Vegan Sweet Potato Quesadillas | #vegan #quesadillas #recipe #sweetpotato

Vegan Sweet Potato Quesadillas

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Raise your hand if you’re in need of a vacation! (me too) The weather has been wacky in Boston, per usual, oscillating between 50 degrees and rainy several days in a row, then 75 and sunny the next…turning to rain in the afternoon. We’re making up for the lack of rain this time last year, but despite the gloom I’m still feeling like it’s summer in my mind. I’m longing for more time outside, changes of scenery mixed with visits to favorite places, allll the summer berries, and simple, familiar meals.
Vegan Sweet Potato Quesadillas | #vegan #quesadillas #recipe #sweetpotato

One of the lunches/dinners Aaron and I have been turning to recently is vegan sweet potato quesadillas. He grew up eating a lot of quesadillas, and when we first moved in together after college and most of our income was going toward rent and student loans, we frequently made veggie quesadillas as an inexpensive and easy meal. Needless to say, quesadillas hold a good amount of nostalgia for us.

But while some things haven’t changed, we’re certainly better and more health-conscious cooks today than we were immediately post-college, and we definitely have nicer cookware. We’ve traded flimsy (and most likely toxic-coated) pans for long-lasting cast iron, with our new go-to piece being this Lodge Dual Handle Pan that’s easy to grip and lift. I really like this particular design because it fits better in a variety of places like the grill, oven, and smaller cabinets. And just like the other Lodge Cast Iron cookware that I’ve purchased over the years, this pan comes seasoned and ready to use! There’s no complicated seasoning process needed to get started, plus it’s super straightforward to clean. All you need to do is hand wash it, dry it promptly, and then rub it with a light coating of oil. (I like avocado oil because it stands up well to high heat.) It’s a great everyday piece and it just so happens to be perfectly sized for making quesadillas!

Vegan Sweet Potato Quesadillas | #vegan #quesadillas #recipe #sweetpotato

The filling in these quesadillas includes a layer of roasted and seasoned sweet potato rounds, some quick, pickled red onions, diced green chilis, and non-dairy cheddar cheese, all topped with fresh cilantro and scallions, plus a little vegan sour cream. The cast iron pan makes the tortillas golden and crispy, the cheese gets melty, and the sour cream balances out the heat.

These sweet potato quesadillas make for awesome weekday lunches and dinners, and they’d be great as an appetizer at your next summer get-together or 4th of July party too. Instead of making them on the stovetop, simply move your cooking outdoors to the grill!

Vegan Sweet Potato Quesadillas | #vegan #quesadillas #recipe #sweetpotato

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Vegan Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Vegan Sweet Potato Quesadillas | #vegan #quesadillas #recipe #sweetpotato

Vegan Sweet Potato Quesadillas


Serves: 2 quesadillas

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Easy vegan quesadillas with roasted sweet potato filling, melty non-dairy cheese, and quick pickled red onions. This is the perfect meal (or appetizer!) when you're craving healthier comfort food!

Vegan Sweet Potato Quesadillas | #vegan #quesadillas #recipe #sweetpotato

Vegan Sweet Potato Quesadillas



For the sweet potatoes:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • sea salt & pepper

For the pickled red onions:

  • 1 small red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon organic cane sugar
  • juice from 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup water
  • sea salt & pepper

For the quesadillas:

  • 2 large flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup shredded vegan cheese
  • 1/4 cup diced green chiles
  • extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • small handful fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 scallion, sliced thin
  • vegan sour cream (optional)

Cuisine: Vegan Servings: 2 quesadillas

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes

Easy vegan quesadillas with roasted sweet potato filling, melty non-dairy cheese, and quick pickled red onions. This is the perfect meal (or appetizer!) when you're craving healthier comfort food!


  • Prepare the sweet potatoes: Preheat the oven to 450° F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the sweet potato rounds on the baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with chili powder and season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Arrange in a single layer and roast for 15 minutes or until fork-tender.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the pickled red onions: In a small saucepan, combine the red onion, sugar, lime juice, water, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring every so often, for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Taste and add more salt/pepper if needed.
  • Make the quesadillas: Layer half of each tortilla with 2 tablespoons of vegan cheese, a layer of sweet potato rounds, a few pickled red onions, 1 tablespoon of green chiles (or however spicy you'd prefer), and another 2 tablespoons of vegan cheese. Fold each tortilla in half over the filling. Heat a large cast iron pan over medium heat, then add a light drizzle of olive oil to coat the pan. Add the quesadillas and cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until the cheese has melted and the tortillas are browned and crispy. Serve with chopped fresh cilantro, sliced scallion, and vegan sour cream (if you like).

Notes [1]

If pre-made vegan cheese isn’t your thing, I have a feeling my homemade cashew cheese spread would be excellent in this recipe.

Copyright © 2020 Amanda Maguire for Pickles & Honey

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  1. Jack says

    I love my Lodge cast iron and I love this recipe! I used to make chicken quesadillas back in my pre-veg days but that was a while ago. I’ll definitely be giving your sweet potato version a try!

  2. Beth T. says

    sweet potatoes in quesadillas?! amazing! i’ve been wanting to try making pickled onions so this is perfect.

  3. These look too good. I have never thought of sweet potatoes in a quesadilla!

    1. Thanks, Jamie! You’ve gotta try the sweet potato quesadilla combo, and don’t skip the pickled red onions (so good!).

  4. Katie says

    I saw your recipe on Instagram and immediately went out and bought ingredients to make quesadillas. They turned out SO GOOD. My husband and I are going to make this a weekly meal. Thank you!!!

    1. Your comment made me very happy. I’m so thrilled that these quesadillas will be on weekly rotation at your house!

  5. Rebecca says

    Quesadillas are my favorite! (and burritos) I never thought to use sweet potatoes in the filling but it sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Raghu says

    Hi Guys – got the pop up message and completely understand. I am here to drool, not steal. Thanks for the beautiful website

    1. Thank you for the kind comment. <3

  7. Lilly says

    Um, hiiiii quesadillas of my dreams. These look so good, Amanda!


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