Quesadillas...Lets talk about them!

United States
July 18, 2009 1:50pm CST
Like the subject title says...lets talk about some quesadillas. First do you like them? Would you say they rank up there among your favorite foods? If so what do you like in them and how do you like them prepared? For me personally I actually like using thin sliced deli roast beef in mine or pre cooked grilled chicken strips (Ive also used sliced pepperoni and tuna with delicious results as well), lots of cheese, some sort of vegetable (like bell pepper or jalapeno), salsa con queso (aka nacho cheese) and hot sauce. The way I like to prepare them is: 1)Open the quesadilla maker and turn it on to get it pre heated. 2) Spread about a modest spoonful of the salsa con queso on one tortilla and put it on the quesadilla maker (assuming you have one) 3) Put a generous layer of cheese (taco seasoned mexican cheese blend is my favorite) on said tortilla 4) Apply desired meat, veggies, then more cheese (optional) to said tortilla. Sprinkle desired amount of hot sauce on whole mixture. 4) Spread a modest spoonful of salsa con queso on a second tortilla and put that on top of the first tortilla (which should start resembling a mountain of deliciousness). 5) Close quesadilla maker and turn on. It should not take much more than a couple of mins if the quesadilla maker is properly heated. Be careful not to leave it on too since using salsa con queso increases the chances of the cheese turning into a hot lava type substance that tends to leak out of the quesadilla :( After a couple mins open the quesadilla maker and turn it off, then remove the quesadilla and let it stand for a bit to cool down, cut into desired slices (in case you do like I tend to do and make the quesadilla so bulky that the grooves do not slice it for you) Ive also used a microwave in a pinch but they don't come out quite AS good (still pretty tasty but I kinda like the crispiness the quesadilla maker provides). And in a dire pinch I'll order a steak quesadilla from taco bell...also kinda tasty but too small and expensive :( Sorry if this is not the most specific or technically correct "recipe" but I am sorely lacking in culinary talent :p I hope this post gives you all some good ideas. Or provides laughs at my failtastic culinary expense. Or anything else that sparks an engaging conversation :D
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@marguicha (94669)
• Chile
18 Jul 09
I put in my tortillas whatever I have at hand. I don´t have a quesadilla maker. I use a pan. I always put the kind of cheese that will mel and green onions, a hot chile oil I make and smoked ham. The rest in imagination and what´s in the fridge. I never use a microwave oven for that ( I almost never use it anyway) and I turn over the quesadilla with common kitchen utensils. After that, I put it in a plate an eat it, usually burning my mouth Happy eating! I´ll go make one for myself this very minute. Thanks for the idea.
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@tdemex (3547)
• United States
18 Jul 09
Now your talking tdemex
• United States
18 Jul 09
Ooooh, me using conventional cooking methods for anything more complex than boiling water usual results in the fire department being called. That or at very least roomates/neighbors going all WTF are you doing!?!? be that as it may, Ive tried with a small degree of success of cooking quesadillas that way. I LOVED how the tortillas turned out when making em in the pan but the ingredients themselves didnt quite cook right...overall it was pretty tasty :D
@tdemex (3547)
• United States
18 Jul 09
I live in Monterrey MX and am a gringo! Our family makes them a lot but nothing like that! Of course I never realized how much Americans change original cultural cooking to their own taste, they do sound good though, never heard of a quesadilla maker, other than my wife? Go figure! LOL! tdemex
• United States
18 Jul 09
I tend to change even American culture cooking to suit my tastes (and my lack of culinary talent) :p
@tdemex (3547)
• United States
18 Jul 09
I didn't mean it in a bad way, that's just the Americans are and I'm one of em, I was lucky and grew up in a polish family and we had a lot of Italian friends and I learned the way they used to do it in the old country. tdemex
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
20 Jul 09
I love them to. I have a maker and use it. but sometimes, I just cheese the tort and roll it up and pop it into the nuker. Did you also know that you can put other toppings in? Peanut butter and jelly, pie filling toppings, etc? I have not tried those, but they came in the recipe booklet that came with my maker. Even hot ham and cheese "sandwiches". Anything that you put between 2 slices of bread.... you can put between two flour tortillas!
• United States
20 Jul 09
I think I saw the same recipes possibly in the same book. PB&J and pie fillings didnt seem too appetizing. I tried hot ham and cheese (also tried various other sandwich meats like turkey, roast beef and tuna) Those all turned out well :D
@o2bnocn (2895)
• United States
19 Jul 09
I like chicken quesadillas. I am a really picky eater so I don't like much food in it. Just chicken and cheese and I am good to go. I like to get quesadillas out at restaurants. Or at certain restaurants at least. I have tried them out and I only like them at certain restaurants, not everywhere. I like Taco bells, but I don't like Applebee's. We have made homemade ones a couple of different times. First we cook the chicken. Then we get the tortillas and place just a very tiny bit of water on them and place them on the griddle. Then we put chicken on the tortilla and cheese. We use both shredded cheddar and mozzarella. If we have any left over taco bell sauce then we will eat it with that. I'm sure my sisters and mother put lettuce and other ingredients on theirs. That is how i like mine though.
• United States
19 Jul 09
I could live off of quesadillas but they have to be the good ones that are authentic mexican food. mmmmm so good.
• United States
19 Jul 09
I usually buy mine at Walmart from the frozen section. It's from TGI friday's couldn't be faster just nook it for 2 mnutes and enjoy. Lean cuisine have a low fat version. Ihave not tried it yet but I intend to and if I wanna keep looking decent in my bathing suit. It's summer and I never intend to wear a dress swimsuit
@orevro (716)
• Philippines
19 Jul 09
i don't have time to make one so i just order form taco bell :) my favorite is chicken quesadillas!! i'm such a cheese fanatic plus chicken, it's just heaven when we eat out at taco bell, that's the only thing i order from their menu..
@allie4712 (132)
• United States
19 Jul 09
I make mine with jalapenos and chicken nuggets. It also has to be made with shredded cheese. I butter one side of the tortilla and set it in the pan with the pan on medium. Then I poor shredded cheese on it and but cut up jalapenos and chicken nuggets on top of the cheese. I try to make sure I cut the jalapenos and chicken as small as possible. I'll put more cheese on top of that then the other tortilla. Once I set the other tortilla on top the quesdilla is ready to flip. Once it's done it is amazing.
@playapal (894)
• United States
19 Jul 09
Oh.... I forgot to say that we also make something called tortizza´s. We take a flour tortilla, spread a little pizza sauce on it, add cheese and pepperoni, oregano and red pepper flakes and pop it in the oven for a couple of minutes. It´s great easy snack!
@playapal (894)
• United States
19 Jul 09
My husband and I are gringos living in Yucatan Mexico. We eat quesadillas a few times a week. Ours are made on a griddle, they always have cheese in them and usually whatever meat is left over from dinner the night before. Then I top them with salsa and crema, if I have an avocado that goes on top too!