Spicy Bean, Mushroom & Avocado Quesadilla (Vegan & Gluten Free)

I’m being very distracted writing up this recipe as I’m watching Chefs Table on Netflix at the same time – I can’t believe I haven’t seen it before! Incrediblely inspiring to see amazing chefs tell their stories. All different but totally driven to follow their dream. And I can certainly understand that obsession with food!

I made this deliciously comforting quesadilla the other day and it’s packed with gorgeous healthy and wholesome ingredients; smoky beans, smashed avocado with lime, garlicky mushrooms and my favourite tahini dressing which makes everything taste amazing.
The gooey centre combined with the crispy tortillas makes the quesadilla pure comfort food. Perfect for when you just need something tasty, healthy, filling and quick to make.

picy Bean, Mushroom & Avocado Quesadilla (Vegan & Gluten Free)

This recipe is for one quesadilla which Andy and I shared with some salad and it was more than big enough. But just double up the amounts if you’re feeling really hungry or for more people.
The bean mix recipe makes more than you need for just one quesadilla so you can either use it to make more or it’s delicious on toast, baked potatoes with salad or rice etc.

picy Bean, Mushroom & Avocado Quesadilla (Vegan & Gluten Free)

I probably would have added some hummus as well if I’d had some, so that would be a good option to use as an addition or instead of the avocado as would some cashew cheese.

I really hope you like these!

picy Bean, Mushroom & Avocado Quesadilla (Vegan & Gluten Free)

picy Bean, Mushroom & Avocado Quesadilla (Vegan & Gluten Free)

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  1 - 2 servings
  20 minutes preparation time
  30 minutes cook time


  • To make the beans;
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  •  1 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic sliced
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  •  1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tin organic tomatoes
  • 2 tsp tamari
  • 1 pack cooked organic cannellini beans – 380 -400g
  • Sea Salt
  •  Black Pepper
  •  1 tsp maple syrup – optional
  • Optional – extra sprinkle of chilli flakes


  • To make the mushrooms;
  • 2 cups mushrooms sliced
  • 1 clove garlic sliced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Twist black pepper


  • To make the tahini dressing;
  • 1 tbsp. tahini
  • Juice 1/2 lemo
  •  1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic clove
  •  Salt & pepper


  • To make the quesadilla;
  • 2 tortillas
  • 1 cup spicy beans
  • 1/2 avocado smashed with a squeeze or lemon or lime juice
  • 1 cupcooked mushrooms
  • Sea salt
  • Tahini dressing
  • Coriander




  1. To make the beans;
  2.  Add the onion to a large pan with the oil and sauté for 10 minutes on a low heat. Add in the garlic and spices and fry for a further few minutes.
  3. Next add in the tomatoes, beans, tamari, maple syrup, and simmer for a 10 minutes, then season with the salt, pepper and chilli to taste.


  1. To make the mushrooms;
  2. Add the oil, garlic and mushrooms to a saucepan and fry on a medium heat for a few minutes until soft.
  3. Season and set aside


  1. To make the tahini dressing;
  2. Add all the ingredients to a mini chopper and blitz. ( If you don’t have a mini chopper you can smash up the garlic, salt & pepper in a pestle and mortar and the mix all the ingredients thoroughly in a small bowl).


  1. To make the quesadilla;
  2. Heat a large flat bottom pan or skillet to low to medium heat them pop on the first tortilla, cover the base with smashed avocado, then the beans and finally top with the mushrooms, a drizzle of tahini dressing and coriander.
  3. Cover with the second tortilla and press down a little then allow the filling to heat through and the bottom tortilla to brown a little. This should take 3-4 minutes.
  4. Carefully flip the quesadilla to brown the other side then remove from the heat and onto a chopping board.
  5. Cut into quarters and then drizzle with more tahini dressing and coriander.

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  1. Paul on January 9, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    How big is a “pack of beans?” Cooked or dried?

    • Niki on October 19, 2017 at 10:14 am

      Hi Paul
      Cooked 400g
      Best wishes
      Niki xx

  2. Ashley Madden on January 12, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Loving this quesadilla Niki….I haven’t made something like this in ages….I’m inspired!!!! 🙂 #YUUUUUM

    • Niki on January 14, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      Hey Ashley
      Yay! I’m so pleased.
      Love Niki xx

    • Helen Brown on October 15, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      This sounds wonderful, but where do you get cannelini beans in a package?

      • Niki on October 19, 2017 at 10:11 am

        Hi Helen
        You can just use tinned beans if easier.

        Love, Niki xxx

  3. jem on July 14, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    How many ounces of cannelinni beans? Canned? Drained & rinsed? Thank you.

    • Niki on July 15, 2017 at 4:42 am

      Hi Jem
      Thank you – I’ll add that in.
      400g pre cooked & rinsed.

      Love Niki xx

  4. Kate on June 20, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. What size tinned tomatoes?

    • Niki on June 21, 2018 at 7:58 am

      Hi Kate
      Standard 400g
      Much love, Niki xx

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