If you’re looking for an easy and delicious quesadilla recipe, look no further!
This quick fix Southwest Quesadilla recipe is an easy and flavorful meal that can be made in under 20 minutes.
It’s a great vegetarian option, or you can add chicken for extra protein.
To make these mouthwatering Southwest quesadillas, you’ll need a handful of simple ingredients and basic kitchen equipment. Here’s what you’ll need:
1. Tortillas: Choose your favorite low point tortilla, I used Mission Carb Balance flour tortillas.
2. Cheese: The key to a delicious quesadilla is gooey, melted cheese. To keep it low in points I opted for a reduced-fat cheese.
3. Vegetables: The filling for these quesadillas is where the Southwest flavors really shine. Chop up onions, and corn for a burst of color and flavor.
4. Spices: Give your quesadillas that Southwest kick by using cumin. I also added garlic powder and salsa for even more flavor.
5. Optional additions: If you want to add some protein, consider including cooked chicken, or even sliced avocado. I would also add a tablespoon or two more of salsa if you add chicken.
For equipment, you’ll need a non-stick skillet or griddle, a spatula for flipping, and a knife and cutting board for preparing the vegetables. So, gather up your ingredients and equipment, and let’s get started on these tasty quesadillas!
How to Make Southwest Quesadillas:
To begin preparing the vegetables for your Southwest quesadilla, start by chopping up the onions into small, bite-sized pieces. Also, chop the cilantro into small pieces.
This will ensure that the filling is evenly distributed throughout the quesadilla and provides a burst of flavor in every bite.
Add the black beans, corn, onion, cilantro, salsa, cumin, garlic powder, and salt to a medium mixing bowl, then mix it all together.
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Lay out a tortilla and add 1/3 of the cheese to one half of the tortilla. Top the cheese with a couple spoonful’s of the corn mixture.
Fold the tortilla in half then add it to the skillet. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden.
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Now that you have your mouthwatering Southwest quesadilla ready to enjoy, it’s time to think about serving suggestions to take this dish to the next level. Here are some ideas to make your quesadilla experience even more delightful.
1. Salsa and Guacamole: Add a dollop of fresh salsa or guacamole on top of your quesadilla for an extra burst of flavor. The cool and creamy texture of guacamole complements the warm and cheesy quesadilla perfectly.
2. Sour Cream: A spoonful of tangy sour cream can be a great addition to your Southwest quesadilla. It adds a creamy and cooling element that balances out the spices and flavors. I use fat-free sour cream to keep it low in points.
3. Fresh Cilantro: Sprinkle some fresh cilantro leaves on top of your quesadilla for a pop of color and a fresh, herbaceous taste. Cilantro adds a refreshing element that pairs well with the Southwest flavors.
4. Sliced Avocado: If you’re a fan of avocado, add some thinly sliced avocado on top of your quesadilla. The creamy texture and buttery taste of avocado will complement the cheesy filling beautifully.
5. Side Salad: Serve your Southwest quesadilla with a side salad for a complete meal. A simple green salad with a light vinaigrette can add a refreshing contrast to the rich and savory quesadilla.
6. Lime Wedges: Squeeze a bit of fresh lime juice over your quesadilla for a citrusy kick. The acidity of the lime cuts through the richness of the cheese and adds a bright, zesty flavor.
Get creative with your serving suggestions and enjoy the delicious flavors of this easy and flavorful dish!
Some things I used for this recipe:
Yield: 3 servings
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- 3 Mission Carb Balance flour tortillas
- 1 cup corn
- 1 cup black beans (drained and rinsed)
- 2 tablespoons onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 cup salsa
- 1/4 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup reduced-fat Mexican cheese, shredded
Preheat a skillet over medium heat.
Add the corn, black beans, onion, cilantro, salsa, cumin, garlic powder, and salt to a medium mixing bowl. Stir together.
Lay out a tortilla and add 1/3 of the cheese to one half of the tortilla. Top the cheese with a few spoonful's of the corn mixture. Fold the tortilla and add it to the pan.
Cook 2-3 minutes on each side or until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden.
Repeat with the other two tortillas.
If you have filling leftover you can cover it and refrigerate for 2-3 days.
Here are some more WW friendly recipes:
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