I love most things between bread, especially when they involve tortillas. For some time I wanted to create my own signature quesadillas and I think I managed to bring my vision to life. You could also use Pepper Jack, Manchego, Colby jack, and a bevy of other cheeses!
Watch me make Southwest Quesadillas here...or continue reading below
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These Southwest Quesadillas are made complete with a dip that is like a creamy version of guacamole. DO NOT SKIP THE DIP!!! Adding in chili-lime seasoning gives it a kick that pairs expertly with the flavors of this meal. You could also use Tajin which is one of my personal faves as well.
Bell peppers, onion, spices, and of course the cheese bring all everything to the table and make this dish pretty hearty. In the picture below you will see my onions are already chopped. They are actually fresh out of the freezer because I tend to cut up onions, freeze, then save for later.
When you get ready to slice your chicken and assemble the ingredients, be sure to use a little fat (cooking spray works well for these) on your pan. Weigh the quesadillas down with a heavy kitchen object. This will help to get a nice, flat, crisp tortilla.
Enjoy these Southwest Quesadillas!!
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Yummy quesadillas that are big on flavor!!
For the quesadillas
2 chicken breasts
4 slices white cheddar cheese
4 slices queso blanco
(alternatively, grate an even amount of each cheese)
4 raw tortillas
½ cup white onion, chopped
1 cup bell peppers, sliced
⅛ tsp seasoned salt
¼ tsp cumin
¼ tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp lemon juice (approx.)
sprinkle of pepper
For the dip
½ cup sour cream
¼ cup fresh avocado, mashed
Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Seasoning to taste
- Season chicken with spices and cook three quarters of the way.
- Add peppers and onions, sauté until vegetables are tender and chicken is cooked through.
- Cut chicken and prepare mixture for quesadilla.
- If using raw tortillas, cook them first. Assemble quesadilla, place on griddle or pan. Press while cooking; feel free to use a clean, heavy dish or other kitchen item to place on top of quesadilla. Flip quesadilla, press, and cook until cheese has melted completely.
For the dip-add sour cream, mashed avocado (or guacamole) and season to taste.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes