Grilled Chicken Quesadillas with Black Beans and Corn

Grilled Chicken Quesadillas with Black Beans and Corn

Slices of grilled chicken breast, black beans, shredded cheese, and corn tucked into a flour tortilla and grilled until toasty hot! Served with shredded lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes, and hot sauce, this is an easy meal everyone will LOVE!


6 servings (3 if used as a main dish)


1 can (15 ounces, or about 1 3/4 cups freshly cooked) black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 of a 15-ounce can of corn, drained (optional)
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese or Mexican cheese blend
1 large or 2 medium grilled chicken breasts, sliced
Hot sauce, optional
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
6 burrito-size flour tortillas

For serving (optional):

Shredded lettuce
Sour cream
Diced tomatoes
Fresh cilantro, chopped
Hot sauce


1. Combine the first 6 ingredients in a bowl for the filling.

2. Lay out the flour tortillas, and spread the filling evenly between them, in a semi-circle shape (half), so they can be folded in half.

3. Heat a griddle, indoor grill (like Foreman), or heavy skillet over medium heat. Place folded quesadillas in pan or on griddle and heat for a couple minutes on each side, until filling is hot, cheese inside is melted, and outsides are browned. Turn down the heat if they're browning too quickly, or turn up the heat if they're getting hot inside but not crisp and browned on the outside.

4. Remove quesadillas from griddle after cooking both sides. Cut in half or fourths with a pizza cutter or knife. Serve with lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes, hot sauce, and cilantro. You can stuff some toppings inside, or just spoon on top, or dip.

Chicken quesadillas filling
Chicken Quesadillas filling
Chicken quesadillas, cooking
Cooking the quesadillas in my cast iron skillet
Grilled chicken quesadillas with black beans
Grilled chicken quesadillas with black beans
Additional Notes: 

This recipe was submitted to by Jessica C. She writes, "These summer quesadillas are so easy and fast to make up and they are wonderful! I recently came up with this recipe when trying to use some of the grilled chicken breasts I have in my freezer. This makes an awesome lunch served with sour cream and salsa."

I (Tammy) changed this recipe slightly since it was originally a baked quesadilla recipe. We like this version best! It's super simple but a real feast for the eyes and stomach! :)

Grilled chicken quesadillas with black beans

Preparation Time: 

15 minutes

Cooking Time: 

15-20 minutes

Tammy's Review: 

YUMMY! Joshua usually views quesadillas as a "cop out" sort of dinner, but he really enjoyed these and told me several times that he was very impressed and really enjoyed them!

I think the fresh cilantro really takes this meal over the top! I also make sure to use grilled chicken breast (and not just leftover roasted chicken meat) because it is a lot better that way.

Some time I want to try using roasted corn in this recipe, rather than plain canned corn. My rating: 10/10.

Chicken quesadillas
With some "toppings" stuffed inside...


I made this for lunch, I changed a couple things, like I topped it with some avacado as well and chopped a few fresh garden tomatoes in the filling as well. I cooked it on top of the stove as I did not want to heat up the oven for a small thing, in a cast iron pan, it worked great! It was the perfect lunch, very filling and satisfying!


I love any kind of mexican/spanish style foods. This was so easy to make. I had a few family members over on a Sunday after noon and thought I'd try something new. We all loved it. Even the kids asked for more :)


We made the grilled chicken quesadillas for lunch today on the George Foreman grill and everyone cleaned their plates. They are very good and easy to make. We followed your recipe to a T and it was delicious, especially with homemade salsa and tomato and lettuce inside. Thanks again for a delicious recipe Tammy!


I made these for my family, and they loved it! I bought corn on the cob, roasted and cut it off the cob, and it was worth the extra work.
I don't care for a lot of cilantro, so I added it to the fresh salsa, so my family could add it to the quesadilla if they wanted it.


I made these for dinner tonight. They were a hit. So easy to put together and really yummy. I served w/ guacamole, sour cream & salsa!


These are fantastic! Cheesy, flavorful and can be made without the chicken for a cheap meal.


I made these tonight for dinner. My son, who sometimes can be picky, commented how good they were. My husband loves them also! Great recipe!


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