Black Bean – Sofrito – Avocado Quesadillas

This is such a weeknight staple in our house! The black bean filling is so easy to make, and packs some serious flavor. Combined with cheese, and served with some homemade guacamole and sofrito salsa, it’s the ultimate comfort food.

Ingredients
Serves 4-6

For the black bean filling
1 cup sofrito (Recipe)
3 tbsp canola oil
1 jalapeno, finely chopped
1 tsp cumin powder
1 large can black beans (about 2 1/2 cups), washed and drained
1/2 tsp coarse kosher salt
3 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped

For assembling the quesadilla
1 cup guacamole (Recipe)
1 cup sofrito (Recipe)
Prepared black bean filling
1 tbsp plant based butter (I use ‘earth balance’)
1 cup of plant based cheese ( I use a mix of plant based cheddar and mozzarella)
2 large flour tortillas
2 tbsp fresh cilantro, finely chopped

Method
Black bean filling

Heat oil over medium heat. Add the jalapeños and cumin powder. Fry for 30 seconds. 
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Add a cup of the sofrito mixture.  Mix well and let cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.

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Take half the black beans and mash with a back of spoon into a rough paste. Add the mashed beans and the whole beans to the pan.

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Add 1/2 tsp salt, and cook together for another 5-7 minutes. Fold in the chopped cilantro, turn of heat and let this mixture cool slightly.

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Assembling the quesadilla

Get a cup of the sofrito and guacamole ready.

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spread plant based butter on a non stick pan over low heat.

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Place a flour tortilla and start layering the fillings all in one half of the tortilla.

Place a generous spoonful of blank bean mixture, followed by a spoon of sofrito and guacamole. Top with shredded cheese and sprinkle cilantro over.

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Fold the tortilla over press gently with the back of your spoon. Let this side crisp for about 2 minutes.  Turn over and let the other side crisp, another 3-4 minutes. The cheese should be melty and both sides should be golden brown.

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Serve with more guacamole and/or sour cream.

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