When I think of quesadilla’s, I think of my daughter as a youngster. She was about ten the first time we went to Mexico as a family. At every restaurant, she ordered a cheese quesadilla… the closest thing to her favorite grilled cheese sandwiches.
There are so many ways to make a quick and easy quesadilla. You can customize them for vegetarians or those who need gluten free. I typically use chicken, vegetables and cheese in mine, but you can adapt yours for the child that won’t eat a vegetable, or the one who doesn’t eat cheese. Take this as more of a process, than a recipe. Isn’t that the way most of us like to cook?
I’ll give you a basic recipe first and then will follow with shortcuts. Fair enuf?
Ingredients for Easy Chicken Quesadilla’s
2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces
3 TBS olive oil (or canola)
1/2 Vidalia onion, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
2 TBS salsa
1 TBS taco seasoning (Store bought or follow directions below.)
4 Wheat tortillas (or corn for gluten free)
1 cup cheese
2 TBS butter
Brown onion and red pepper in 1 TBS olive oil on medium high heat. Add half the spices. Remove veggies and set aside.
In the same pan, add the remaining 2 TBS olive oil, heat it and brown the chicken.
Add the vegetables back into the pan with the chicken and season with remaining spices. (Taco seasoning)
Add the salsa and a tablespoon or two of water, if dry.
Turn the heat down and let the mixture cook for 3-5 minutes to blend flavors.
Assemble the Quesadilla
In a clean skillet, turn heat to medium and melt 1 TBS of butter.
Place one tortilla into the pan and spoon on chicken and veggies. Don’t overload.
Quickly sprinkle on 1/2 cup of your favorite cheese, then place a second tortilla over the cheese.
Check to see if the bottom is golden and when it is, carefully flip the entire quesadilla over with a large spatula.
Brown second side – about a minute, then remove it and place on a cutting board.
Cut into six pie shaped slices.
Repeat the process.
***Taco Seasoning If you want to make your own, it’s quite simple.
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp corn starch
1 tsp salt
*** I put ten times the amounts of each ingredient into an old glass spice jar.
Other items you may want to include: red pepper flakes, oregano, black pepper, white pepper. Suit yourself.
Now I can sprinkle a lot or a little onto anything.
Simplify the Recipe? Purchase a roasted chicken, instead of browning your own.
Pull the meat off and put into a pan on low.
Add 1/2 cup of salsa instead of the vegetables.
Sprinkle with packaged taco or fajita seasoning.
Cook together with a bit of water – 2-5 minutes.
Need Gluten Free? Use corn tortillas. Yes, they are smaller and will need to be handled quickly, but they can work.
Need vegetarian? Eliminate the chicken and just use veggies and cheese. Or skip the veggies. Or skip the cheese.
That’s it. It’s a wrap!