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The Perfect “Dillas”

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.

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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.)

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Sprinkle more cheese on top, and then cover with another tortilla.

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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…

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Kat -November 20, 2011, 1:36PM

Ooo! Another note: you can make yummy fresh tortillas by buying a bag of tortilla mix at your local Mexican grocer. Just add water and pour little globs on the griddle just like pancakes. So much better than the premade tortillas at the store!

Ariel -November 20, 2011, 4:58PM

LOVE QUESADILLAS! favorite food ever. i like to eat mine with refried black beans and queso fresco on homemade corn tortillas. absolutely wonderful and delcious.

brownbelle -November 20, 2011, 5:48PM
alexandra villarroel -November 20, 2011, 9:44PM

Love your blog. This look delicioussly fabulous.
I made some guacamole the other day, here is it

Kohlee -November 21, 2011, 10:21AM

Mmmm! I don’t have a panini maker, so I put mine in the oven between two cookie sheets!

Christina -November 21, 2011, 12:58PM

This looks incredible. Nothing better than bread and cheese with some fresh veggies!


dragon fruit -November 21, 2011, 4:28PM

AHHHH yum!! i am totally doing this, it’s perfect for when i get home from school. thank you , as always free people ;)

Antonella -November 22, 2011, 10:54PM

Oh my! This looks so tasty :) Must try this tomorrow! Thank youuuuuuuuu.

molly -January 22, 2012, 6:19PM

i am doing a nutrition project for high school health class i am going to make these quesidillias as a demonstration:) love you free people <3

Nora -January 17, 2013, 12:59PM

A big ‘oh hi’ from the Netherlands. I know this is an old post, just love the treàsures that are still kept in your archive. Making these tonight for my semi mexican boyfriend. Still have to go to the groceries store, bit already enjoying the pre-taste of this recipe. <3

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