Chipotle Quesadilla with Avocado

Avocado makes this chipotle quesadilla recipe creamy without overloading on the cheese, and the chipotle tahini sauce sends it over the top.

Chipotle Quesadilla with Avocado

This post is sponsored by the Hass Avocado Board. All opinions are our own. 

I’m a strong believer in baby steps. You know, those small steps that when added together, propel you toward a major change? I’m impatient by nature, so it’s taken me a while to get on board with that theory. But when Alex and I set out to change our diet from fast and processed food to home cooking, there’s no way we could have gone cold turkey. What inspired us was a book that said we didn’t have to change all at once: just start taking small steps in the right direction. It took a lot of the pressure off, and helped us to feel free to experiment and find what worked for us. Recipes like this avocado black bean chipotle quesadilla are exactly what helped us to eat more plants in a delicious way. Keep reading for how to make this quick weeknight dinner.

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Avocado Black Bean Vegetarian Quesadilla

Why make this chipotle quesadilla

This vegetarian chipotle quesadilla recipe is about small steps toward a major diet change. If you aren’t quite ready for one of those hippie style Buddha bowls of vegetables but want to start cleaning up your diet, this one’s for you. It’s a familiar recipe with mass appeal, but it’s homemade with natural whole foods and full of both nutrients. Most importantly, this chipotle quesadilla is bursting with flavor — the kind where both Alex and I both mutter “Whoa” while still chewing the first bite. The star ingredient here is creamy avocado, which adds healthy fats and richness to the filling without the need for a massive amount of cheese. And the zesty chipotle lime tahini sauce is the showstopper. I may have licked the bowl clean (ok, I did).

Related: 5 Quesadilla Ideas!

Eating this chipotle quesadilla isn’t a health elixir, but research is beginning to show that eating well has a major effect on preventing conditions like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Simply cooking whole foods at home can add up to making a huge impact on your health and those around you. Baby steps. But someday, those baby steps may add up into a giant step towards sustainable health.

Chipotle quesadilla with avocado

Avocado nutrition facts

Given our passion about the link between diet and health, we created this vegetarian chipotle quesadilla recipe out of a partnership with the Hass Avocado Board. The Hass Avocado board has teamed up with the American Diabetes Association in a national Stop Diabetes movement to increase awareness about the role that good fats play in daily nutrition. Not that you need any more motivation to eat the avocado, but it’s full of healthy fats and nutrients! Here are some avocado nutrition facts:

  • Avocados contain naturally good monounsaturated fat and are cholesterol free. Research now shows naturally good fats are an important part of a healthy diet.
  • Over 75% of the fat in avocados is unsaturated, making them a great substitute for foods high in saturated fat.
  • Avocados are nutrient-dense. They contain eight percent of the daily value of fiber per serving. Diets rich in foods containing fiber have been found to potentially reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Fiber also adds bulk to a sensible diet, which helps provide a feeling of fullness.
  • Avocados contain less than one gram of sugar per 1-ounce, the least amount of sugar per serving of any other fresh fruit.
  • Avocado contributes nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, making it a good choice to help meet nutrient needs. Although phytonutrients are not essential, they may promote human health.
  • Avocados act as a “nutrient booster” by helping the body to better absorb fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha- and beta-carotene and lutein, from foods that are eaten with the fruit.

Step it up a notch! Make this quesadilla with Grilled Avocado.

Chipotle quesadilla with avocado and black beans | Vegetarian quesadill

Chipotle chile in this chipotle sauce

The chipotle in this chipotle quesadilla comes from a bit of adobo sauce from a can of chipotle chilis. Chipotles in adobo sauce are sold in most mainstream grocery stores here in the US, available next to the Mexican products. The small can includes chipotle chiles, which are smoked and dried jalapeños that then are rehydrated and canned in adobo sauce, a purée of tomato, vinegar, garlic, and some other spices.

Most of our recipes call for a very small amount of adobo sauce, because it’s super potent! In this sauce, we’ve called for only 1 teaspoon of adobo sauce (which includes little bits of chipotle chilis). You can freeze the remainder of the chipotle chile in adobo sauce for future use.

Related: Try these quesadillas with homemade Mexican Crema or Cashew Cream drizzled on top!

Looking for more avocado recipes?

Outside of this chipotle quesadilla with avocados, here are a few more healthy avocado recipes on A Couple Cooks and beyond:

Looking for more chipotle black bean recipes?

Any chipotle black bean recipe is a hit in our house! Outside of this healthy chipotle quesadilla recipe, here are a few more chipotle black bean recipes we love:

This recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use corn or gluten-free tortillas.

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Chipotle Quesadilla with Avocado


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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Avocado makes this chipotle quesadilla recipe creamy without overloading on the cheese, and the chipotle tahini sauce sends it over the top.

 


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Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Spicy Chipotle Sauce
  • 15-ounce can black beans
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 cup corn kernels, frozen or fresh
  • 8 whole wheat tortillas (or gluten-free tortillas)
  • Cilantro, for a garnish

Instructions

  1. Make the Spicy Chipotle Sauce.
  2. Drain and rinse the black beans. In a small bowl, stir them together with the cumin, olive oil, and kosher salt.
  3. Thinly slice the avocados (see the video instructions).
  4. For each quesadilla, place a tortilla on a plate and evenly spread with cheese, black beans, corn, avocado slices, chipotle sauce, then additional cheese.
  5. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat for a few minutes. Place the loaded tortilla on the griddle and add another tortilla on top. Cook until browned, then flip and cook until browned on the other side, a few minutes per side.
  6. Remove the tortilla and cut into wedges with a pizza cutter. If making several quesadillas at once, keep them warm in a 300°F oven until ready to serve. Serve garnished with chopped cilantro and additional chipotle sauce.

  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Keywords: Quesadilla, Veggie Quesadilla, Healthy Quesadilla, Quesadilla Recipe, Avocado, Black Beans, Avocado Quesadilla

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

26 Comments

  • Reply
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    October 7, 2015 at 9:35 am

    This looks great!! I especially love that you used tahini for the sauce. Totally delicious flavour combo!

    • Reply
      Alex
      October 7, 2015 at 10:04 am

      Thanks Katrina — the tahini really ads a wonderful flavor :)

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    October 7, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Every post of yours makes me want to come over for dinner. I’ll bring the cheese and wine!

    • Reply
      Alex
      October 7, 2015 at 10:04 am

      You are welcome anytime!

  • Reply
    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    October 7, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Yaay for baby steps! I approve of your soap box. ;-) And I’m a huge fan of that tahini-based cream!

  • Reply
    Jessica
    October 7, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Looks wonderful and weeknight simple. Thanks for being an inspiration you guys!

  • Reply
    Allyson
    October 7, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    I think as a a culture we have this delusion that healthy foods are weird and taste strange, and “normal” foods can’t be healthy. We need recipes like this, ones that are delicious and wholesome and can make someone think twice about what they put in their bodies. This sounds like the sort of quesadilla I’d happily make.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      October 12, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      I couldn’t agree more, Allyson! That was a huge learning to us when we started trying to change to a healthier diet, and it’s a big reason behind why we do what we do. Thanks for helping to spread the word too! :)

  • Reply
    Polly
    October 7, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    This looks amazing as, despite being a vegetarian and fairly healthy, I’m not quite up to the bowl-of-quinoa level healthiness yet :)

    • Reply
      Sonja
      October 12, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      Haha, perfect! We created this one just for people like you, which was us not so long ago! :) Let us know if you try it out.

  • Reply
    Kathryn @ The Scratch Artist
    October 7, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    I love homemade quesadillas! And I REALLY love all of those avocado facts. In case I needed any more reasons/justifications to eat them (I don’t) I now have them! :-)

    • Reply
      Sonja
      October 12, 2015 at 5:39 pm

      Exactly my thought — who needs more motivation to eat these little guys?! :)

  • Reply
    Bethany @ Athletic Avocado
    October 7, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    The flavor combo of these quesadillas are out of this world!

  • Reply
    Emily | Gather & Dine
    October 8, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Oh that sauce sounds so so good! Quesadillas are on our regular rotation of quick meals and I’m pinning this for the next time I make them. :) Just out of curiosity, what is your favorite brand of whole wheat tortillas?

    • Reply
      Sonja
      October 12, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      Good question! I can’t say we have a resident favorite whole wheat tortilla brand offhand! Now I’ll have to start comparing and get back to you :)

  • Reply
    karen
    November 1, 2015 at 11:25 am

    You could also substitute yogurt for the tahini.

  • Reply
    Hollie
    November 9, 2015 at 11:32 am

    I loved it, and ate the leftovers for days. The sauce was addicting. The only problem was that there wasn’t enough of the chipotle sauce for the 4 quesadillas when I first made it, so I had to basically double it.

  • Reply
    Barbara
    January 3, 2016 at 8:19 am

    I was curious about the book and what the book is called and the author? I would love to know as I always have a struggle and would love to read. I printed out the recipe and intend to make, looks so good.

    • Reply
      Alex
      January 3, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Hi! The book is Food Matters by Mark Bittman: http://amzn.to/1kD0gTz It’s still one of our favorites :)

  • Reply
    Kat
    January 28, 2016 at 5:12 am

    I love your blog and have marked several of your recipes because we are really working to change our eating patterns and quick healthy after work meals seem to be the biggest challenge.

    This recipe was fabulous, easy to follow, nourishing … and the sauce! Yum. My husband and I loved it. Good job. I am a fan.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      January 31, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      Yes, after work meals are our biggest challenge too. SO glad this one hit the mark! Thank you so much for letting us know. Let us know if you try anything else, or other things you’d love to try — We’re always happy to take recommendations and play with them :)

  • Reply
    Elyse H.
    March 18, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Made these last night for dinner — my husband and I loved them!! Thanks!!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      March 18, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      SO glad to hear this, Elyse! Thanks for writing!

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    August 2, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    i would be cautious w/ this though- a serving is very high in cals and fat

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