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Sweet Potato Black Bean and Kale Quesadillas

Sweet Potato Black Bean and Kale Quesadillas

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Adjust Servings:
4 Tortillas
1 medium Sweet Potato
15 ounce can Black Beans
1 cup, chopped Kale
0.3 cup, chopped Red Onion
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
0.5 (or less) teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 cup (or more), grated Monterey Jack Cheese
1 Avocado
Sour Cream/Greek Yogurt

Sweet Potato Black Bean and Kale Quesadillas

  • 30 minutes
  • Serves 2
  • Medium


  • Toppings



I am a big fan of sweet potatoes, besides serving them as a side (the obvious), I try to include them into dishes when I want to feel a bit more full.

When I was vegetarian for about 4 months…ya, I did not last very long…I added a lot of beans and sweet potato to my dishes so much so that our breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts included beans and sweet potato!

One of the dishes that actually stuck and I still make now are these quesadillas.

Though they are vegetarian, the beans add some protein and I don’t think you will miss the meat, however, if you can’t live without it I suggest adding chopped or better yet, shredded chicken.

Ok, back to my vegetarian option…



Make The Sweet Potato, Kale & Bean Mixture

First, prepare your ingredients. Wash the kale leaves and remove the stems then chop the kale into small pieces. Peel and finely chop the red onion and wash and cube the sweet potato. I chop the sweet potato fairly small so it cooks quickly. Since I buy organic produce, I also keep the skin on as it has added nutrients! Drain and rinse the black beans and set aside. Lastly, grate the cheese and set aside for later.

Heat up a medium size skillet with 1 tablespoon of oil (I use extra virgin olive oil) on medium heat. Once the skillet is hot, add the cubed sweet potato to the skillet and sauté for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Next, add the chopped red onion and cook until the onions are translucent, about 2-3 minutes then add about 1/4 cup of water and cover the skillet so the sweet potato can steam and cook through for a couple of minutes.

Once the sweet potato is fork tender and all of the water in the skillet has evaporated, add the ground cumin, cayenne pepper, and salt. If you do not like it too spicy, start with only a 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper. Stir to combine then add the chopped kale and black beans and cook until the kale has wilted and the beans are heated through, about 2-3 minutes.


Make The Quesadillas

Get a second, clean large skillet and add 1 teaspoon of oil.

Heat to medium-high heat.

Once the skillet is hot add one of the tortillas then top with a couple of tablespoons of grated cheese, followed with about 1/2 cup of the sweet potato, kale and bean mixture, spreading it out evenly over the tortilla.

Add a bit more cheese on top then cover with a second tortilla.

Pan fry the quesadilla for 2-3 minutes on each side on medium-low heat or until lightly golden brown, crispy and the cheese has melted.

Use a large spatula to carefully flip the quesadilla in the skillet.

Once the quesadilla is done, transfer to a cutting board and cut into quarters using a sharp knife.

Serve the quesadillas with some avocado slices and sour cream or greek yogurt.


Hi guys, so glad you are here! My food blog is about easy, colorful and mostly healthy recipes. I grew up in Germany and have been in the states since 2002. Currently, I am living in sunny Miami, FL! Please leave me a comment if you have questions or recipe requests and also follow me on social media via @foodbyjonister. Happy cooking and eating!

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