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Refried Bean Quesadillas (just 5 ingredients!)

These Refried Bean Quesadillas are super tasty, easy to make and require just 5 ingredients!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex Mex
Servings: 6 quesadillas
Calories: 436kcal
Cost: £1 / $1


  • Large Pan & Spatula/Turner
  • Cheese Grater


  • 6 small Flour Tortillas (around 7")
  • 1x 14oz/400g can of Refried Beans
  • 2 cups / 200g Cheese (see notes)
  • 3/4 cup / 180g Salsa, or as needed (homemade or store-bought, hot or mild)
  • 3oz / 90g Tortilla Chips (around 6 per quesadilla)
  • Oil Spray (optional - see notes)


  • Spread refried beans over one half of each wrap. Dot over salsa, then top with tortilla chips and cheese. Fold each wrap over and gently press down to secure.
  • Lightly spray a pan over medium heat, then add two quesadillas. Spray the top, then fry for a couple of mins until golden and crisp on the bottom. Flip them over add cook for another 2-3mins until golden and crisp on the other side. Remove from pan and repeat batches.
  • Slice quesadillas in half then serve up and enjoy!



a) Cheese - I love using cheddar, just for a good punch of flavour. Mexican cheese blend also works nicely, as does Monterey Jack. You could even add in some Cotija or Feta if you fancied!
b) Salsa - My Homemade Salsa works well because it's fresh and not too sloppy. If you're using store-bought salsa try and find some fresh salsa from the refrigerated section. Jarred salsa will work, but just don't go over board or the filling will be too sloppy. I recommend hot salsa if you like spice, just to pack in more flavour, but mild works just fine if you'd prefer that.
c) Tortilla Chips - I typically use plain tortilla chips. These are more so for the texture than the flavour, but you could go wild and add in flavoured chips (or even Doritos!). 
d) Oil - Oil will help the quesadillas crisp up, but I've made these in a dry pan before and they come out just fine. I find oil spray easiest, but you could lightly brush the quesadillas with olive or vegetable oil before frying.
e) Serving - These are awesome by themselves, so don't feel like you have to add anything to serve. But dip-wise, Guacamole, Creamy Avocado Dip or even just Sour Cream works perfectly! You could also whip up some Wedges, Spicy Potatoes or even Jalapeño Poppers to go alongside too.
f) Calories - Per quesadilla with no sides or oil.


Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 46.35g | Protein: 17.7g | Fat: 20.18g | Saturated Fat: 8.819g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.829g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6.246g | Trans Fat: 0.464g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 1109mg | Potassium: 434mg | Fiber: 4.9g | Sugar: 3.55g | Vitamin A: 552IU | Vitamin C: 4.6mg | Calcium: 360mg | Iron: 2.94mg