Special, Easy Vegetarian Quesadillas
Hits 2729 | Created 2009-05-08 | Modified 2009-05-08Quick, easy and oh so tasty, these quesadillas have evolved over many years of making them. They are basically tortillas filled with salsa, cheese and refried beans. Take half an hour, start to finish. Serves 2-3 people.
1 x Refried beans - see this easy 10 min recipe
1 x medium sized block cheese, cheddar is fine
1 x salsa mix (see below)
4 or 5 corn tortillas (or flour, but corn are better)
Making the Salsa
1 x small onion or half a medium sized one
1 x red or green pepper
2 x small tomatoes or one large tomato
1 x chilli pepper (optional, but good)
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 lime's juice (or some nice vinegar)
1/4 tsp salt (though I use 1/2 a tsp)
1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
pinch cumin seeds
-. Chop the onion, pepper, tomatoes and chilli very small
-. Add all the rest of the ingredients and put in a Tupperware container
-. Mix well (shake) and put in the fridge until needed (making in advance and leaving for an hour is good)
my wife and I make the salsa differently, there is no correct way - she uses coriander and less spices and herbs than me.
To serve (optional)
Sour cream (or natural yoghurt)
Making the Quesadillas
-. Make the salsa, leave in fridge for as long as you can
-. Make the refried beans and set aside to cool.
-. Preheat oven to 200 oC
-. Grate the cheese, set aside
-. Lay tortillas on a large baking tray
-. Fill one side of each tortilla with refried beans, spread with a knife or spoon (just one one side!)
-. Top the refried beans with salsa - try not to get too much juice on it
-. Top the salsa with cheese
-. Fold each tortilla over to make a semi-circle
-. Put in the oven until golden brown on one side (5 mins or more), flip and cook other side until also golden.
-. Serve with chilli sauce, guacamole and sour cream
You can also pan fry these - use a large, heavy frying pan with some oil, quite hot. Cook until brown underneath, flip and brown the other size.
You can also grill them if you like - put the grill on high and brown as you would for the other methods.