Kale and Black Bean Quesadillas

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This Kale and Black Bean Quesadillas recipe has been sponsored by Nature’s Greens but all opinions expressed here are my own.

I do LOVE some homemade quesadillas!  And the addition of fresh kale and canned black beans makes these easy quesadillas even healthier.  Serve with fresh tomato salsa and sour cream for added flavor.  Your kids will love these crispy black bean quesadillas and YOU will love that they are getting plenty of fresh, healthy kale in their diet!

Kale and Black Bean Quesadillas


Why are kale quesadillas better than traditional quesadillas?

One of the ways I try to eat healthier is to include a rainbow of colors in my diet throughout the week. I love colorful vegetables, whether it is purple cabbage, bright red tomatoes or deep green kale. However, have you ever had your kid turn up their noses at something just because of it’s color? “I can’t eat that, mom. It’s GREEN!”

Getting KIDS on the whole ‘eating healthy’ bandwagon is not always as easy as telling them it is good for them! Sometimes, getting kids to eat healthy means tricking them into it. Like hiding zucchini in muffins or corn in fritters. Another good way to get kids to eat healthy is to give them their veggies in a dip-able form! Sure, you can do the whole raw veggies and ranch dressing but that gets a little old after a while. What if I told you how to turn KALE into a dip-able food?

Kale and Black Beans

Is kale good for you? YES!

Dark green, leafy veggies like kale are very healthy. But, how do you get kids to eat it? One time I made kale into a tropical green smoothie that was downright delicious. All the vibrant green color and health benefits of kale but tasting like pineapple. Very yummy!

This month, when Nature’s Greens asked me to participate in their Kale Up campaign I decided to turn kale into a kid friendly quesadilla. What is the Kale Up campaign? It is an ongoing effort by Nature’s Greens to encourage people to add more kale to their diets! Very easy to do when it tastes this good inside a couple of flour tortillas!

If you aren’t sure your kid will eat kale, try this recipe! Serve it with sour cream, salsa, or guacamole and let them dip to their hears content! Want a delicious variation?  Try my corn and black bean quesadillas instead! Head over to Delish for a homemade salsa recipe to go with your quesadillas.  

Kid Freindly Kale Recipe: Kale and Black Bean Quesadilla


Kale and Black Bean Quesadillas

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Kale and Black Bean Quesadillas

Kale and Black Bean Quesadillas

Think your family won't like kale recipes? They will if you put it into these homemade kale and black bean quesadillas. Serve with salsa and sour cream.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 (12 inch) flour torillas
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 3 to 4 cups raw kale
  • 3 to 4 TBSP olive oil
  • pinch salt
  • pinch cumin
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • sour cream, salsa, or guacamole for serving


  1. In a large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add kale and saute until almost wilted
  3. Add black beans, salt and cumin and stir until beans are warm.
  4. In a second pan over medium low heat, place one flour tortilla and top with kale and bean mixture. Add cheese and top with remaining tortilla.
  5. Heat over medium low heat until tortilla is lightly brown and cheese is melting.
  6. Carefully flip over and heat other side for 2 to 3 minutes.
  7. Cut into triangles and serve with your choice of condiments.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1088Total Fat: 104gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 76gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 667mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 8gSugar: 4gProtein: 22g

Nutrition information not always accurate



  1. I don’t normally like kale but that looks really good!

  2. This looks so good!! Kale is one of my favorites!

  3. these look pretty good–never a big fan of kale myself–but perhaps mixed with these other yummy flavors I could learn to like it better-thanks for sharing

  4. These look so good. Talk about a lot of nutrition packed into one yummy meal!

  5. Love a good quesadilla but never thought to put black beans in them! Although I don’t know why not since I love black bean burritos. Great recipe idea 🙂

    • I thought it was a tasty combination of veggies, protein, and dairy all wrapped up in a tasty tortilla!

  6. These look delish. I need a creative Kale recipe the kids will eat.

  7. A must try for me looks fabulous saw this on Frigg! Love it! TWEET!

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