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Vegan Mexican quesadilla recipe

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finished vegan quesadillas

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Quesadillas are a solid staple of Mexican food. They are tortillas that are filled with cheese (and sometimes meats, seasoning, and veg), folded, and then cooked on a griddle until the tortilla is golden on both sides and the cheese is melted inside.

Traditionally, you’ll find most quesadillas are made using corn tortillas, but in the UK you’ll mostly find them being made with wheat-based tortillas. 

Vegan quesadillas can be made very easily using vegan cheese and you can substitute any other fillings with vegan versions.

Servings: 2 people



Quesadilla Filling

  • 1/2 Red Onion Sliced
  • 2 cloves Garlic Finely Chopped
  • 1 small Red chilli Finely Chopped
  • 1/2 tin Black beans Drained and rinsed
  • Vegan mayonnaise
  • 100 g Grated vegan cheese
  • 100 g Vegan meat Like soya chunks


  • 1 Avocado
  • Drizzle Chilli oil
  • 1 Lime Cut in half


Make the black bean filling

  • Get a medium-sized frying pan on a medium heat and add in a tsp of oil
  • Once the oil has heated up add in the sliced red onion. Fry off for a few minutes until slighlty softened.
  • Add in the chopped garlic and onion. Fry for a few more minutes until the onion is soft and the garlic has gone golden brown
  • Add the black beans into the mix and stir until fully incorporated. Continue to cook for a few minutes, then take off the heat and set aside

Heat up vegan meat

  • If you are using a vegan meat substitute, heat this up according to packet instructions and then set aside

Assemble the vegan quesadillas

  • Layout all your tortillas on a clean work surface
  • Spread a spoonful of vegan mayonnaise on each tortilla and add a sprinkling of vegan cheese on top
  • Spoon out a small amount of the black bean filling onto one half of each tortilla. Add a spoonful of vegan meat on top of the black bean filling
  • Sprinkle some more vegan cheese on top of the fillings
  • Fold over the tortillas so they make half moons

Cook the vegan quesadillas

  • Wipe your frying pan with some kitchen roll and stick back on to a medium heat. If you have a griddle pan, use this instead.
  • Once the pan is hot, add in a few quesadillas. Fry for a few minutes and then flip to fry the other side.
  • Slide the cooked quesadillas onto a plate and continue cooking the rest of the quesadillas

Serve the vegan quesadillas

  • Serve up the quesadillas on to plates and add a slice of lime, some chilli sauce, and sliced avocado on top
  • Enjoy!

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