Photo: Andrew Purcell; Styling: Alistair Turnbull    
Hands-on Time
21 Mins
Total Time
21 Mins
Serves 6 (serving size: 4 quesadilla wedges, 1 lime wedge, and 1 tablespoon sour cream)

A sparing amount of cooking spray is key to perfectly crisp quesadillas--too much and the fat absorbs into the tortilla. Plus, spreading mashed beans onto each tortilla forms a protective layer that keeps the veggie juices contained (and the tortillas crisp).

How to Make It

Step 1

Place oven rack in middle of oven. Preheat broiler to high. Place a baking sheet on rack in oven (keep pan in oven as it preheats).

Step 2

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add poblano and corn; cook 5 minutes, stirring once. Add quinoa, salt, and spinach; sauté 2 minutes or until spinach wilts. Remove from heat; stir in cheese.

Step 3

Combine beans and hot sauce in a small bowl; mash with fork until smooth. Spread 2 1/2 tablespoons bean mixture on each of 4 tortillas; top each with 1/2 cup spinach mixture and 1 tortilla. Lightly coat quesadillas with cooking spray. Arrange quesadillas on preheated pan in oven; broil 3 minutes or until lightly browned, turning once.

Step 4

Cut each quesadilla into 6 wedges. Serve with sour cream and lime.

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Ratings & Reviews

StacyYC's Review

April 16, 2014
Easy and really delicious. My family does not like really spicy food so I just added a dash or two of hot sauce instead of the 2 teaspoons called for.

bmoxie1212's Review

April 20, 2014
I really enjoyed this--- much more exciting than the standard bell pepper/onion quesadilla I make. Watch the tortillas under the broiler--- can burn fast!

mrsbandito's Review

August 01, 2014
These are great for a quick lunch or dinner. My changes: 1 Poblano Chile, 6 oz bag of baby spinach, 9 thin slices of sharp cheddar, 1 can beans, 3 tsps. of Cholula, 5 - 8" tortillas and I used the regular sour cream, omitted the lime. For the 5th tortilla I just put the ingredients on half of tortilla and folded it over.

meganhalv's Review

November 02, 2014
Loved these! Prepared as directed and they turned out great.

Different from Your Usual Quesadilla

March 23, 2015
I followed the recipe for these except that I used whole wheat flour tortillas and plain brown rice instead of brown rice with quinoa.  This recipe idea seems like a good one, but the end result was dry and bland (I seeded the poblano which took out a lot of the heat).  I think I would have liked them better with more veggies (maybe more spinach?) and more cheese and without the brown rice.  And, a regular flour tortilla might be tastier than a whole wheat one, although not as healthy.

Loved these

June 04, 2015
Very unique and even my picky teenager liked them - spinach and all!  Once the filling is prepared, they go together quickly for lunch the next day too.  Will definitely make them again.