Welcome to another version of “why I can’t live without cheese.” Again

Cheesy Double Bean Quesadillas with Homemade Avocado Ranch I howsweeteats.com

As the evidence suggests, it’s clearly not in my genetic makeup to create a recipe without the gooey goodness. I just… can’t.

I can do meatless.

I can probably even do sugarless. Though I might die. Really, I might. But I could do it.

But cheeseless? Never. It’s a freaking food group.

Cheesy Double Bean Quesadillas with Homemade Avocado Ranch I howsweeteats.com

I’ve told you that before though. Cheese is my ultimate comfort food. Whenever I feel like eating my emotions – whatever they may be – cheese shows up in one form or another. Mac and cheese? Grilled cheese? Pizza? Cheese and crackers? String cheese binges?

It’s happened. Life happens.

Cheesy Double Bean Quesadillas with Homemade Avocado Ranch I howsweeteats.com

Oh wait. Can we talk about what’s reeeeeally been stressing me out lately? Okay. Pinterest. Yes, pinterest. Back in the good ol’ days when there were, like, only one million pins of beautiful outdoor porch swings and bay windows instead of 74 million, life was easy. Is it really so much to ask that when I try to search for “family rooms decorated in aqua,” I can actually FIND family rooms decorated in aqua, and not a private island home nested in between a few pictures of stuffed cookies with about six aqua sprinkles on top?

It is virtually impossible for me to find anything I am looking for on pinterest. Thank God I’m not planning a wedding or shower or child’s birthday party. I have no sense of style and no eye for interior design and all I want is some freaking help on how to wear wedge sneakers without looking like an a-hole (it’s probably not happening) and how to make my bedroom look like a pretty feng shui space so I am less of a lunatic. I get so overwhelmed and can’t find anything so I just quit. Boom.

Uh, as a side note, I just tried to search for “feathered shoes” to prove my theory and forgot the “s” on shoes. I am the person who just searched for feathered hoes on pinterest. So there’s that.

Cheesy Double Bean Quesadillas with Homemade Avocado Ranch I howsweeteats.com

In other news, after years of almost eating whole wheat tortillas exclusively, I found myself with a ton of extra flour tortillas and not only used them, but sort of “fried” the quesadillas in a little bit of butter.

I don’t know if I’m ever going back.

Well, wait. Actually, I do know. And I’m not.

Cheesy Double Bean Quesadillas with Homemade Avocado Ranch I howsweeteats.com


Cheesy Double Bean Quesadillas with Homemade Avocado Ranch

Yield: serves 2

Total Time: 25 minutes


1 cup black beans
1 cup cannellini beans
2 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, freshly grated
2 ounces pepperjack cheese, freshly grated
4 whole wheat tortillas
a little butter or olive oil for toasting

avocado ranch
1 ripe medium avocado
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
2 tablespoons freshly chopped dill
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper


In a large bowl, mash together black and cannellini beans with a fork, spoon or potato masher.

Heat an electric griddle or skillet over medium heat. Add a bit of butter or olive oil.

Place 2 tortillas down, covering each with a bit of both cheeses, then evenly distribute the mashed bean mixture over top. Place the tortilla on the griddle or skillet, then cover with bean mixture with the remaining cheese and the other tortilla. Cook until the bottom is crispy and golden brown, then gently flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes until crispy and golden.

To make the avocado ranch, combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until creamy, scraping down the sides occasionally when needed. Taste and season additionally if desired. Store avocado ranch in a seal-tight container for 1-2 days!

[avocado ranch adapted from food network]

Cheesy Double Bean Quesadillas with Homemade Avocado Ranch I howsweeteats.com

And yes. I just told you how to mash two ingredients together and fry them inside tortillas. What can I say. It’s Monday. And all about the avocado ranch.

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122 Responses to “Cheesy Double Bean Quesadillas with Homemade Avocado Ranch.”

  1. #
    April @barbellsandbellinis — February 11, 2013 @ 8:12 am

    Is it strange that I want these for breakfast? Yum.


  2. #
    shannon — February 11, 2013 @ 8:15 am

    i spread the butter on the outside of both tortillas, and fry them in a pan. i didn’t know there was another way of doing it. :) lol


  3. #
    shannon — February 11, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    and i have pinterest issues too. not only am i bad at searching for stuff, but i also have a terrible time finding things that i’ve already pinned. like, instead of having different categories for different things like desserts, side dishes, cookies, whatever, i just have “food”…and then i have “crafts” which have 943 pins in each board… -.- haha


  4. #
    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — February 11, 2013 @ 8:24 am

    Love the avocado ranch!! Genius idea!!


  5. #
    Kim in MD — February 11, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    Ah…Pinterest. I laughed out loud (well, snorted, actually!) when I read you searched for feathered hoes! The quesadilla look delicious, Jessica, and the avocado ranch looks amazing!


  6. #
    Sara Önnebo — February 11, 2013 @ 8:27 am

    I just love avocados! I think your avocado ranch would go well with just about anything:)


  7. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — February 11, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    Great recipe! I am a huge fan of quesadillas and bean ones are so good! By the way, what kind of wheat tortillas do you use? Your’s always look so good!


    • Jessica — February 11th, 2013 @ 9:27 am

      it totally depends! i used to be big on la tortilla factory, though i’ve found them increasingly harder to find in my area and i think they have some weird unnecessary ingredients. i usually just grab whatever 100% whole wheat tortillas i can find that look fluffy?

      i do really love trader joe’s brown rice tortillas, but since they are gluten free they sort of tear and fall apart. i don’t use them so much for quesadillas but more for peanut butter + bananas before/after a workout.


  8. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — February 11, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    cheese is my comfort food too. cheese and fruit together. with chocolate. and wine! Oh! And Jessica I used to work at a restaurant with the BEST avocado ranch dressing/dip. I’ve never thought to make it myself at home before but I have a feeling your homemade version would be spectacular in comparison!


  9. #
    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — February 11, 2013 @ 8:31 am

    I’ve never really been aboard the cheese-train until very recently. I never liked any cheese other than “pizza cheese” as mozzarella was formidably known as, but now I’m eating all different types and strangely I’m loving it? And I’m loving these quesadillas. Really though, they look beyond delicious and I love me some beans and cheese. Who am I and what happened to the me I used to know??


  10. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — February 11, 2013 @ 8:43 am

    I’m not a big cheese person but could definitely get on board with that avocado ranch!! And I totally agree with you about Pinterest. Whenever I go on there for ‘just a few minutes’ I find myself scrolling into a bottomless black hole of ‘fetching pins’. Can’t say I’ve had the pleasure of coming across any of those ‘feathered hoes’ of yours yet though!


  11. #
    Mary-Where's the Zoom — February 11, 2013 @ 8:44 am

    Butter! Brilliant. I always just throw my quesadillas straight in the pan, and then they’re always sort of dry. Butter is is! Lunch has been planned.


  12. #
    JulieD — February 11, 2013 @ 8:50 am

    Love the avocado ranch!! And umm I totally agree with you on cheese!! I was buying cheese last night and told the person who was rearranging all of the cheeses that I could live on cheese alone.


  13. #
    Emily — February 11, 2013 @ 8:56 am

    Ahhhhhh, I love cheese. Those quesadillas look oh so amazing, I happen to have some leftover black beans in the fridge, wheat tortillas and an avocado in the pantry and I am making a Publix run in about an hour to get some coffee creamer and cheese. Houzz is a great site to get inspiration for decorating. I have touches of aqua (really a few shades of blue), green and orange in my great room. I got a lot of my ideas from Houzz, especially my gray walled bedroom with pops of red, aqua (again) and green (also, again). Pattern here- I like bright colors!


  14. #
    Dana — February 11, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    Ironically, I am posting this recipe to Pinterest, tee hee:)


  15. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — February 11, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    I can’t live without cheese either. Plus I live in WI so that makes me doubly addicted to cheese. I’ve always thought quesadillas are wonderful dinner snacking food – easy to eat in front of a good movie and great with all kinds of dippers: ranch, avocado ranch (wow), salsa, sour cream. Yum!


  16. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — February 11, 2013 @ 9:22 am

    Cheese is non-negotiable for me too. I’m convinced that those who don’t eat it, probably didn’t like it all that much from the get-go.

    If you thought Pinterest was addicting, try Houzz! (Only about interior design and architecture, etc). Basically it is all designer’s pictures of kitchens, etc, etc, etc. Pinterest makes me feel poor, but Houzz is a whole different ball game.


  17. #
    Brian @ A Thought For Food — February 11, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    I’m the same way… Can totally do without meat (well… i do :-)). But cheese? F that. Love your quesadills and that avocado ranch is brilliant!


  18. #
    cindy — February 11, 2013 @ 9:42 am

    pan fried in butter! you kill me…I love it. cheese forever!


  19. #
    Annie @ What's Annie Making? — February 11, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    Girl, you sound like you were born in Wisconsin! On top of grilled cheese and mac n cheese I crave things like fresh cheese curds (only the squeaky kind) or better yet beer battered and deep fried cheese curds. These dillas look like the perfect quick weeknight meal. Yum!


  20. #
    Meg @ Peaches and Cake — February 11, 2013 @ 10:16 am

    hahaha i wonder what you found when you searched features hoes on pinterest! lol


  21. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 11, 2013 @ 10:17 am

    OH BOY! I could so go for this for dinner tonight. SO good!


  22. #
    Caroline @ Pink Basil — February 11, 2013 @ 10:20 am

    Bean quesadillas are pretty much my favorite thing ever! Except of course for Pinterest :)


  23. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — February 11, 2013 @ 10:21 am

    “Feathered hoes!” Haha! You’re so right about Pinterest. I feel the same way about eBay. Back in the good ol’days (you were probably 12), you could search through an entire CATEGORY on eBay in an hour. And I just answered my own question of “what did I do with my time before Pinterest?”

    We LOOOVE quesadillas around here. And that SAUCE?!? Whoa.


  24. #
    Pat Machin — February 11, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    I’m another one with the cheese addiction gene! That’s my sort of meal on a busy Monday. Quick and delicious.


  25. #
    Katie — February 11, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    Whole wheat tortillas are the PITS. I don’t know why the regular flour kind have to taste so much better, but they do.


  26. #
    Carly @ Snack Therapy — February 11, 2013 @ 10:47 am

    I’m going to need someone to spoon feed me avocado ranch.


  27. #
    Morgan — February 11, 2013 @ 10:58 am

    I recently started frying my quesadillas/burritos in a little bit of butter (I have even used bacon fat before, yes!) as well and will never go back!

    What a fun recipe! I love that you kept the quesadilla meatless and that avocado ranch! Wow! It looks like green creamy heaven. Thanks for sharing :)


  28. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — February 11, 2013 @ 11:05 am

    I just love what you do to me.


  29. #
    Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen — February 11, 2013 @ 11:11 am

    I always feel silly posting simple recipes but sometimes those are the best and people need to know!


  30. #
    Lindsey — February 11, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    This is my kind of food! What a great idea to use two kinds of beans and make a sauce out of the avocados, rather than just chopping them up on top!


  31. #
    Brie @ Entrée the Giant — February 11, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    Can we call cheese a “good fat?” You know, like, put it in the same category as olive oil?

    No? Okay, cool. I’m still gonna eat a ton of it anyway ; )


  32. #
    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — February 11, 2013 @ 11:39 am

    Love the avocado ranch. Ive become a new lover of black beans…not sure why I didnt like them before. Perfect easy lunch.
    Oh & cheese is definitely a food group. At ALL times, I always have more cheese on hand than anything else. Im in complete agreement.


  33. #
    Little Kitchie — February 11, 2013 @ 11:42 am

    yep, this is pretty much perfection.


  34. #
    Ashley — February 11, 2013 @ 11:43 am

    MUST.have.these.quesadillas! STAT. Also, hilarious about Pinterest. :)


  35. #
    allie@sweetpotatobites — February 11, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    bean quesadillas – yes!


  36. #
    Amy's Cooking Adventures — February 11, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    These sound so good! Perfect for Lent!


  37. #
    deva by definition — February 11, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    I looove Avocado ranch. So tasty! Quesadillas are a mainstay in my household – we have them often, and when The Boy is traveling? Every. Night.


  38. #
    Meghan @ The Tasty Fork — February 11, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    Avocado and ranch??!! I could dip just about anything in that! I can’t wait to try this recipe. I pretend to like whole wheat tortillas too, but thanks for bringing the honesty and saying flour is better! They just are!


  39. #
    Holiday Baker Man — February 11, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    Gooey goodness!


  40. #
    Annie @ Annie's City Kitchen — February 11, 2013 @ 12:22 pm

    Cannellini beans in a quesadilla! Yes! I’m always looking for more ways to eat cannellini beans. And cheese obvi.


  41. #
    Wendi — February 11, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

    Oh my!!! My daughter is going to love these!!! :)))


  42. #
    Jenna — February 11, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    I agree cheese is the ultimate comfort food. These lookso good i need one for lunch


  43. #
    Meghan {For the Love of Dessert} — February 11, 2013 @ 12:33 pm

    I hate pinterest. There. I said it.

    And if it will make you feel better, I’ll totally type “feathered hoes” into pinterest so that you’re not alone. Hey, maybe we can start a new trend.


  44. #
    Amanda — February 11, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    I want these! Mostly for the avocado ranch. So good on black bean burgers. :)


  45. #
    erin — February 11, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

    looks yummy! can’t wait to try this recipe!!

    Follow me on pinterst if you want lots of decorating inspiration and clothes ideas too!!


    • erin — February 11th, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

      oh, link to my page is linked in my name. :o)


  46. #
    Rachele — February 11, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

    I had such fun reading this today!! Thank you for sharing your humor and thank you for sharing such a fun recipe. Very excited to try the avocado ranch… These will be perfect for Meatless Monday!


  47. #
    Vicki @ WITK — February 11, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    I try not to actually search for things on pinterest and let the “popular” page wash over me with its ever changing pictures. It mostly just helps pass the time while I commute on the train to work. Sometimes I check out the “womens fashion” board and pretend I’m super trendy.


  48. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — February 11, 2013 @ 1:53 pm

    This is the perfect recipe for me! Love the cheesy and the beans and the Homemade Avocado Ranch!! YES!


  49. #
    Rayna — February 11, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

    I love quesadillas, and there’s nothing better than a little avocado to go with this mexican delight. You’re making me hungry!


  50. #
    Emily — February 11, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

    Just made this for lunch, very tasty!


    • Jessica — February 11th, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

      so glad you liked it!



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