Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

The ultimate in creamy, decadent quesadillas. Use part-skim mozzarella or low-fat cheddar to cut a few calories and fat grams.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add bell pepper and onion and saute until just tender, 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add broccoli and mushrooms and saute until just tender, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add chili powder and cumin, stir well.
  5. Preheat a large skillet on medium heat or a flat griddle on 300°F.
  6. Spread 1/4 cup refried beans and half of veggie mixture on one half of each tortilla.
  7. Sprinkle on half of mozzarella cheese on veggie mixture on each tortilla.
  8. Fold other side of tortilla over cheese, veggies, and beans. Your quesadilla should resemble a poofy half moon.
  9. Place on skillet or griddle and warm until slightly brown.
  10. Flip over and warm other side. Make sure cheese is melted.
  11. Remove from heat.
  12. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
  13. Cut each quesadilla into three or four wedges.
  14. Note: Various veggies can be substituted in this recipe. Consider your tortilla and refried beans the base. The veggies and cheese you choose to use are up to you. The portabella mushrooms really add a "meatiness" to this vegetarian dish!
Most Helpful

Yummy veggie alternative for a quesadilla! I didn't have any beans on hand, but followed the recipe otherwise. It's easy and quick to make, and the mushrooms add a filling component to it. We will definitely continue to make this one. Thanks, For the Love of Veggies!

Pikake21 March 31, 2011

This is definitely a decandant and filling quesadilla! I left out the broccoli and used a green pepper instead of the red. I left the seasonings the same and they were perfect for my taste. Since its just me, I made it as stated (adding more green pepper, onion and mushrooms to make up for lack of broccoli) and kept the leftover veggies for the next day. The first time I made it, I used fat-free cheese, but I couldn't really taste it (maybe cause it was fat-free) so I omitted the cheese the second time and I liked it better that way. I found the refried beans were creamy enough to make up for any lack of cheese. I cooked these on my George Foreman and used regular fat-free refried beans (not vegetarian). Will definitely make again!

TexasHurricane August 09, 2007

This was outstanding! Prep time was minimal, it was easy to make and to modify for our personal tastes. I cut out the chili powder and the beans - my husband and I don't like them, and put in a yellow bell pepper instead. They came out fantastic. I've got a friend who is vegetarian, and now I've got something great to make for her when she visits!

Glamourcat July 31, 2007