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):
Fresh cilantro, chopped
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.
Cooking the quesadillas in my cast iron skillet
This recipe was submitted to TammysRecipes.com 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! :)
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.
With some "toppings" stuffed inside...