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Delicious and Easy Quesadilla Recipe

Updated on March 22, 2014

Fast, delicious, and simple! What could be better?

A friend of mine was making quesadillas at work the other day and since then I haven't been able to get them out of my head!! So I decided to make them for a quick dinner. The fun thing about quesadillas is that you can mix and match your cheese, meat, and even your tortillas. You can go for a traditional cheese quesadilla or go crazy with tons of meat, cheese and maybe even BACON!!! Yes, I said bacon!!! Why not!! Live a little, have some fun!!

This recipe can be a great snack or dinner, Make it as a finger food to watch the game, celebrate Cinco de Mayo, or just because you don't feel like cooking a big dinner! The recipe below is just a basic recipe and really more about the technique than anything. Once you know how to make a quesadilla you can really put any kind of filling you like. Get creative, the sky is really the limit here!

This is a traditional Mexican food and it's name is derived from the word "queso" meaning cheese. It is traditionally made with flour or corn tortillas. So, technically in order for it to be a quesadilla it must at least have those two ingredients. Below you will find my very simple chicken quesadilla recipe.

So after a long day at work and not wanting to cook a big dinner my husband and I decided we wanted to have quesadillas for dinner! I decided to use some left over chicken that I had but I didn't think it would be enough. So I took a chicken cutlet, sprinkled it with some Adobo seasoning and put it in the microwave to cook (this worked great since I had less mess and didn't have to babysit it on the stove). I used my ceramic bacon cooker or what is really known as a ridged ceramic baker! If you've never used one it makes the best bacon in the microwave in minutes and no mess to clean up on the stove, I love that!! It also cooks chicken in the microwave fast and it keeps it juicy which is what I like! If you don't have left over chicken or cutlets hanging around pick up some of those chicken short cuts. They would work here too.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: approximately 10

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • flour or corn tortillas (1 tortilla makes 1 quesadilla so for 4 servings you need 4 tortillas)
  • left over chicken (approximately 2 cups; or 1 chicken cutlet with Adobo seasoning as prepared below)
  • Four Cheese blend shredded cheese (1 1/2-2 cups)
  • Olive Oil to coat the pan
  • salsa and sour cream for dipping

Instructions

  1. If you have left over chicken start by quickly reheating just to get the chill off in the microwave for 30 seconds or so. It will get nice and warm as it grills up. If using a chicken cutlet, grill or prepare as follows: Using a ridged ceramic baker place chicken on ceramic baker. Sprinkle generously with Adobo seasoning on both sides. Place in microwave and cook approximately 5 minutes (all microwave ovens vary so your microwave may take more or less time). Make sure chicken is cooked thoroughly before slicing. Once chicken is cooked, slice into bit size pieces and set aside.
  2. Add approximately 1-2 teaspoons of oil to a pan or griddle, enough to coat the entire bottom of the pan. Allow pan to heat up while preparing your tortilla.
  3. Place a tortilla on your work surface open faced.
  4. On one half of the quesadilla add approximately 1/4 cup of shredded cheese.
  5. Add chicken on top, as much as you wish.
  6. Fold the tortilla in half.
  7. Place the tortilla in the preheated oil. Use a grill press to weigh down the quesadilla
  8. Cook until golden brown on one side. Then flip and weigh down again using the grill press. Cook until this side is golden brown.
  9. Remove when golden brown or until your liking and place on a cutting board.
  10. Use a pizza cutter to cut the quesadilla. Cut in half, and then cut each half in half again. You will end up with 4 pieces total.
  11. Serve with salsa and sour cream for dipping.
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Preparing the Quesadilla

On one half of the tortilla add the chicken and cheese.
On one half of the tortilla add the chicken and cheese.
Fold the tortilla in half.  Then place in a preheated pan or griddle coated with oil.
Fold the tortilla in half. Then place in a preheated pan or griddle coated with oil.

Get that crunch!

Using a grill press is the best way to get your quesadilla to come together and to get that crunch!
Using a grill press is the best way to get your quesadilla to come together and to get that crunch!
The easiest way to cut your quesadilla is with a pizza cutter...after it's cut, dip and ENJOY!!
The easiest way to cut your quesadilla is with a pizza cutter...after it's cut, dip and ENJOY!!

Tools of the Trade

To get the best tasting quesadillas you have to have the right tools. The one thing for sure I wouldn't pass up on is the grill press. It really makes a difference in my opinion and gives the quesadilla a super crunch and great texture.

Pampered Chef 1342  Small Ridged Baker, 9 x 6.75 x 1.75-Inches
Pampered Chef 1342 Small Ridged Baker, 9 x 6.75 x 1.75-Inches

This is the baker I used to cook the chicken in the microwave. It is also SUPER at cooking bacon in the microwave as well.

 
Lodge Rectangular Cast Iron Grill Press. 6.75 x 4.5" Cast Iron Grill Press with Cool-Grip Spiral Handle.
Lodge Rectangular Cast Iron Grill Press. 6.75 x 4.5" Cast Iron Grill Press with Cool-Grip Spiral Handle.

This is a must have. Perfect for your paninis as well as awesome quesadillas.

 
Presto 07061 22-inch Electric Griddle With Removable Handles
Presto 07061 22-inch Electric Griddle With Removable Handles

Make several quesadillas at once with this griddle.

 
OXO SteeL Pizza Wheel and Cutter
OXO SteeL Pizza Wheel and Cutter

Cut those quesadillas quickly with this great OXO pizza cutter.

 

Give it a twist...

So you want to be extravagant?? Shake it up a little?? I say go for it! Here are some alternative suggestions for your quesadillas:

Fillings:

Steak

Chilli

Beans

Grilled Vegetables

Swiss cheese

goat cheese

grilled onions

red onions

whole wheat tortillas

spinach tortilla

sun-dried tomato tortilla

They even make gluten free tortillas for my friends who suffer from celiac disease!

The possibilities are truly endless. Use your creativity and go wild!

Fun Twists on Your Quesadillas

New Grains Gluten Free Flour Tortillas 2 packs (4 - 10" tortillas each)
New Grains Gluten Free Flour Tortillas 2 packs (4 - 10" tortillas each)

Gluten free quesadillas for those of you with celiac disease. Buy them on Amazon!

 

Looking for more great recipes?

Check out some of my other recipes on squidoo.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed this recipe!

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      Ibidii 

      4 years ago

      I used to make the Q's, as we called them and add pork n beans, cheese, onions, and other items for a Vegetarian version for those who eat cheese vegetarian's. I would love the bacon in it. I will try that next time! Great lens on Q's! I will look for those spinach tortilla's also. Non Nom!

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      savenlives 

      4 years ago

      @Heather426: Thanks for stopping by Heather :)

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      savenlives 

      4 years ago

      @Gloriousconfusion: Thanks!! Thanks for pinning too :) Love pinterest!

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      Diana Grant 

      4 years ago from United Kingdom

      It looks mouth-wateringly mouth watering - I've pinned it to try out later

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      Heather Burns 

      4 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      yum!

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