Ever since Napolean Dynamite came out, I’ve been calling them “dillas.” Years later it’s far too ingrained into my vernacular to go back, so please excuse the blatant mutilation of an otherwise perfect Spanish word. Quesadillas are one of those foods that I think no American can live without once in a while. They’re the perfect blend of cheesy (who doesn’t like cheesy), carbohydrates, and (in my preference) loads of veggies – all topped off with sour cream. I like mine with a zesty flavor which I achieve using generous amounts of cilantro, garlic, and chili pepper. It gives the dillas that Mexican food sucking-air-through-your-front-teeth sort of satisfaction. Who doesn’t love that?
Ingredients (Yields 5 Quesadillas):
10 8” Tortillas (I pick mine up fresh from a Mexican joint in Philly – highly suggest it if you can find a place near you which does the same.)
1 Package of Mexican Blend Cheese or Shredded Montery Jack
¼ Red Onion – chopped finely
1 Small package of Cherry Tomatoes – cut into quarters
1 Green Pepper – chopped
2 Cloves of Garlic – minced
1 Tbsp Chopped Cilantro
1 Tsp Lime Juice
½ Tsp Chili Powder
½ Tsp Garlic Powder
½ Tsp Cumin
Salt & Pepper to Taste
You’ll also need a Panini press or George Foreman-type machine, but you could also probably pull them off in the oven or toaster oven.
Combine onion, green pepper, tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, and seasonings in a medium bowl.
Stir it up well
Preheat your grill
Place a tortilla down onto the grill. Cover with desired amount of cheese, and then sprinkle with filling mixture. (I also cooked up some shrimp and added it to some. To do this, just cut raw shrimp into smaller pieces, and then sauté beforehand to have it ready.)
Sprinkle more cheese on top, and then cover with another tortilla.
Close grill, and let cook for about 8-10 minutes, and then they’re ready!
Garnish with sour cream, guacamole, salsa, or hot sauce – whatever you want…