Taco Quesadillas

Tacos have never really been a favorite of mine until I began trying them in different ways. My husband had requested them (Taco Tuesday) and I honestly wasn’t in the mood for them. I wanted something different and crunchy so I thought well nachos would be good. I kept thinking and realized, I hadn’t made Quesadillas in a very long time and all the taco fixings would be amazing in it. Voilà! Dinner was decided! You can make them however you want but this is my version.

 

Taco Quesadillas

Serves 4

  • 1 lb Ground beef
  • 8 Flour tortillas (taco or burrito size)
  • 1/4 White onion (chopped)
  • 2 Garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 2 tsp Fresh parsley (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Ortega taco sauce (mild or medium)
  • 1 can Refried beans (warmed)
  • S & P
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 cup Shredded colby jack cheese
  • 2 cups Lettuce (shredded)
  • 1 medium Tomato (chopped)
  • 1 Avocado (diced and slightly smashed) *optional
  • 4 tsp Sour cream *optional
  • 4 tsp Salsa *optional

 

First, in a skillet, cook the ground beef completely. As the beef is cooking, chop it into small pieces so it is easier to distribute. Add in the onion, garlic, parsley, S & P, onion powder, garlic powder, and taco sauce. Completely cook the ingredients added to the meat.

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In a different skillet or a cast iron, heat up to medium and spray with non stick spray. On the bottom tortilla, smear the refried beans to the edge of the tortilla. Top with a little cheese and meat. Place the tortilla, ingredient side up in the warmed skillet. Add any additional toppings of your choice. (I personally added tomatoes, lettuce, and cheese)

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Finally add the top tortilla and place a separate skillet on top to ensure even cooking to the bottom tortilla. After about 1-2 minutes, flip the quesadilla over to cook the other side. After the second side is cooked, remove the quesadilla from the pan and slice into quarters. Serve with sour cream, salsa, guacamole/avocado, and spanish rice. Enjoy! Quesadillas are versatile so add what YOU like

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