One of my most fun Christmas presents was the El Paso Chile Company Quesadilla maker. This is one of those things that I never thought I would need, but wow does it help make quesadillas easier to cook! Because I was so excited about this gift, I just had to use it right away. I was inspired to create my own quesadilla recipe, which I’ve included below. This is actually the first recipe I’ve really created from scratch that I am proud of! It was a big day for me
There are so many different ways to make a quesadilla… beans or no beans? Chicken, steak, or vegetarian? Shredded chicken or sliced chicken? The possibilities are endless. This does make it easy to make a quesadilla with whatever ingredients you have on hand at the time, though. I decided to make mine chicken because that’s typically my favorite kind of quesadilla to order out. My goal was to make it as good as the Mexican restaurants I’ve been to!
Ingredients (makes 2 quesadillas)
1 (6-ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 packet taco seasoning
1 plum tomato, diced
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 red pepper, diced
1/2 green pepper, diced
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
4 soft tortillas
Sour cream, cilantro, and chopped lettuce for topping
- Pre-heat oven to 350 and pre-heat quesadilla maker by plugging it in
- Rub chicken with taco seasoning
- Lay chicken on a baking sheet and place in the oven until chicken is cooked through (about 20 minutes)
- While chicken is cooking, heat 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a skillet and cook peppers until soft
- Once chicken is cooked, slice it and set it aside on a plate
- Lay out one tortilla on each of 2 plates
- Place chicken and peppers on each tortilla so the tortilla is covered
- Mix together tomatoes and onions in a small bowl (add some cilantro to the mix if you like cilantro), and set aside half of the mixture. Take the other half and sprinkle it atop the chicken and peppers
- Top the whole tortilla with Mexican cheese, and then place your other tortilla on the top
- Place quesadilla carefully into quesadilla maker and close and latch (if you can… mine were too thick to latch the device!)
- Take quesadilla out when maker says it is ready
- Garnish with remainder of tomato and onion mixture, a sprinkle of cilantro, a dollop of sour cream, and some shredded lettuce
And the finished product should look something like this…
The best part… you never have to flip it!
I’m not so good at flipping things, so this quesadilla maker is definitely for me. And it encourages me to make them, when it wasn’t something I would typically think of making before. I’m very excited to try new and different varieties, but for now, I hope you enjoy my first!
If you have any quesadilla recipes that you love, please share them with me in the comments so I can try them next time!