Quesadillas Mexicanas Recipe

 


Quesadillas Mexicanas Recipe

Quesadillas Mexicanas


Quesadillas Mexicanas Recipe is a great way to use up some leftover meat, and a delicious, healthy meal that doesn't take a lot of time to prepare.

All you need is any kind of meat, some refried beans, cheese, and a few veggies, and you're good to go.

We started with leftover bbq chicken from last night and just chopped it up into chunks.

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Quesadillas are a great way to use up some leftover meat, and a delicious, healthy meal that doesn't take a lot of time to prepare.

All you need is any kind of meat, some refried beans, cheese, and a few veggies, and you're good to go.

We started with leftover bbq chicken from last night and just chopped it up into chunks.

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At the same time, we heat up our refried beans on medium-low heat.

We've added a small amount of low-fat milk just to thin down the beans, and make them a bit creamier.

It also helps to keep the beans from burning so easily, if you happen to get side-tracked.

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Speaking of getting side-tracked, you can see in this picture, that there's some tequila there in the background. We enjoy a bit of tequila with our Mexican food occasionally, and on a lazy Saturday afternoon, a full belly, with a couple of shots of tequila is a perfect combination for inducing a siesta.

You can also see here, that I've laid out my tortilla so that about 1/3 of it hangs over the edge of the pan. This is just so that when I broil it, I can easily flip it over without burning my fingers... you'll see what I mean in a minute. I also cover my pan with aluminum foil just to make cleanup easier.

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While the beans are getting hot, chop up your veggies. We just use some fresh tomato, lettuce, and avocado.

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When you prepare an avocado, you first slice it in half by sticking the blade of your knife into the little guy and rolling it around the blade, so that you have two halves. Then, you stick the blade into the seed with a GENTLE chopping motion to get the blade to stick into the seed. then twist the seed with the blade of the knife, and it will pop out easily.

Then, use your knife to slice the avocado while it is still in its skin.

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Then, just use a spoon to scoop out your slices of avocado.

Ok, with the veggies all prepped, and the refried beans nice and hot, I'll start putting my quesadilla together, by putting a layer of beans, some slices of chicken, and some cheese... we use mild cheddar.

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Put that bad boy under the broiler to get the cheese melted, and to kind of crisp up the tortilla.

This is a great opportunity to help yourself to another shot of tequila by the way... 
don't forget the fresh lemon and some sea salt.


With the cheese melted, and the tortilla a little crispy, pull the quesadilla from the oven, and add your freshly chopped tomatoes, and lettuce.

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Then fold it in half, and add some more cheese to the top...

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and put it back in the oven for a few minutes.

Watch it pretty close, because you want the cheese to melt, and the edges to get a little crispy, but you don't want it to burn, and you also don't want to leave it in too long, because your lettuce will start to wilt... the lettuce is much better when it is still a little crispy... it adds a nice texture to the quesadilla.


Well, there it is. This one is for my wife because she likes the edges a bit crispier than I do, and she also likes sour cream.


By the way, this isn't one of those quesadillas that you can really slice into cute little wedges, and eat like a piece of pizza... no, this one requires a fork... enjoy!


Tips about this meal...
  • This is a great way to use leftover meat.
  • Make some fresh salsa to go with it for optimal nutrients.
  • Buy the large flour tortillas so you have lots of room on the inside for the goodies.
  • If you want to serve your quesadillas with a side dish, Mexican rice is quite complementary.


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