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1 Dollar Gourmet Quesadilla | But Cheaper

Quesadillas are generally expensive when eating out… on the other hand, this completely homemade quesadilla is less than a dollar....

Quesadillas are generally expensive when eating out… on the other hand, this completely homemade quesadilla is less than a dollar.


Tortilla Dough:

  • 2 cups (330g) all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon (4g) sea salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon (2g) baking powder

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) vegetable oil

  • 3/4 cup (180ml) warm water

Basic Quesadilla:

  • 1 bag Mexican Cheese Blend

  • 1 bag flour tortillas

  • Butter

Gourmet Quesadilla:

  • 1/2 lb (227g) ground beef

  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 jalapeño, fine diced

  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced

  • Salt & Pepper to taste

  • 1/4 cup (55g) salsa verde

  • 1/4 cup (55g) sour cream

  • 1/2 cup (30g) finely chopped cilantro

  • Salt & Pepper to taste

  • Cooked tortillas

  • 1 cup (60g) finely grated Monterey Jack

  • 2 cups (120g) finely grated Cheddar Cheese


Tortilla Dough:

  1. In a medium-size bowl, add flour, salt, baking powder, and whisk together until combined.

  2. Separately combine vegetable oil with your warm water, and add it to your flour mixture; stir with a fork until you get a rough dough, then knead by hand for 2 to 3 minutes until you get a smooth dough.

  3. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for 30 minutes at room temperature.

  4. Separate your dough into 8 even pieces; roll those pieces on a floured surface until you get circles about 9” wide and 1/4 “ thick.

  5. Heat a large cast-iron skillet, dry over medium-high heat; gently lay a tortilla into your hot pan, let it cook and char for about 15 seconds, then flip and let it finish for another 15 to 20 seconds on the other side, place it a towel to keep warm. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

Basic Quesadilla:

  1. Add cheese to one-half of your tortilla, fold it over; add about ½ tbsp of butter. Then add it to a nonstick pan and toast for about two minutes.

  2. Flip and toast for another one or two minutes.

Gourmet Quesadilla:

  1. Heat a medium cast-iron pan, add ground beef, cook and mash that, stirring occasionally for four minutes or until the meat has rendered all of its fat and is fully cooked.

  2. Add garlic, jalapeno, onion, and season it with salt and pepper to taste; saute until all the vegetables have softened and start to caramelize, about 3 minutes.

  3. Sauce.- In a small bowl, mix sour cream, salsa verde, cilantro, and season to taste with salt.

  4. In a medium bowl, mix Monterey Cheese and Cheddar cheese.

  5. Assembly.- On one of your homemade tortillas, add a couple of spoons full of your salsa-crema on one side, and spread it around on just half. Then add a small layer of cheese, followed by a layer of your beef mixture and another layer of cheese.

  6. Fold it into a half-moon, add butter to a nonstick pan, heat over medium heat; once melted, add your quesadilla and toast for about 2 minutes, flip and toast for another 2 minutes until all the cheese gets melted.

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