I have yet to meet a combination of ground beef and cheese that doesn’t make the people I live with extremely happy. They are not unusual in that respect, I know, which is why tucked amidst the salad recipes and salmon dishes, I continue to pepper this blog with dishes such as One-Skillet Cheesy Beef and Macaroni and Grilled Cheeseburgers with Herb Sauce. Really, let’s hear it for ground beef. And cheese. And Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas.
Adapted From : https://themom100.com/recipe/cheesy-ground-beef-quesadillas/
- cooking spray -to grease pan
- 6 flour tortillas -mine were about 7 – 8 inch diameter
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb ground beef -I used ‘extra lean’
- 12 oz shredded cheese blend -about 3 cups (or combination of cheddar, monterey jack and pizza mozzarella)
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 2 tbsp unsalted beef stock
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
- Number One, Preheat oven to 200 F (to keep quesadillas warm while cooking batches).
- Number Two, In a pan (I used non stick) on medium heat add olive oil.
- Number Three, When shimmering, add ground beef, chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Heat until cooked through, breaking into crumbles with a wooden spoon, about 8-10 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and stock and cook 1 -2 minutes more.
- Number Four, Remove beef from pan into a bowl. If there is any excess grease drain/remove.
- Number Five, Distribute about 8 ounces (or 2 cups) of cheese among all tortillas (on one side of them). NOTE: reserve the remaining 4 ounces (or cup of cheese).
- Number Six, Also, if your tortillas are smaller or larger than the size I used, the quantity you yield will vary.
- Number Seven, Distribute ground beef on top of cheese. Then, sprinkle remaining 1 cup (or 4 ounces) of cheese on top of ground beef. Fold tortilla over so you have a half moon shape.
- Number Eight, Working in batches (about 2 quesadillas per batch), spray cooking spray into pan and cook quesadillas (on medium low heat) for about 2 minutes per side until golden brown and cheese is melted (carefully turning and watching to ensure they don’t burn). While continuing batches, place cooked quesadillas on a baking sheet in preheated oven to keep warm.