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Easy Veggie-Loaded Quesadillas [Vegan]

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These delicious, filling, and healthy quesadillas are fully plant-based and use no vegan cheese substitutes. To make them even healthier, use whole-grain or sprouted tortillas.

Easy Veggie-Loaded Quesadillas (No Cheese!)

This Recipe is :



  • 2 large tortillas (whole-grain preferred, but you can use any kind on hand)
  • 1 cup hummus, homemade or store-bought
  • 1 1/2 cups refried beans

For the Vegetable Stuffing:

  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • Up to 2 cups of assorted chopped vegetables – I used carrots, red bell pepper, mushrooms, broccoli
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1-2 Tbsp vegetable broth, for sauteeing the vegetables

For the Guacamole:

  • 1 ripe medium avocado
  • 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped scallions or red onions
  • 2 Tbsp chopped roma tomato (or more to taste)
  • 1 tsp fresh lime juice, plus more to taste


To Make the Quesadillas:

  1. Prepare refried beans and hummus (if making homemade), set aside.
  2. Heat a large nonstick pan on medium, add 1-2 Tbsp of veggie broth. When the broth gets bubbly, add chopped onions, sautee 3-4 min until translucent. You may need to add more broth to prevent onions from sticking to the pan.
  3. Add all of the chopped vegetables, sautee 2-3 min more until they begin to look cooked. Stir in cumin and chili powder, set aside. Do not add salt – hummus and refried beans already have plenty.
  4. To assemble the quesadillas: put a tortilla on a plate. Spread one half of it with about 1/2 cup of hummus, and the other half with 3/4 cup of refried beans. Top refried beans with sauteed vegetables.
  5. Fold the hummus part of the tortilla over the refried beans and veggies, press lightly to make sure everything sticks together.
  6. Grill the assembled quesadillas on an open-flame grill over medium heat for 2-3 min per side (more or less, depending how hot your grill gets). Check often to avoid burning. Alternatively, grill them in a dry nonstick pan on stovetop, on a griddle, or use a panini press.

To Make the Guacamole:

  1. Peel the avocado, remove the pit. Mash with a fork, leaving some chunks if you like.
  2. Mix in cilantro, scallions, and lime juice then mash again.
  3. Stir in tomato chunks. Serve in ramekins along with the quesadillas.




Alina Zavatsky switched to a vegan diet to optimize her athletic performance as a marathon runner. She’s been enjoying the wonders of plant-based cooking and running strong ever since. Alina writes about the benefits of whole food, plant-based diet and active lifestyle on her blog, www.VeganRunnerEats.com



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17 comments on “Easy Veggie-Loaded Quesadillas [Vegan]”

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4 Years Ago

Just want to let you know that a quesadilla without cheese is no longer a quesadilla. The word quesadilla is derived from the word queso which literally translates to cheese. Taking the queso out of a quesadilla makes it a grilled soft shell taco.

Asaf Levinger
4 Years Ago

Rachel Madsen

Carlos Yrigoyen
4 Years Ago

awesome !!!

4 Years Ago

hmmm.... yummy. quesadillas

Joanne Kalcounos Harms
4 Years Ago


David Aguilar Rios
4 Years Ago

It can't be a quesadilla sí no tiene queso

Joe Alexander
4 Years Ago


Jan Haney
4 Years Ago

looks good.

Nancy Trujillo
4 Years Ago

Juan Cruz

Cat Grace-Crisologo
4 Years Ago

If I could find a healthy tortilla, I'd be all over these...

Rowan Cooke
07 Feb 2014

healthy tortilla? make your own they are so cheap and the only ingredients you need are flour and water.

Jessica Johansson
08 Feb 2014

try making them without white flour and you can make them quite healthy

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