Black Bean, Corn and Chicken Quesadillas

img_2963 img_2964 img_2968 img_2962 img_2966 img_2965 img_2967When it comes to making dinner for friends, I tend to opt for the easier dishes. Much as I love coming up with strange and complex recipes to worry my friends with (or to burn their oven), the basic recipes are sometimes the best. That’s why last week when I wanted to see my close friends, I asked if they wanted me to cook dinner. I love making food for people, whether they ask for it or not – it’s one of my favourite ways to show them that I love and care about them. Luckily they chose black-bean, corn and chicken quesadillas. What was so fun about this recipe was the freedom I had to season in a creative and simultaneously simple manner.


  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 can of corn
  • Around 500g of shredded chicken
  • 1 onion
  • taco seasoning (or make your own!)
  • paprika, salt, pepper, cilantro, etc.
  • tortillas
  • garlic. ALL OF IT.
  • Shredded cheese
  1. Start with the hardest part of a the recipe first: which is shredding the chicken. What I did to save time for this chicken was I bought around 500g of chicken breast fillets and chopped them into reasonably sized strips. I then warmed up the pan and tossed them in with some oil and seasonings (paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to start with some cayenne pepper).
  2. Putting the top on to keep in all of that delicious chicken scent and taste, I chopped up the onion quickly as possible and tossed that in as well.
  3. While that was simmering away, you’ll want to clean out your black beans and corn cans – and rinse them a teensy bit – before pulling them into the same bowl – prepared for the chicken.
  4. If you’re using taco seasoning, add a good portion of it to the corn/black bean mix.
  5. The chicken should be finished (yay) by now, so you can turn off your stove before taking the chicken and shredding it with two forks. Add it into the corn-black bean mix and mix it all together (adding more or less seasonings as you see fit). If you want to add in some extra salsa or guac here: now is your time. Keep tasting 🙂
  6. Put a bit more oil on your pan before turning onto medium-low heat and placing a tortilla on the pan. Place a light layer of your shredded cheese on the bottom, add 1/2 cup of your filling, another light sprinkling of cheese and another tortilla layer on top.
  7. Check out that browning on bottom! When it’s crispy to the touch (or however you like your quesadillas), Flip it over (and yes it’s difficult as hell).
  8. Finish it up and make your other quesadillas and serve with extra salsa, cheese, and guacamole

As you can read… the recipe isn’t hard – it’s just a fun way to cook a quick meal with friends for a week night dinner. Highly recommended for cooks trying to impress their friends without actually being a skilled chef.

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