Jalapeño Quesadillas

Two tortillas, browning on a cast iron pan
Browning tortillas | Photo by Elizabeth Layman

Pronounced “kay-sah-DEE-yah,” the quesadilla is a popular Mexican dish, usually filled with cheese and a variety of other toppings, ranging from sweet to savory. The sky is the limit for this easy dinner, so start with this recipe and expand from there.

Reference: Thepioneerwoman.com
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2


3 tablespoons butter
2 tortillas
3/4 cup Monterey Jack cheese, grated
1-2 whole Jalapeños, sliced thinly
Sour cream, for serving
Cilantro leaves, for serving


1. Place a skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter, allowing it to melt a bit before adding the tortillas. Lightly brown both sides of the tortillas and then set them aside on a plate.
2. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter to a separate skillet over medium heat and then toss in the sliced jalapeños. Cook them for 8-10 minutes or until they are a deep golden brown. Remove them from the heat and set them aside.
3. Add one tortilla back to the first skillet and top it with the cheese. Top the cheese with the jalapeños and then put another tortilla on the very top, to close your quesadilla.
4. Cook it on both sides, until both the top and bottom tortillas are golden, and the cheese is melted.
5. Cut the quesadilla into six wedges and serve with sour cream and cilantro.

Good to know:

This recipes also tastes great with 4 ounces of mushrooms. Just cook them in butter over medium heat until they become a deep golden brown or about 10-15 minutes. Then, you can build your quesadilla with cheese, cooked jalapeños, and mushrooms.


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