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bean and cheese quesadilla with mango-tequila pico de gallo

by Jackie Newgent  |  May 3, 2013  |  5 Comments

Black Bean and Vegan Cheese Quesadilla with Mango-Tequila Pico de Gallo

I call this a “mangover” … a mango-inspired makeover! I developed this Black Bean and Vegan Cheese Quesadilla with Mango-Tequila Pico de Gallo recipe with Cinco de Mayo in mind. But please enjoy it anytime you want. Personally, I’ll take this tropical inspired quesadilla over an extra greasy, artery-clogging version any day.

The pico de gallo is lightly spiked with tequila for added flair. Though, you can leave it out for the kids, of course. It’s fit for a fiesta … especially while sipping a virgin or not-so-virgin margarita!

Bean and Vegan Cheese Quesadilla with Mango-Tequila Pico de Gallo

Makes 2 servings: 4 wedges each

2/3 cup cooked or canned, drained organic black beans
Juice of 1/2 lime (1 tablespoon)
2 scallions, green and white part, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/8 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
4 (8-inch) whole grain tortillas
2 ounces (1/2 cup) shredded vegan Mexican cheese or Monterey Jack-style cheese
1 recipe mango-tequila pico de gallo (see below) or 1/2 cup pico de gallo of choice

  1. Toss together the beans, lime juice, scallions, cilantro, and salt (if using).
  2. Spritz two of the tortillas with cooking spray (fill a Misto bottle with canola or peanut oil). Flip over and sprinkle 1/4 cup of the vegan cheese over the entire surface of these tortillas. Sprinkle with the bean mixture. Then sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Top with the remaining tortillas and firmly press to compact the ingredients. Spritz the top of the tortillas with cooking spray
  3. Cook each in a large stick-resistant skillet over medium heat until the cheese is melted and quesadilla is browned, about 2 minutes per side.
  4. Cut the quesadillas into 4 wedges each. Top with the pico de gallo, and serve as a meal-in-one or entrée.

Per serving: 510 calories, 16g total fat, 7g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 950mg sodium, 70g total carbohydrate, 12g dietary fiber, 10g sugars, 21g protein


mango-tequila pico de gallo

3/4 cup diced ripe mango
3 to 4 tablespoons finely diced red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon tequila
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 small jalapeno pepper, with some seeds, minced
Pinch of sea salt

Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Chill until ready to serve. Adjust seasoning. (Note: Can be made up to 2 days in advance.)


Chef Jackie Tips!

Check out what I did here. Try these ideas in other recipes.

  • Sneak in beans for more body–and body-friendly protein
  • When using a vegan cheese or using less of it, boost other flavors, like doubling up on scallions
  • Try a “mangover”, such as topping quesadillas with fresh mango pico de gallo instead of jarred salsa (hint: Mango creates sweet intrigue in place of tomato in many recipes, like pico de gallo)
  • Let the mango topping be the star … you’ll gladly skip the sour cream

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