Hearty Dinners/ Potato/ Tex Mex

Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas

January 4, 2019 (Last Updated: May 29, 2020) by Chris Collins

Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas are the best sweet potato quesadillas you’ll ever taste. So easy to make and most importantly incredibly delicious and filling!

overhead shot of quesadillas sliced into 4 garnished with chilli, jalapeno and coriander

Sweet Potato Quesadillas

To be honest with you, it was only until I stood back (cheese all over my face) and stared at the crumbs on my plate, when I came to the realisation that there was zero meat involved in this dish. In fact, as I was developing this recipe it never even crossed my mind to add any. Traditional quesadillas call for chicken, sometimes steak. But for me, the heartiness from the sweet potato was everything these quesadillas called for.

I mean if you really think about it, this recipe is hardly a surprising appearance on my blog. Carbs between carbs wrapped in melted cheese? C’mon, we all saw this coming 🤣

Sweet Potato and Black Beans

Black beans and sweet potato are a marriage made in heaven. Not only because you’re essentially eating carbs with carbs, but the way they take on flavour and add such a gorgeous texture to these quesadillas is almost too much to bare sometimes. As a result, you get these big, bold and hearty quesadillas which in all honesty are to die for.

4 quesadilla quarters stacked on each other on brown chopping board

How to make Sweet Potato Quesadillas

The absolute key to making perfect sweet potato quesadillas is roasting the potato. You know, there are a fair few recipes out there that boil the sweet potato, or simply roast it whole and scoop out the centre. I have actually tried both of these, but both fell short. Apart from obviously cooking the potato, roasting serves two important functions:

  • Flavour – You get a beautiful caramelised casing to the potato with far more developed flavours from the spices, something unfortunately boiling can’t compete with.
  • Texture – Roasting the sweet potatoes offers a firmer and slightly crunchier texture, which works PERFECTLY in the centre of a quesadilla. Boiling offers a much weaker texture than roasting, for the pure reason that you’re adding water to the potatoes, causing them to fall soggy in the centre.

What spice to use?

  • Smoked Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Ground Coriander
  • Cayenne Pepper

Keep it simple! Hopefully all of the above should be knocking about in your cupboards.

Pan fried vs baked

Since the potatoes have already been baked, you’ll want to pan fry these quesadillas. Not only will this reduce time, but I find that baking them dries the quesadillas out too much.

To pan fry the quesadillas: Just lightly smash the roasted potato, spread over an oiled tortilla, top with black beans, cheese and lime juice, finish with another tortilla and fry both sides!

how to make sweet potato quesadillas - 6 step by step photos

Tips for Sweet Potato Quesadillas

1. Cheese

I recommend a nice strong cheddar, or something with a good punch of flavour. You want something to counteract the sweetness of the potato. Monterey Jack is also a popular choice.

2. Lightly Smash

Because you’ve got that nice little crunch from roasting in the oven, it’s important to not mash the sweet potatoes to oblivion, else you’ll lose that gorgeous texture the oven worked so hard to get. My experience in life has taught me not to annoy the oven, it does good things for you.

3. Lime Juice

The lime juice is actually quite an important ingredient in this recipe. You’ve got the sweet vibes from the potato, the saltiness from the cheese and the heat from the spices. Therefore I find a gentle squeeze of lime juice not only helps balance everything out, but also compliments the flavours of the dish in general.

Ugh, just look at that centre!

*drools uncontrollably*

closeup shot of quesadillas cut open showing filling and cheese pull

How to serve Quesadillas

One thing to note is these quesadillas are deceivingly filling.

Originally I had offered them as a serving between two, forgetting that not everyone has 5 stomachs like me. So feel free to split between 4, two hearty slices of these carb frenzy sweet potato quesadillas, especially with a few extra sides, will definitely get the party going. Because there’s only so much carbs with carbs squashed between carbs someone can take.

Lol just kidding there’s literally no limit.

Quesadilla Toppings

  • Guac
  • Salsa
  • Sour cream
  • Fresh Coriander/Cilantro
  • Fresh Jalapeños
  • Lime

What to serve with Sweet Potato Quesadillas?

My favourite options are Crispy Baked Jalapeño Poppers and Crispy Baked Avocado Fries, but do check out my Quesadilla Sides Dish and Main Sides for more inspo!

If you’re looking for another easy and delicious quesadilla be sure to check out my Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas and Best Ever Chicken Quesadillas!

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these sweet potato quesadillas shall we?!

closeup shot of whole quesadilla on board garnished with coriander

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How to make Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas (Full Recipe & Video)

overhead shot of quesadillas sliced into 4 garnished with chilli, jalapeno and coriander

Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas

Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas are the best sweet potato quesadillas you'll ever taste. So easy to make and most importantly incredibly delicious and filling!
4.92 from 25 votes
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Course: Dinner / Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican / Tex Mex / Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings (click & slide): 4
Calories: 488kcal
Cost per serving: £2 / $2.50

Equipment:

  • Large Frying Pan or Griddle Pan
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Baking Dish
  • Potato Masher
  • Sieve/Colander (to drain beans)
  • Cheese Grater
  • Brush (for oil)

Ingredients (check list):

Quesadillas

  • 2 Large Sweet Potatoes, peeled and sliced into chunks
  • 4 White Flour Tortilla Wraps
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper (or to preference)
  • 1/2 can of Black Beans, drained & rinsed
  • 2 large handfuls of Cheddar, grated
  • 1/2 Lime, juice only
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • Olive Oil, as needed

To Serve (optional)

  • Guac
  • Salsa
  • Jalapeño
  • Fresh Coriander
  • Extra Limes
  • Sour Cream

Instructions:

  • Place your potatoes in a suitably sized oven dish and give them a good drizzle of Oil. Add in 1 tsp Smoked Paprika and Cumin, 1/2 tsp Ground Coriander, 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper and a hefty pinch of Salt & Pepper. Give them a mix to completely coat them. Pop in the oven at 200C/390F for a good 25-30mins or until softened with a caramelized outing (timings will depend on the size of your potatoes, so just be vigilant).
  • When the dish has cooled down a little, grab a potato masher and roughly smash your sweet potatoes. Don't mash it into oblivion, you want to keep some of the crispy parts of the potato. Place to one side.
  • Take a Tortilla and lightly brush one side of it with Oil. Place on a griddle or regular pan oiled side face down, making sure the gas is turned OFF. Spread on half of your Sweet Potato mash, top with half your Black Beans, 1 Handful of Cheese and finish with a squeeze of Lime Juice. Place a second Tortilla on top, press down to contain the filling and lightly brush the top with Oil.
  • At this point turn the hob onto a medium heat and fry for around 6-8 mins on each side, or until nice and golden. If you tap on the Quesadillas it should sound slightly hollow and crunchy.
  • Serve with any additional toppings and sides (suggestions in ingredients). Enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Oil - Other oils such as Avocado, Sunflower and Canola Oil also work great for this recipe. They have a much higher smoking point so should caramelize the sweet potato more effectively in the oven. However, for convenience reasons Olive Oil works absolutely fine.
b) Size - If you don't own a griddle pan, a standard pan will be fine As you can see in the photos I have grill marks and in the video I use a regular. Just comes down to whether you want fancy grill marks or not! Also if the Tortilla doesn't fit, then simply spread the ingredients over one half and fold it over.
c) Flipping - I find the easiest way to flip the quesadillas is to place a plate over the top, flip the pan over so the quesadilla is on the plate, then slide it back on the griddle to fry the other side.
d) Dryness - I've eaten these quesadillas many a time by themselves and they taste fantastic. However, sometimes it's a good idea to pair them with a sauce or dip to reduce any risk of you finding them dry. My recommendations are Homemade Fresh Salsa and Guac!
e) Notes from readers - Sautéed onions and peppers go perfectly if you add them in the filling. If you're adapting to vegan and adding vegan cheese, be sure to use a brand you know and love. Also: Warning - they are filling.
f) Calories - Based between 4 people with no sides or dips.

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 488 Calories from Fat 169
% Daily Value*
Fat 18.75g29%
Saturated Fat 8.969g45%
Trans Fat 0.506g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.969g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.554g
Cholesterol 43mg14%
Sodium 672mg28%
Potassium 918mg26%
Carbohydrates 59.97g20%
Fiber 8.4g34%
Sugar 7.99g9%
Protein 21.41g43%
Vitamin A 38750IU775%
Vitamin C 22.3mg27%
Calcium 440mg44%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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70 Comments

  • Reply
    Karen McPherson
    September 28, 2020 at 2:12 am

    5 stars
    Absolutely loved it. Definitely adjust portions before cooking. I used 2 sweet potatoes for 2 of us and it was way too much. Also, I used a mat to cook on. They didn’t carmelize. Cook directly on cookie sheet. I should have added more cheese too.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      September 28, 2020 at 10:35 am

      Thanks for the review, Karen! Hopefully those amendments will take them to hew heights next time 🙂

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    September 24, 2020 at 12:48 am

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  • Reply
    Stephanie
    September 15, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    488 per each serving and there are 4 servings? Trying to work out why the calories are so high?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      September 15, 2020 at 7:19 pm

      I guess it’s essentially carbs topped with carbs and cheese cooked in carbs? I’m far from a nutritionist so I do recommend running the ingredients through your own calculator if you have one 🙂

  • Reply
    Rintze
    July 27, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    5 stars
    Very easy and extremely delicious with all the different flavors.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      July 28, 2020 at 10:44 am

      That’s awesome to hear, glad they went down well 🙂

  • Reply
    Helena
    October 10, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    5 stars
    They are really filling and absolutely delicious. Even my three year old and one year old (I reduced slightly the quantity of cheese;))loved them. Thank you

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      October 17, 2019 at 10:37 am

      So happy to hear they went down well! 🙂

  • Reply
    Harini
    May 22, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    5 stars
    This is a wonderful with burst of flavor. Brilliant idea!

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 24, 2019 at 11:11 am

      Thanks so much!

  • Reply
    Megan
    March 22, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    5 stars
    Wow what a great recipe! I added sliced onions with the taters when I roasted them. I forgot to add the lime juice on the first night but added it the next day when I made them again for lunch. The lime didn’t really seem to change the flavor much. This recipe makes a lot! I want to make this again and maybe use a packet of taco seasoning on the taters. My 16 yr old who has autism does t eat a lot of foods and he absolutely loved this. He was grabbing more from my plate!

    • Reply
      Chris
      March 25, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      Hi Megan! This is truly amazing to hear! So glad you and your son loved the recipe 🙂

  • Reply
    Jacki O
    March 16, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Excited to try this … I also can’t help but think that this would make a delicious empanada filling … anyone try that? Thanks!!

  • Reply
    Christina
    January 21, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    5 stars
    These are amazing, absolutely loved them! Can’t wait to check out more of your recipes if the first one I tried was this good 😀 thanks!

    • Reply
      Chris
      January 22, 2019 at 1:51 pm

      That’s awesome! So great to hear you’re sticking around

  • Reply
    Priya
    October 4, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    5 stars
    INSANELY delicious, OMG!!! Even my husband who needs his meat said he could go vegetarian if all vegetarian dishes tasted like this. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      Chris
      October 4, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      That’s so awesome! I love my meat too but love these so much. Thanks for coming back and sharing your kind words 🙂

  • Reply
    Hayley
    September 8, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    5 stars
    This was a fantastic recipe Thank you for Sharing! It was super easy, quick and very very tasty. Made my own salsa and had avacado and some sour cream on the side. Went down a treat. I will be making these a lot.

    • Reply
      Chris
      September 9, 2018 at 11:56 am

      Ah that’s so awesome, Hayley! Thanks for coming back and sharing your kind words! 🙂

  • Reply
    Laura
    September 6, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    5 stars
    These were super easy and super tasty. The sweet potatoes went sooo sweet cooked in the oven and they are full of good stuff!!

    • Reply
      Chris
      September 6, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      That’s awesome, Laura! Thanks for coming back and sharing your kind words!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kenzie
    July 3, 2018 at 12:04 am

    These were amazing and so easy to make. I can tell I am going to make these quesadillas for years to come

    • Reply
      Chris
      July 3, 2018 at 10:05 am

      That’s so awesome to hear, Kenzie!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Ellen
    June 27, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    5 stars
    This absolutely tastes wonderful. I didn’t have sour cream and added Nature & Mou’s vegan cheddar and guacamole.

    • Reply
      Chris
      June 28, 2018 at 5:39 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Ellen!! Awesome to hear it’s working great as a vegan dish 🙂

  • Reply
    Sierre
    June 20, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    5 stars
    We had these for supper tonight and they were AMAZING! One of the best quesadillas I’ve ever had. The only things I did different were substituting the coriander for parsley since I didn’t have any, and diving the filling between 4 quesadillas instead of 2. They were delicious on their own, but even better dipped in guacamole! Thanks for the great recipe – this will definitely be a regular dinner around here now!!

    • Reply
      Chris
      June 21, 2018 at 10:17 am

      So awesome to hear you liked them!! So good dipped in guac right?

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