Deep Fried Bean and Cheese Quesadilla



Spicy Bean and Cheese Quesadillas with fresh guacamole for the perfect superbowl snack


I love football. I love food. I love that these two go perfectly together. Oh my gosh I love it!!!! I wish you could see me right now. In fact, Mr Handsome is standing right here teasing me, “why are you smiling at your computer?! haha, you dork.” And he’s right. I’m totally grinning because there is nothing better than game day food. Well, maybe a good summer BBQ. But, mostly game day food. The Superbowl is especially great about pulling out every dang good, lip smackin’, artery clogging deliciousness. They are fried folks. I don’t want to toot my own horn, but twist my arm, I will. This simple appetizer is so unsuspecting, but it will rock your world. GUARANTEED. So glad I got to work with Old El Paso on this recipe!


Spicy Bean and Cheese Quesadillas with fresh guacamole for the perfect superbowl snack


I’m not sure how I ever survived not eating guacamole growing up, but until I was in high school I never touched the stuff. Mexico is what changed me of my ways. We went to Cabo San Lucas as a family and while we were lounging at the pool one day we ordered pool side nachos. They were loaded with beans, chicken, cheese and guacamole. I had tried guacamole back in Washington where we lived and thought it was spicy grossness, but this was different. There was only lime juice, salt and cilantro and it was so fresh and amazing. It converted me for life and while I still don’t love a super spicy guacamole I do love many different variations. I especially love how it can break up flavors, spicy and cool, crunch and creamy.


Spicy Bean and Cheese Quesadillas with fresh guacamole for the perfect superbowl snack


I mean, could these be any easier? Just corn tortillas, beans and cheese. The end. Nothing crazy, no pre cooking meat or veggies. Just the basics. And sometimes that’s what’s best, the basics. I did want to show you though, corn tortillas are not very pliable or tender, and you definitely want them to be the most delicious when you eat them, so it’s best to cook them first. If you’re short on time you can totally skip it and just lay one tortilla on top of the other, but again, I would always take the time to cook them. Get a pan super hot, cook for a few seconds on each side to bring out their natural flavor and then proceed.


Spicy Bean and Cheese Quesadillas with fresh guacamole for the perfect superbowl snack


Now, we didn’t just want any ol’ quesadilla so not only are these fried in individual triangles which allows some of the filing to ooze out and give a crispy bite, and crispy cheese edges, but we also used Old El Paso Taco Seasoning in the filling and pepperjack cheese so that the filling would be a burst of flavor. Then you dip it in the cool, creamy  guacamole and it’s like perfection in every bite. It’s all about the little details, and trust me, adding a little seasoning really punches up the flavor.


What Kind of Beans Are Refried Beans?

Refried Beans are most usually made from Pinto Beans.

Pinto beans provide 15 grams of fiber per cup.


Can You Make a Quesadilla With Corn Tortillas?

You can use both corn or flour tortillas to make a quesadilla.

If you are adding more than meet, flour tortillas are easier to use because they are more pliable.


How Long Will Homemade Guacamole Keep?

Homemade guacamole will usually last only 1-2 days.



Deep Fried Bean and Cheese Quesadilla

Spicy Bean and Cheese Quesadillas with fresh guacamole for the perfect superbowl snack
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Deep Fried Bean and Cheese Quesadilla

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time4 mins
Course: Everyone's Favorite Mexican Recipes
Keyword: APPETIZER, beans, cheese, corn tortillas, fried, mexican, quesadilla, vegetarian
Servings: 24 mini triangle quesadillas
Calories: 82kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 1 Can Refried Beans
  • 2 Teaspoons Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
  • 2 Cups Pepperjack Cheese grated
  • 12 Corn Tortillas
  • Oil for frying
  • Guacamole for Dipping


  • Heat a small skillet over medium high heat and cook one tortilla for a few seconds on each side.
  • Meanwhile, mix the beans and taco seasoning together.
  • Set aside.
  • Lay each tortilla out flat, and cover half of it with the bean mixture and about 1/4 cup of the cheese.
  • Fold the tortilla in half see note and slice down the middle, creating two triangles.
  • Heat a medium skillet over medium heat.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of canola oil and heat until shimmering.
  • Add a couple of the triangles at a time, cooking until golden on each side, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Drain between two paper towels and serve immediately.


Folding the quesadilla versus making an entire circle and then cutting it in half helps to ensure that the filling doesn't ooze out on all side.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.1g | Protein: 3.9g | Cholesterol: 9.6mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 0.3g
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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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21 comments on “Deep Fried Bean and Cheese Quesadilla”

  1. I was looking around the internet for a recipe on the deep fried quesadillas and I came across yours. We know this type of dish in Mexico as “tacos dorados” not deep fried quesadillas which are made out of masa. Also not to be confused with the “flautas” a roll up tortilla with different fillings. Love that you served them with guacamole because we usually served them with cabbage, salsa and cheese. Pardon my grammar and English!

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  3. I just adore quesadillas 🙂 this deep fried version looks fantastic!!!

  4. I can’t believe I’ve never made refried beam quesadilla before! They sound incredible!

  5. All I can say is, YUMMMMMMMM!!!

  6. Deep fried anything and I’m a happy camper. I too love football and food and these look delish!

  7. Why have I never fried a quesadilla!?! Must do this soon!

  8. Perfect game day food and I love everything that involves guacamole!!

  9. you have quite the way of posting devilishly bad recipes before or after your fitness posts – are you trying to trick me girrrl? lol these look awesome

  10. You would go and deep fry one of my favorite things to eat! Such a great idea!! Wish we could have a super bowl party together!

  11. Wow, these look right up my alley!!

  12. Oh my gosh, we totally make these too! My boys go nuts for them! Yours however look much prettier, lol! xo

  13. These look amazing and so simple. Thanks for a wonderful recipe 🙂

  14. Love that tip on folding the quesadillas! Perfect! I love that you sit at your computer and smile, ’cause I totally do that and the hubs thinks I’m the weirdest human alive. I am dying over the crispy tortillas with the melty cheese here! These look fab!
    As for my fav appetizer…I don’t do a ton of Game day stuff, but if I did I am a TOTAL sucker for spinach and artichoke dip!