Cheesy Tuna and Olive Quesadilla’s with Homemade Refried Beans

Cheesy Tuna and Olive Quesadilla’s with Homemade Refried Beans

In this house we like eating fish twice a week. Normally fish nights are Mondays and Fridays most of the time. Therefore I’m always looking for new ways to use different types of fish in my meals.

The other week I was nosing about in my kitchen cupboards wondering what to feed my family with a tin of tuna. There were a few leftover wraps in the bread bin as well. So I started thinking about the meals we have eaten with wraps and tuna.

In the past, I have eaten the chicken version of this dish so I thought I would try it with tuna. I had also been meaning to make refried beans too. So this was the perfect opportunity to try this new meal and the results, I’m pleased to say, were amazing. Well worth the effort for the dinner at the end.

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Serves 4


  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping Board
  • Colander
  • Nutribullet
  • Teaspoon
  • Tablespoon
  • Large frying pan

Ingredients for the refried beans

  • Spring onions x 1 bunch
  • Garlic granules x 1 tsp
  • Ground cumin x 1 tsp
  • Dried oregano x 1 tsp
  • Black beans x 1 400g tin
  • Tomato puree x 1 tbsp
  • Tamari x 1 tbsp
  • Water x 50 ml or more
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil for the pan

Method for the refried beans

  • Cut the tops and the tails from the spring onions.
  • Slice the spring onions into 1/2 centimetre pieces.
  • Drain the black beans through the colander.
  • Put the frying pan onto a high heat and add oil to the base of the pan.
  • Tilt the pan to spread the oil across the base.
  • When the pan is hot, add the spring onions and fry until they start to soften.
  • Add in the beans and continue to fry.
  • Sprinkle over the ground cumin, garlic granules and dried oregano.
  • Now add in the tomato puree and tamari too.
  • Then add in salt and pepper to your tastes.
  • Continue to fry the black beans until they turn mushy.
  • Once the beans are mushy, remove from the heat and leave to cool.
  • When the beans have cooled, put them into the nutribullet and add the water.
  • Blend the beans until they are smooth-ish.
  • More water may need to be added.
  • If so, add a little at a time until the beans are at a consistency you will eat.
  • Finally set the beans aside.

Ingredients for the Quesadillas

  • Tuna x 2 180g tins
  • Cheese x 200g or as much as you like.
  • Olives x as many as you enjoy.
  • Sweet Potato Wraps or Wholemeal Wraps x 8
  • Refried beans


  • Spread a quarter of the refried bean mixture onto one of the wraps.
  • Open a tin of tuna and drain any excess water or oil from the tin.
  • Put half the tuna over the refried beans.
  • Cut the olives in half and spread them over too.
  • Grate the cheese and put a quarter of the cheese over the refried beans.
  • Place another wrap on top.
  • Put the frying pan back onto the hob and turn onto high.
  • Pour oil into the base of the pan and tilt to spread the oil.
  • Now put the wraps or quesadillas onto the hot base.
  • Fry until the base is golden brown.
  • The base can be easily lifted with the fish slice to check the underside.
  • Flip the Quesadilla over and wait until that side becomes golden brown.
  • Again the base can be easily lifted with the fish slice to check the underside.
  • Once cooked, repeat the process until all the quesadillas are cooked.
  • Finally serve and enjoy.
Cheesy Tuna and Olive Quesadilla’s with Homemade Refried Beans

Cheesy Tuna Quesadilla’s with Homemade Refried Beans were very gratefully received by my family. My husband Howard and son Ted ate the lot. Howard however noticed the refried beans which nearly put my son off. Thankfully they both ate the lot and their plates were cleaned by the end of the meal. I served this dinner with chips too and it was delicious. However you decide to eat this meal, as always, please enjoy. Thank you xxx