Spinach Quesadillas For A Fast, Inexpensive Meal

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Sometimes unexpected company comes to visit and lunch time rolls around – what to serve that’s quick and guest-worthy?

My go-to idea is quesadillas. It’s filling, delicious and quick to fix.

Quesadillas are a quick & filling meal - flour tortillas, grilled onions and peppers and cheddar cheese. #TexasHomesteader

Preparing My Spinach Quesadilla Ingredients

I have a very heavy cast-iron griddle that fits across two of my gas burners on the stove. So I fire them up and get the griddle good & hot.

Then I toss on some oil and chopped onions and cook them until they are soft and translucent. Sometimes I add chopped bell peppers too. It all depends on what food I have needing to be used.

Onions grilled in bacon grease on 2-burner cast iron griddle. #TexasHomesteader

Now that the onions are grilled I step out onto the front porch where I have my edible landscape garden. (you can read about my Dual Purpose Edible Landscape Here)

I pick as much fresh spinach as I think I’ll need for these quesadillas. Remember spinach shrinks down when it’s cooked. A LOT.

Once it’s inside I wash and chop it and throw it on the griddle for only a minute to soften it.

Now I scoop the onions & spinach into separate bowls and spread another thin layer of oil on the griddle and start layering my quesadilla ingredients in this order on only one half of the tortilla surface:

Tortilla, cheese, onions, spinach, cheese. 

Leaving half of the tortilla empty gives you room to fold it over when the cheese melts.

Company's coming - a quick lunch. Put together delicious spinach quesadillas in minutes. #TexasHomesteader

And by adding the cheese on both the first & last layer I’m able to better keep the quesadilla together. As the cheese melts it anchors the other ingredients together.

(breathes deeply) Ummmm…. it’s all starting to smell really good.

By the time my ingredients are layered the tortilla is already beginning to brown and the cheese is starting to melt.

Now I simply fold the tortilla in half and flip, allowing the other side to brown and the cheese to melt.

Company's coming - a quick lunch. Put together delicious spinach quesadillas in minutes. #TexasHomesteader

Another 30 seconds or so and the quesadilla is ready. I use a dollop of my homemade yogurt as a low-fat substitution for sour cream (you can read about that here) and in less than 7 minutes I have lunch.

Quesadilla Flavor Options

This is a quick & easy lunch you can whip up anytime and with whatever you have available to stuff it with. But you’re not limited to a spinach quesadilla. The world is your oyster with quesadilla flavor options.

Leftover Meatloaf Quesadilla – I’ve written before about making Quesadillas With Leftover Meatloaf. It was a great way to both eliminate food waste as well as enjoy a quick meal in minutes.

Southwest Quesadilla – Sometimes I’m in the mood for a quesadilla with at Southwest Flair. So make Southwest Quesadillas. I fill the tortilla with sautéed onions, peppers, corn, black beans and even chicken sometimes. 

It’s delicious and I can add sour cream, Pico de Gallo or even Salsa Verde to go with it.

Breakfast Quesadilla – Heck, I’ve even made a BREAKFAST Quesadilla using scrambled eggs as the filling. It was a delicious way to make good use of all those fresh eggs our hens are laying.

Breakfast quesadillas are made with flour tortillas stuffed with grilled onions & peppers, breakfast meat, scrambled eggs and cheddar cheese. #TexasHomesteader

That’s the beauty of quesadillas. Add whatever you like! Leftover meatloaf? Add it.

Like fresh spinach like I did here – pile it on for a fresh spinach quesadilla!

Prefer just onions/peppers/cheese? Whatever floats your boat.

Just add whatever you like and enjoy! As RancherMan always says: “You can stuff anything in a tortilla and enjoy it as a meal”.

True words, RancherMan. True words.

~TxH~

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10 thoughts on “Spinach Quesadillas For A Fast, Inexpensive Meal

  1. Kelly at Littlest Sweet Pea

    This looks great. We eat a lot of cheese quesadillas and spinach salads, but I never thought to put them together! Thanks for sharing this. Each Monday, I have a Meatless Meal link up. I would love it if you’d share this recipe with my readers. If you’re interested, you can find the link at www.LittlestSweetPea.com
    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Kelly, I love spinach enchiladas and spinach quesadillas so much they’re ALWAYS on my radar… LOL

      Reply
  2. Ursula

    Hi! This looks delish and nutritious! I’m visiting from Ducks in a Row linky party 😉

    Reply
  3. Shan

    This made my mouth water sooo badly! haha
    Found you on the ‘new life on a homestead’ blog hop and plan to check out your whole blog!
    blessings,
    Shan
    www.The-How-to-Guru.com

    Reply
  4. Mary@Back to the Basics!

    Yum! Thanks for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist. Quesadillas are always welcome on our table!

    Reply
  5. Heather M

    YUM! Now I want a quesadilla. I have to try them with spinach inside. Quick and in expensive company lunch. Thank you for linking up with Fabulously Frugal Thursday.

    Reply
  6. Anne Kimball

    Ummm, these look so yummy! I’ve never made them with spinach before.

    Thanks for linking this up with the TALU!

    Reply
  7. Samantha

    These look really good! I have some tortillas in my fridge and this looks like a perfect way to use them up!

    Reply
  8. Michelle

    I love ALL types of quesadillas, however spinach is my personal favorite. Love the recipe, it seems so quick and easy enough for me to do. Thank you for posting. I think I know what’s for lunch!

    Reply

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