Smashed Avocado Vegan Quesadillas | Yup, it's Vegan

Smashed Avocado Vegan Quesadillas

Your basic vegan quesadillas made with everyday ingredients: refried beans, mashed avocado, and stir-fried vegetables.

Course lunch
Cuisine dairy-free, Mexican, vegan, vegetarian
Keyword avocado quesadillas, dairy-free quesadillas, vegan quesadillas
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Total Yield 6 quesadillas
Calories Per Serving 325 kcal
Author Yup, it's Vegan


For the spice mix:

  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ancho chili powder (or use cayenne pepper or chili powder to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the vegetables:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bell pepper sliced into strips
  • 1 small zucchini or yellow squash diced or cut into quarter-moons
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced

For the smashed avocado:

  • 2 ripe avocados mashed well
  • 1 lime juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste

To assemble, cook, and serve the vegan quesadillas:

  • 6 flour tortillas (I usually use whole wheat)
  • 1 16-oz can vegetarian refried beans (1.5 cups) (I love Trader Joe's brand)
  • chopped fresh cilantro (coriander)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil divided
  • salsa for serving


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-heat high. Get the spice mix ready by adding all of the spices to a small bowl. Once the oil is hot, add the bell pepper, zucchini, and red onion.

  2. Cook the vegetables over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until nicely browned and softened, about 5 minutes. Add the spices and cook for 1 minute more, or until fragrant; remove from the heat and set aside.

  3. Stir the lime juice into the mashed avocado. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  4. Fill your vegan quesadillas. Take a tortilla and lay it flat. Onto one half of it, spread about one sixth of the refried beans, then avocado, and vegetables, and chopped fresh cilantro if desired. Fold the tortilla in half to close it. Repeat until all of the tortillas are filled.

  5. Clean out your skillet and heat it over medium heat. Lightly oil it and then add a folded vegan quesadilla to the pan. (Cook 2 at a time if you have enough space). Cook until lightly browned and crisped, then flip over and repeat on the other side; about 3-4 minutes per side. Repeat until all of the quesadillas are cooked. Serve with salsa of choice!

Recipe Notes

Nutrition will vary depending on the refried beans and tortillas used.

Nutrition Facts
Smashed Avocado Vegan Quesadillas
Amount Per Serving (1 quesadilla)
Calories 325 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Sodium 435mg19%
Potassium 389mg11%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 10g42%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 1050IU21%
Vitamin C 58.6mg71%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.