Jumping Bean Quesadillas

August 21, 2008

I tended my niece a couple of times last week. We had these for lunch the first day, and the second time she begged to have them again. Even my picky #1 took a bite (small as it was) and swallowed it! Big step. I also told them that if they ate the “jumping bean quesadillas” they would be able to jump even higher. She thought it was hilarious to take a bite and jump as high as she could. They were pretty tasty, especially when the tortilla was nice and crispy.

uncooked tortillas
shredded cheese (we used cheddar)
1 can refried beans, any variety
sour cream (1/4 c maybe)
shredded mexican cheese blend (1/4 c?)
Tabasco Sauce

Warm refried beans over low heat. Add sour cream and mexican blend cheese. Continue warming until cheese is melted and stir until combined.

Cook tortillas over med-hi heat until golden. Remove from heat. Spread beans on half of the tortilla, sprinkle Tabasco on beans, then spread evenly with the back of a spoon. Top with shredded cheese. Fold empty half of tortilla on the cheese, press lightly. Return to heat to melt cheese and crisp the tortilla. Use a pizza cutter to cut in wedges.

*It’s tempting to put the beans on medium heat. Don’t do it, stick to low. They’ll burn quicker than me on a sunny day at the pool.

*I didn’t have any of the mexican cheese blend. Since #1 refused to eat his string cheese, I put that in instead. Cheddar would work too.

*Uncooked tortillas are a must in our house. Hubby refuses to eat any other kind. Frankly, I never did like precooked tortillas, and now we just can’t eat anything else. We’ve become tortilla snobs. We buy the jumbo pack from Costco. If only they would carry the whole wheat ones.

*Omit the Tabasco for kids.

*I made this again, but added slices of green bell pepper (out of my garden). It made it heavenly.

By Becky

Becky is a mom to 4 kiddos and wife to an awesome guy. She's a food fanatic and loves creating and improving recipes. Bread is her weakness and delicious food is her passion!