Zucchini Quesadillas

May 12, 2009


Every now and then I like to buck the system.  The meat eating system that is.  I’m not sure about in your household but in mine with my dear sweet DT, meat is a must at every single meal, hell if I cook breakfast without bacon or sausage he takes lunch meat and heats it with his eggs.  See what I am saying, a real meat eater my sweet dear hubby is.

So on to bucking the system.  Since we have a massive amount of summer squash I decided to try my hand at making zucchini quesadillas which also happen to contain absolutely no meat at all!  So serving them to DT would be a real test.  Would he notice no meat, would he mind, what would he say?

Well I am happy to report he was thoroughly pleased, he did notice no meat, but he didn’t mind, in fact he said they were really really good!!  Yea! Success!  And one really good thing about this recipe is I almost always have all the ingredients on hand, they are super quick to make and a crowd pleaser, even with the twin 17 month old food critics.

Ingredients: 1/2 cup chunky salsa plus more for serving, 1 cup drained black beans, 1 zucchini – shredded on box grater, Cumin, Chili Powder, flour tortillas, shredded Cheese (cheddar, monterrey jack, mexican blend)


Grate 1 zuchinni on box grater


Drain and rinse black beans and pour in a large bowl


Add zucchini, 1/4 tsp cumin, 1/4 chili powder, 1/2 cup salsa, mix well


In skillet over medium low heat (I used a oiled cast iron skillet) place 1 tortilla and spread zuchinni mixture evenly over tortilla.


Add cheese and place another tortilla on the top


cook on each side for about 4-5 minutes


And thats it!  Easy!


Just repeat until all the mixture is gone, I think I made about 5 and serve with  salsa, guacamole, and sour cream!  Whatever floats your boat.


And don’t forget about the little fella’s in your house!

Little W gives it the seal of approval


As does little H– with his famous squinty eye picture


Print This RecipeZucchini  quesadillas

1/2 cup chunky salsa plus more for serving
1 cup drained black beans
1 zucchini – shredded on box grater

1/4 tsp Cumin

1/4 tsp Chili Powder
8 flour tortillas
Shredded Cheese (cheddar, Monterrey jack, Mexican blend)
Combine salsa, beans and zucchini.

Heat pan over medium heat.  Spread mixture over tortilla, top with cheese and cover with another tortilla

brown on both sides (about 4-5 minutes per side).

You can keep them warm in a 170 degree oven while you cook the rest.

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susieshomemade May 12, 2009 at 6:37 am

I love hiding veggies from kids!! Awesome tackle:-)


nafyboocs May 12, 2009 at 7:25 am

These sound really good. I’m going to have to try them.


Sherry May 12, 2009 at 8:18 am

YUM! These look delish from the look on his face! 😀


Lisa May 12, 2009 at 9:00 am

You have the best recipes! This looks yummy!


Mindee@ourfrontdoor May 12, 2009 at 9:37 am

Yum. And your son does a good job of selling them here!


Kristen May 12, 2009 at 10:09 am

That looks delish – I will definitely try this!


Pamela May 12, 2009 at 11:02 am

those look great!!!


Tracey May 12, 2009 at 12:45 pm

We really like quesadillas, but I never thought about adding zucchini – great idea! Your pictures make me hungry!!


Snow White May 12, 2009 at 1:01 pm

fun! I never thought of shredding zucchini in a tortilla. I can’t wait to try these!


Lisa@blessedwithgrace May 12, 2009 at 1:05 pm

Looks great. My hubby is such a meat eater, as well. I am trying to do more healthy cooking with less red meat. He is not a fan. Maybe I can sneak this in. Ha ha.


Kara-Noel May 12, 2009 at 2:03 pm

I would have never thought to grate the veggies. LOVE it!!


Anissa May 12, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Sounds Yummy! TFS


Mary @Raising 4 Godly Men May 12, 2009 at 2:50 pm

Yeah !!! Another way to use zucchinni !! We grow a lot of this and am always looking for ways to cook with it. [0=


One Mom May 12, 2009 at 3:09 pm

I’m trying to serve more meatless meals and this looks great. I’m looking forward to getting lots of zucchini from my garden this year so this recipe is a keeper!


Sherry May 12, 2009 at 3:10 pm

Thanks for stoppin by again! The movie was GOOD long, but good. It was worth renting! Those quesidillas look so yum, Im forwarding the recipe to my sis, her family would gobble that right up!


Mimi May 12, 2009 at 3:11 pm

What a brilliant idea!

Thanks for stopping by my blog & helping to make my SITS day special!


Vicki May 12, 2009 at 3:29 pm

I love zucchini and this looks yummy!!
What a cute little boy!!!


Angela May 12, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Those sound yummy! We love Quesadillas, but they usually contain meat, as my hubby is a big meat eater too. I’ll have to try these!


Melissa May 12, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Looks great! We only planted zucchini one year, and we had so much yield that no one wanted to grow it again! I do buy zucchini at the store sometimes, though, and this recipe looks good to me.


Organizing Mommy May 12, 2009 at 5:40 pm

I LOVE the look on the little guy’s face! What a darling! Thanks for coming to my blog.


Brenda May 12, 2009 at 9:10 pm

That looks really good and nutritious. Thanks!


Lisa May 12, 2009 at 9:51 pm

YUM! I can’t wait to try these!!


dysfunctional mom May 12, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Sounds delicious! We have Meatless Monday at our house. It’s fun and the kids remind me if I forget!


Marrdy May 13, 2009 at 9:30 am

Jenna-Please ignore my last comment…just read my email and I just totally blew this!!!


Tara @ Feels like home May 13, 2009 at 10:16 am

I love zucchini! These look so good, and they will be an awesome way to enjoy our glut of zucchini this summer.


Tina May 13, 2009 at 8:51 pm

These look fabulous. Cannot wait to have an abundance of Zuccini.


Southern Fried Mama May 14, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Hmm..i wonder if I could fool my kids with these?

Thanks for sharing!


Joy @ Joy Of Desserts May 14, 2009 at 7:28 pm

Zucchini is one of my favorite vegetables. Plus it brings back good memories to. 🙂 Nice recipe. Thanks.

My Tasty Tuesday is up too.


Susan May 15, 2009 at 8:03 am

sounds delicious…and your taste tester is adorable! Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan


annkroeker May 15, 2009 at 8:11 am

Oh, boy, anything with guacamole next to it makes me salivate. I used to make a super-simple version of this when the kids were little (just cheese and zucchini). I like this with more ingredients–looks awesome.!


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Joyce May 15, 2009 at 8:15 am

Well the baby says it all…finger lickin good! My husband also warms up lunch meat and it grosses me out big time but his Mom was a bad cook so I understand it is sort a bad habit of his.


susan May 15, 2009 at 8:22 am

I do think most men are carnivores–something to do with all that cave man stuff 🙂 Your recipe looks like something I would love. and you are so smart to start W and H (those precious, precious babies) early. Maybe they will overcome caveman syndrome!


Sab May 15, 2009 at 11:14 am

That looks SOOO tasty! I’ll have to give it a go when I have zucchini! I can’t wait until the squash is in season again!


bj May 15, 2009 at 1:32 pm

sounds just fabulous..gotta try it.
i couldn’t hardly look at anything except those adorable twins. Good grief…they are SO identical…and the cutest things!


Patti May 16, 2009 at 5:05 pm

I want to try this. You really come up with some intersting things. When do you have the time?


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Courtney May 26, 2009 at 6:56 pm

I made these quesidillas tonight for dinner. AMAZING!!! Thanks for the recipes and keep them coming! I am engaged and I can’t wait to make this for my hubby (once we are married). He will LOVE them too! Thanks again


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I made these zucchini quesadillas this week. See my blog. Dh absolutely went ga-ga over them. Thanks.


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