Quesadillas are the way to everyone's heart; who can resist gooey melted cheese and spicy meat rolled in golden tortillas? Add some guacamole and salsa for dipping and you're in absolute food heaven.
Mexico's most popular food has established itself in the bellies of Americans everywhere. With a few simple steps, you can make the real deal at home, too. In this recipe, we use ground beef for quesadillas. This is a crispier version of a traditional hard shell taco with loads of melted cheese to boot.
So grab a cast-iron skillet and learn how to make beef quesadillas by following this easy step-by-step recipe.
For this ground beef quesadilla, you will want to use extra lean ground beef, as it won't have a ton of excess fat to remove. You can just cook it and add spices directly after.
If you choose to use ground beef with a higher fat percentage, you will want to drain the excess fat from the meat before you add it to the tortillas. Otherwise, you'll end up with a sloppy, oily mess of a quesadilla!
The fun part of making a quesadilla is playing around with the ingredients to create different flavors.
First, if you have access to some masa harina, make yourself some homemade tortillas. They're simpler to make than you might think and have a huge flavor payoff.
All quesadillas start with cheese. From there you can add different veggies and protein according to your taste.
Some great vegetables to add to your quesadillas include the following:
In this delicious recipe for quesadillas, beef is the protein used. However, you can also have shrimp quesadilla, diced or ground chicken, steak, turkey, or pork.
If you want a vegetarian or vegan quesadilla, black beans or white beans pair well with cheese and veggies.
In this beef and cheese quesadilla, we've used a blend of cheddar and Havarti cheese for a nice balance between sharp and mild.
Queso quesadilla is a semi-soft white cheese that is traditionally used in lots of Mexican dishes, including quesadillas. It melts beautifully and is mild enough to not overpower the other flavors.
You can also mix mozzarella with cheddar, Havarti, or halloumi. It's best to blend, as 100% sharp cheese can be too strong and not melt well, whereas 100% mild can taste a little bland.
If you want to be adventurous, you can try adding a bit of feta for a salty kick. It pairs well with Mediterannean flavors, like olive, sundried tomatoes, spinach, and chicken.
What goes inside the quesadilla is important, but our favorite part of a quesadilla is the dips that accompany it. The smooth, creamy texture of a dip mixed with the crunch of the quesadilla is perfection.
Use salsa, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, or lime crema on the side for dipping your beef quesadilla. You can also use Greek yogurt for a healthy, lighter option instead.
Enjoying Mexican food in the comfort of your own home is made easy nowadays. Beef quesadilla, in particular, is effortless to make. You can even have a cheese quesadilla if you don't feel like eating meat but don't want the vegan option as well.
If you're looking for more homemade Mexican dishes, why not try your hand at making a chicken burrito or steak fajitas? Breakfast tacos are healthy and nutritious, too. For snacks, you can make homemade tortilla chips or nachos. These would be a big hit with your family and friends for game night.
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