Sweetpotato Black Bean Quesadillas {Recipe ReDux}

October 8, 2013

Creamy sweetpotato puree and garlicky black beans and spinach make a sweet and savory filling for these gluten-free, vegetarian quesadillas the whole family will love!

Creamy sweetpotato puree and garlicky black beans and spinach make a sweet and savory filling for gluten-free, vegetarian quesadillas. @jlevinsonrd

Disclaimer: I received free samples of California sweetpotatoes mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the California Sweetpotato Council and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time. 

In case you missed my previous post, it’s sweetpotato season and no, I didn’t misspell that. California sweetpotatoes are now being known as one word to emphasize that they are not the “sweet potato” you are used to. California sweetpotatoes are grown in soft sand and are hand sorted during harvest to minimize scarring and scratching. End result: a visually higher quality, more attractive sweetpotato. Sweetpotatoes are also not white potatoes and yams, the latter of which are imported from the Caribbean and are starchier than sweetpotatoes.

California Sweetpotatoes

Nutritionally, one medium cooked California sweetpotato contains 105 calories, 2 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and is a good source of vitamins C and A.

Sweetpotato Mash

So that’s the California sweetpotato story. Now, what do you do with them? Well, you could make my Kale & Sweetpotato Lentil Salad or one of the many sweetpotato recipes my fellow ReDuxers have posted (links below). Or, you could take sweetpotatoes for a Mexican spin and make these Nutritioulicious Sweetpotato Black Bean Quesadillas!

Creamy sweetpotato puree and garlicky black beans and spinach make a sweet and savory filling for gluten-free, vegetarian quesadillas. @jlevinsonrd

Creamy sweetpotato puree and garlicky black beans and spinach make a sweet and savory filling for gluten-free, vegetarian quesadillas. @jlevinsonrd
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Sweetpotato Black Bean Quesadillas

Creamy sweetpotato puree and garlicky black beans and spinach make a sweet and savory filling for gluten-free, vegetarian quesadillas. Top with salsa and guacamole for a fun Mexican night dinner!
Course Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 310 kcal
Author Jessica

Ingredients

  • 3 medium California sweetpotatoes I used one of each variety sent to me
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 5 ounces baby spinach leaves
  • 1 15- oz can no salt added black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 16 soft yellow corn tortillas 6"
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat Monterey Jack & Cheddar cheese blend divided
  • Salsa optional
  • Guacamole optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Wrap sweetpotatoes individually in aluminum foil. Bake for about 1 hour, until sweetpotatoes are very soft and skin peels off easily. Once cool enough to handle, puree sweetpotatoes using a food processor or hand immersion blender. Once sweetpotato puree is smooth, use a spoon to mix in cilantro, lime juice, 1/8 teaspoon salt, cumin, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high. Add garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Add spinach and saute until wilted. Add the beans, chile powder, remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt, and a few grinds of black pepper and stir to toss. Remove from heat and transfer to mixing bowl. Wipe the skillet with a paper towel, coat with nonstick cooking spray, and place on stove over medium-low heat.
  3. Spread about 1/4 cup sweetpotato mixture on 1 corn tortilla. Place in skillet, top with about 2 tablespoons of the black bean-spinach mixture and 1 tablespoon cheese. Cover with another tortilla and press down with spatula. Cook for 2 minutes, flip, and cook another 2 minutes until cheese is melted and tortilla starts to crisp. Repeat with the remaining tortillas; serve with salsa and guacamole if desired.

Recipe Notes

For a complete meal, serve quesadillas with a side salad, like this Spinach Salad.

These quesadillas were a family favorite. My husband, who usually isn’t into non-meat containing meals, loved them – even called them “restaurant quality,” and my twin girls devoured them:

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Creamy sweetpotato puree topped with garlicky black beans and spinach and a sprinkling of cheese make a sweet and savory filling for gluten-free, vegetarian quesadillas that the whole family will love, kids included. @jlevinsonrd
Creamy sweetpotato puree topped with garlicky black beans and spinach and a sprinkling of cheese make a sweet and savory filling for gluten-free, vegetarian quesadillas that the whole family will love, kids included. @jlevinsonrd
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    1. Thanks Deanna! The girls absolutely loved them – couldn’t get enough! The sweetpotatoes pureed were so creamy and rich!

  1. What adorable girls! And the look like they are loving these! I’m sure my kids will too. I just have a few sweetpotatoes left..but this would be an easy dinner!

  2. I never knew there was another sweet potato called the sweetpotato! That’s so funny. I’ll be sure to check it out the next time I’m in California! These quesadillas sound delish- no longer sweet potato season where I am (or I might be wrong) but would love to try these!

    1. Thanks Genevieve! I hadn’t known either! Truth is it’s hard to know where the sweet potatoes/sweetpotatoes actually come from in the supermarket! Hope you get to try the quesadillas!

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  5. This looks delicious!

    How many ounces sweet potato are used in this recipe? The sweet potatoes on the East Coast are sometimes close to 1-1/2 pounds!

    1. Thanks Brenda! It’s definitely a favorite still to this day with my girls. That’s a great question and I’m remiss for not giving a weight for the potatoes since they really do vary a bit. A medium sweet potato is usually between 5-6 ounces. But I will update this recipe with exact measurements the next time I make it. The great thing is that if you make too much of the sweet potato puree, you can freeze it for another time!