Weeknight Veggie Quesadillas
These easy and flavorful veggie quesadillas, filled with canned refried beans and sautéed vegetables, are perfect for busy weeknights.
Many of you have requested more simple weeknight friendly dinner recipes, so here I am sharing our favorite weeknight friendly veggie quesadilla recipe! They’re filled with refried beans, sautéed vegetables, and grated cheese.
These veggie quesadillas are vegetarian and take less than 30 minutes to prepare.
One of the unfortunate side effects of attending culinary school and having worked in the food industry is that the people tend to assume that I make fancy, complicated dishes all the time. And trust me, I’m not complaining! It is a compliment.
But it couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, I cooked some of the boring meals of my life when I worked in a restaurant. I just didn’t have enough time or energy on many of those days.
Fast and easy weeknight dinners are incredibly important to me.
These veggie quesadillas are my go-to weeknight quesadillas. I never make them the exact same way and often add other ingredients, depending on what is in my fridge.
However, this vegetarian quesadilla recipe includes my main staples: canned refried beans, sharp grated cheddar cheese, sautéed onions and mushrooms, and all the toppings.
Let’s start with the staples.
- Cheese – I prefer a sharp good-quality cheddar cheese and always use freshly grated. The flavor is unparalleled to the bagged variety.
- Canned Refried Beans – refried beans are my favorite quesadilla ingredient. Not only are they nutritious and filling, but they help hold everything together.
- Sautéed Onions and Mushrooms – feel free to skip the mushrooms, but sautéed onions are an essential component around here. If you do include mushrooms, be sure to sauté them over high heat to draw out all of the moisture. The last thing that you want is soggy mushrooms in your quesadilla.
- Tortilla – I like to use corn/wheat combination tortillas or flour tortillas for these quesadillas. Allow them to sear in a thin layer of oil to ensure they crisp up on all sides.
Favorite Quesadilla Toppings:
Go wild with the toppings! Our personal favorites are salsa verde, pico de gallo, pickled red onion, sliced avocado (or guacamole!), sour cream, and lots of hot sauce.
30 Minute Weeknight Veggie Quesadillas
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided, plus more for cooking
- 1 large red or yellow onion julienned
- 10 oz cremini (Baby Bella) mushrooms stems trimmed and thinly sliced
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 4-5 large flour tortillas
- 1 (16-ounce) can refried beans I recommend Trader Joe's brand
- jalapeño hot sauce
- 5-6 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese freshly grated
- fresh cilantro
- sliced avocado or guacamole
- pico de gallo or halved cherry tomatoes for garnishing
- salsa verde
- sour cream
- Prepare Sautéed Vegetables: Heat two tablespoon olive oil over high heat in a large sauté pan. Add the sliced onions, season with salt and pepper immediately, and sauté, stirring every minute or so, for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the onions are softened slightly and caramelized. Set aside in a bowl.
- Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the same skillet over high heat (alternatively, you can use two pans and speed up the cooking process), add the sliced mushrooms and saute over high heat for 4 to 6 minutes or until they're released their moisture and gained color. Avoid stirring too frequently, as it will prevent them from gaining color. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
- Assemble: Spread a thin layer of refried beans on one half of each tortilla, add a few dashes of jalapeño hot sauce if desired, a spoonful of sautéed onions and mushrooms, and top with a generous handful of grated cheddar cheese and several cilantro leaves. Fold the tortillas in half.
- Heat a large non-stick skillet with a thin layer of olive oil over medium heat. Once the pan is hot, lay the quesadillas (do not overcrowd the pan, usually 2 quesadillas at most can fit - so you may need to cook them in batches or use two pans). Once golden brown and crispy on the bottom, flip with a spatula and continue to cook until the quesadilla is golden on both sides and the cheese has melted.
- Cut each quesadilla in half and serve with your favorite toppings. Our personal favorites are salsa verde, pico de gallo, pickled red onion, sliced avocado (or guacamole!), sour cream, and lots of hot sauce.
32 Comments on “Weeknight Veggie Quesadillas”
I also feel really weird posting easy weeknight recipes like this…but I LOVE reading about them!! And trying them at home. Pretty sure these are happening this week!
Mushrooms and onions in quesadillas? Count me in!! My husband has the same problem by the way – he’s a professionally trained chef and people expect him to be cooking those Michelin starred dinners for me every night… Uhm no, Mac and cheese people, that’s what’s for dinner 🙂
Oh!! I didn’t know that! How cool! Yes, um (I don’t really consider myself a chef), chefs almost never cook at home!
Those look amazing!!!!!
These are beautiful! I love meatless dinners 🙂
Thank you so much! Me too!
Maybe i will try adding mushrooms one of these days. You should have credited mom for the “recipe”, haha. Also, chopped scallions also taste good. And if you are Brian, you demand fresh pico de gallo and sour cream to go with your quesadillas.
You should! Doesn’t Brian like mushrooms? And yes, I would prefer pico de gallo too!
These look amazing! That last shot has me drooling 🙂
Thank you Medha!
These look gorge. Quesadillas are definitely one of our favorite weeknight meals, too!
Thank you Christina! I sort of struggled taking these photos (I don’t know if quesadillas are the prettiest food? Ha!)!
Oh. My. Word. Those look freaking insane. Mail me some please.
That sounds messy…. 😉
Sometimes “fancy” meals are overplayed and let’s be honest, who has time to make a 5 course people during the week? I love that these are all veggie based, i almost always have a protein for lunch to get me through the day so this is a great clean, meal to have for dinner!
Thank you for this post, simple is always better in my mind.
Very true! Actually, the majority of the recipes I share aren’t too time-consuming! I try to have a wide range! 🙂
Oh and the refried beans are full of protein! These are incredibly filling and hearty! 🙂
I struggle with that a lot too, should I post something fancy that only a few people will appreciate, or something the masses will love? I settled for an even mix, which has worked out really well! These quesadillas are totally a dream dinner for Kev, in fact, when quesadillas are on the menu, I can pretty much do no wrong for the rest of the week! Ha! Love them!
You nailed it on the head! I try to do a mix too, but I get the most inspired for the slightly fancier/complicated ones, I must say! 🙂
30 mins and with those big chunks of avocado….I’m sold! Pinned!
If I could put huge chunks of avocado on everything I would! Haha! Thanks Averie!
I’m a huge fan of quesadillas! The best weeknight meals if you ask me! Love the added avocado and mushrooms, one of my favourite combos!
Perfect! Quesadillas are my “go to” quick weeknight meal and I love having new filling inspiration. Keep ’em coming 🙂
Even if you’re not cooking fancy meals every day, your quesadillas are still far more gourmet than mine! These look delicious – and I am definitely all on board for quick weeknight meals 🙂
That last shot? Swoon! Love this change of pace, and LOVE ideas for weeknight recipes 🙂
Girlfriend, you can never go wrong with a ‘dilla! And what, you don’t have coq au vin every single weeknight? GASP!
HAHA! I wish (except not for my waist line)! 🙂
Yum! Love quesadillas! I love to have roasted or crock pot chicken on hand to throw into one on super busy nights which, if you have a 13 month old, is usually every night of the week.
Who doesn’t love a good quesadilla – looks delicious!
I share the same problem! Owning a dessert blog is hard when most of your recipe have so many techniques in them. I will never turn down a toasted sandwich recipe especially one that looks as good as this!
Your desserts are positively amazing!! (Not to mention, your photography!). Don’t change a thing! 🙂 Thanks Belinda!
I struggle with the same problem all the time, BUT I am so happy you posted these because they look so flippin good! Like making tonight good. Yummers!
This totally warrants a recipe- it looks delicious!! (then, I blogged a popcorn recipe today, so who am I to say haha) But seriously, that lost shot with the bite taken out is making me crave this at 8:00 a.m.!