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  • Rajani Katta MD

Black Bean Quesadillas

Updated: Aug 16, 2020

A black bean quesadilla with black beans, tomatoes, cilantro and cheese on tortilla
To make black bean quesadillas, start with a tortilla, add black beans and your choice of extras, then top with cheese and heat

The stars of this recipe are the black beans. Black beans may not look like much, but they're an incredibly rich source of antioxidants.

Per serving size, black beans were one of only five foods containing more than 1000 mg of antioxidants per serving (out of the 100 richest dietary sources evaluated). In other words, they were antioxidant royalty in a group of antioxidant stars.

The other ingredients in this simple recipe also provide extra servings of skin-saving nutrients, especially cilantro and tomatoes.



1 whole-wheat tortilla

1/4 cup cooked black beans

2 tbsp shredded cheese (we use Colby and Monterey Jack)

Diced tomatoes

Diced cilantro



1. Set tortilla on baking sheet (or toaster oven baking sheet)

2. On one half of tortilla, layer black beans, tomatoes, cilantro, and cheese

3. Fold over tortilla and toast in toaster oven on medium. You can also broil under high heat until cheese melts, usually 2-4 minutes. You can also heat in a skillet over medium-high heat until cheese melts.

4. Serve with salsa


Dr. Rajani Katta is the author of Glow: The Dermatologist's Guide to a Whole Foods Younger Skin Diet. To receive future updates on preventive dermatology and the role of diet, sign up here.



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