Pati Jinich Plantain and Refried Bean Quesadillas


Plantain and Refried Bean Quesadillas

Plantain and Refried Bean Quesadillas

Quesadillas de Plátano Macho con Frijolitos Refritos

Recipe Yield

6 to 8 quesadillas

Cooking time

50 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.20 from 5 votes


  • 1 pound yellow mature plantains
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup refried beans store bought or home-made
  • Safflower or corn oil to fry

To Prepare

  • Place the whole plantains in a large pot filled with boiling water. Simmer, partially covered, for 20 to 30 minutes, until they are thoroughly cooked. Remove from the water and let cool. Peel the plantains, slice, and place in a food processor along with the sugar. Process until smooth. If the dough seems to soft and runny, you may add some all purpose flour to thicken it a bit. You may also let it sit in the refrigerator, covered, for a half an hour so it will harden too.
  • Make round balls of about 1 to 2″. Press in between plastic rounds in a tortilla press or roll with a roller until you get a flat disk of about ¼”. Place about a tablespoon of refried beans right in the center and fold like a turnover. Press down along the edges so they will be tightly sealed.
  • In a large deep skillet set over medium heat, heat enough oil to have about an inch high. About 3 to 4 minutes later, when it is hot but not smoking, insert the quesadillas a few at a time. The oil should be bubbling around the quesadillas as you do. Let them fry, about 2 minutes on each side until nicely tanned and lightly crisped. Don’t let them brown too much. Remove them and place on a paper towel to drain excess of oil.
  • Serve with your favorite salsa.


12comments inPlantain and Refried Bean Quesadillas

  1. Jane Trujillo

    May 03

    These sounded so interesting, I had to try them! I never knew a quesadilla could be made with no cheese and no tortilla! The result is very tasty. These were fun to make with the family and super yummy. We added a little cotija cheese to some of ours just to try it and it turned out splendid. Thanks for sharing this recipe Pati, we love it!

    1. Pati Jinich

      May 17

      I know what you mean Jane, haha, no cheese and no tortilla! But I am so glad to know you gave them a chance and you and your family enjoyed them so much, gracias!

  2. Lois

    Mar 30

    Boy, I can’t wait to try this one out, Patti. I’ve become such a fan since making your Mexican Lasagna this past Christmas. I already make my own refried beans, so it should be great!

    1. Pati Jinich

      Apr 11

      Thanks so much Lois, hope you liked this quesadillas as well 🙂

  3. David Rubinstein

    Sep 19

    suenan deliciosas Paty, y con un poco de queso fresco o algun otro quedo podrian estar todavia mejor 🙂 no?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Oct 11


  4. Katrina

    Feb 22

    Can I make these ahead?

    1. Pati

      Feb 26

      Sure! But cook them right before you are ready to serve them, Katrina.

  5. Vicki T

    Mar 21

    These are so good! My boyfriend has a gluten problem and these are the perfect recipe for me to make! He loves them!

    1. Pati

      Mar 21

      So happy to hear he loves them, Vicki!

  6. Susan G.

    Jan 27

    Just made these with different fruits inside, topped with coconut whip and cinnamon. Yummy! I did add a little Coconut flour to get to hold better. I also used dough for hummus. I love your show.

    1. Pati

      Jan 29

      I’m so glad you made them your own Susan!

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