Southwest Veggie Quesadilla Recipe

Cyd Converse

Made with fajita veggies, black beans and corn, this simple and delicious southwest veggie quesadilla recipe makes an easy weeknight dinner!

One of our favorite go-to easy weeknight dinners in our house is this Southwest veggie quesadillas recipe - it's delicious. They come together in minutes and the whole family loves them!

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These Southwest veggie quesadillas make a savory, filling vegetarian dinner option but they also makes a great lunch, too. You can prep them in advance and reheat at the office, or quickly make them on your lunch break if you work from home.

You can make them over the grill, on a griddle or in a heavy-bottomed skillet. You can eat them mild or add spicy additions like salsa fresca or jalapeño slices.

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What Are Quesadillas?

While most people are familiar with quesadillas these days, let's pause for just a moment in case you aren't quite sure.

A popular Mexican dish, quesadillas are made of a large tortilla that is then filled with a bunch of goodies. Cheese is generally the de facto filling the quesadilla it's name, which translates to cheese-dude.

Traditionally quesadillas were made with homemade corn tortillas, but it is very common these days to find them made with flour tortillas as shown here.

In addition to the cheese, quesadillas are often filled with meats like beef or chicken, beans and veggies.

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Southwest Veggie Quesadillas Ingredients

The best part of these simple vegetarian quesdillas is how simple it is to switch out the ingredients. You can use whatever veggies you have on hand or subsitute for things your family may not like.

  • Tortillas - I generally use flour tortillas, but corn torillas are traditional. Try them both ways!
  • Bell peppers - For these Southwest veggie quesadillas I use a mix of red, orange and yellow bell peppers cut into thing slices.
  • Onions - Thinly sliced onions are sauteed until soft and slightly caramelized.
  • Cheese - Lots of finely shredded cheddar (or Mexican blend) cheese is perfect for ooey, gooey quesadillas.
  • Beans - Black beans are my favorite, but pinto beans also make a delicious addition to veggie quesadillas.
  • Corn - Crisp, sweet corn adds brightness and flavor.
  • Olive oil - You'll use olive oil to cook all of the veggies before assembling your quesadillas.
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Toppings for Quesadillas

One of my favorite parts about a good veggie quesadilla? The toppings! You can top quesadillas with just about anything, but here are a few favorites:

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How to Make Veggie Quesadillas

Step 1. Begin by slicing the bell peppers into strips, being sure to first core and remove all of the seeds.

Step 2. Remove the onion skin and slice into thin rings.

Step 3. Warm oil in a skillet, then add peppers and onions. Cook until the veggies are tender and cooked through.

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Step 4. In the meantime, evenly divide cheese and sprikle it over each tortilla.

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Step 5. Add cooked veggies, black beans and corn.

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Step 6. Fold the tortillas in half, then transfer to a griddle or griill.

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Step 7. Cook on each side for about two minutes, or until the tortillas are slightly crispy and the cheese is melted. Serve with your favorite quesadilla toppings.

Favorite Quesadilla Recipes

Beyond these Southwest veggie quesadillas, we love a good quesadilla any which way! Here are a few of our favorites:

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Southwest Veggie Quesadilla Recipe

    8 Servings


  • 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Orange Bell Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 8 Flour Tortillas
  • 2 cups Shredded Mexican Cheese
  • 1 15 oz can Canned Black Beans, Drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup Corn


  1. Remove seeds from the bell peppers and slice into strips.
  2. Peel off the skin of the onion and slice into thin rings or slices.
  3. Add olive oil to a medium skillet over medium-high heat and heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add sliced bell peppers and onions to the skillet and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the peppers are soft and onions are translucent, about 5 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, divide shredded cheese and spread across hald of each flour torilla.
  7. When done, divide and add peppers and onions evenly to each tortilla.
  8. Add black beans and corn to each tortilla, then fold in half.
  9. Transfer each folded tortilla to a heated, seasoned cast iron griddle or to a grill. Cook on one side for 2 to 3 minutes, then flip and continue to cook until the tortilla is slightly crispy and the cheese inside is melted.
  10. Serve with sour cream, salsa, sliced jalapeños or other toppings of choice.


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Author: Cyd Converse
Recipe Yields: 8 quesadillas
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 67
Calories 180

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 12mg
Total Carbohydrate 15g
  Dietary Fiber 3g
  Sugars 2g
Protein 11g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.

Cyd is a native of Upstate New York, born to a family of women who love to cook and host parties. She shares her love of all things food, home and entertaining on her blog, The Sweetest Occasion and on Instagram.

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