How to create a Mexican and Tex Mex cheese quesadillas! Toasted tortillas with melted cheese and toppings of your choice.
A quesadilla is a melting cheese-filled tortilla that has been heated. Aside from cheese, a quesadilla can be filled with almost anything.
Heat the tortillas until air pockets form:
Preheat a big skillet over medium-high heat (cast iron works well). Using a spatula, put a small quantity of oil (approximately 1/2 teaspoon) along the bottom of the pan (you could use butter as well).
Place one large flour tortilla in the skillet. Flip the tortilla a couple times, pausing for 10 seconds between each flip. Within the tortilla, air pockets should start to appear.
2. Add cheese and other ingredients:
When pockets of air begin to appear, sprinkle a handful of grated cheese over the top of the tortilla, being careful not to let the cheese fall on the pan.
Add whatever extras you choose, such as green onion, chopped mushrooms, olives, tomatoes, and so on. Add some diced cooked chicken to your quesadilla if you want it to be a chicken quesadilla.
3. Lower heat and cover pan:
Cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. By now, the pan should be hot enough to melt the cheese and brown the tortilla with plenty of residual heat. Remove the quesadilla from the heat if it begins to smoke excessively.
Check to see if the cheese has melted after a minute. If not, replace the cover and check the cheese every minute until it melts.
4. Fold tortilla over:
When the cheese is melted enough, raise one side of the quesadilla with a spatula and flip over the other side, as if cooking an omelette.
The tortilla should be lightly toasted at this point. If the quesadilla is not browned, increase the heat to high and flip the quesadilla every 10 seconds or so until it is.
5. Remove quesadilla from pan and cut into wedges:
Thinly slice some iceberg lettuce to form the lettuce for the quesadilla. Add some salt and some cider vinegar to it.
Salad, salsa, sour cream, and guacamole are served on the side.
Large flour tortillas
Grated cheese - either mild or sharp cheddar, or Monterey Jack
Olive oil or butter
Black olives, sliced
Fresh tomatoes, diced
Apple cider vinegar
2074 Calories, 64g Fat, 301g Carbs, 68g Protein