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Southwest Goat Cheese Quesadillas

This southwest goat cheese quesadilla features whole grain corn tortillas, black beans, fresh vegetables, and goat cheese. Together these ingredients make a well-balanced meal!
southwest goat cheese quesadillas with black bean corn salad

This is a variation of our healthy quesadilla base recipe that incorporates our black bean corn salad recipe. Chef V originally created these southwest goat cheese quesadillas for the Blue Zones Project Fort Worth. It was demoed dozens of times across the city and was always a favorite. We’d love to hear what you think! 

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Culinary Tips for Delicious Goat Cheese Quesadillas

Watch the heat level as the quesadillas cook. The goat cheese doesn’t melt the same as shredded cheese, but it should get warm and creamy. Use enough heat to get the tortillas toasted and ingredients warmed through.

Room temperature black bean corn salad warms faster in the quesadillas, so if you have time to pull it from the refrigerator before cooking, do so for quicker cooking time.

Allow quesadillas to cool slightly before cutting.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Corn Tortillas: substitute whole wheat, flour, or gluten-free tortillas. Note that flour tortillas won’t provide the same whole grain benefits. If using larger tortillas, you will only need 8, since you can fold these in half instead of stacking them.
  • Black Bean Corn Salad: Don’t have time to make the full recipe? Mix a can of drained corn and a can of drained and rinsed black beans together. Bonus points if you add some spices like cumin and chili powder!
  • Spreadable Goat Cheese: Use any soft goat cheese that can be spread! If it seems a little too thick, put it in a bowl and mix with a splash of milk or melt it slightly in the microwave. Chevre is probably the most common type in grocery stores.
  • Butter or Canola Oil: substitute avocado or olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil can be used if the heat isn’t too high.

Recipe Variations

For a chicken goat cheese quesadilla, use just 2 Tablespoons black bean corn salad per quesadilla and add ¼ cup Mexican shredded chicken.

To create goat cheese quesadillas with roasted red pepper, roast red peppers before adding them to the black bean corn salad. Roasting adds a delicious flavor!

Need some simple quesadilla recipe inspiration? 

Use our healthy quesadilla base recipe as a guide or try out these other variations!

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Is this southwest goat cheese quesadilla healthy?

Yes! This quesadilla features whole grain corn tortillas, black beans, fresh vegetables, and goat cheese, all of which make a great addition to a Whole Life Plate.

Whole Grain Corn Tortillas

Whole grain corn contains B vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and fiber. These nutrients provide your body with energy, promote satiety, and regulate digestion. Avoid corn tortillas with excess additives. Choose varieties with minimal ingredients: corn, water, lime, and salt.

Black Beans

Beans contain plant-based protein, complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals and are an important part of a plant-forward diet. These nutrients promote gut health, decrease risk of developing heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, and promote a healthy weight.

Fresh Vegetables

Vegetables are rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that promote health and help fight diseases. It’s important to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, as each color provides different benefits!

Goat Cheese

Cheese is a good source of calcium and protein which are important for building and maintaining strong bones and teeth. Cheese is high in saturated fat, and while research is currently challenging the belief that full-fat dairy products are harmful, we still suggest trying to limit them until we know more. Centenarians in the Blue Zones consumed goat cheese as part of their diets, so it may be associated with longevity. Goat cheese may also be more easily digestible than cow’s milk cheese, so those with lactose intolerance may still be able to enjoy this recipe!

Learn more about health benefits of different foods and ingredients or in our book, To Your Taste!

Serving Suggestions for Southwest Goat Cheese Quesadillas

For a complete Whole Life Plate, pair quesadillas with a light salad, roasted vegetables, and/or a side of fruit. Don’t forget condiments, like Greek yogurt lime crema or sour cream, guacamole, and salsa.

Storage Tips for Goat Cheese Quesadillas

Cool quesadillas completely, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Leftover quesadillas can also be frozen for up to 3 months. Wrap individual quesadillas in foil or plastic wrap, then place in a freezer-safe bag

Quesadillas taste best reheated on a griddle or skillet or in the oven, but the microwave will work in a pinch.

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southwest goat cheese quesadillas with black bean corn salad

Southwest Goat Cheese Quesadillas

This is a variation of our healthy quesadilla base recipe that incorporates our black bean corn salad recipe. Chef V originally created these southwest goat cheese quesadillas for the Blue Zones Project Fort Worth. It was demoed dozens of times across the city, and was always a favorite.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 8 quesadillas

Ingredients
  

  • 16 corn tortillas
  • 8 ounces spreadable goat cheese
  • 2 cups black bean corn salad (see notes for recipe)
  • 1 teaspoon butter or canola oil

Instructions
 

  • ​​Preheat a griddle or skillet over medium low heat.
  • Assemble quesadillas. Spread ~½ ounce goat cheese to cover each tortilla, leaving a small border around the edge.
  • Top 8 tortillas with ¼ cup black bean corn salad. Place the remaining tortillas on top, goat cheese facing the inside.
  • Brush griddle or skillet with ~½ teaspoon oil or butter. Once butter is melted, add quesadillas. Cook until golden and toasty on one side, 2-3 minutes. Carefully flip and cook on the other side for another 2-3 minutes or until the tortillas are golden and toasty on both sides. Cook in batches, using more oil or butter as needed.
  • Remove quesadillas carefully from pan. If cutting, allow to cool slightly. Serve with condiments to YOUR taste. Enjoy!

Notes

Watch the heat level as the quesadillas cook. The goat cheese doesn’t melt the same as shredded cheese, but it should get warm and creamy. Use enough heat to get the tortillas toasted and ingredients warmed through.
 
Click here for the black bean corn salad recipe. Make in advance for even quicker prep time.
 
Condiments to YOUR taste
  • Plain Greek yogurt, lime crema, or sour cream
  • Salsa 
  • Pickled jalapeños
  • Guacamole
Keyword Southwest Goat Cheese Quesadillas

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