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Smoky White Bean Quesadillas

What you need: 

1 cup white beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
few drops liquid smoke
garlic powder, to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
pepper or cayenne pepper, to taste
4 whole wheat tortillas
cilantro, to garnish
salsa, to garnish

What you do: 

1. Blend together the white beans and tomatoes until very smooth. Add nutritional yeast, liquid smoke, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Blend again until well combined and smooth.
2. Heat a dry nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Put a tortilla into skillet, and spread 1/2 the bean mixture on the tortilla, then top with another tortilla.
3. Cook over medium heat until crisp on one side, then flip and repeat on the other side.
4. Once it is cooked and the bean mixture is warm and gooey, remove from pan, slice into 6-8 wedges. Repeat with the other tortillas. Serve with cilantro and/or salsa.
Source of recipe: I came up with this recipe with the last little bits of things in the fridge and the last 1/3 cup nutritional yeast!

Preparation Time: 
5 minutes, Cooking time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 
5 minutes
Recipe Category: 


At first, I thought it tasted like pureed beans and tomatoes.  Feh.  Then after I'd eaten the entire quesadilla, I wanted more.

I ate it plain.  Probably would have enjoyed it more a little souped up.  Live and learn.


These were really tasty! They really didn't even need sour cream or salsa  ;)b


How have I not seen this recipe before? Luckily I caught furrysgirl's lovely picture of them in the sidebar today and tried them out tonight! They're so easy and so tasty. I followed the recipe pretty much exactly but used onion powder instead of garlic powder. I didn't have salsa or any other dips, just half an avocado. It was good on it's own but topped with avocado slices it was amazing.

The bean mixture was good cold too as a dip. Thanks for the recipe and the pics!


Wow! This is amazing! I had never thought of using beans to make "quesadillas." I left out the liquid smoke and it was still awesome! I added a chili pepper. Will definitely make this again!


Love this recipe!  It's very easy, tasty, and filling.  I served mine with guacamole and sauteed bell peppers and onions, and it was a hit.  This is now my omni husband's favorite dinner.  Thank you! ;D


these are pretty good! creative and easy. i didnt have liquid smoke though, im sure that gives it a great extra flavor. this was really the first thing ive made with nutritional yeast , and its amazing how cheezy it actually tastes! awesome  ;D this is definitely a fun recipe to experiment with, thanks!


I use the recipe from VWAV! It's mostly from the Tempeh Sausage & White Bean Gravy recipe, I just omit the sausage. Rinse and drain a can of white beans (I like navy, but butter beans are good too!), puree in a blender or food processor with 1-2 T olive oil, and then add enough vegetable broth to get the desired consistency. I usually use about a quarter cup, but if you over-do it you can make a roux with flour or corn starch to thicken it back up. I add about 2 tsp ground sage, some black pepper and salt. That's the foundation - it's great with some sauteed garlic, or onion powder, or red pepper flakes. :) I always keep navy beans on hand in case I wanna have a hearty breakfast, I hate using up that much almond milk to make gravy, haha.


We used this as a vegetable dip this evening. SOOO good!
Janeyboo, I want your white bean gravy recipe!


One of my major weak spots is a quesadilla with Vegan Gourmet cheese. Whenever possible I try to make a healthy (okay, healthier  ::)) homemade version. This bean spread was AMAZING. I love using white beans in gravy for biscuits, but I never thought to use it as a cheesy replacement! I made these for breakfast today, on whole wheat tortillas topped with avocado and salsa. I subbed soy sauce for the liquid smoke. So so so so good. I can't WAIT to make them for my partner this weekend.


good basic recipe... i added a few extra spices  and some onion to pep up the mexican flavour.
My boyfriend LOVED it :)
i had mine with some plain soy yoghurt, and served with potato wedges and corn mmmmm



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