Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Poblano, Mango, and Black Bean Quesadillas

We loved the mango-black bean salad so much that we had a few weeks ago that I decided to be adventurous and try the combination in other ways. So I happened upon this recipe for Poblano, Mango, and Black Bean Quesadillas from the September 2005 issue of Cooking Light. It tastes very yummy, but we had a lot of issues. First, our new oven's broiler is a little hotter than we anticipated and the tortillas burned. Second, one of the tortillas ballooned up for no reason and made more of a weirdly shaped burned tostada than a quesadilla. But despite all of that, this was yummy. Mangoes and black beans and avocado = a good combination. We won't make this recipe again, but I shall continue experimenting!

We took a picture of the more 'normal' looking quesadillas:

Poblano, Mango, and Black Bean Quesadillas
CL, 9/05

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups presliced onion
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 poblano chile, seeded and chopped
1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup jarred sliced peeled mango (such as Del Monte SunFresh)
1/3 cup cubed peeled avocado
4 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas
Cooking spray
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese

Preheat broiler.

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, oregano, salt, pepper, and poblano, and sauté 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add beans; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat; stir in mango and avocado.

Place flour tortillas on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Arrange about 3/4 cup bean mixture on half of each tortilla, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese over bean mixture, and fold tortilla in half. Lightly coat tortillas with cooking spray. Broil 3 minutes or until cheddar cheese melts.

Yield: 4 servings

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