This post also appears as a guest blog at Rudi’s Gluten-Free Bakery.
When we first went gluten-free, I embraced corn tortillas as a bread substitute. Cheap and versatile, corn tortillas are easy to find and easy to make into wraps, tacos and quesadillas. Their many uses always makes me think of this scene from the movie Airplane! (McCroskey: “Johnny, what do make out of this?” Johnny: “This? Why I can make a hat, a brooch, a pterodactyl…”)
But then I realized that many brands of corn tortillas also contain wheat, and they have an annoying habit of falling apart unless you heat them just-so.
That’s why I was delighted to find Rudi’s gluten-free tortillas, because they are flexible and don’t fall apart. They’re made with whole grains — sorghum, brown rice, corn, amaranth, quinoa, millet and teff. I especially like the fun green color of the spinach tortillas. (Just make sure you buy the gluten-free tortillas. Once I bought the regular ones by mistake, but luckily I noticed when unloading the groceries.)
For a Cinco de Mayo Mexican meal, celebrate with these gluten-free quesadillas, stuffed with a festive filling of cheese, corn, black beans and cilantro. Any type of gluten-free shredded cheese is fine here, but for Cinco de Mayo try a Mexican cheese blend.
It’s fiesta time!
(Disclosure: I wrote this post because I like Rudi’s products. I was not compensated for the post, other than receiving some coupons that I will probably forget to use.)
Fiesta Corn and Black Bean Quesadillas, Gluten-Free
- 1/2 cup corn kernels (defrost, if frozen)
- 1/2 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 6 Rudi’s gluten-free tortillas
- 2 cups shredded cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Toss together corn, black beans and cilantro in a large bowl.
- Stack tortillas on a plate, and heat in the microwave for 30 seconds.
- Place three tortillas on a large cookie sheet. Sprinkle 1/3 cup cheese on each tortilla. Spoon 1/3 cup black bean and corn filling on top of the cheese, distributing evenly on each tortilla. Sprinkle an additional 1/3 cup cheese on top of filling for each tortilla. Top with another tortilla.
- Bake for 7 minutes, or until tortillas are slightly crispy and cheese is melted. Cut each quesadilla into six wedges and serve with salsa.
Yield: 3 to 4 servings