Tortillas are a great staple to have around the house. They are a wonderful substitute for bread for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack...come to think of it, you could even make some really interesting desserts out of tortillas as well! Quesadillas are one of the easiest and fastest things that you can make out of a tortilla and because the options for fillings for quesadillas are endless, you can prepare a different kind each day and never get bored!
The quesadilla I made today was just a way to use up some leftovers in the fridge. I picked flavours and textures that would compliment one another, layered them into the tortilla, and heated it in the oven for a few minutes. Does it get any easier than that? Well actually it can. You can also heat your quesadilla in the microwave instead, but this lacks the great crunch of the tortilla that results from being in the oven. There is no recipe needed for quesadillas all you need is imagination! Play around with different flavours and use your judgment on how much to put inside.
Update from 12/06/09: I made chicken quesadillas again today and found that the flavour was heightened to a whole new level when I sauteed some of the ingredients beforehand. I made a quesadilla with all the same ingredients listed below but added chopped onions, roasted red peppers, and red pepper flakes. I sauteed the onions, peppers, and pepper flakes with the jalapeno peppers and corn niblets just until onions were lightly browned.
In this quesadilla I put:
- Sliced cooked chicken
- Refried beans
- Corn niblets (freshly cut from the cob)
- Cheddar cheese
- Monterey Jack cheese
- Chopped jalapeno peppers