Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas




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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas

These are an easy, protein packed vegetarian's dream. Toasted to perfection, topped with your favorite salsa.
Prep time: 1 hourCook time: 1 hourTotal time: 2 H

Ingredients:

For the Sweet Potatoes
  • 1-5 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
For the Black Beans
  • 1 cup dried black beans (or use canned if you prefer)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp c umin
  • 1 tsp mexican oregano
  • 1 tsp hatch red chili flakes (optional)
Garnishes
  • Cilantro Cream Sauce
  • 4 long peppers, Anaheim, hatch, Poblano work fine
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced (about 2 cloves)
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • salt, to taste
  • Quick Salsa
  • 5-7 Cherry tomatoes, chopped fine
  • 1 hunk of red onion, diced
  • salt and pepper
  • several leaves of cilantro

Instructions:

How to cook Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas

Sweet Potatoes
  1. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes into slightly less than 1/2 inch cubes.  Place on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Bake at 400 for approximately 40 minutes.  Start checking the potatoes at the 30 minute mark and if starting to brown, use a spatula to turn over/stir.  If soft enough, you may remove from the oven.
  3. Set aside to cool enough to handle.
Black Beans
  1. Place the dried beans into a glass heat proof bowl and cover generously by about 2 inches of boiling water.  Set aside for 1 hour.  Drain.
  2. Place beans in a sturdy 2qt pot and cover with fresh water.  Add the onion, garlic, oregano and cumin.
  3. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 2 hours, or until the beans are tender.  The fresher your dried beans, the less time this will take, and vice versa.
  4. Towards the end of cooking, add salt to taste and adjust the other seasonings.
Assembling your Quesadillas
  1. Take your flour tortilla into your hand, add cheese to one half.  Sprinkle with a spoonful of beans, followed by a spoonful of sweet potatoes.  Sprinkle with additional salt, cumin, and garlic powder.  Follow by another small amount of cheese.
  2. You want cheese on the top/bottom so when it cooks, it will melt the whole package together. 
  3. Cook until one side has browned, then flip and cook the other side.  Garnish and serve.
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