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An easy, 5 ingredient recipe for quesadillas with sweet potatoes, black beans and chicken.

Sweet Potato Chicken Quesadillas | Taste and Tell

Photo updated May 2012

One thing that I realized while watching my sister’s 5 kids over the past week is that I don’t really know how to cook for children. Especially when I don’t know what they like and what they don’t like. I decided to do another Rachael Ray recipe so that I’d have one to post today, but as I was going through recipe after recipe, I found myself doubting recipe after recipe, thinking that the kids wouldn’t like it. In reality, I’m sure I was just being overly picky myself, but I didn’t want to make a meal, only to have to make peanut butter sandwiches afterwards because none of the kids liked what I made.

So I was really glad when I came across this quesadilla recipe. Who doesn’t like quesadillas? And these actually seemed pretty healthy, with the sweet potatoes and the black beans. And guess what? All the kids loved them! And so did I. So much that I ate way more than I needed to! This one is definitely a keeper.

Sweet-Potato Chicken Quesadillas
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An easy, 5 ingredient recipe for quesadillas with sweet potatoes, black beans and chicken.
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • One 15-ounce can of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • four 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 1½ cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey jack cheese
  1. In a pot of boiling water, cook the sweet potato until softened, about 10 minutes. Drain and return to pot. Add the beans and mash; spread onto 2 tortillas. Top each with chicken, cheese and a second tortilla; press to flatten. In a skillet, cook each quesadilla over medium-high heat until the cheese is melted, about 4 minutes; flip and cook for about 2 minutes more. Cut into wedges.

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18 Responses to Sweet-Potato Chicken Quesadillas {Saturdays with Rachael Ray}

  1. dinnersanddreams.net says:

    Such an easy and delicious meal.

  2. The Meal Planner says:

    I never would have thought to combine those ingredients into a quesadilla before. Looks so good. And I can see how it appeals to kids…my 2 1/2 year old just looked at the picture and exclaimed "oooooh!! Tacos!!"

  3. Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says:

    I just printed up that recipe, it looks super easy and delicious! I do think I would add a bit of onion and some spices but it sounds awesome, thanks!

  4. Pam says:

    Great recipe! I've never tried them with sweet potatoes and it sounds great! You definitely had your hands full with 5 kids I would imagine!

  5. Joanne says:

    I tend to think that most kids like finger foods so if you stick with those then you're good to go! This is the perfect example…delicious and SO good for you!

  6. Sherry says:

    This looks really good – I think I would have to substitute the sweet potatoes with something else however, since I am not a fan! I've been wanting to make quesadillas for a while now!


  7. Judi says:

    You must be exhausted! But,you're such a good aunt to serve a fun, yet still nutritious meal.

  8. Simply Life says:

    wow! this looks great! I LOVE the layout of your blog and noticed you're using blogger. Can you give me hints as to how you designed this? Did you have someone help? I'm looking to change my blog layout and don't really know where to begin!…

  9. teresa says:

    mmm, i love sweet potatoes, i bet they're great in quesadillas! a great way to add some vitamins.

  10. grace says:

    quesadillas are so adaptable, and i've certainly had some interesting components as innards in the past. i've never used sweet potatoes, though–nice idea!

  11. The Double Dipped Life says:

    No worries- I'm a mom of 3, and I still don't know what to cook for them that they will actually eat!! It's a challenge for sure! These look really good!

  12. Katie says:

    These look great and you've reminded me I've not had quesadillas in ages – guess thats dinner sorted!

  13. kat says:

    I love sweet potatoes & black beans together!

  14. Natalie says:

    Such a great combination. I've made sweet potato enchiladas that are to die for and I imagine these are similar!

  15. Bernie says:

    Just made these for dinner, served them with home made salsa and salad, the kids loved them and so did my husband and I! Yummy!!!

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