Apparently we are on a Mexican kick around here ;). Our oldest was up and he selected the meaty quesadillas from our cookbook. After looking at the recipe, I realized he could handle all of it, except slicing the garlic cloves.
I informed him that it would be his show and he was a little overwhelmed. Once he was ready, we broke it down step by step and he was good to go. Imagine his surprise when he realized he did it!
Here he is hard at work..
Here’s the recipe from The Food Network:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
1 pound lean ground beef or lamb
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 scallions, thinly sliced
4 10 -inch flour tortillas
3 1/2 cups shredded muenster or monterey jack cheese
Fresh salsa and/or sour cream, for serving
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and chili powder and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add the beef, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Cook, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until it is no longer pink, about 2 minutes. Add the scallions and cook 5 to 6 more minutes.
Heat a large griddle or skillet over medium heat. Brush 1 side of each tortilla with olive oil. Place 2 tortillas on the griddle (or 1 if using a skillet), oiled-side down, and scatter about one-quarter of the cheese on each. Cook until the bottoms are golden brown and the cheese is melted. Put about a quarter of the beef mixture on half of each tortilla and fold into a half-moon. Continue to cook until the quesadillas are crisp, turning once. Repeat to make 4 quesadillas.
Cut into wedges and top with salsa and/or sour cream.
Per serving: Calories 813; Fat 48 g (Saturated 23 g); Cholesterol 155 mg; Sodium 1,889 mg; Carbohydrate 43 g; Fiber 3 g; Protein 52 g
Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/meaty-quesadillas-recipe.html?oc=linkback
We added carrot sticks, sliced cucumber and tortilla chips to the meal. The dinner was a big hit!
We used ground beef, but I would substitute it with ground turkey or chicken in the future. The meat isn’t particularly spicy which was great for the kids and could easily be adjusted with more chili powder or adding jalapeños. We made exactly 4 quesadillas, but you could easily thin out the meat and make more 🙂
Have you made quesadillas? What’s your favorite Mexican recipe?