Yes this black bean quesarito is a Taco Bell copycat! Because who doesn’t want to make a bean burrito out of a cheese quesadilla?! It just makes sense and turns out it’s totally delicious, incredibly easy, and a really (really!) filling meal. I used my refried black beans for the bean layer in this quesarito, but I also share some shortcut options if you don’t want to make them from scratch.
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Table of Contents
- What is a Black Bean Quesarito?
- What You’ll Love About Quesaritos
- Quesarito Ingredients
- How to Make a Black Bean Quesarito
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Storage Instructions
- How to Serve Quesaritos to the Whole Family
- What to Serve with Quesaritos
- More Tex-Mex Recipes
What is a Black Bean Quesarito?
If you’re wondering wtf is a quesarito, you are not alone! This Taco Bell menu item is a mash up between a quesadilla and a burrito. So essentially you make a quesadilla and then turn it into a burrito. YUP!
What You’ll Love About Quesaritos
- It’s a fun food mashup!
- Fast food copycat
- Super delicious flavors
- Incredibly filling
You’ll need just 6 basic ingredients to make these at home and we’re using some smart shortcuts as well:
- Tortillas – Look for a burrito size flour tortilla so you have enough room to add burrito fillings. The thinner the better for easier rolling!
- Shredded cheese – Use a shredded cheddar cheese, or another cheese that melts well like queso Oaxaca or queso asadero.
- Black beans – You have options! I highly recommend my refried black beans but you can also use canned black refried beans, your favorite refried beans, or just regular black beans like the Taco Bell version.
- Spanish rice – I prefer to use a shortcut, microwavable Spanish rice but you could also make it from scratch or even make a cheater version by stirring some salsa into cooked rice. Not exactly the same, but is a good option.
- Queso blanco or chipotle sauce – There are a ton of queso options – so choose your favorite and spice level accordingly. The Taco Bell version is made with a creamy chipotle sauce.
- Sour cream – Use your favorite sour cream or skip it if you prefer. There is a lot going on in these copycat Taco Bell black bean quesarito so I don’t think it’s going to make a HUGE difference if you would rather skip it or don’t have any.
How to Make a Black Bean Quesarito
Let’s make this homemade quesarito! This is a high-level overview, the exact directions can be found in the recipe card below.
- Heat components. Heat refried beans, heat rice, and heat nacho cheese according to package instructions and/or until hot.
- Make quesadillas. Sprinkle cheese on one tortilla and cover with another tortilla. Microwave until cheese melts.
- Assemble burritos. Spread beans over bottom portion of quesadilla. Top with rice, nacho cheese sauce, and sour cream. Roll up burrito, folding in the sides.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you make the black bean quesarito recipe vegan?
Yes, you’ll just need to make a few swaps:
- Cheese – Use your favorite shredded cheese alternative that melts well.
- Nacho cheese sauce – Use your favorite non-dairy nacho cheese or nut-based nacho cheese sauce instead.
- Sour cream – Use your favorite non-dairy sour cream, skip completely, or swap it for some vegan ranch!
How can I lighten this up?
This is a super filling meal – partially just because of the size! So here are a few options if you want a smaller version:
- Use one tortilla – Not totally the same experience, just just as tasty. Follow directions exactly except when you’re making the quesadilla portion, leave off the top tortilla.
- Use smaller tortillas – This is an option, but you also have to be careful to not go TOO small or you won’t be able to add any of the fillings.
- Cut in half – Share this messy burrito!
- Ditch some of it if necessary – I don’t like wasting food either, but something I learned through Intuitive Eating is that sometimes food is either going to be wasted in the garbage or wasted in your body.
What are the ingredients in Taco Bell’s Black Bean Quesarito?
This ingredient list is taken from their website. The bold indicates the main components:
Black Beans: Black beans, water, onion, canola oil, seasoning (water, dextrose, salt, natural flavor, corn starch, corn oil, onion powder, garlic powder, turmeric), modified corn starch, salt, chili powder, garlic, onion. [certified vegan], Cheddar Cheese: Cheddar cheese (cultured pasteurized milk, salt, enzymes, annatto (VC)), anti-caking agent. Contains: Milk [certified vegetarian], Creamy Chipotle Sauce: Soybean oil, water, vinegar, cage-free egg yolk, 2% or less of chili peppers, chipotle peppers, salt, sugar, roasted garlic, natural flavor, natural smoke flavor, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika extract (C), xanthan gum, propylene glycol alginate, sodium benzoate (P), potassium sorbate (P), calcium disodium EDTA (PF), citric acid, potassium chloride, maltodextrin. Contains: Egg [certified vegetarian], Flour Tortilla: Bleached enriched wheat flour, malted barley flour, water, shortening (interesterified soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil, hydrogenated cottonseed oil), contains 2% or less of salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, yeast [yeast, sorbitan monostearate, ascorbic acid]), sugar, dough conditioners (mono- and diglycerides, fumaric acid, sorbic acid, enzymes, wheat starch, calcium carbonate, sodium metabisulfite, cellulose, corn starch, dicalcium phosphate, with tocopherols, ascorbic acid and citric acid [added as antioxidants]), calcium propionate (P), molasses. Contains: Wheat. [certified vegan], Nacho Cheese Sauce: Nonfat milk, cheese whey, water, vegetable oil (canola oil, soybean oil), modified food starch, maltodextrin, natural flavors, salt, dipotassium phosphate, jalapeno puree, vinegar, lactic acid, cellulose gum, potassium citrate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, citric acid, annatto and oleoresin paprika (VC). Contains: Milk [certified vegetarian], Reduced-Fat Sour Cream: Milk, cream, modified corn starch, lactic acid, maltodextrin, citric acid, sodium phosphate, natural flavor, cellulose gel, potassium sorbate (P), cellulose gum, guar gum, locust bean gum, carrageenan, vitamin A. Contains: Milk [certified vegetarian], Seasoned Rice: Enriched long grain rice, water, canola oil, seasoning (maltodextrin, salt, natural flavors, tomato powder, sugar, garlic powder, spices, onion, tomato, red and green bell peppers, citric acid, paprika, onion powder, paprika (VC), disodium guanylate and inosinate, torula yeast. [certified vegan]
Store any leftover components in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
How to reheat
Reheat quesarito components in the microwave until hot.
How to Serve Quesaritos to the Whole Family
I get it, feeding kids can be tough! But following the Division of Responsibility and knowing your job and your child’s job makes it SO much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to feed your kids any meal, which will help ensure that they are eating a variety of nutritious foods – with plenty of play food sprinkled in. 😉
Serve these deconstructed (quesadilla or even just a tortilla with shredded cheese on the side), or let your kids make their own so they can include the components they want and skip the ones they don’t. Serve with fruit, milk, and/or bread and butter if they don’t do tortillas.
What to Serve with Quesaritos
These are pretty filling so you don’t need much, but if you want to include a few light sides or veggies, try some of these:
- Raw veggies and dip
- Sliced jicama with lime and Tajín
- Tortilla chips – for the extra nacho cheese 😉
- Fresh fruit – sliced mango or grapes are good options
More Tex-Mex Recipes
If you like this black bean quesarito Taco Bell copycat, you might also like some of these other Tex-Mex and Mexican-inspired meals:
- Crock Pot Salsa Chicken
- Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas
- Fajita Chicken and Rice Burrito
- Easy Taco Salad
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We are making easy black bean quesaritos! This quesadilla and burrito mashup just makes sense and is totally delicious and incredibly easy.
- 8 burrito size flour tortillas
- 16 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
- 3 cups refried black beans
- 9 oz. package microwavable dry rice mix (any flavor like Spanish rice)
- 15 oz. queso blanco (or nacho cheese sauce)
- 1 cup sour cream
- Heat beans, rice, and nacho cheese sauce according to package instructions.
- Make quesadillas. Sprinkle 1 cup cheese on a tortilla on a microwave-safe plate and top with another tortilla. Microwave until cheese has melted, about 30 seconds.
- Assemble burrito. Spread 3/4 cup beans onto bottom third of quesadilla. Top with 1/2 cup rice, 1/4 cup cheese sauce, and dollops of sour cream. Roll burrito up, folding in the sides.
- Nutrition facts are an estimate and will vary based on sizes of tortillas as well as individual products.
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