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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas with Swiss Chard Pesto

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas with Swiss Chard Pesto

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It has been my experience that most things that make good taco filling also make good quesadilla filling and so whenever I make tacos I try to make sure that there are some leftovers to make quesadillas. I mean, you really cannot go wrong taking an already tasty filling and covering it with ooey gooey melted cheese, placing it in a tortilla and grilling it until it is golden brown and crispy! It was with this in mind that I made these sweet potato and black bean quesadillas with swiss chard pesto with the leftovers from the tacos. I kept things nice and simple and filled the quesadillas with the chipotle roasted sweet potato and black beans along with some of the swiss chard salsa and of course, plenty of cheese. As is sometimes the case, these sweet potato and black bean quesadillas with swiss chard pesto turned out to be even better than the tacos that inspired them!

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas with Swiss Chard Pesto

The swiss chard pesto is so good that it is ok to cover the quesadillas in even more of it!

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas with Swiss Chard Pesto

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas with Swiss Chard Pesto

Chipotle roasted sweet potatoes with seasoned black beans with a spicy swiss chard pesto smothered in ooey gooey melted cheese all grilled in a tortilla until it is lightly toasted and golden brown and crispy.


Servings: makes 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

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Ingredients
Directions
  1. Place the tortilla in the pan, sprinkle half of the cheese over half of the tortilla, then top with the chipotle roasted sweet potatoes and chipotle black beans, swiss chard pesto and the remaining cheese.
  2. Fold the tortilla in half covering the filling and cook until the quesadilla is golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted, about 2-4 minutes per side.
  3. Serve garnished with more pesto and herbs.

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28 comments:

MissCakeBaker said...

These look delicious!

Vincent GRESSI said...

Nice food, i like it...

Aurelia said...

Ahha! I have some lonely sweet potatoes in the fridge that I was trying to find a new recipe for! This looks awesome, thanks for sharing it :) Hubby and I shall be trying it out later this week.

Pam said...

Sounds fantastic, Kevin!

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

I have been on a total quesadilla kick lately and this one looks incredible!

I am loving that pesto.

I just posted about a broccoli pesto, it was great and reminds me of this "stray" from the familiar herb pesto here too.

mireia badia said...

Your dishes always make me hungry, this looks so yummy!

Girlie Blogger said...

Love quesadillas. This looks delicious.
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Best Diet Tips For Women said...

looks delicious, worth to try it on my home

Judee @ Gluten Free A-Z said...

I love the combination of flavor and color in these quesadilllas. I especially can't wait to try the swiss chard pesto. Beautiful photos too.

Joanne said...

I love when you show us different ways to use the same base ingredient because it makes leftovers fun!

Maria said...

I think I might make the other recipes just for the quesadillas. Lokks delicious!

Laura @ A Healthy JalapeƱo said...

This looks far beyond fabulous. I have a new obsession lately with sweet potatoes and this just looks and sounds out of this world. Must try/ excellent post!

TheKitchenGeeks said...

Those look amazing, and I think my kids would actually eat them, too! I'm going to try them for dinner tonight.

Ellen said...

This looks really good, Kevin. I always look forward to your colourful food photos and creative recipe ideas. Keep them coming!

Margarita said...

I've never heard of swiss chard pesto... but it is pesto and Swiss chard, so it's gotta be good. Love the use of awesome leftovers!

Lynne @ CookandBeMerry said...

You had me at the gooey melted cheese, but the Swiss Chard Pesto sealed the deal.

Anonymous said...

I'm a big fan of sweet potatoes, especially the purple variety.

But doesn't the sweet potatoes give the quesadilla a strange strange mushy consistency??

Kevin said...

Anonymous: The outside of the quesadilla is nice and crispy and the inside is what you would expect given the sweet potato and bean filling and I quite enjoy it. It definitely has a different texture than a steak or chicken quesadilla but it is inline with spinach quesadillas, corn and black bean quesadillas, zucchini quesadillas or even guacamole quesadillas.

Sara said...

Seems really interesting and I'lltry it.. i like your blog and your recipes :-)

Alexandra said...

I love Sweet Potato especially since it is nutritious. The only thing in the recipe that I have not tried is swiss chard...I love black beans and sweet potato. 2 out of 3 ain't bad! Will give it a try!

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Psychgrad said...

This looks like a really interesting combo! Still loving the swiss chard pesto.

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Helena O'Reilly said...

Okay WOW. I just saw this last night and made it last night. I fully admit I had little faith in the chard pesto. But I have HUGE amounts of chard that I overwintered and was desperate to use. The chard pesto is incredible! No leftovers! I LOVE this blog!

MerciBlahBlah said...

Wanted to pop in and say I made these last weekend for the first time, and they are officially my new favorite meal. I'm making them again tonight. SOOOO. Gooood. Love the combination of flavors, and the pesto? Um, YUM.

merci,
Shannan

Darcy Righello said...

I made these last night and they were delicious! I especially loved the chard pesto! The flavor combination was awesome! Thank you for sharing such a tasty recipe!

Darcy

Kevin said...

Darcy Righello: Glad you enjoyed it! I am so addicted to the chard pesto!

Homemade Food Recipes said...

Great Recipe! must to try Thanks!

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