Pulled Pork Quesadillas

Pulled Pork Quesadillas

Pulled Pork Quesadillas

Quesadillas are a fun food to eat.  Cut into small wedges, they can become an appetizer, or serve them for a lunch, or a light supper.  These were made using the remains of my Country Style Pork Ribs.  The meat was so easy to shred because it just fell apart.  I also had a little rice left from that meal, so I included it as part of the filling in the quesadillas.

Basically you can fill these with any variety of foods, just make sure to include the pork, and cheese is an essential ingredient also.  In addition to the pulled pork and rice, mine included refried beans, green onions, 4-cheese Mexican Blend grated cheese, and a small amount of BBQ sauce to help hold it all together.  Flour tortillas provided the top and bottom to this filling.  Brown lightly in a skillet until the cheese melts, cut into wedges and serve warm.

Makes a thickly filled quesadilla for a light lunch or supper.

Makes a thickly filled quesadilla for a light lunch or supper.

One thing to keep in mind is the size of tortilla you use.  Most people use a 6-inch tortilla for tacos, but they can be used for tortillas as well.  If you upsize to an 8-inch tortilla, you nearly double the surface area, meaning it will take twice as much filling.  Suddenly your light lunch or snack becomes a real heavy-weight.  If you use the smaller size tortilla, you can pile on lean meats, veggies and cheese.  Crisp it in a hot skillet with cooking spray instead of butter or oil, and save even more calories from fat.

Here’s the real deal on these quesadillas…..

PULLED PORK QUESADILLAS

Yield:  Makes 2 (6-inch) quesadillas

Ingredients:

Spread refried beans over flour tortilla.

Spread refried beans over flour tortilla.

  • 1 – 1  1/2 cups pulled pork
  • 1/2 cup cooked rice
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 1/2 cup refried beans
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I like the 4-cheese Mexican Blend)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 4  6-inch flour tortillas
  • cooking spray

Directions:

1.  On a flat surface lay out 2 of the tortillas.  With an off-set spatulas or knife, spread 1/4 cup refried beans on each one.

2.  In a mixing bowl, stir together the pork, rice, green onions, cheese and BBQ sauce.  Divide this mixture between the two tortillas, and spread out evenly.   Top with the remaining two tortillas.

Layer on the filling mixture.

Layer on the filling mixture.

3.  Lightly spray a skillet with cooking spray.  Bring to medium heat and place tortillas in the skillet. ( You may need to cook them separately.)   Cook on one side until nicely browned, then flip over and brown the second side.  Keep the heat on low to medium so the filling will get heated and the cheese will melt while the outside browns, but doesn’t burn.

4.  Cut into wedges and serve warm with sour cream, guacamole, sliced tomatoes and shredded lettuce if desired.

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SOURCE:   Carolyn’s Originals

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Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Quesadillas

Grilled chicken and vegetable quesadillas.

Grilled chicken and vegetable quesadillas.

As much as we like to eat grilled chicken, there are just so many ways to season it, or baste it with BBQ sauce, so when I come across a different way to fix it that is quick, tasty and healthy, I’m willing to try it out.  Such is the case with this recipe.  Chicken wrapped up in a package that you eat with your hands is fun to eat.

While your grill is preheating you season the chicken with a rub-on spice mixture, and slice up the onions and peppers.  Cook everything all together on the grill, then wrap it in a flour tortilla with some cheese, and toast it till the cheese melts.  Now, with dinner in hand, grab something cold to drink along with it, and enjoy your meal on the deck or patio.  Pretty simple, yes?   And diet friendly besides. A serving is one filled flour tortilla.  Calories: 310, Fat: 13 g., Carbs: 20.4 g.  You could even add a tomato and avocado salad and still keep the calories under 500 for a whole meal.

GRILLED CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE QUESADILLAS

Servings:   4

Ingredients:

Season the chicken with a rub made from these herbs and spices.

Season the chicken with a rub made from these herbs and spices.

  • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp.  salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2  ( 6-oz.) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 onion, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 1 orange or yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch thick wedges
  • cooking spray
  • 3 oz. Monterey Jack cheese, shredded – about 3/4 cup
  • 4  (6-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/4 cup reduced fat sour cream

1.  Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

2.  Combine paprika, garlic powder, oregano, cumin, salt, and black pepper in a small bowl.  Rub this mixture evenly over chicken; let stand 10 minutes.

Coat the chicken pieces well with the rub mixture.

Coat the chicken pieces well with the rub mixture.

3.  Arrange chicken, onion, and bell  pepper on grill rack coated with cooking spray.

Prepare the vegetables for the grill.

Prepare the vegetables for the grill.

Cook vegetables 4 minutes on each side or until tender.  Cook chicken 6 minutes on each side or until done.  Remove chicken and vegetables from grill;  coarsely chop vegetables.  Let chicken stand 5 minutes, thinly slice chicken.

Chicken and vegetables all cooked.

Chicken and vegetables all cooked.

4.  Sprinkle about 3 Tablespoons cheese over half of each tortilla;  divide vegetables and chicken evenly over cheese.  Fold each tortilla in half over filling; lightly coat tortillas with cooking spray.

Sprinkle grated cheese on half of each tortilla.

Sprinkle grated cheese on half of each tortilla.

Divide the chicken and vegetables between the flour tortillas.

Divide the chicken and vegetables between the flour tortillas.

5.  Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Place 2 quesadillas in pan;  cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until cheese melts and tortillas are lightly browned.  Repeat procedure with remaining 2 quesadillas.

Place two quesadillas at a time in a large fry pan, and toast to melt the cheese.

Place two quesadillas at a time in a large fry pan, and toast to melt the cheese.

Cut each quesadilla into 2-3 wedges, serve with sour cream.

Cut the quesadillas in wedges to serve.

Cut the quesadillas in wedges to serve.

In my photos you may have noticed that I had 3 large pieces of chicken that I cooked this way.  The next day I used the extra chicken for a chicken caesar salad for our lunches.  Mr.  D. said he got looks of envy from office co-workers.  But it is nice treat when you have a great lunch made from last evening’s dinner and you really appreciate your efforts to plan for extra.

SOURCE:   Cooking Light

Quesadilla Casserole

Quesadilla Casserole

Quesadilla Casserole

We really like quesadillas, but for me they don’t hold enough food or variety of food to feel like I’ve eaten a whole meal, To remedy that situation I combined some typical foods found in TexMex dishes with south-western seasonings and flour tortillas into a casserole and baked it. That provided us with a satisfying, filling meal with all the flavor and cheesiness you would expect. I got the idea for this from a recipe on the back of a package of McCormick seasonings. This is what we had for dinner on Super Bowl Sunday. My husband commented that he hoped I would make it often because it contained every thing he likes into one casserole dish.

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The product I used for the seasoning is one put out by McCormick Spices. It is a little card with small amounts of different spices needed for a recipe. The recipe is printed on the back so that you can pick up any other ingredients you made need while you are at the grocery store. The spices used here are pretty commonly found in most kitchens so you may already have them. I know I did but I wanted to try the recipe so I bought the card.

The casserole turned out to be quick to make and really good!

You just need a few cans of vegetables; black beans, corn and green chilies, and a large can of tomato sauce.

Add a pound of ground beef, flour tortillas and some cheddar cheese and you will be all set to make an ooey, gooey, cheesy dish of yumminess.

QUESADILLA CASSEROLE

Ingredients probably already in your pantry

Ingredients probably already in your pantry

YIELD: Serves 6

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried minced onion
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed pepper (optional)
  • 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 can ( 15 oz. ) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can ( 8 3/4 oz. ) whole kernel corn, undrained
  • 1 can ( 4 1/2 oz. ) green chilies, undrained
  • 6 flour tortillas ( 8 -inch size)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese; cheddar, Monterey jack, or pepper jack

1. Brown beef and onion in a large skillet on medium high. Add tomato sauce, beans, corn and green chilies. Mix well. Stir in all of the spices except the red pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 5 minutes. Add red pepper if desired.

Combine meat, vegetables, and spices in a large skillet.

Combine meat, vegetables, and spices in a large skillet.

2. Spread 1/2 cup of the beef mixture on the bottom of a 13 x 9″ pan, previously sprayed with non-stick spray. Top with 3 of the tortillas, overlapping as needed. Layer with 1/2 of the remaining beef mixture and 1/2 of the cheese. Repeat with remaining tortillas, beef an cheese.

Layer in baking dish with tortillas and cheese.

Layer in baking dish with tortillas and cheese.

Top with more cheese.

Top with more cheese.

3. Bake at 350*F. for 15 – 20 minutes till heated through and bubbly. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Top with sour cream and guacamole if desired.

Serve it up, fragrant, cheesy and delicious.

Serve it up, fragrant, cheesy and delicious.

SOURCE: McCormick Seasonings