Total Time: 45 minutes   Yield: 4 people   Diet: Vegetarian

High protein quesadilla – Air fryer quesadilla recipe is a high protein food for vegetarians. You will be smiles-filled after tasting these nutrient-dense Mexican treats! There was a lot of flavor on the outside, and the inside was warm and tasty… a delightful and healthy lunch!


  • 1 cup – Bell peppers sliced
  • 1/2 cup – Zucchini sliced
  • 1 cup – Boiled Red kidney beans (Soaked overnight then boiled) or canned red kidney beans
  • 1/2 cup – Onion (sliced)
  • 2 medium – Onion (diced)
  • 2 tbsp – Coriander leaves chopped
  • 3 – Green chilly chopped
  • 5 cloves – Garlic chopped
  • 1/2 tsp – Turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp – Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp – Red chilly flakes
  • 4 tbsp – Olive oil/ Vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp – Cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp – Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp – Ginger powder
  • 1 tbsp – Mixed herbs
  • 1 tsp – Black pepper powder
  • 2 tbsp – Ketchup
  • 4 slices – Vegan/Plain Cheese slices
  • 200 gm – Tofu cut into slices
  • 4 – Tortillas


  1. On medium flame heat 2 tbsp vegetable oil. Then add garlic chopped and saute for 30 seconds.
  2. Once the garlic is little brown in color add the diced onions. Fry till translucent.
  3. Then add the chopped green chilies. Saute for 30 seconds.
  4. Then add turmeric powder, ginger powder, cumin powder, mixed herbs, red chili flake, coriander powder and salt to taste.
  5. Now saute everything for 2 minutes on medium flame.
  6. Now add cooked or boiled red kidney beans and then mix well.
  7. Add 1/2 cup water and then cook for 5 minutes on high heat.
  8. Now add 2 tbsp of tomato puree or ketchup and cook for another 2 minutes on high heat.
  9. Now add 2 tbsp of lemon juice and mix well.
  10. Now take a masher and mash the mixture.
  11. After the mixture gets mashed well and the water evaporates completely then add the chopped coriander leaves.
  12. Turn off the flame and take the stuffing to a bowl. Keep aside.
  13. Take a bowl and add sliced bell peppers, sliced onions, and zucchini sliced. 
  14. Add salt to taste, red chili flakes, and black pepper powder.
  15. Add 2 tbsp olive oil.
  16. Then mix well.
  17. For the Air frying of sliced veggies: Place a parchment paper and place the sliced vegetables in the basket. Air fry for 380 degrees F for 10 minutes. Take out when done.
  18. For veggies frying Stovetop method: Heat oil in a pan and add the sliced veggies and fry them for 10 minutes on high heat. Do not overcook let them be a little crunchy. Take it out and keep it aside.
  19. For Air frying tofu: Place 2 tofu slices in the basket. Brush little oil and sprinkle with little red chili flakes. Now air fry at 380 degrees F for 5 minutes.
  20. For stovetop tofu frying: Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and then add the tofu slices. Sprinkle little red chili flakes and fry for 5 minutes on medium flame. Take out keep aside.
  21. Take a tortilla and spread the red kidney bean mixture on it.
  22. Then place air-fried tofu on the mixture.
  23. Then add the air-fried veggies on top of the tofu and mixture.
  24. Now place a vegan or plain cheese slices on top of it.
  25. Now fold the tortilla.
  26. Now cut them with a knife into 2 pieces of quesadilla if your air fryer is small otherwise you can give the whole quesadilla in it.
  27. Air fryer method: Place a parchment paper in the basket and grease or spray with a little oil. Now place the quesadilla in the basket, brush little oil, and air fry at 380 degrees F for 5 minutes 
  28. Take out after 5 minutes. And cut in halves if not done earlier.
  29. Frying Pan Method: Heat a frying pan and add 1 tbsp oil and place the quesadilla and fry for 2 minutes on medium heat.
  30. Now flip the quesadilla after 2 minutes and fry for more 2 minutes till golden crisp.
  31. Take out and cut in two halves.
  32. Crispy high protein quesadilla is ready to be served hot.


  • The quesadilla must be pressed into the pan if you want it to be golden and crispy. Until I learned this genius hack from Desiree Nielsen’s blog, Once hot, add the prepared quesadilla to the skillet. Place a small skillet on top of the quesadilla so that it presses down on the quesadilla, creating an exterior that is crunchy. A couple of cans of beans/tomatoes also work well as a weight on the smaller skillet. Similar to a sandwich press, but much easier!


  • Serving Size: 4 people
  • Calories: 590Kcal
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 990mg
  • Fat: 28g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 25g
  • Fiber: 10g
  • Protein: 16g
  • Cholesterol: 180mg