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How to make delicious quesadillas

If you are looking for a delicious snack that you can enjoy at any time of day these delicious quesadillas are perfect. The gooey melting middle oozes out of a thin crisp crust leaving you wanting more. They are really easy to make and everyone will love them. Read on to find out how to make delicious quesadillas.

I may have found my new favourite snack. These simple and delicious quesadillas are the perfect crowd pleaser. They are quick and easy to make for a midweek meal. A great way to turn leftovers into something tasty and a snack that will have hungry teenagers demanding more. They are also perfect for lazy summer days in the garden. Days when you can’t be bothered to cook but fancy a delicious snack.

Making quesadillas is so easy. Just warm a tortilla in a frying pan and top with cheese and fillings. Once the cheese melts and goes gooey just fold over and serve. Tasty and delicious food in minutes.

I have seen quesadillas made on cookery programs but never tried them. With the gorgeous warm weather upon us it was the ideal chance to try. I am glad I did, they are the perfect food for summer weather. The only problem is that once your family try them they will keep demanding more.

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What is a quesadilla?

Quesadillas are a traditional food from Mexico.  Traditonally oxaco cheese, a stringy Mexican cheese, tops a tortilla. Other toppings are put on top and the tortilla is then put on a comal, a flat griddle pan which is used to cook tortillas. Once the cheese melts the tortilla is folded in half and served.

Other toppings include potatoes with chorizo, squash blossoms, mushroom or different cooked meats. Toppings can vary from region to region.  Avocado, gauamole, chopped onion or tomato and parsley are popular. Salsa is also common. The quesadilla has changed over the years taking inspiration from other cultures. Now you will find different recipes and ways of making it. It really is a versatile dish.

What toppings can I use on quesadillas?

You can use whatever toppings you want, my only advice is to keep it simple. Stick to just a few ingredients so you can really taste them. The melted cheese will work sticking everything together so it doesn’t fall out on the plate.

Toppings usually include cheese, vegetables like onions, tomatoes, peppers or mushrooms and some type of meat like diced chicken or steak. You can use leftover cooked vegetables, cooked beans, cooked rice and other leftovers.

Why not experiment with different toppings for different times of the day. For breakfast you could try avocado and a fried egg or mushrooms with garlic and the cheese. For lunch why not try seafood and cheese or for dinner add a slow cooked meat like beef or chicken and server with a salad.

I tried a version of the quesadilla known as the sincornizada which uses ham and cheese. This makes a delicious anytime snack.

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How to make delicious quesadillas

For my quesadilla I choose to use ham, cheese, spring onions and peppers. Pick the toppings you are going to use and prepare them. Take the meats and vegetables you are going to use and chop them into small pieces. Grate the cheese.

Gently brush the outside of the tortilla with a little cooking oil. Don’t use too much or the outside will become soggy instead of crisp.

Take the tortilla and add the ingredients to half of it. First sprinkle on the chopped ham.

Add ham to tortilla to make quesadillas

Next add the spring onions.

Adding spring onions to quesadillas

Then add the peppers. Be careful not to add to much filling, quesadillas should be thin and flat.

Add peppers to quesadilla

Finally, sprinkle on the grated cheese.

Adding cheese to qesdalilla

Warm a griddle pan and add the quesadilla carefully. Cook for a couple of minutes until the cheese melts. Fold the tortilla in half using a spatula sandwiching the filling inside. Put onto a chopping board and cut each tortilla into two or three wedges.

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If you want to prepare a large batch for a crowd you can put the uncut quesadillas on a baking sheet and keep them warm in the oven until they are all ready. Just before serving cut them into wedges.

If you have a health grill you can fold the tortilla in two before cooking and cook them on the grill. It works just as well.

Quesadilla recipe

5 from 3 votes
Quesadillas
Quesadillas
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

A delicious Mexican toasted sandwich that can be made with a variety of fillings

Servings: 1 person
Author: Alison Maclean
Ingredients
  • 30 g sliced ham
  • 5 strips red pepper
  • 50 g cheddar cheese
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 tsp oil
Instructions
  1. Brush the outside of the tortilla with oil

  2. Chop the ham and add to one half of the tortilla

  3. Chop the spring onion and add on top of the ham

  4. Add the slices of red pepper

  5. Cover with grated cheese

  6. Heat a griddle pan

  7. Add the tortilla to the griddle pan and cook until the cheese melts

  8. Fold the tortilla in half sandwiching the filling using a spatula

  9. Move to a chopping board and cut into segments

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Have you tried making quesadillas? Let me know below

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7 Comments

  1. May 9, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    So tasty! I make something similar with the Italian flatbreads, spreading the prosciutto inside and adding thin slices of cheese like Yarlsberg, then fold in half and quickly fry on both sides. Great food for quick and easy lunches or dinners.

  2. May 10, 2018 / 11:05 am

    I love mexican food and quesadillas are such a delicious snack! great idea for a spring recipe 🙂

    • May 17, 2018 / 2:02 pm

      They are great, you can mix up the fillings depending what you have in. My son loves them

  3. May 21, 2018 / 3:30 pm

    I often make quesadillas. They are very popular here, but I make double the quantity at a time, by putting the filling between 2 tortillas and turning over half way through cooking. Chicken and cheese is my sons favourite

    • May 29, 2018 / 11:20 am

      I was using my sandwich grill to cook them hence folding them over. Twice as much as time sounds a good idea. The family can’t get enough of them

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