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Green-and-Bean Quesadilla


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Green-and-Bean Quesadilla

A quesadilla (KAY-SAH-DEE-YA) is a Mexican snack. It’s a lot like a grilled cheese sandwich made on flat, round bread, called a tortilla (TOR-TEE-YUH).
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 Servings

kitchen gear

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife (adult needed)
  • Measuring cups
  • Fork
  • Large plate
  • Microwave or nonstick skillet
  • Pot holders


  • 2 whole-grain tortillas
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach leaves, enough to cover the tortilla
  • 1⁄2 cup canned dark red kidney beans
  • 2⁄3 cup shredded monterey jack or cheddar cheese
  • 1⁄2 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted* if you like avocado


  • Put one tortilla on the plate and cover with the spinach leaves.
  • Top the spinach leaves with the mashed beans.
  • Top the beans with the cheese.
  • If you like avocado, put a few slices on top of the cheese.
  • Put the other tortilla on top of the avocado, gently pressing it down so the top half sticks. (Don’t pat it down too much or the insides will squish out!)
  • Put the plate in the microwave and heat until the cheese melts, about 45 seconds. Or place a nonstick skillet over medium heat until it’s hot, then place the tortilla in the skillet. Cook until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes on each side.
  • Set aside to cool a little bit: The spinach and cheese will be wicked hot!
  • Cut the quesadilla into 8 triangles. Serve with salsa.


*Pitted means without pits. It sounds like the opposite though, doesn’t it?
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