Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Quesadillas

20121108-090257.jpgFarm fresh sweet potatoes from our NC farmers!

Our Produce Box local veggie delivery service is ending soon (just for the winter), so I’ll be ordering a stock up box of sweet potatoes to take me through the holidays. This will be a LOT of sweet potatoes! This recipe makes good use of them, along with chorizo sausage from Mae Farm and Swiss chard (you could also use kale). We even made these ahead, wrapped them in foil and took them tailgating with us (if you do this, I recommend making these as burritoes instead–easier to eat). You could substitute the chorizo for soyrizo or just leave it out and you would have a great vegetarian meal.

Swiss Chard and Sweet Potato Quesadillas (makes 4)

  • 4 whole wheat tortillas
  • 2 small sweet potatoes, scrubbed and pierced with a fork
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 c. Swiss chard (about 1 bunch), trimmed and chopped
  • 1 lb. chorizo sausage
  • 1/2 c. black beans (cooked or canned–not dried)
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Shredded cheese
  • Salsa for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roast sweet potatoes in oven for about 45 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven and let cool slightly (you can do this the night before).
  2. Remove potato skins, transfer potato flesh to a small bowl and mash until smooth.
  3. While potato is cooking, crumble the chorizo into a large skillet and cook over medium heat until brown. Use the back of a wooden fork to break up any large pieces. Remove from pan and drain on paper towels.
  4. Reserve 3 tbsp. of drippings and discard the rest. Heat reserved drippings over medium low heat and add onion. Saute onion until caramelized, about 30 minutes.
  5. Stir in Swiss chard and sausage and continue to cook until greens are wilted. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  6. Combine black beans and paprika in a small bowl.
  7. Divide sweet potato, sausage mixture and beans evenly onto 1/2 of each tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese. Fold empty half over the filled half.
  8. Put quesadillas on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet and brush tops with olive oil.
  9. Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes.
  10. Serve with salsa and a green salad!

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas


Quesadillas have come a long way, baby. Back in the day (the 80s for me), restaurants that served quesadillas to us suburban folk stuck pretty much with overly salty cheese and maybe chicken. I thought they were the most boring of all Tex-Mex foods. Really though, they are a genius way to make the most of little bits of leftovers, and the flavor combinations are pretty much endless. This recipe is based on one from Sugar Dish Me (HERE is the original recipe) and we really like it. It has a great combination of flavors and is very high in good-for-you veggies.


We used a very large, leftover sweet potato, some Swiss chard from our garden, leftover black beans and some chorizo sausage from Mae Farm. You can top your quesadillas with whatever you like. We are using our homemade tomato salsa and some unflavored Greek yogurt instead of sour cream.


You could go vegan with this by leaving off the meat, cheese and sour cream and it would still be awesome.

Sweet Potato Black Bean Quesadillas (serves 4)

  • 4 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1 large or 2 small organic sweet potatoes, roasted
  • 1 lb. bulk hormone free chorizo sausage
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 bunch organic Swiss chard, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 cup of cooked (or canned) organic black beans
  • 2 cups shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 1 jar homemade (or store bought) salsa (optional)
  • 1 small container of unflavored Greek yogurt (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Warm a large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil and bulk sausage. Brown sausage and remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Remove all but 2 tbsp. of the fat from the pan. Return pan to heat and add onions and Swiss chard. Cook for 2-4 minutes, until onion is starting to brown and chard is wilted. Remove from heat.
  4. Chop the chipotle peppers and set aside.
  5. Mash sweet potato flesh until smooth and set aside.
  6. Spread sweet potato puree on half of each tortilla.
  7. Top sweet potato with about 1/2 cup of cooked sausage.
  8. Top sausage with onion/chard mixture.
  9. Top onions with black beans and peppers.
  10. Top the beans with shredded cheese.
  11. Fold the empty side of the tortilla over the filled side to make a half circle. Press down a bit to make it all stick together.
  12. Put filled tortillas onto a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  13. Use a pizza cutter or knife to cut each quesadilla into 2-3 triangles. Plate and serve with your choice of condiments!


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