something.  Here’s what I did:



As they finished cooking, I placed them in a pie plate in an oven at 200 degrees.  Not only did it keep them warm for the 12 minutes, but it also kept them warm for my husband who got home an hour after the rest of us ate dinner.

Speaking of eating, I served up the Black Bean Quesadilla Waffles with a side of salsa and plain greek yogurt, which is my substitute for sour cream.

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Black Bean Quesadillas - Waffle Style
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Use a small appliance that you normally use to make breakfast to make a super simple and fast tasty dinner.
Serves: 7
  • 12 oz cheddar cheese
  • 14 flour tortillas
  • 2 cans black beans (drained)
  • Salsa ((mild, medium or hot depending on your taste)
  1. Warm up your r waffle iron
  2. Mix about 4 heaping spoons of salsa with your two cans of drained beans)
  3. Place tortilla in waffle press
  4. Spoon on Black Bean Salsa mixture
  5. Top with handful of cheese (enough to cover the beans)
  6. Top with tortilla
  7. Close the waffle maker and hold together for about 30 seconds
  8. Continue to cook for 2 to 2½ minutes or until golden brown
  9. Serve with salsa and sour cream or plain greek yogurt


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