Traditional Quesadillas recipe

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Quesadillas are a very popular Mexican dish. The basic idea behind it is to fill a tortilla with ingredients you like and then fry it. This recipe uses ingredients used in the traditional way of making quesadillas, like chorizo sausage, potatoes, cheese and beans.
Preparation time: 30 minutes, Cooking time: 20 minutes, Serves: 4 


For the tortillas
4 cups masa harina or cornmeal
4 Tbsp flour, all purpose
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
4 Tbsp butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp salt

For the filling
1 chorizo sausage, cut into thin strips or slices
2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
Salt and black pepper to taste
Butter or margarine
16 oz can of refried beans
Vegetable oil
Shredded Monterey Jack or Manchego cheese


Boil the potatoes in water until cooked. When ready, mash them with the butter or margarine until smooth and add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside and keep warm.

Heat the beans, set aside and keep warm.

Cut the chorizo in thin stripes or slices and cook it in a frying pan or skillet (do not add any oil). Set aside and keep warm.

To make the tortillas, mix the masa harina or cornmeal, the flour, the baking powder and salt. Add the butter and egg and start adding milk, while mixing. Add as much milk as needed to make a fairly firm dough. Form 3 to 4 inch tortillas by hand or using a tortilla press.

To make the quesadillas
In a large frying pan over medium to high heat add enough vegetable oil to cover about 1 inch of the pan. When the oil is hot, lower the heat to medium.

Take a tortilla and place in the middle any of the beans, chorizo sausage,  cheese, potatoes or combination of them. Fold the tortilla in half and seal the sides by pressing with your fingers. Fry each side until brown, drain on absorbent paper and serve hot with Mexican salsa.

Notes and tips

You can fry more than one quesadilla at a time as long as the pan does not get crowded. It is best to serve the quesadillas as soon as possible, after being fried.
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The quesadilla comes from cheese and tortilla - all other ingredients becomes another recipe for example cheese and a slice of ham between the tortilla is called sincronizada
Posted by andrew on Nov 19, 2010, 01:04

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