Quick Meal: Simple Southwest-Style Quesadillas

by Texas Homesteader~ 
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Sometimes you need to get a meal on the table quickly. Maybe it’s just been an incredibly busy day. Or perhaps unexpected company stops by.

My go-to arsenal for a quick and easy meal is to whip up quesadillas. They’re fast, they’re delicious and by golly they’re always a crowd pleaser.

If it’s early spring, Spinach Quesadillas are always delicious. And I’ve been known to use leftover meatloaf to make a Quick & Meaty Quesadilla.

But another option we absolutely love that’s also totally guest-worthy is Southwest Quesadillas. They’re filled with cheese, tender-crisp veggies, corn & black beans.

A quick yet company-worthy meal is Southwest Quesadillas. Freshly grilled veggies, corn & black beans with cheese tucked into a flour tortilla. #TexasHomesteader

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I always have tortillas handy. And there’s always shredded cheese in my freezer too. All I need is some fresh onion & bell pepper and a can of corn and black beans.

If I have leftover chicken in the freezer (which I usually do) I can make these southwest quesadillas even more hearty by adding shredded or cubed cooked chicken if I want.

Gathering Quesadilla Ingredients

First I’ll gather my ingredients. I’ll  need some flour tortillas, a drained can each of corn and black beans, the cooked chicken (if using), and plenty of chopped or sliced fresh onion & bell pepper.

A quick yet company-worthy meal is Southwest Quesadillas. Freshly grilled veggies, corn & black beans with cheese tucked into a flour tortilla. #TexasHomesteader

If I have them I prefer to use both green and red/orange/yellow bell peppers. The color combination of those veggies just makes a more vibrant quesadilla.

And mama always says presentation is half the meal!

Sautéing The Fresh Vegetables

I have a *2-burner cast iron griddle that I use a LOT! And today is certainly no exception.

To prepare for my quesadillas I fire up the stove burners, place about a tablespoon of Bacon Grease on my griddle and allow it to melt.

I typically use bacon grease for my griddle because it’s free and it’s also very flavorful. But feel free to use another kind of fat here – butter, oil, whatever.

When the griddle is hot & the bacon grease is melted I add my onions & peppers. I’ll keep it stirred occasionally with a spatula to make sure it cooks evenly & to keep it from burning.

A quick yet company-worthy meal is Southwest Quesadillas. Freshly grilled veggies, corn & black beans with cheese tucked into a flour tortilla. #TexasHomesteader

It’s funny, THIS is the phase of the meal that always gets the most rave comments from both RancherMan as well as any guests that may be present. I’ve gotta say I agree with them. RancherMan wonders if there REALLY is any better aroma than the delightful smell of onions & peppers cooking?? LOL

Anyway, when my vegetables are cooked to tender-crisp I start assembling my quesadillas. I’ll move the cooked veggies to one corner of the griddle and fetch my flour tortillas.

Assembling Southwest Quesadilla Ingredients

The griddle’s already been oiled to cook the veggies. But if needed I’ll re-oil the surface for the southwest quesadillas.

Onto the griddle goes a tortilla. First I sprinkle a little shredded cheese on 1/2 of the tortilla. Then I layer a hearty helping of my freshly-grilled veggies and a spoonful each of corn and black beans.Assembling the Southwest Quesadillas. A quick yet company-worthy meal is Southwest Quesadillas. Freshly grilled veggies, corn & black beans with cheese tucked into a flour tortilla. #TexasHomesteader

If I’m adding chicken I’ll add it now. And finally another sprinkling of cheese is added on top before folding the tortilla in half.

The cheese layer on top & bottom will melt and anchor all my fillings together within my quesadilla.

I repeat this process until I have as many quesadillas as I need. Now I simply allow the griddle to cook the tortilla to a nice, crispy brown.

Then I carefully flip it to brown the other side too. A couple of minutes is all it takes to brown each side. Now it’s time to eat!

Serving The Quesadillas

I’ll place the hot southwest quesadillas on a cutting board and cut it into 3rds. You know, just because I like the way it looks. Plus I feel it makes it a little easier to eat them too.

A dollop of my Homemade Sour Cream, maybe some fresh Pico de Gallo, and/or Homemade Hummus or our favorite Creamy Hatch Chile Sauce and dinner is served!

A quick yet company-worthy meal is Southwest Quesadillas. Freshly grilled veggies, corn & black beans with cheese tucked into a flour tortilla. #TexasHomesteader

It’s funny, these southwest quesadillas are super quick and easy to make but guests always rave.

I won’t tell them how easy it is if you won’t. (shhhhhhh….)

~TxH~

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