Pineapple and Black Bean Quesadillas

We needed a quick dinner tonight because I went running with a friend and Mike was working in the yard after work. I got home close to 7:00 and we both needed to shower before we could even start cooking.  And we were both so hungry.

These quesadillas were inspired by the Black Beanie Quesadeenie at Mad Mex. It is so good and I have no idea how they make it but this is how we made ours.

I drained and rinsed a can of black beans and microwaved them for about 45 seconds just so they’d be easy to mash.  I seasoned them with some chili powder, cumin and cayenne.

Black beans and pineappleThen I poured in a can of crushed pineapple. I know it’s not fresh but this is about being quick and we needed the juice to help with the mashing. In the past, we’ve also used chunks from a can and diced them up but used a bit of the juice just to make sure the mixture isn’t dry.  And I mash with a potato masher but not until it’s just soup. I like there to be some whole beans left in the mixture.

Then we make quesadillas!  So the black bean mixture is not pretty.  But it tastes good, I swear.

Quesadilla 1

This is some blend of Mexican cheese.

Quesadilla 2Quesadilla 3Quesadilla 4It really tastes so good combining the smokey spices with sweet pineapple and the slightly salty cheese.

close up Mike says they’re almost as good as our favorite, but much more time consuming, black bean dinner – Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas. And those are heavenly but this is great on a night like tonight.  We had ours with a salad and it was perfect.

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