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July 21, 2020 3 min read

Quesadillas are a Mexican classic that has long made its way all over North America. Even non-Mexican themed restaurants have it on the menu.

With crispy flour tortillas, gooey melted cheese, and grilled vegetables, quesadillas are a total crowd-pleaser. It isn't surprising that even the pickiest eater can be satisfied with a quesadilla, as they've been called "the grilled cheese of Mexico" by Rick Bayless.

Grilled steak and cheese quesadillas can make an easy and nutritious lunch or dinner, and the high protein in the steak will keep you full for hours. The smoky, charred flavor from the grill along with the spicy steak quesadilla seasoning, fresh salsa, and lime, pair well, especially in the summertime.

Let us show you how to make steak quesadillas at home with some simple ingredients.


Steak Quesadilla FAQs

How to make tortillas at home?

If you've never tried homemade flour tortillas before, you are seriously missing out. The flavor is on point, and the texture is as good as the tortillas straight from Mexico.

They're also incredibly easy to make. You need to purchase a special corn flour called masa harina. It uses corn that has been soaked in an alkaline agent to dissolve the skin and improve the nutritional content. Using just plain cornmeal, which hasn't been treated in this way, will result in a disappointing flavor and texture.

Mix the masa harina cornflour with water according to the directions on the bag. Press the tortillas using a cast iron tortilla press, then pan-fry or grill, and they're ready to go for your quesadillas!

What goes inside a quesadilla?

The basic ingredient in a quesadilla is cheese. We have a fantastic recipe for a simple cheese quesadilla to get you started. They also usually include some vegetables and a source of protein as well.

If you're adding meat, you will want to fully cook it beforehand, as it won't have the time to cook inside the quesadilla in the few minutes it's on the grill.

Here are some great options to add to your quesadillas:

  • grilled bell peppers
  • onion
  • tomatoes
  • mushrooms
  • sundried tomatoes
  • avocado or guacamole
  • pico de gallo
  • green onion
  • pesto
  • spinach
  • olives
  • beans
  • jalapeños
  • parsley
  • cooked chicken
  • flank steak
  • sirloin steak
  • bacon
  • pulled pork

What's the best cheese to use for quesadilla?

The best quesadilla cheese is the traditional Oaxaca cheese straight from the source. This cheese can be difficult to source outside of Mexico, so if you're struggling to find some we have a few alternatives.

Mozzarella is a great option that melts beautifully, but the flavor is too mild on its own. The best cheese in a quesadilla is a blend of a stronger flavored cheese, like cheddar, and a mild, easy-to-melt cheese.

Try combining 60% mozzarella or Monterey Jack with 40% mild cheddar, medium cheddar, halloumi, or Havarti cheese.

Homemade Steak Quesadilla Takeaway

Enjoying Mexico's much-loved quesadilla is now possible more than ever with our easy steak quesadilla recipe. It will prove a big hit in any outdoor gathering, especially during these summer months. Serve with tofu tacos, tortilla chips, or a chicken burrito for that authentic Mexican-themed party.

Instead of steak, you can also try making shrimp quesadilla or a vegan quesadilla with black beans and avocado.


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