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Mexican Quesadilla

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This easy Mexican Quesadilla is a tasty twist on the classic quesadilla.  This lunch or dinner is kid friendly, packed with flavor and easy to whip up!  A great way to use up leftover taco night meat!


Mexican Quesadilla - Main image for recipe. Slice of quesadilla in hands, showing off insides.


You may have noticed I’ve been on a quesadilla kick lately.

I can’t help it.

They are so easy to create and absolutely delicious.


Mexican Quesadilla - All ingredients in a skillet uncooked.


Quesadillas are perfect for lunch or dinner.

Perfect for at home or on the go.


Mexican Quesadilla - all ingredients in skilled cooked and ready to go in tortillas


And dare I say it, a tasty party appetizer too.

These Mexican Quesadilla’s are what I consider to be gourmet quesadillas.

They aren’t just two tortillas with cheese in the middle.


Mexican Quesadilla - flat tortilla topped with cheese


These are delicious.

Seasoned ground beef with cheese and onions that can be dipped into all things yummy.

My favorite toppings include sour cream, salsa and avocados.


Mexican Quesadilla - flat tortilla layered with cheese and ground beef mixture.


I’m a sucker for all things Mexican it seems, so I naturally think of turning just about everything into something Mexican.

Just take these Mexican Stuffed Shells or this Mexican Sour Cream Rice.

However, I especially love quesadillas on busy weeknights.


Mexican Quesadilla - flat tortilla layered with cheese, ground beef mixture and more cheese


I can feed them to the kids early before gymnastics (which just happen to be at 5:15 pm) or even let the kids eat them in the car.

However, if you do the car thing, make sure they have a plate or container to catch any ground beef pieces that may fall out.


Mexican Quesadilla - second tortilla placed on top of filling.


Our favorite way to eat these though are for lunch.

They take lunch to a whole new level and we are A-OK with that!

We like to make a big batch of these, and then put a few of them in the fridge for the rest of the week.


Mexican Quesadilla - Cooked quesadilla on a cutting board cut into 6 pieces.


It makes for an easy meal plan that is husband and kid approved!

If you love quesadillas and are up for trying a new twist on them, I hope you’ll not only try this recipe but a few of our other quesadilla recipes too!


Yield: 2 quesadillas

Mexican Quesadilla

Mexican Quesadilla - cooked and sliced quesadilla. Fingers holding a slice up showing off tasty insides.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes



In a large skillet, add ground beef, onion, taco seasoning, onion and Ro*tel. Cook on medium heat until meat is cooked through, onions are translucent and most of the moisture is cooked off. {We don't want soggy quesadillas!}
While meat is cooking, butter one side of two tortillas.
Place 1 tortilla in a large skillet or griddle butter side down. Layer with cheese then ground beef mixture then more cheese. Don't be shy with the cheese! Place second buttered tortilla on top of cheese butter side UP.
Cook quesadillas for approximately 4 minutes on each side over medium heat. You don't want to cook too fast or the cheese wont melt. And you don't want to cook too slow or the cheese will never melt! Medium heat should do it.
Once tortilla turns a golden color on the bottom, flip it and cook additional 3 - 4 minutes on other side. If you aren't sure how to flip it because it's so big, place a plate face down onto your quesadilla. Then using a spatula scoop up the quesadilla onto the plate then flip plate over so it's in the correct position and slide quesadilla off. This will ensure no spillage of yummy insides!
Once done, use a knife or pizza cutter to cut into 6 pieces.

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