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Low-fat Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadilla

Look no further than these Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadilla for your mid-week meal. These healthy vegetarian quesadillas are packed with fresh vegetables and use low-fat cheese. They are so easy to make but most importantly taste absolutely delicious!

Low fat sweet potato and black bean quesadillas are placed on a wodden chopping board garnished with freshly chopped coriander/cilantro.

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There are so many reasons why I love this recipe and make it again and again!

I can really get my 5 a day in when I’m eating these especially when paired with my favourite Tropical Mango and Passionfruit Salsa. They are fibre-rich, hearty and satisfying!

I’ve since discovered that grilling quesadillas takes the texture to another level! The tortilla are crunchy with that desirable grill mark finish!

I have made some substitutions to the ingredients and method to get healthier quesadillas that do not compromise on flavour! Now, I’m not saying that these will taste exactly like the indulgent quesadillas that are super cheesy, but the fresh flavours in this version are still superb and satisfying!

You can easily make vegan sweet potato quesadillas by using vegan cheese or make gluten free sweet potato quesadillas by using corn tortillas.

Ingredients for Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadilla

  • Tortilla Wraps – medium to large wraps work best. We try to use wholemeal wraps wherever possible but you can use whichever wraps you can get hold of. Use corn tortillas for gluten-free sweet potato quesadilla.
  • Sweet Potato – either cook the sweet potato in the pan with a little olive oil, roast in the oven or place the cubes in the microwave with a little water sprinkled on a M/W safe dish. 
  • Red Pepper – you can also use other coloured peppers if that’s what you have to hand
  • Spring onion and fresh baby spinach
  • Fresh Coriander leaves – use spinach as an alternative (makes the filling even healthier and a great way to hide spinach into children’s meal)
  • Nacho/Taco seasoning or Mexican spice mix
  • Low-fat cheese – it is easy to find reduced-fat cheddar cheese in supermarkets.

Overhead and very close up shot of low fat black bean and sweet potato quesadilla garnished with green cilantro leaves

How to make grilled sweet potato quesadilla

These quesadilla are made in 2 stages. First we have to prep the filling, then assemble the quesadilla and grill.

Making the quesadilla filling

Making the filling is so easy, it just requires a little bit of preparation. I would recommend using a mandoline if you plan on making a big amount.

Combine all ingredients for the filling in a bowl

Assemble the quesadilla

There are two ways of assembling.

Either layer a tortilla, load with filling, add cheese and top with another.

Or, add filling to half a tortilla and fold like a calzone (like pictured below)

A photo grid of how to make/assemble and cook sweet potato and black bean quesadilla step by step
Triangles of low fat black bean and sweet potato quesadillas are placed on a chopping board topped with cilantro, guacamole and tomato salsa

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Cut low fat cheese, sweet potato and black bean quesadilla placed on a wooden chopping board next to salsa and guacamole bowls.

Low Fat Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadilla

Hayley Dhanecha
These great vegetarian ‘toasties’ are so delicious and healthy. Prepared with low fat cheese, sweet potato and black beans. Serve with salsa and Guacamole for a filling meal.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Roasting time 25 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Mains
Cuisine Mexican, Tex-Mex
Servings 4
Calories 394 kcal



  • 1 cup Black beans cooked
  • 2 cup Sweet Potatoes washed and cubed
  • 8 large Tortilla Wrap Wholemeal
  • 1 cup Red bell pepper chopped
  • ½ cup Spring onion chopped
  • ½ cup Spinach chopped
  • 1 tbsp. Green chilli optional
  • 3 tbsp. Chopped coriander fresh
  • 1 cup Low fat cheese I have used shredded 50% low fat cheddar
  • 1 tsp. Red chilli flakes optional
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tsp. Mexican spice mix or Taco/Nacho seasoning
  • 2 tsp. Olive oil


  • Preheat the oven to gas mark 6-7.
  • Place sweet potato on the baking tray and drizzle olive oil.
  • Toss and cook in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until done but not mushy.
  • Meanwhile, place all the other ingredients in a bowl and mix.
  • Add cooked sweet potato and mix again.
  • Once you are ready to prepare, heat griddle or large pan.
  • Put one tortilla in a pan, sprinkle some cheese on it and layer 3-4 tbsp, beans and sweet potato mixture on top of it.
  • Sprinkle some cheese on the vegetable and top with the second tortilla.
  • Cook until golden on both sides and cheese has melted outside, it will take about 2-3 minutes.
  • Cut each quesadilla into quarters and serve straight away with, salsa and guacamole on the side.
  • Provecho !! ( Enjoy your meal )


You may cook sweet potatoes in a microwave. Place cubed sweet potatoes on a microwave proof plate, sprinkle a table spoon of water. Cook high on about 7-8 minutes. 
Instead of sweet potatoes, pumpkin or butternut squash can be used.
You may add 1/4 cup corn kernels (frozen thawed or canned drained) in the mix.  
For a vegan option use dairy-free cheese.


Nutrition Facts
Low Fat Black Bean and Sweet Potato Quesadilla
Serving Size
1 serving
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
Monounsaturated Fat
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutritional information provided is an approximation calculated by an online calculator/plugin. Please consult a professional dietitian for nutritional advice.

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Recipe Rating

Anshika Juneja

Friday 25th of February 2022

I love Mexican dishes and these Quesadillas looks so delicious and yummy. The combo of Sweet potato and black beans makes it more inviting. I loved the way you have given step by step instructions with pictures. I'm definitely making this tomorrow for my family.


Thursday 21st of April 2022

@Anshika Juneja, thanks for these compliments, yes do follow step by step instructions and enjoy making it, cheers


Friday 28th of January 2022

I love quesadilla and the combination of sweet potato and black bean sounds delicious. Also, loved the idea of serving it with mango and passion fruit salsa. I will try both the recipes.


Thursday 21st of April 2022

@Vandana, i hope you tried this combination with pleasing results, thanks

Lata Lala

Tuesday 25th of January 2022

Your pics always make me hungry. Quesadillas with sweet potato and black beans is definitely a good idea for lunch or dinner option. In addition to that these are grilled. Amazing share.


Thursday 21st of April 2022

@Lata Lala, your comments are an encouragement, so glad you like this recipe, thanks.

Mayuri Patel

Friday 21st of January 2022

Love adding sweet potato to Mexican dishes, makes it so filling and wholesome too. Sweet potato and black bean quesadilla are so inviting.


Thursday 21st of April 2022

@Mayuri Patel, yes sweet potato is always good to use for this recipe, thanks

Sandhya Ramakrishnan

Thursday 20th of January 2022

Quesadillas are my go to lunch box recipe. I love the idea of using roasted sweet potatoes. I am going to be roasting some tonight to pack for my kids lunch box tomorrow.


Thursday 21st of April 2022

@Sandhya Ramakrishnan, using roasted sweet , potatoes is a brilliant idea, great for lunch boxes as you said, thanks