Caramelized Onions and Black Beans Quesidellas : A simple Mexican fare!

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My family loves Mexican Food! If not anybody else, I am always up for a good Bean Burrito, Black beans or pinto beans on the side, a big scoop of guacamole with pico de gallo….that’s happy me!

May be I smell so much of Mexican food that people have actually approached and have started a conversation in Spanish with me and I always end up saying “I am sorry, I didn’t get you…I don’t speak Spanish”. I need to start learning Spanish soon!

I started taking that in my stride until recently when an old man approached me at the Orlando airport , “fellow Brazilliano?”. He seemed lost. I was rushing to catch the train holding the hand of my little one while Amit and my older one were ahead of us. I said, “sorry…you speak English?”. He threw his hands in despair and gave me the looks as if I was deliberately kidding, asking him to talk in English. At that point I thought, I need to learn Portuguese now.

I think I talked too much here…umm..may be!! Let’s get cooking these delicious Quesidellas!

Serves : 2

Kitchen Equipments Required : 2 heavy bottom pans, chopping board, knife, flat spatula, stirring spoon.

Ingredients :

Oil : 2 tsp

Garlic : 2 tsp, chopped

Onion : 1 small, chopped thick

Bell peppers : 1/2 cup chopped

Black beans : 1/4 cup. You may use Red Kidney beans instead.

Cilantro/Coriander leaves : 1 tbsp, chopped

Cumin powder : 1 tsp

Oregano powder : 1/2 tsp

Paprika : 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

Cheese, shredded : 1/2 cup. You may use Mexican blend or cheddar or Queso along with mozarella.

Tortillas : 6, medium size

Lime juice : 1 tsp

Oil : a little to grill the Quesidellas

Method :

  1. Making the stuffing : Heat oil in pan. Add chopped garlic, bell peppers and onions to it. Sauté them for 2 minutes on medium flame. Add black beans to the pan along with cumin, oregano, paprika and salt. Cook for 2 more minutes. Switch off the flame. Add cilantro leaves and lemon juice. Toss well. This makes an excellent side to fajitas or even a warm salad !

  2. Making Quesidellas :

* Divide the stuffing and cheese in 3 equal portions.
*Heat another heavy bottom pan and lightly grease the pan.
* Put a tortilla on the hot pan. Spread a layer of beans on the tortilla. Spread cheese on top of it. Cover it with another tortilla.
* Press with flat spatula and grill on lower medium heat.
* Flip it carefully and grill on the other side too, till cheese melts and crisps up.
* Quesidellas are ready!

Serving Suggestion :
Serve it with guacamole, salsa, sour cream and Tabasco! An absolutely delicious dish!

Taking these Quesidellas to share with my FF friends at Angie’s , gracefully co-hosted by Marghy and Aunt Juju. I hope that the lovely ladies will love these simple and yum Mexican sandwiches as much we did here at my cucina !


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  1. Hahaha! I love this story, Sonal. I don’t know why do we need to have such language barrier. 😐
    These look yummy, btw. And I love Quesadillas, too. 😀

  2. Quesadillas are one of my favorite finger foods. So many different ingredients make these a great appetizer, lunch, dinner or perhaps a snack. As I have been in many foreign countries there are always ways to communicate – amazing is it not? Thanks for coming to Angie’s party where party food is always popular 🙂

  3. Hahaha…you’re too funny! Always the pleaser! That shows how kind you are. You actually felt bad you couldn’t speak their language, you wanted to help. Love that about you, Sonal! I’ll learn Spanish with you. I’m up for it! 🙂 ‘Coz I love Mexican food, too. And I’ve always had this dream of being able to chatter away in Spanish. That’s why sometimes I watch Telemundo. Haven’t picked up much though. I think I need real lessons! 😀

  4. Oh they look so good, Sonal! We love Mexican food too! You should try Bakersfield OTR in downtown if you haven’t already. You are so going to love the food!

  5. Hahhah… you’ll be busy with Rosetta Stone learning new languages, Sonal! In the meantime, eat quesidellas! Who wouldn’t want to eat one of these? Mexican food seems to be our go to Friday night dinner for some reason (easy to make, perhaps). I think your recipe would make my family happy… yummy!