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How to Make Quesadillas

Quesadillas recipe

These quesadillas are better than Taco Bell - seriously. Oozing with cheese, these quesadillas are the best, a quick and easy dinner idea that's always going to be a big hit with everyone.

There are many fillings for quesadillas but I love to use leftover Chilli con Carne.

Quesadillas recipe using leftover chilli con carne.
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Obviously, you may want to leave out the jalapeño peppers if you're making these for kids, but quesadillas are delicious and simple yet quick to make.

Always make enough Chilli con Carne so you have leftovers. There are so many dinners you can make out of it and quesadillas are one of them.

Ingredients in this recipe

  • Leftover Chilli con Carne - reheated
  • Grated Cheddar cheese - enough to cover each tortilla

  • Serving ideas - optional

  • Jalapeño peppers from a jar - drained
  • Tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Lettuce
  • Grated cheese
  • Sour cream

What are quesadillas?

A quesadilla is a Mexican dish consisting of a tortilla filled with cheese and sometimes meat, spices and other fillings. They are cooked on a griddle or in a large frying pan on the stove.

You can use cooked chicken in your quesadillas as filling but cheese is always a must!

How do you pronounce quesadilla?

'kay-suh-dee-yah'

Before you start cooking

You will need to reheat your leftover Chilli con Carne in a saucepan. Grate some cheese into a bowl so you're ready when you want to start cooking.

How do you keep quesadillas crispy?

Heat up a frying pan and, using kitchen paper just wipe the pan with a little oil.

'Little' is the keyword here or your tortillas will soak up the oil and be soggy. You must also have a good non-stick frying pan to avoid a quesadilla mess!

Once the pan is nice and hot, lay a flour tortilla on the bottom and sprinkle with grated cheese - leaving a little strip around the edge without the cheese.

Cheese melting on top of a tortilla in a pan.

Cook over a medium to high heat until the cheese has completely melted.

Then spread just one side of the tortilla with the heated chilli.

Making a quesadilla with leftover chilli con carne.

Fold the tortilla over so you have a half-moon shape. Cook for a minute or so more (don't let it burn) and then pop it onto a plate and cut it in half. Serve right away with this Simple Salsa recipe.

How to keep quesadillas hot?

If you're feeding a few people you can keep the quesadillas warm in the oven on a baking tray at 150°C/300°F or Gas 2 until ready to serve.

With that said, it's probably best you don't try to make too many as they will not be as nice as when they were first cooked.

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Yield: 2
Author: Jan Bennett
Quesadillas Recipe

Quesadillas Recipe

Makes 4 quesadillas - no real recipe amount since it depends on how many you want to make and how much leftover chilli you have.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 2 MinTotal time: 12 Min

Ingredients

You will need a non-stick frying pan
  • Vegetable oil
  • Leftover Chilli con Carne - reheated
  • 2 x soft tortillas - I used Old El Paso (brand) corn and wheat
  • Grated Cheddar cheese - enough to cover each tortilla
Serving ideas - optional
  • Jalapeño peppers from a jar - drained
  • Tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Lettuce
  • Grated cheese
  • Sour cream

Instructions

  1. Reheat the leftover chilli in a saucepan.
  2. Heat up a frying pan and, using kitchen paper just wipe the pan with a tiny amount of oil.
  3. Once the pan is nice and hot, lay a flour tortilla on the bottom and sprinkle with grated cheese - leaving a little strip around the edge without the cheese.
  4. Cook the tortilla over a medium to high heat until the cheese has completely melted. Then spread just one side of the tortilla with the heated chilli.
  5. Fold the tortilla over so you have a half-moon shape.
  6. Cook for a minute or so more (don't let it burn) and then pop it onto a plate and cut in half. Serve right away.
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