Recipe: Bean and Cheese Sincronizada

Living in Mexico for six months has taught me a lot about food. Mexico is known for cheap, easy, and calorie dense foods. One of my favorites is a spin-off of the quesadilla: the sincronizada. Sincronizadas differ from quesadillas only in the use of two tortillas. Quesadillas sandwich goodies in one folded tortilla while sincronizadas sandwich the goods between two. I prefer to make sincronizadas because it is less work for more food. More food is important to touring cyclists.

The ingredients:


Your imagination is the limit when it comes to filling a quesadilla. I usually select beans and cheese, with a touch of hot sauce for flavor. The cheese is typically queso oaxaca (known as string cheese in the US). This is the cheapest I’ve found for a balanced, calorie-dense meal. It is also very high in protein. If you want, add a slice of tomato.

Other options:

  • mushrooms
  • flor de calabaza (my favorite quesadilla made from the orange flower of squash plants)
  • meat (nearly any kind)

In Oaxaca, Jess substituted home-made chili for the beans earning him a top ten finish for best meals.



For quesadillas, use half the ingredients and fold in half. If the tortilla is stiff, warm until it can be folded without breaking.



Fry on a dry skillet until golden brown and the cheese is melted. Use oil if you want.

The final stage?


Feast till full!!!


5 thoughts on “Recipe: Bean and Cheese Sincronizada

    • Thanks! This is the fast and easy bike touring version. From looking at your blog, I’m sure you could make a fantastic gourmet version.

      • I’m from Chihuahua, growing up a quesadilla was just a corn tortilla with cheese and a sincronizada was a flour tortilla with ham and cheese with a side of refried beans or avocado. Now, there are so many versions of quesadillas as you can imagine! Just reading the word sincronizada, transported me to that time, and I thank you for that! Enjoy your time in Mexico and the warmth of our people 🙂

      • I grew up eating grilled cheese sanwiches : white bread and cheese. 🙂 Quesadillas are a whole new world for me! Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 I’ve enjoyed the warmth of the people here for nearly six months. It’s hard to imagine a friendlier, more welcoming people. But now my time here is over. Guatemala awaits.

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