These Vegetarian Quesadillas with Pumpkin and Black Beans are easy, healthy, and delicious! You can make a big batch of these oven baked quesadillas at once, which is perfect for meal prep or if you’re feeding a crowd. They’re freezer friendly too, and you can mix up the veggies, leave out the cheese for vegan quesadillas, or customize them any other way you like.
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Quesadillas, or ques-dilly-ass, as we call them in our house, are a favourite quick and easy meal.
I mean, what’s not to love? They’re endlessly customizable, they’re fun to eat (we go hand held because we are savages), and with the right ingredients they’re pretty healthy too!
These particular vegetarian quesadillas get bonus points in the health department because they are baked, not fried. Baked quesadillas are also a game changer move in the meal prep department because you can bang out a whole tray of them at once, rather than frying one or two at a time.
I love to mix up all kinds of different quesadilla fillings, but today we’re making pumpkin quesadillas with black beans and cheese. They’re so, so good.
What’s in these Vegetarian Quesadillas?
Great question! Today we’re making vegetarian quesadillas with a fun, fall-themed twist. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Tortillas –-> I use medium-sized wholegrain tortillas.
- Pumpkin –-> I use homemade pumpkin purée, but canned is totes fine too.
- Black beans –-> Canned is fine, but here’s how to cook dried beans if you want to go that route.
- Cheese –-> Is it even legal to make a quesadilla without cheese?
- Cilantro –-> For that punch in your mouth flavour.
- Spices –-> to spice up your life!
Do you need any special equipment to make baked quesadillas?
Nope. You need a rimmed baking sheet or other baking pan that’s big enough to fit your quesadillas, but that’s the only essential.
I like to line my baking sheet with parchment paper because it makes it easier to remove the quesadillas later, but that’s totes optional. I love this unbleached parchment, and I reuse each sheet as many times as seems reasonable.
How do you make vegetarian quesadillas?
Can you stir stuff together in a bowl? Can you spread stuff on other stuff? Can you fold things in half?
Yes? Then you go this!
Step 1: Combine the pumpkin, black beans, cheese, cilantro, spices, and salt in a bowl. Mix it up!
Step 2: Spread 1/6 of the mixture on half of a tortilla. Fold the other half of the tortilla over the pumpkin mixture.
Repeat with all remaining tortillas and the rest of the pumpkin quesadilla mix.
Step 3: Brush the quesadillas with a smidge of olive oil. You could also just spritz them if you have one of those misto thingies.
Step 4: Bake! All it takes is 20 minutes in the oven with a little flip over half way through.
That’s it! You’re done!
Ques-dilly-ass are in the hooooooouse!!!
What’s good to serve with vegetarian quesadillas?
I love keeping it simple with some sour cream (which is usually just plain full-fat yogurt in our house because that’s what I have on hand) and salsa.
Can you freeze quesadillas?
You sure can! You can either assemble your pumpkin quesadillas and then freeze them unbaked, or bake, cool, and freeze already baked.
If you’ve already baked them, you can simply re-heat in the microwave.
If you froze your quesadillas unbaked, you can bake them right from frozen.
You can also assemble your vegetarian quesadillas and keep them in the fridge for up to two days before baking.
Pro tip: Vegetarian quesadillas make a great packed lunch!
Hey Nutrition Lady, what’s the deal with black beans?
Glad you asked!
The protein-plus-fiber combination in black beans is one of the things that makes them special. A one cup serving contains 15g of fiber (over half of the daily recommended intake), and 15g of protein.
Much of the fiber is indigestible, which supports digestive health, particularly in the lower part of our digestive tract. The protein-fiber combination is also key in stabilizing blood sugar levels, as both protein and fiber move through our digestive systems at a moderate pace.
Black beans are also rich in soluble fiber, which is helpful for lowering blood cholesterol levels and supporting cardiovascular health.
Other recipes you might enjoy:
Vegetarian Quesadillas with Pumpkin and Black Beans
- Preheat your oven to 350°C / 180°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl combine black beans, pumpkin puree, grated cheddar, cilantro, cumin, coriander, smoked paprika, oregano, and salt. Mix well.
- Spread half of a medium tortilla with about 1/6 of the mixture, stopping about half an inch away from the edge (the mixture will expand a bit as it bakes), then folding the other half of the tortilla over to make a half moon shape.
- Repeat with remaining tortillas.
- Arrange the quesadillas on the prepared baking sheet, then pop in the oven,
- Bake for 10 minutes, then turn the quesadillas over, then bake for another 10 minutes on the other side.
- Remove from the oven, and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
- Nutrition values are an estimate only
- I like these quesadillas hot out of the oven, but they're also great cold or at room temperature.
- Wrap extras in foil for packed lunches.
- You can also freeze them for future grab and go meals.
This recipe was originally published October 30, 2014. It was retested, re-photographed, and most recently updated on October 22, 2019.