Introduction: The quesadilla, a very popular Mexican recipe, is a tortilla made of corn (or flour) containing a flavored filling of cheese and other ingredients. There are many variations to the quesadilla, and they are meant to be a complete dish. Primarily, the tortilla is made out of maize, which is the most planted crop in the Mexican region. Maize is an essential ingredient in Mexican cuisine. You can get the tortillas in different flavors and colors depending on the kind of maize which is used. Although a traditional food, there have been many variations mainly due to the fillers used in tortillas.
The quesadillas have been customized to various styles. They may be served as appetizers, like in the United States restaurants. Then there are dessert quesadillas, which can be made using chocolate, caramel, fruits, etc. In Mexico, you can find quesadillas at most of the public places like movie theaters, etc. Quesadillas made with potato, cheese or beans are among the most popular ones. Making the quesadilla is easy even for those who do not find themselves to be great cooks. And this one can be made by spending about $4 only!
Complexity level: Easy
Time taken: About 15 minutes (cooking time)
Ingredients🙁 to make one quesadilla)
- 1/2 chicken (thigh part or boneless)
- 1 tbsp. of Taco seasoning
- 3/4 cup shredded cheese or Colby Jack
- 1 cup shredded lettuce
- 1/4 cup salsa
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup Pico De Gallo with black beans and corn
- 1 tbsp. of butter
- 1 large flour tortilla
Prepare the chicken – Clean the chicken. If the chicken is frozen, thaw it completely before using. When the chicken is fully thawed, rinse it off with cold water. Cut the cleaned chicken into bite-size pieces.
Cook the chicken – Use a non-stick frying pan to make the filler. Keep the temperature to medium-high. Gradually put the chopped chicken pieces into the frying pan. Sprinkle the taco seasoning on top of the chicken. Keep stirring to avoid sticking to the pan. Cook the chicken pieces till golden brown. This should take about 6-7 minutes. Check with a knife if the chicken is properly cooked. If the chicken has the same color throughout, it is cooked. There should be no pink coloration. If the pink color remains, continue cooking for some more time until done completely.
Prepare the tortilla â Apply butter on the tortilla. Spread it evenly on the top side of your tortilla. Use a large frying pan (to accommodate the tortilla). Put it on medium temperature, and place the buttered side of the quesadilla down onto the frying pan. Put the shredded cheese on the right half of the tortilla, spreading evenly. Gradually, put the cooked chicken over the cheese (same side as the shredded cheese). The cheese should melt.
Check for the buttered side of the tortilla. When it turns slightly brown, you can remove it from the pan. If you want to have a more crispy tortilla, wait till the buttered side turns dark brown. Remove from heat. Use a plate to place the tortilla. Spread the sour cream on the other side (the side without the cheese and chicken). Then put the salsa and pica-de-gallo over the cream. Now, the tortilla should have the sour cream, salsa, and the pica-de-gallo on the left side and chicken with cheese on the right side. Lastly, sprinkle the shredded lettuce over the entire tortilla.
Finish it– Having done with the filler, fold your tortilla in half (like half moon) by taking the left on top of the right side. Press a little to give firmness to the fillers. If you wish, you may cut the entire quesadilla into three equal parts. Otherwise, it can be enjoyed wholly.
Â· Add some water if chicken begins to stick to the pan
Â· Choose the largest piece to check if the chicken has been cooked thoroughly.