Lemon Pepper Chickpea Quesadilla

A quick, refreshing quesadilla recipe.

Here’s a unique quesadilla recipe with flavors that evoke the sunshiny feeling of summer. Using mashed chickpeas as the base, the filling is generously seasoned with lemon pepper and lemon juice for a refreshing, zesty flavor.

The addition of fresh chopped herbs of basil, thyme, and oregano, lend a wonderful earthy, fresh, bite. And finally, the addition of crumbled bits of feta introduce that sharp, salty element that melts up in the oven and ties it all together.

The quesadilla is delicious on its own, but if you can also add in a dipping sauce to maximize the flavor. While you can choose a sauce of your preference, I highly recommend pairing the lemon pepper chickpea quesadilla with even more lemon flavor. To do that, I made about an equal part mix of 2 to 2 tablespoons of unflavored Greek yogurt, with the lemon-pepperiness of Nando’s Peri-Peri Garlic (or lemon-herb) Hot Sauce. I opted for Nando’s because the sauce is heavily-lemon based, and offers a great tangy, lemon citrus bite that pairs so well with the lemon pepper quesadilla. Just toss the yogurt and sauce in a small bowl, stir up, and you are good to go.

Time You Need

  • ~ 10 minutes prep
  • ~ 25 minutes cooking
  • Yields: 2 quesadillas

What You Need

  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and dried
  • 4 tortillas
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsps. lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 cup of crumbled feta
  • ½ cup fresh minced basil
  • ~1 tbsp fresh minced oregano
  • ~1 tsp fresh minced thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: Honey mustard or a lemon pepper dipping sauce

What You Do

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the chickpeas and mash into semi-fine bean paste (sounds appetizing right?)
  • Then, mix in your lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, seasonings, feta cheese, and herbs.
  • Next, take out 4 tortillas. Spread a generous layer of the chickpea spread over two of the tortillas. Then top with a bit more sprinkled feta.
  • Top each layer of spread with another tortilla to form the quesadilla.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and place the quesadillas on the sheet.
  • Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, flipping about halfway through.
  • Bake until the top of the tortilla develops a nice crispy golden-brown crust. Then remove and let cool. Slice up, serve, and enjoy with favorite dipping sauce.
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