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How about a little Fiesta with your Monday???

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Yes, yes, yes. PLEASE?!??

No but really, wouldn’t it be awesome if we could allstart the weekend tomorrow for Cinco De Mayo? I have such good, good, GOOD things planned for you. I mean, I’m starting with these quesadillas, but it gets better tomorrow. Trust me on this.

So starting the weekend off tomorrow would mean Tuesday-Sunday of weekend bliss…that would totally be enough time to fly to Mexico and still be back in time for some Sunday night relaxation (you know to wind down from our relaxing time in Mexico). Ahh, where is my plane ticket, sun-screen andsombrero?? Sounds kind of awesome, right??

You see, I can dream, and dream big! It’s so much fun…until reality hits like a ton of bricks and I realize that a six-day weekend in Mexico is so not within my reach at the moment.

Life.

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I could get asombrero though, always wanted one of those. Picture me wearing a brightly colored sombreroall day tomorrow hanging in my kitchen, while it’s raining outside (truthfully it rarely rains here, think snow pretty much all year round, but is says thunderstorms all week), listening to Kenny Chesney sing about Mexico and snacking on quesadillas. Yup. That’s what reality will be tomorrow. Oh but, with a side of some grilled pineapple, guacamole AND chips.

Obviously.

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Ok, but let me get serious here (sorry for all the sarcasm, that’s what Monday does to me). These Fiesta Chicken Quesadillas are basically the fancy version of a quesadilla that I used to make my brother Kai on a daily basis when I was still figuring out this whole cooking thing (oh wait…I am still figuring it out). Kai (the brother just below me, real name Malachi) is a pretty picky eater, so after school, or well, after snowboarding, I’d make these quesadillas with the leftover rice and chicken that was almost always sitting in the fridge. All I would do is add some seasonings to the chicken and then layer it with cheese and rice. Then I’d just throw the quesadilla in a skillet with a good amount of olive oil – super quick, and all the boys loved them. Soon I was making these quesadillas for all their friends too. This went on for a while, but then I got busy and I can’t remember the last time I made my brother a quesadilla.

Kind of sad since it shows that we are all growing up. I am only twenty-one, but I will not lie, I still wish I could be seventeen and careless sometimes. Kai is actually back in Cleveland for the summer working a restaurant job and hanging with friends before school starts in the fall. He just went to prom with his girlfriend and I am beyond sad I missed it. The pictures were just not enough. I missed out on the whole big sister tormenting/being annoying thing. Enter giant sad face.

Also, don’t ask how he has a girlfriend back in Cleveland, when he has been living in Colorado for the last eight years. The kid has friends everywhere. He’s kind of hard not to love.

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ANYWAY, the point of the story it that this quesadilla is inspired by that simple one I used to make my brothers years ago. It’s still really simple and quick to make, but I added some fun things like a chipotle relish and mango salsa (officially a fruit salsa addict). The chipotle relish is beyond awesome. Like you could totally just serve this as a snack or appetizer with chips. SO good with chips. I mean, it’s better with this extra cheesy quesadilla, but chips on the side are a must.

Also a must, is the rice. I always, always, always add rice to my quesadillas. I am not sure why or how this came to be, but I am glad it did. Rice in a dilla is the best. Try it and you will see (I sound like Sam I Am in Green eggs and Ham!).

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And finally, I really can’t think of a better Monday meal at the moment than this one. Don’t be freaked out by the list of ingredients. That’s just mostly seasonings that I am praying you keep in your pantry at all times. The relish and salsa are EASY too, so try to make those as well!

Promise, it’ll be the best part of your Monday…

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Fiesta Chicken Quesadillas with Chipotle Relish and Mango Salsa.

Author: Tieghan Gerard

Prep Time 25 minutes

Cook Time 35 minutes

Marinade 30 minutes

Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Servings: 4 QUESADILLAS

Calories Per Serving: 766 kcal

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Chipotle Relish

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small sweet onion diced
  • 8 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • 2-3 chipotle chilies finely chopped
  • 1 ounce can diced tomatoes 14, or sub 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar or honey

Mango Salsa

  • 2 mangos peeled + diced
  • 1 ripe but firm avocado, pitted, peeled + diced
  • 1 red fresno chili seeded + diced
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro chopped
  • juice of 1 lime

Quesadillas

Chipotle Relish

  • Heat a skillet to medium heat and add the olive oil. Once hot, add the onions and garlic, cook, stirring often until lightly caramelized and sweet, about 5-10 minutes. Stir in the chipotle chilies, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar and brown sugar. Add 1/4 cup water. Bring the sauce to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20-30 minutes or until thickened slightly. If desired you can puree the sauce (I did not). Transfer to a glass jar. Can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Mango Salsa

  • In a bowl, combine the mangos, avocados, fresno chili, cilantro and lime juice. Toss well. Keep in the fridge until ready to eat.

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Quesadillas

  • Add the chicken to a large bowl or gallon size ziplock bag. Add the chipotle chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, brown sugar (or honey), garlic powder and a pinch of both salt and pepper. Drizzle a little olive oil over the chicken and add the lime juice. Toss well to combine and evenly distribute the seasonings. If possible, allow the chicken to sit in the marinade for 30 minutes or up to overnight (this is normally when I make the relish and salsa).

  • Preheat the grill, a grill pan or a heavy cast iron skillet to medium high heat. Rub the peppers with a little olive oil. Once the grill is hot, add the chicken and peppers. Grill the chicken for 4-5 minutes per side or until lightly charred. Grill the peppers until charred on all sides, about 10 minutes. Remove from the grill and allow the chicken to cool before cutting into bite size pieces. Once the peppers are cool, remove the seeds and slice.

  • To assemble the quesadillas, heat an electric griddle or skillet over medium heat. Add a bit of olive oil. Place 4 tortillas down on a clean counter, covering each with a bit of cheese. Then evenly distribute the rice, top that with the peppers and then add the chopped chicken. If desired you can add a little of the chipotle relish to the filling too. Sprinkle with a little more of the cheese. Place the tortilla on the griddle or skillet, then cover with the other tortilla. Cook until the bottom is crispy and golden brown, then gently flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes until crispy and golden.

  • Serve with the chipotle relish and mango salsa.

*Chipotle relish adapted from Delicious Magazine December 2014.

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Especially,if ended with some banana fritters or ice cream tacos. YES. Fiesta time!

FAQs

Why does my quesadilla fall apart? ›

Cheese is the glue holding your quesadilla together, and if you fail to sprinkle some beneath and on top of your other ingredients, your quesadilla will fall apart.

How do you make a kitchen quesadilla hatch? ›

You're going to cut open the end of the film wrapper and leave quesadilla in the wrapper on a

Is quesadilla hard? ›

The quesadilla is crispy on the outside without being hard, and it's moist on the inside, the melted cheese providing a contrast. You need really good melting cheese and good tortillas. Aside from the flavors, you've got to pay attention to the mouthfeel: it's crispy then creamy then soft then crispy-crunchy.

How do you make quesadillas crispy? ›

Tortillas burn easily, so you want to fry your quesadillas on medium heat. It takes about a minute to a minute and a half to get each side crispy and golden--and your cheese will be perfectly melted, too.

What cheese do you use for quesadillas? ›

What Is the Best Quesadilla Cheese? Freshly grated cheese such as cheddar or Monterey Jack are often used in American-style quesadillas. Pre-grated cheese is handy and melts okay enough, though we recommend grating your own cheese for the best meltability.

Are frozen quesadillas good? ›

Providing they're well wrapped, and you freeze them initially on a tray before transferring them to a freezer-safe bag, quesadillas freeze well. So, if you've made too much for your Mexican feast, you can freeze uncooked or cooked quesadillas and enjoy them within two months of preparing them.

How do you make Hatch quesadillas in the air fryer? ›

Preheat the air fryer to 350°F and spray the basket lightly with oil. Place two quesadillas in the air fryer basket and spray them lightly with oil. Cook for 4 minutes, then flip over and cook another 4 minutes until quesadillas are lightly crispy and golden brown and cheese melts.

How do you thaw frozen quesadillas? ›

Method 1: Thaw the frozen meat overnight in the refrigerator and then cook according to the instructions. To make Method 2: wrap frozen quesadillas in a moist towel and microwave on high for 30-60 seconds or place in the refrigerator and warm in the oven for about 5 minutes on a sheet pan.

Is a quesadilla two tortillas? ›

A full quesadilla is made with two tortillas that hold a layer of cheese between them. A half is a single tortilla that has been filled with cheese and folded into a half-moon shape.

How do you keep quesadillas moist? ›

You just want to lightly brown the tortillas, not make them crispy. Finally, add a little bit of moisture to the filling. This can be in the form of shredded cheese, sour cream, or even just a little bit of water. By following these tips, you should be able to make quesadillas that are moist and delicious.

Do I spray quesadilla maker? ›

Spray the inside surfaces (lid and base) of the quesadilla maker with non-stick cooking spray or a light coat of oil, to make sure the tortilla doesn't stick.

How long do you cook in a quesadilla maker? ›

It creates 10-inch quesadillas packed with your favorite ingredients in just 3-4 minutes! Deep-dish pockets hold loads of cheese, salsa, and meat, and the outer ridge seals everything in for mess-free snacking.

How do you use a quesadilla in Fiesta maker? ›

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How do you seal the edges of quesadillas? ›

Brush the edges of the tortillas with water. Fold the tortillas over the filling and press the edges to seal. Bake for 5 minutes or until the filling is hot. Cut the quesadillas into wedges and serve with the salsa.

What kind of oil do you use for quesadillas? ›

If using oil, try going for a lighter oil, such as canola or vegetable oil; olive oil will give the quesadilla too strong of a flavor. Place the tortilla on the skillet once the butter has melted. Make sure that the butter is spread evenly across the surface of the pan.

How do I get the outside of my quesadillas crispy? ›

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What is the best melting cheese for quesadillas? ›

Also known as queso quesadilla, asadero cheese is great for melting.

What is the difference between a tortilla and a quesadilla? ›

A quesadilla is a tortilla that's covered with cheese and other tasty toppings, folded in half, then fried or grilled to a nice, golden colour. Literally translated as “little cheese thing”, this dish is all about gooey cheese in a crispy parcel – like a delicious Mexican toastie!

Is a quesadilla healthy? ›

Although Quesadillas are quite delicious, are they actually healthy? Quesadillas is a healthy dish, as it offers a balance of all three macronutrients, which translates to a suitable range of calories.

Can you microwave frozen quesadillas? ›

Place 1 quesadilla on a microwave safe plate with grill marks facing up. Cover quesadilla with a paper towel. Frozen: 1 minute 45 seconds. Let stand for 1 minute before eating.

Can you eat a quesadilla cold? ›

Enjoy hot, or allow to cool for a few minutes, cut into wedges and place in a container before refrigerating. These hearty quesadillas are good cold and can be reheated.

How long is a quesadilla good for in the fridge? ›

Cooked quesadillas will last for up to three days in the refrigerator when properly stored. Make sure to refrigerate them within two hours of cooking for safety and quality. Just make sure to let them cool completely before wrapping them individually with plastic wrap. Once done, slide your quesadillas into the fridge.

How long do you put a frozen quesadilla in the air fryer? ›

To heat a frozen quesadilla in an air fryer, simply preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and then place the frozen quesadilla in the basket. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until the quesadilla is heated through. Enjoy! Even though they are more delicate, a queso is easy to reheat.

How do you heat up a quesadilla in an air fryer? ›

How to Reheat Quesadillas in an Air Fryer (best choice) - For a crispier reheated quesadilla, make sure to preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). If wrapped in aluminum foil, the quesadillas will take between 3-5 minutes. If unwrapped, your quesadillas should be nice and warm in 2-3 minutes.

How do you heat a frozen quesadilla in an air fryer? ›

To Air Fryer Frozen Quesadillas: Place the frozen quesadillas into the air fryer basket, and set the temperature to 370 degrees F, air fryer setting for 3-6 minutes. Remove when fully warmed through.

How do you cook frozen quesadillas? ›

To cook from frozen, remove the plastic wrap and warm the quesadilla in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes until heated through. Alternatively, you can let them thaw overnight in the refrigerator and cook in a skillet as directed above.

How do you defrost tortillas without a microwave? ›

In The Oven
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Place the tortillas in a baking pan lined with aluminum foil, making sure to not stack or overlap them.
  3. Let them heat for around 15-20 minutes, or until they become soft.
  4. You may leave them in for a bit longer if you want to crisp them up and break them into tortilla chips.

Can chicken quesadillas be frozen? ›

Place all quesadilla halves on a baking sheet, cover lightly with plastic wrap and freeze for 1 hour. Once frozen, transfer pre-baked quesadillas to a freezer safe bag and freeze for up to 2 months. Allow to thaw completely before baking.

How do you seal a quesadilla? ›

When the cheese begins to melt, add a few slices of chilli and a pinch of epazote (or oregano), and fold over the tortilla, pressing it down to help seal it. (At this point, if there's room in the pan, start cooking the next quesadilla now.)

How do you keep quesadillas moist? ›

You just want to lightly brown the tortillas, not make them crispy. Finally, add a little bit of moisture to the filling. This can be in the form of shredded cheese, sour cream, or even just a little bit of water. By following these tips, you should be able to make quesadillas that are moist and delicious.

What size tortillas do you use for quesadillas? ›

Quesadillas are made with 10 inches, of flour tortillas. You need a pliable tortilla as you need to fold the sides of the tortilla over the filling. A traditional quesadilla is made with a tortilla, that has a filling on half of the tortilla and then is folded into a half-moon shape before cutting into triangles.

How do you store quesadillas for lunch? ›

To pack cheese quesadilla in a lunchbox, just put it inside the plastic ziploc bag. Cheese quesadillas are very convenient – they don't fall apart and don't get soggy!

How do you flip a quesadilla in a pan? ›

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What is the difference between a tortilla and a quesadilla? ›

A quesadilla is a tortilla that's covered with cheese and other tasty toppings, folded in half, then fried or grilled to a nice, golden colour. Literally translated as “little cheese thing”, this dish is all about gooey cheese in a crispy parcel – like a delicious Mexican toastie!

How do you keep quesadillas warm and crispy? ›

Cook's Notes. If you are feeding a large group, keep the quesadillas warm in a 300-degree oven on a baking sheet until ready to serve. You will need slightly more oil if you are using corn tortillas, as they absorb a bit more than the flour variety.

How do you fold a quesadilla? ›

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Can you eat chicken quesadillas cold? ›

Lightly butter a hot skillet or griddle and heat quesadilla through, turning once, until cheese is melted and fillings are hot, 5 to 7 minutes total. Enjoy hot, or allow to cool for a few minutes, cut into wedges and place in a container before refrigerating. These hearty quesadillas are good cold and can be reheated.

What kind of oil do you use for quesadillas? ›

If using oil, try going for a lighter oil, such as canola or vegetable oil; olive oil will give the quesadilla too strong of a flavor. Place the tortilla on the skillet once the butter has melted. Make sure that the butter is spread evenly across the surface of the pan.

Is a quesadilla healthy? ›

Although Quesadillas are quite delicious, are they actually healthy? Quesadillas is a healthy dish, as it offers a balance of all three macronutrients, which translates to a suitable range of calories.

Can I eat a quesadilla the next day? ›

Overall, you can eat a quesadilla left out overnight, but there are some things to keep in mind. Quesadillas are best when they are fresh, so it is important to reheat them if they have been left out. Quesadillas can also spoil if they are not stored properly, so it is important to store them in an airtight container.

How long can a chicken quesadilla sit out? ›

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food and safety basics states cooked food can be left at room temperature up to two hours. If the temperature outside (or inside your house) is 90°F or above, you should cut that time in half.

How do you keep quesadillas from getting soggy in lunch box? ›

I'm often asked how to keep items like grilled sandwiches and quesadillas warm inside a lunchbox. I've found the best way to do that is to pack it in a thermos container. The double insulation helps to keep the contents warm for several hours compared to regular lunch containers.

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