When it comes to Mexican cuisine, few things are as satisfying as a perfectly cooked quesadilla. These cheesy, meaty, and veggie-filled delights are not only easy to prepare but also guaranteed crowd-pleasers that can transform any meal into a fiesta. Let’s create a mouthwatering Taco Quesadilla recipe that’s destined to become a kitchen staple.
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES
SERVINGS: 4 SERVINGS
1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
1 packet taco seasoning mix
1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
1 orange bell pepper thinly sliced
1 yellow bell pepper thinly sliced
1 medium onion thinly sliced
1/2 red onion thinly sliced
2 jalapeños seeded and thinly sliced (adjust to your spice preference)
2 cups shredded cheese a blend of cheddar and Monterey Jack works well
4 large flour tortillas
Cooking oil vegetable or olive oil
Optional toppings: salsa sour cream, guacamole, or sliced avocado
Prepare the Taco Meat
- In a large skillet, cook the ground beef or turkey over medium-high heat, breaking it into crumbles with a spatula as it cooks.
- Once the meat is browned and cooked through, drain any excess fat.
- Add the taco seasoning mix to the cooked meat, following the package instructions. Typically, this involves adding water and simmering for a few minutes. Stir well to combine, then set aside.
Sauté the Vegetables
- In the same skillet, heat a tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat.
- Add the sliced bell peppers, onions, and jalapeños to the skillet.
- Sauté the vegetables until they become tender and slightly caramelized, about 5-7 minutes.
- Remove the sautéed vegetables from the skillet and set them aside.
Assemble the Quesadillas
- Wipe out the skillet and return it to the stove. Place it over medium heat.
- Brush one side of each tortilla with a little oil.
- Place a tortilla, oil-side down, in the skillet.
- Sprinkle a generous amount of shredded cheese over the tortilla.
- Spread a layer of the seasoned taco meat over the cheese.
- Add a portion of the sautéed peppers, onions, and jalapeños and top with additional cheese.
- Place a tortilla over the filling, brush the top side of the tortilla with a little oil.
- Press down gently with a spatula and cook until the bottom tortilla is golden brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes.
- Carefully flip the quesadilla and cook the other side until it's also golden brown and the cheese is melted.
- Remove the quesadilla from the skillet and place it on a cutting board.
- Allow it to cool for a minute before slicing it into wedges using a sharp knife or pizza cutter.
- Repeat the process with the remaining tortillas and filling.
- Serve the Taco Quesadillas hot with optional toppings like salsa, sour cream, guacamole, or sliced avocado.
Serve them up hot with your choice of optional toppings such as salsa, sour cream, guacamole, or sliced avocado. Each bite will be a flavorful explosion of goodness, and you’ll find yourself reaching for seconds and thirds
These homemade Taco Quesadillas are perfect for lunch, dinner, or even as a crowd-pleasing party appetizer. So, go ahead and whip up a batch, and get ready to experience the Tex-Mex flavor fiesta right in your own kitchen. Enjoy!