Thursday, 23 January 2014

Beef Quesadilla

My recipes and cooking revolves around my kids. I try to find new ways to incorporate healthy ingredients in their daily diet. My little one does not like milk but loves yogurt. So these quesadillas are a perfect meal for him as it has cheese, sour cream, vegetables and meat and above all its very easy for him to eat. So this covers his calcium, protein and vegetable intake. It is a perfect lunch box item as well. The crisp outer shells with melt in your mouth filling is just YUMMY.


Corn/flour Tortilla                                     10
Grated Cheddar cheese                            2-3 cups
Sour cream                                              1 cup

Beef filling

Beef mince                                               1 lbs
Red onion                                                1 big chopped
Garlic                                                       2 cloves crushed
Chipotle Chili powder/paste                     1/2 tsp
Cumin powder                                         1 tsp
Salt                                                          2/3 tsp
Lemon juice                                             1 tsp
Cilantro                                                   1/4 cup chopped
Oil                                                           2 tbsp
Heat the oil in a pan and add half onion. Fry till soft.
Add beef mince and garlic.
Sprinkle salt, cumin powder and chipotle powder/paste and mix well with the mince. Fry till no moisture left in the mince and its cooked through.
Put the remaining onion and stir.
Take off the heat and add cilantro and lemon juice.

Mixed Peppers Filling

Green Pepper                                    1
Red pepper                                       1
Orange pepper                                  1
Yellow pepper                                  1
Fennel Seeds                                    1.5 tsp
Salt                                                   2 big pinches
Black pepper                                    1/4 tsp
Vegetable Oil                                    2 tbsp

Cut the peppers in half and remove the seeds and membranes. Slice and keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan big enough to hold all the peppers loosely.
Add the fennel seeds and stir for 10 seconds.
Put the peppers in and sprinkle salt and pepper.
Stir fry for 3-5 mins on high heat and keep aside

Assembling the Quesadilla:

Put the tortilla on a plate followed by mince, peppers and cheese. Put the second tortilla on top to close the sandwich.
Do not overfill or they will be soggy.
Heat a griddle/pan on medium high. Lightly grease the surface with vegetable oil.
Slide your quesadilla onto it. Use another pan or a can to weigh the sandwich down.
When the bottom becomes crisp, flip it over.
Crisp the other side by weighing it down.
Once crisp, take it out and cut into wedges and serve with a dollop of sour cream.

You can replace beef mince with chicken or mutton mince.
I used a heavy pot to weigh the them down, a can of tomatoes or chickpeas does the trick as well.
#yummyQuesadilla #kidfriendlyfood

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