Steak, Plantain and Black Bean Quesadillas

I love Mexican food so much that I could eat it everyday. While there are so many different dishes to choose from like tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, tamales, chile relleno, and burritos, quesadillas remain one of my favorites! Since pretty much anyone can make a simple quesadilla this recipe will be easy and fun for you to make as well as yummy for you to eat.

Rocco’s Tacos is my favorite Mexican restaurant from which this recipe was inspired. It features steak, queso fresco, black beans and my favorite ingredient, plantains. I would have never known about plantains if I didn’t live in Miami through my college years. Plantains are called the cooking banana or the green banana, are starchier, and less sweet than their banana cousins.

These quesadillas are really easy to make, just spread some black beans on, add the plantains, steak and cheese to the inside of a burrito-sized tortilla, fold it up and put it in the pan to fry up until golden on each side. My husband loved them and I am pretty sure our dog Zoey was a little bit jealous that she couldn’t try them. Also, they were so filling that they didn’t need a side dish.

I enjoyed these quesadillas with guacamole and sour cream on the side. Hot sauce will spice them up a bit or you could add some jalapenos to the filling. Also chips or rice and beans would be a great side dish for a dinner with friends.

Steak, Plantain and Black Bean Quesadillas


  • 6 burrito sized tortillas 
  • 1 (16oz) can refried black beans
  • 1/2 of a large red onion, diced
  • 1 (8oz) block of queso fresco
  • 1-2 large plantains, sliced and pan fried
  • 1 lb of steak, sliced and cooked


  1. Spread refried black beans over half of a tortilla
  2. Top with plantains, cheese and steak
  3. Fold in half and pan fry over medium high heat until golden on each side and cheese is melted
  4. Slice into even sized triangles and enjoy

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