These Buffalo Bean Quesadillas with Mexican Cheese Sauce are the best vegan quesadillas you’ll ever try! Buffalo flavored beans, Mexican cheese sauce, and a nice warm tortilla, is sure to hit the spot. These quesadillas were inspired by Rainbow Plant Life chickpea quesadillas, but this recipe is a multi bean instead of chickpeas. We also added our own spin to this recipe.
Best Vegan Quesadilla
For this Buffalo Bean Quesadillas recipe, we used pinto, black and white Cannellini beans. We’re still in quarantine and using up what’s left in our pantry. The quesadillas came out exceptionally with these varieties. With that said, don’t worry if you only have black beans or pinto or white beans on hand. This recipe will work with one type of bean as well.
Mashing the Buffalo Beans
For this recipe, the beans are to be mashed, but all the beans. It’s best to not mash them completely so some full beans are still intact. Alternatively, mash 2 cans of beans and then add 2 cans of the whole rinsed beans. This way the filling has more volume and texture.
Make a Quesadilla in a Pan
Crispy tortillas on quesadillas really give this dish the perfect touch. The best way to get your tortillas always golden crispy brown, is to spray the pan with some cooking spray while on medium low heat. No need to add too much. A light spray will do.
Next, you are going to want to assemble the quesadillas. The layers start with the tortilla, then move to the Mexican cashew cheese, followed by the buffalo beans, and finish with the second tortilla. Although you could assemble them ahead of time, you can also make them directly in the pan.
To make the quesadillas directly in the pan: Place the tortilla on the pan, spread the Mexican cheese, add the buffalo beans then add another tortilla on top.
At this point, using a smaller sauce pan, place the saucepan on the top of the quesadilla. This will allow the quesadilla to bind together, and better sear the bottom tortilla.
While making these quesadillas, we have tested different varieties of shells. Even though any kind of tortilla will be suitable, we found the white flour soft tortillas to make the best quesadillas. The flour tortillas tend to stick better together, while also searing nicely and crisping up.
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Luna & Nate