Recipes > Black Bean, Spinach & Smoked Gooda Cheeze Quesadillas

Black Bean, Spinach & Smoked Gooda Cheeze Quesadillas


Spinach, beans, caramelized onions and a delicious cheeze sauce — made from cashews, nutritional yeast, beer, miso paste and other flavorings — are the main ingredients behind this delicious quesadilla. Serve with fresh mango salsa for a satisfying lunch, dinner or snack.
  • Serves: 4
  • Active Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 50 mins
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Step 1: Preparing the Mango Salsa

Preparing the Mango Salsa
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp fresh lime juice, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp agave nectar
  • 3/4 cup diced mango
  • 1/3 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/2 jalapeño, minced (or to taste)


To prepare the salsa, simply add all of the ingredients to a bowl and gentle fold everything together. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes — this step is not critical, but it does give the flavors a bit more time to come together.

Step 2: Cooking the Onions

Cooking the Onions
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt


To cook the onions, heat a fry pan over medium high heat and then add the onions and salt. Dry-sauté the onions for 10 minutes to 15, or until translucent and golden brown. If desired, use a tablespoon of oil, when frying the onions.

Once done, set aside.

Step 3: Making the Cheeze Sauce

Making the Cheeze Sauce
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashew nuts
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp light miso paste
  • 1/4 cup beer*
  • 1/2 cup plain, unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 2 cups finely chopped baby spinach (approx. 5 oz)


To make the cheeze sauce, using a high speed blender, blend together the roasted cashews, nutritional yeast, onion and garlic powder, flour, miso paste, beer and non-dairy milk until you reach a nice smooth consistency.

Alternatively, if you do not have a high speed blender, process the cashew nuts and nutritional yeast until you reach a paste-like consistency, then add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Note that this method will not produce as smooth of consistency.

*For the beer, just use something that you really like. The one we use is Newcastle Brown Ale and we think it’s delicious in this sauce.

At this point, place the cheeze sauce into a medium pot and add the chopped spinach. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over medium heat, stirring continuously for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the sauce has heated through and the spinach has fully wilted.

Lastly, taste for seasoning. If desired, add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper and/or a dash or two of tabasco sauce — we often add both, but ultimately it depends on what you are using the cheeze sauce for, and your personal preference.

Step 4: Assembling & Cooking the Quesadillas

Assembling & Cooking the Quesadillas
  • 4 - 8" inch whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups (1 - 15 oz can) cooked black beans
  • Fresh Mango Salsa (from above)
  • Cashew Sour Cream (optional)


To assemble the quesadillas, spread a quarter of the cheeze/spinach mixture onto a tortilla shell — leaving a 1" border around the edge so that the mixture does not leak out during cooking. Note: the mixture will likely appear quite runny, surprisingly however, it does hold together quite well, even after cutting the final quesadilla.

Next, place a quarter of the onions and black beans onto one half of the tortilla shell. Fold the tortilla in half and set aside while you assemble the remaining quesadillas.

Alternatively, the quesadillas can be fully assembled while they are in the frying pan. This just avoids having to transfer them once they are assembled. In this case, it’s easier to assemble and cook them one at a time.

To cook the quesadillas, heat a large fry pan over medium high heat. Once hot, spray with some non-stick spray and carefully transfer two quesadillas to the fry pan. Cook on the first side until golden brown, about 3 or 4 minutes and then flip and let cook for a minute or two on the other side. Remove and let cool for a minute or two before cutting. Continue with the remaining quesadillas.

Lastly, cut each quesadilla in half and serve with some of the mango chutney and a dollop of Cashew Sour Cream. Note, since the quesadilla itself it quite creamy, the sour cream is not really necessary, it just looks nice. The mango chutney however is highly recommended as it pairs extremely well with the rich and creamy quesadilla.


  • Corrado G
    Corrado G
    Hi. do you have a recipe for the Quesadillas?
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Yes, the recipe is above, just under the photograph, presented in 4 steps.
  • Rhonda B
    Rhonda B
    Dang. These are so delicious! Just made them and ate so much I stuffed myself silly. That mango salsa is to die for and pairs beautifully with the 'dillas (used mint instead of cilantro and omitted the agave - just used what I had). Had to sub tamari for the miso, and also subbed chard for the spinach. but it turned out just fine when blended with everything else. SO GOOD! Thanks for the recipe!
  • Brenda P
    Brenda P
    how will I know which mango is good? any ideas of how to find it?
  • Lauren L
    Lauren L
    Hi Brenda! Here is a website all about mangos that tells you step-by-step how to pick a good one! Lauren
  • Patricia  J
    Patricia J
    This turned out so well. I'm allergic to mangos (unfortunately) , so I substituted fresh peach - yum!
  • Yuliya G
    Yuliya G
    Hi! Is there a good plant-based recipe for "sour cream" that contains no nuts and no seeds, please? Thank you!
  • Lauren L
    Lauren L
    Hi Yuliya. You can make tofu sour cream by combining silken tofu, lemon juice and salt in the blender. Here is a recipe that works as well...I just suggest blending well so that it is really smooth... Lauren
  • Eileen K
    Eileen K
    anyway to make the cheeze without cashews ... nut allergies here ....
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Eileen, one idea is to substitute white bean puree. The result will be a little different, of course, but you may find it satisfying. Note that beans tend to be astringent, so the addition of some fat will add some richness to the mouthfeel, as the nuts provide. Another idea is to substitute a non-dairy white sauce (or thicken [more] non-diary milk with a starch such as corn starch) to reach the desired consistency.
  • Leslie R
    Leslie R
    is the mango salsa the same as the mango chutney showed earlier? Could you use either/or?
  • Lauren L
    Lauren L
    Hi Leslie. The salsa and the chutney are different recipes with different texture and flavor profiles. I personally would rather the salsa with this recipe but they are definitely close enough that they could be interchangeable if you already had one made. Lauren
  • Emo L
    Emo L
    Can I use this recipe for my legume activity?
  • Lauren L
    Lauren L
    Hi Emo. You sure can! Thanks for checking. Lauren
  • Karissa T
    Karissa T
    Do you think this would work as a sauce for pizza?
  • Char N Rouxbe Staff
    Char N
    Hello, Karissa: Thanks for writing, and the answer is, YES! Get creative with a plant-based pizza! And have lots of fun doing so! -Char
  • Lori M
    Lori M
    Any options besides beer? Non drinker here with no desire to buy a 6 pack for 1/4 C. : )
  • Char N Rouxbe Staff
    Char N
    Hi Lori: great question. I do not use alcohol, and when recipes call for beer, I will either use kombucha or ginger ale. The liquid measurements remain the same. Some chefs will use a white grape juice, as well. Hope this helps. Thanks for writing. - Char
  • Erin R
    Erin R
    These were amazing!!! My first meal and I LOVED them!
  • Char N Rouxbe Staff
    Char N
    Hi Erin: It is always so much fun to try out a new recipe! And, we are thrilled that this was such a success for you! Rouxbe on! -Char
  • Rodrigo F
    Rodrigo F
    Hello! Do you have any recipe to make the whole wheat tortillas?
  • Char N Rouxbe Staff
    Char N
    Hi Rodrigo: Thanks for writing, we do not have a specific recipe, but I did find this one that sounds easy and promising. Read through the notes to gather tips. I used to use the Engine 2 tortillas, but they are not available in the stores. Try this: Thanks, Char
  • Amy P
    Amy P
    My children can taste the miso paste in meals, me and my husband love it, but they complain about every meal that has miso in it so I wondered if you had any suggestions for a substitute.
  • Char N Rouxbe Staff
    Char N
    Hi Amy: thanks for writing. There are a few things you can do. Some miso paste substitutes can be soy sauce (or Tamari), vegetable stock, even tahini. There are so many types of miso, I wonder if your children might like to help and pick out a variety that they may like. Next time you make the recipe, let us know how the children like it with one of the replacements mentioned. Cheers, Char
  • Mary jo D
    Mary jo D
    Eric says that the recipe for the quesadillas is included above but I can’t find it?
  • Char N Rouxbe Staff
    Char N
    Hello Mary jo: Thanks for writing. If you go to section four (4) you will see the instructions for assembling the quesadillas. The tortillas are purchased, not handmade. Hope this is helpful to you. Thanks, again. Buen Provecho! Char
  • Arthur P
    Arthur P
    Hi, what is the difference between using soaked cashew and dry ones? Really like the ‘cheese’ and I am even thinking in trying a fondue with it, but keen to understand the difference given that for most recipes we soak the cashews first.
  • Char N Rouxbe Staff
    Char N
    Hi Arthur: when making cheeses or sauces, you will see great benefit from soaking nuts--you will get a creamier cheese or sauce. And, soaking cashews can improve the nutrition and digestibility. Soaked cashews are easier to blend--you will see a huge difference, and a very creamy, and grit-free sauce. Hope this helps, and let us know how your cheese for the fondue turns out! Cheers, Char
  • Melque C
    Melque C
    Will you please tell me what is the different between peanut and cashewnut? It's Okey to used peanut as a sauce?
  • Melque C
    Melque C
    Making a sauce is very interesting lesson in order to additional knowledge of cooking.
  • Sandy S
    Sandy S
    Hi Melque, Peanuts are actually legumes and have a slightly stronger flavor than the cashew that is a tree-nut. However, in most applications they can be interchanged, just keep in mind that the texture and flavor will be slightly altered. Be sure to let us know how it goes! Cheers, Sandy
  • Marie C
    Marie C
    The Save and Print button does not work for this recipe, Very frustrated!
  • Diana D
    Diana D
    this looks delicious, i cant wait to try it!
  • Julieta A
    Julieta A
    So the beans are just cooked beans? Not refried or anything... right?
  • Sandy S
    Sandy S
    Hi Julieta, That is correct. Though I think refried would be great as well, if you wanted to change up the textures a bit! Cheers, Sandy
  • Anastasia  L
    Anastasia L
    Hi - I cannot eat mangoes but would like to substitute and still make the same salsa for this dish I was thinking about using papaya instead however do you have any other suggestions?
  • Chris R Rouxbe Staff
    Chris R
    Papaya is a perfect alternative!
  • Theboyo  .
    Theboyo .
    Roasted cashews are my go-to snack when I need a quick energy boost. They're so satisfying and filling, and I love that they're a healthier option than many other snacks.
  • Teresa B
    Teresa B
    Is it possible to substitute frozen mango for fresh in the salsa. I live in a small town and it's almost impossible to get fresh mangos except a couple of months in the summer.
  • Eric W Rouxbe Staff
    Eric W
    Hi Teresa, Sure, frozen fruit can be used. Once fruit goes through a freeze-thaw cycle, the texture and sometimes the flavor will change. Give it a try and see how you like the results. ~Eric

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