Tuesday, January 6, 2009

It's not rocket science, it's just Beef Quesadillas.

The weeks after a major holiday also equals a whole lot of me sitting on my ass, not wanting to do anything. It also means lots of dinners made in either one pan, a crock pot or a casserole dish, and is both super cheap and super easy.

This is for one of those nights.

Quesadilla Night.

A few Christmases ago, my brother got me some fancy cliche of a Quesadilla maker. It was round, yellow and covered in cactuses (cacti?). It was an odd gift, being as I never had been much of a quesadilla maker in the past. So, I ripped it open and got mexi-busy. The machine, while doing what is supposed to do, smooshing tortillas together in quesadilla form and imprinting fun little Mexican shaped clip art on the shell, was a complete mess. What should have been a 10 minute meal turned into 3 hours of me picking burnt cheese out of tiny metal crevices.

Nothing should be that hard, so I will share with you my non quesadilla maker version of making quesadillas, so you can enjoy them quickly and not want to shoot yourself in the face come clean up time.

So here are my super easy quesadillas, and while I made these with ground beef, I also recommend doing a version with steak, smoked bacon, swiss cheese and portabella mushrooms, chicken fajita, or even shrimp with red bell peppers and garlic, all very yummy.

Ground Beef Quesadillas (makes 3 12 inch round Quesadillas)

1 lb ground beef
6 12 inch flour tortillas
Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Diced Tomatoes
Shredded Lettuce
Sour Cream
1/2 cup BBQ Sauce (I use Sweet Baby Rays, it's sweet and tangy)
Chili powder
Non stick cooking spray

1. Brown and drain the ground beef.

2. Sprinkle beef with a liberal amount of Chili powder, and add the BBQ sauce. Stir to coat and mix. Set aside.

3. Heat a large flat pan over medium high heat, spray with cooking spray.

4. Lay one tortilla in the heated pan, sprinkle with cheese, a layer of meat, and then more cheese.

5. Cover with another tortilla and then place a heavy bottom cast iron pan over top of the shell to press the tortillas together.

6. Cook until bottom tortilla is browned, about 2 minutes.

7. Remove heavy top pan, place a large plate on top of the top tortilla, flip over the pan so the plate and tortilla are both in your hand, and then slide the quesadilla back into the pan, unbrowned side down, and repeat the heavy pan smooshing process for another two minutes.

8. Once it's browned, remove from the pan, let sit 1-2 minutes, then slice into quarters, and top with sour cream, lettuce, and tomatoes.


Evolving Mommy Catherine said...

That sounds yummy, I love quesadillas. We usually do a take on chicken fajita in my house but I think we'll have to give beef a try next time.

Threeboys1mommy said...

Love that you're getting Mexibusy.

Leah said...

Those sound so yummy!!! I buy ground turkey, but I am going to put that on the list of things to have next week!!

Thanks for the recipe!

Ali said...

I almost got my mother-in-law one of those quesadilla makers a few years ago. Glad I didn't, I might have been demoted to "the bad daughter-in-law." I love the recipe posts:)

Average Girl In Average World said...

Sweet baby Ray's has to be the BEST BBQ sauce EVER.

looks delicious

The Spiteful Chef said...

I thought I was the only one who put barbecue sauce on quesadillas...it was a habit I picked up from the Man With The Quesadilla Cart outside one of the bars at college. Try putting corn in with it. It'll rock that kid right out of your ladybits.

michelle said...

I bought one of those yellow quesadilla makers covered in cacti for about $9 on an after-holida-clearance-sale. Now I know why!

Thanks for the head's up, I think I will save it for giving to some donation bin next year? lol!

Brittany said...

Holy shit! Food!
I love it when theres food here. I can laugh and get hungry at the same time.

And yes please, I would like a quesadilla with smoked bacon in it.

What do you mean you're confined to the couch??

Emily said...

Gawd, I've got to have some of these quesadillas right now.

We should talk about Taco Bell sometime. Do you like Taco Bell? I love it. I usually eat it two or three times a week. Heh.

Tuesday Girl said...

If I could bathe in Sweet baby Rays, I would.

Anonymous said...

Looks great - I will try it tonight though I have an even easier way to make quesadillas: lay one tortilla in the pan, fill up half of it with yummy stuff, then fold it over and grill... Then flip it on the other side and voila - you are done and not much clean up. Yum!

overtly trite said...

crap thanks so much now I am wanting quesadillas for breakfast. hmm which store could I go to & not run into anyone while wearing my nightgown?

Asianmommy said...

Thanks for the recipe--sounds delicious!