Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

This appears to be one of very few years that a groundhog has accurately predicted 6 more weeks of winter.  At least, he was right about the first few weeks! We’ve had more snow in the past week and a half than we usually do in an entire winter.

While I may lose readers (and possibly even friends) over this, I must admit that I am a big fan of winter. Most years, I secretly hope for a blizzard to dump feet and feet of snow. I enjoy watching the snow fall and getting snowed in… And, sometimes I even enjoy a bit of shoveling. There, I said it.

Now, that said, I must also admit that I am just about ready for spring. I have enjoyed all of the snow this year, but I am missing all of the fresh produce of the spring and summer. I do my best to eat fresh, local produce whenever I can, and it becomes quite difficult this time of year. There’s not much of anything sprouting up from underneath the blanket of snow at this point.

Just a few weeks ago we signed up for this year’s CSA, and we decided to go with a large share this year. We will also be planting a garden again this year.  My plan is to use as much of the produce that I can and freeze/can the rest so I have a good supply of local produce for the colder months of the year.  I attempted to do that last year, but didn’t do nearly enough, nor did I have a large enough freezer. I do still have a few gems from last summer’s crop, though, so I’ve been making the most of them!

So, since there has been even more snow in the forecast, I decided to make a lunch that reminds me of the best of summer, using some of the frozen sweet corn and minced jalapeños in my freezer. However, quesadillas are one of those wonderful foods that can be made with pretty much whatever you have on hand.  So, pull your favorite summer foods out of the freezer and whip up these quesadillas for lunch to hold you over a few more weeks…  I just hope spring comes soon, because my sweet corn stock is running out!

Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

  • 2 cups sweet corn, thawed if frozen
  • 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 minced jalapeños, thawed if frozen
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Whole wheat tortillas
  • Monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • Avocado, sliced

Spread the corn kernels out in an even layer on a sheet pan. Broil for a few minutes until the corn is golden and slightly charred on top (normally I would grill my fresh corn, but that doesn’t work so well with frozen corn, so this is the next best thing).  In a large mixing bowl, stir together the roasted corn, black beans, and jalapeños.  Add the lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.

Preheat a grill pan with a panini press over medium heat. Brush lightly with oil.  Assemble the quesadillas by placing one tortilla in the pan, topping with shredded cheese and the black bean and corn mixture.  Top with a second tortilla and grill for a few minutes on each side.

Cut into wedges and serve with sliced avocado, remembering that spring is right around the corner.

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20 Responses to Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas
  1. Maria
    February 16, 2010 | 11:05 am

    I am so sick of winter. This meal is cheering me up though. Thanks:)

  2. megan
    February 16, 2010 | 11:06 am

    Now I’m wishing I had thought ahead and frozen some corn last summer! I think I’m going to ask for a bigger freezer for my birthday.

    these look great! :)

  3. Noelle @Opera Singer in Kitchen
    February 16, 2010 | 11:15 am

    This looks great! Yummy lunch for this wintery day!

  4. Eliana
    February 16, 2010 | 11:39 am

    Awesome lunch idea. Now if only the weather matched the dish things would be perfect.

  5. Anna
    February 16, 2010 | 1:54 pm

    That looks awesome, love the corn/beans combo.

  6. 5 Star Foodie
    February 16, 2010 | 1:59 pm

    Those are gorgeous quesadillas and I love the avocado slices on top! Definitely makes me think of warmer days hopefully ahead :)

  7. jenn
    February 16, 2010 | 2:24 pm

    I’m thinking quesadilla is in order for tonight. :-D

  8. Kat
    February 16, 2010 | 2:58 pm

    Good for you for actually enjoying winter! That’s a true talent. :)

  9. Leena
    February 16, 2010 | 3:50 pm

    awesome recipe! i love the idea of putting corn in the quesadilla! this is definitely something i’m going to have to make soon!

  10. Cookie
    February 16, 2010 | 4:23 pm

    I’m definitely not a fan of winter but I do love the holidays! I guess if I could just stay home with some hot cocoa all day, I wouldn’t mind it so much. I can’t wait till spring and all the wonderful fresh produce!

  11. LaSpicyVita
    February 16, 2010 | 5:00 pm

    this looks so wholesome and delicious! :)

  12. Fuji Mama
    February 16, 2010 | 6:33 pm

    Mmmmm, love the combo of black beans and cor. Though I think I’d love just about anything in a quesadilla!!

  13. Laura Flowers
    February 16, 2010 | 8:40 pm

    Pretty shots Jen. Funny, we don’t have winter here. This is the first time in history I think. What a weird year.

    Laura

  14. arugulove
    February 16, 2010 | 11:02 pm

    This looks so good. I love quesadillas! Enjoy your CSA!

  15. Erica
    February 17, 2010 | 5:58 pm

    I love quesadillas!!! They are so versatile. This is a great vegetarian meal!

  16. Teanna
    February 18, 2010 | 10:23 am

    Mmmm… black beans mixed with corn is one of my favorite combos! Add some chickpeas, cumin, chili powder and avocado and I am one happy girl! I am so putting this on my “must make” list!

  17. ThatsSoYummy
    February 18, 2010 | 12:34 pm

    I agree with Fujimama, what is it about the combo of black beans and corn. It really is too good, love them as a quesadilla, will have to try and its healthy also! YUMMM!

    -Natasha

  18. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite
    February 18, 2010 | 8:19 pm

    Jen, whilst I am not a fan of winter (especially CANADIAN winters, coming from Australia I will NEVER get used to them), I am all for dishes like this. Not only does it look yummy but it is pretty too!

  19. Nutmeg Nanny
    February 19, 2010 | 9:06 am

    I have mixed feelings about winter. I love snow and don’t mind it but I HATE driving in bad weather. If I never had to drive in bad weather I would be all over lovin’ winter…haha.

    Now onto these awesome quesaillas. I love the corn mixed with black beans (fiber!) and the avocado makes me even more happy:)

    P.S. I’m sorta happy about Spring this year so I can open up my windows! I hate the stale air that builds up in a house over the winter.

  20. Dgrub
    February 24, 2010 | 2:21 pm

    You quesadillas photos looks great… very professional. Here’s a related versatile quesadillas entry. Let us know what you think of it.

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