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One of my husband's favorite dinners is quesadillas. And while I enjoy them too, I'm not a fan of dinners where you have to make individual portions one at a time. This recipe solves that issue, so that means more quesadillas for Ian!
Baking the quesadillas in the oven results in extra crispy tortillas and cheese that has thoroughly melted, so honestly, these are tastier than those cooked on the stove top.
How "healthy" you make this recipe is 100% up to you. Yes, quesadillas will never be considered a health food. However, there are ways you can make them a bit more nutritional. A few ideas:
- Add sauted veggies (red bell pepper, onions and/or zucchini are my favorite)
- Add black beans
- Add refried beans
- Add shredded chicken
- Use whole wheat flour tortillas
- Use gluten free tortillas
This recipe is the ultimate quick dinner! By baking the quesadillas you can cook all of them at once. They get just as crispy and delicious as the traditional ones made on the stove top.
- 16 flour tortillas
- 3 cups shredded cheese sharp cheddar and/or jack
- 2 red bell peppers diced and sauted in 2 tsp oil + salt & pepper
- 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
- 1 large zucchini diced and sauted in 2 tsp oil + salt & pepper
- Preheat oven to 420 degrees.
- Line two baking sheet with foil. Spray foil with non-stick oil. Place 8 flour tortillas on baking sheets (4 per sheet). Top each tortilla with about ¼ cup shredded cheese. Sprinkle vegetables and/or beans on cheese – if using. Top with an additional 2 tablespoons of cheese. You can always add more cheese if you like your quesadillas extra cheesy. If you aren’t adding vegetables or beans, I suggest adding more cheese.
Place on the lower half and third of oven. Bake for 5-7 minutes on one side. Flip and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. The quesadillas on the lower rack may cook a bit quicker than those higher in the oven. The more quesadillas you are baking the longer the baking time will be. You may find the quesadillas get crisp enough without flipping.
- Serve with sour cream, salsa, guacamole.
The quesadillas in the pictures only have cooked red bell pepper. You can choose any combination that your family will enjoy.
I've also made these with gluten free tortillas. They get a bit crispier, so probably won't need as long in the oven.
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