White Bean Quesadillas Are Budget-Friendly
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One thing we learned in March of 2020 was that Panic Shopping was a real thing. Panic Buying, the Real Problem is probably the most viewed article on my “Prepper” site. We had a hard time finding meat, toilet paper, vitamins and more at the local stores because people were scared and stocking up in droves before stores started setting limits. Some stores STILL aren’t back to full shelf status. That is where recipes like these White Bean Quesadillas come in.
We have talked before on how easy it is to make tortillas. They only use 4 ingredients (flour, salt, water, and oil) and before you know it, you have this very versatile flatbread. Cooking Class 101: How To Make Tortillas will give you the skinny on how to make these babies. Next time you are at the store, look at the rising price for a pack of just ten ten-inch tortillas. Now that you know what is in them, ask yourself: Is that package really worth $3.50?
I know they are versatile – we already shared seventeen different kinds of things you can make with them: What to Make with Tortillas, and yes, quesadillas are on that list. What we are sharing with you today is a super budget-friendly way to get in your protein, and yet, have ready ingredients sitting on your pantry shelves.
These white bean quesadillas are AMAZING! They feel super cheesy and creamy so they are a great and different way to serve beans. You can make them with black beans or pinto beans too so just use whatever you have on hand.
A can of white or black beans is easily under a buck at the grocery store. The beans last 2-4 years before they go bad so it is a great “prepper” item, even if you aren’t a prepper. As for the cheese – it works like my “Fridge clean out” meal nights where you use what you have.
I used some sharp cheddar cheese but you can use mozzarella, pepper jack, or go truly Mexican with queso fresco or even chihuahua cheese from your local Mexican grocery store. Again, anything you have on hand works – white bean quesadillas are truly is a “pantry clean out” recipe as the main ingredients are interchangeable!
I know there are a bunch of you who like to can your own food like I do and canning your own dried beans is pretty easy. It also saves you a lot of money – the only expensive part of canning is getting all of your equipment and jars in the beginning. I get my jars at thrift stores like Saint Vincent’s for $0.20-.40 each instead of buying them new at $14.00+ a dozen. 8 Must-Have Supplies for Canning Your Own Foods can help point you in the right direction to get started – again, most of these items can be found at thrift stores or even garage sales for a fraction of the new price.
A little simple canning is what kept us fed and happy when those panic shoppers disrupted the food chain and cleared all the shelves. We were eating beef stew over Homemade Biscuits, learned How to Make Crab Cakes with Canned Crab, and so much more. You will see some great canning recipes coming soon – like how to make a strawberry pie filling, etc. as it really saved our butts to have freezer meals and home-canned goods. This post on 25 Family Freezer Meals for Your Busy Family can help you get started filling your own freezer!
A few quick tips: this recipe makes four hearty White Bean Quesadillas from one can of beans. You can make them in a regular frypan – you do NOT need a fancy quesadilla cooker. The spices are in most people’s pantry already so you can seriously just rock out this meal and the family never has to kn ow it is a money-saving gem or Hail Mary for when you can’t get fresh meat.
How to Make White Bean Quesadillas
You will need:
4 Flour tortillas
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Can white beans
1/4 Tsp chili powder
1 Tsp paprika
1/4 Tsp garlic powder
1/4 Tsp onion powder
1/2 Tsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
1 Cup cheese, shredded
Rinse and drain the white beans and transfer to a bowl. Add the spices and salt and pepper and mash the white beans with a fork until you have a thick paste.
Divide the white bean spread between the 4 tortillas and spread over the whole tortilla.
Top with around 1/4 cup shredded cheese and fold.
Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat.
Cook the quesadillas until they are golden and melty. Cut and serve with salsa.