When I got back to the U.K, Mexican style food had become a way of life for me. One of the dishes, I've been making on and off for years has been Quesadilla. Quesadilla's are not only very simple and economical to make, they make for a surprisingly filling and delicious snack anytime of the day. They consist of nothing more than two tortilla wraps filled and stuck together with melted cheese, then halved and served. I have to say I prefer them more than I do a doughy doorstop toastie any day.
I've made this dish many times, for breakfast, brunch and even for quick after work meal. The only time consuming part of this dish is the bean filling, but once the beans have been made (and they can be made way ahead and kept in the refrigerator) then the rest is pretty straightforward.
I am sharing this recipe with the Flavours of Mexico (1st-31st August) hosted by Jagruti's Cooking Odyssey and Simply Food.
Quesadillas with Jalapeno Pinto Beans
2 tablespoon of olive oil
2 large onion, thinly sliced
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
4 - 6 fresh red and green chillies, chopped
1 x 400g canned chopped tomatoes
2 x 400g canned pinto (or borlotti) beans
1 tablespoon of ground cumin
4 tablespoons of jalapeno including vinegar from the jar
Salt and pepper to taste
Handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped
For the Quesadillas
8 large tortilla wraps
4 spring onion, chopped
200g cheddar cheese, grated
Optional: Sour cream and Jalapeno peppers to serve
Heat a large saucepan over medium heat and add the oil. Add the onions, and fry until soft and translucent. Add garlic, chillies and cumin and fry until fragrant, then add the tomatoes.
Drain one can of beans and add to the pan, then add the other with its liquid, along with jalapeno and its vinegar, salt and pepper to taste and stir well. Bring pot to the boil, then reduce and simmer for about 25 - 30, or until thickened. Taste for seasoning and stir in coriander.
To assemble the Quesadillas.
Lightly oil a baking tray, then put on one tortilla wrap, spread jalapeno beans evenly, and cover with another tortilla wrap, sprinkle cheese and spring onions. NOTE: If you wish, you could sprinkle the cheese on the inside and outside too.
Repeat the process for other tortilla wraps until you have four, then bake in oven for 10 minutes till cheese has melted and crispy on the edges.
Serve immediately with optional accompaniments