Easy Cheesy & Cheap Vegetarian Quesadillas!

Black bean quesadillas are one of our staple frugal lunches! We sometimes add sauteed onion or fajita style peppers to spice up the dish. Overall, it results in an affordable, hot, and delicious meal! This is great with our homemade easy guacamole!

Frugal Cost Analysis:

ItemIngredient Cost per UnitUnits Required for RecipeTotal Cost
Tortillas$0.23 per tortilla2 tortillas$0.46
Black Beans$0.48 per cup1/2 cup$0.24
Shredded Cheese$0.17 per tablespoon6 tablespoons$1.02
Olive Oil0.23 per tablespoon1/2 teaspoon$0.04
Total cost for 2 quesadillas$1.76
Total cost for 1 quesadilla$0.88
Note: This cost analysis is based on what I paid for my own ingredients in the year 2020. Actual prices may vary.

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Easy Cheesy & Cheap Vegetarian Quesadillas

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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A quick and delicious lunch with a crunch.


  • 1/2 cup black beans (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 flour tortillas (taco size)
  • 6 tablespoons of shredded Mexican cheese (we use Kraft four cheese)
  • a few drops of olive oil (or other oil if preferred)
  • you may want to add onion (saute first with olive oil and kosher salt!)


  1. Heat a medium or large frying pan (medium heat)
  2. Add a few DROPS of olive oil to the frying pan and heat the oil
  3. Once the oil is warmed, put one tortilla in the frying pan
  4. Add three tablespoons of shredded cheese to one half of the tortilla
  5. Add a quarter cup of black beans to the same half of the tortilla
  6. Fold tortilla in half and warm until tortilla begins to brown on the bottom
  7. Flip tortilla and continue cooking
  8. Slice tortilla into four pieces (I use a pizza cutter)
  9. Repeat steps 3 through 8 for your second quesadilla
  10. Serve with salsa and guacamole!


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