Photo by Vanessa Mota

20-Minute Black Beans, Beef and Avocado Quesadillas

Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 quesadillas

I have to give it up to the genius who invented quesadillas because anything that can be cooked so quickly and tastes this good should be forever held as one of the greatest creations on this Earth. I might be exaggerating a little bit here, but who can blame me?

Like tacos, quesadillas are an incredibly versatile food. You can make them breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert. And because they're portable, they're an easy lunch option for you or your kids.

This recipe gives you a cheesy, meaty and hearty quesadilla in just 20 minutes. Dinner is served!



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  1. In a pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add beef and break it down to separate, using a wooden spoon. Add taco seasoning and stir. Let it cook until brown.
  2. Add black beans, water and salt. Stir to combine. Lower the heat to medium and let simmer until all the water has cooked down, about 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  3. Top one side of a tortilla with beef and beans mixture, cheese and avocado slices. Fold the tortilla to close. Repeat with remaining tortillas to make 4 quesadillas.
  4. Place tortillas, 2 at a time, in a large pan over medium heat. Heat the quesadillas, turning occasionally, until the cheese has melted, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

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