Dollar Store Dinners -  Bean Quesadillas

What You Need:

-Santa Fe Blend     Frozen Vegetables -Pinto Beans -Cheddar Cheese -Bayou Blend  Seasoning

-Tortillas -Spanish Rice -Rotel

1

Thaw the bag of frozen vegetables first so you can drain off the excess water. You don’t want soggy quesadillas! I just microwaved mine for a minute or two, stirring occasionally, until they were fully thawed, then drained them really well.

Thaw Vegetables

2

Rinse and drain pinto beans. Shred cheddar cheese. Add the beans, cheese, and Bayou seasoning (or taco seasoning – you may need salt if your taco seasoning doesn’t contain any).

Mix Beans And Cheese

3

Stir everything together, then taste the filling and adjust the seasoning or salt to your liking. Set the quesadilla filling aside.

Stir Filling Together

4

It’s time to start cooking the Spanish rice. The directions on the packet said to add 2 cups of water, but I wanted to add Rotel tomatoes to the mix. So I drained the juices from the can into a measuring cup, then added enough water until it reached the 2 cups of liquid suggested on the packet.

Drain Tomatoes

5

Add the contents of the Spanish rice packet into a saucepot. Add the drained tomatoes and 2 cups of liquid. Stir everything to combine, place a lid on top, then bring it up to a boil. When it reaches a boil, turn it down to medium-low and simmer for about 7 minutes. After 7 minutes, turn the heat off and set it aside.

Cook Rice

6

While the rice is cooking, fill the quesadillas. Spread the filling over one side, then fold them closed.

Fill Quesadillas

7

Cook the quesadillas in a skillet over medium heat until the cheese is melted on the inside and the tortilla is brown and crispy on the outside. I did not use oil in the skillet, but you can if you prefer a more fried effect.

Cook Quesadillas

8

Slice the quesadillas into two or three pieces each. I like to use a pizza cutter for this, but a large knife works well, too!

Slice Quesadillas

9

Fluff the Spanish rice with a fork.

Fluff Rice

Ready to Make it?

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