swiss chard and black bean quesadillas


It’s no secret that we love swiss chard. In fact holding an armful of swiss chard on a hot summer morning is my idea of heaven.


Actually, a truck full of chard with my friend Amanda hiding back there may be my idea of heaven. I’m not quite sure though!


Either way you get the point. We grow a lot of chard and today I want to give it a little love. These quesadillas are easy and ready in a flash. Play with the recipe and add whatever you wish. The idea is to make them easy and ready in just a few minutes. Enjoy!


Swiss Chard and Black Bean Quesadilla

olive oil

2 whole tortillas (we used spelt flour tortillas)

1/2  bunch of swiss chard, stems removed and torn into bit size pieces

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced

1/2 cup of black beans, drained and rinsed

1/4 yellow onion, diced

1/3 cup of shredded cheese (we used sharp cheddar)

hot sauce

In a large skillet saute’ your onion and jalapeno pepper in a little olive oil for 2-3 minutes. Add black beans and chard. Cook for about 2 more minutes. Remove from heat and place mixture into a bowl. Add a little more oil to the same pan and add one of the tortillas. Add some shredded cheese, half the bean mixture, some hot sauce, followed by a little more cheese. Place the other tortilla on top and fry for about 3-5 minutes per side. Enjoy!

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16 Responses to swiss chard and black bean quesadillas

  1. I haven’t used swiss chard much at all, but this makes it look absolutely delish!

  2. It IS a great day for a quesadilla. Just bought some spelt flour tortillas and black beans last night – now I just need the chard!

  3. I have been a lurker on your blog for ages now … I just wanted to say that I love your adventures and especially love your food. Am cooking for friends this weekend and the menu will yours 🙂

  4. awesome shots of the chard, especially the one with your friend in the pick up.

  5. Jean says:

    These look like great quesadillas but I am really writing to thank you for the tamari/tahini dressing recipe. I needed comfort food tonight and put that over some hot noodles. Boy, did it hit the spot. Never want to be without it. Hope all is well for you and the seedlings.

  6. Monet says:

    You are too cute (and it’s no secret how much I love quesadillas right now) These look perfect. Thank you so much for sharing. Delicious, as always…and inspiring! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Yesterday I had swiss chard on my mind. It was a sign 🙂 Great idea to make swiss chard quesadilla. Simple and healthy meal!

  8. Oh! I might just be a little jealous… of both the truck load and the quesadilla 😛

  9. Cara says:

    I can’t get on board with Swiss chard! I have a bunch in my garden that I need to pawn off because my husband who does like it is deployed!

    • abemis11 says:

      Sauté it in a bunch of garlic, olive oil and sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top! If this doesn’t do it for you then I guess you can officially say you don’t like it 🙂

  10. I’ve never tried swiss chard, but this recipe looks jamming! You always have recipes full of veggies I’ve really been meaning to try out

  11. I have to get my hand on some swiss chard because this recipe looks divine. And gorgeous pictures of the chard! 🙂

  12. I’m so impressed with your swiss chard haul! Chard pesto?

  13. Amy Jo - Pure and Simple says:

    Quesadillas were always my first choice at Mexican restaurants growing up. Yours looks LOVELY!

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