Beef Quesadillas

Jun 18, 2021 | Food, Main Course

Happy Monday everyone!  It’s Taco time!  Well, it’s Beef Quesadilla time with loads of cumin, cilantro, and my secret ingredient!  Read below to find out what it is.  When you don’t have any salsa, you get creative and create your own. I had vegetables that were going to go bad and it was a choice of making spaghetti sauce or salsa for our quesadilla.  We haven’t had Mexican since forever, so I chose to make a Mexican meal that curbed our cheese cravings!  Yes, I used loads of cheese which Thomas’ loves!
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I had a pound of ground meat that I cooked along with my secret ingredient…KETCHUP!  While the meat was cooking in one pan, I cut up yellow and red peppers, an onion, summer medley tomatoes and sautéed them in another pan with olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, chili powder, cilantro, green onion, salt, pepper, and ketchup!  This helped to create a thicker base to the mixture.  
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Don’t forget to drain the grease from the beef and add your taco seasoning.  I used 1 packet with no water.  Put your salsa mixture and beef mixture on warm and heat up about 1/4 Canola oil.  Lay one tortilla at a time into your pan and fry on both sides.  The tortilla will bubble up when it hits the oil so don’t be alarmed and will turn a light golden color when done.  Then it is time to stack your quesadilla!  Top with your favorite cheeses!  I used Vermont Extra Sharp white and Extra Sharp yellow.
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Beef Quesadillas

Homemade salsa, fried tortillas, seasoned beef make, and lots of cheese makes a great dinner!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: tortilla, salsa, cheese, beef, taco seasoning
Author: Bobbi Jo Domitrovich


  • 1 cup summer medley cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup Ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Cilantro
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 packet Taco seasoning
  • 4 tortillas
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, diced
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup Vermont Extra Sharp white cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup Vermont Extra Sharp yellow cheese, shredded
  • 1 green onion stalk, chopped


  • Saute' tomatoes, onions, 1/2 cup ketchup, lemon juice, peppers, and seasonings in olive oil
  • Cook beef in seperate pan with 1/2 cup ketchup, drain and add packet of taco seasoning
  • Fry 4 tortillas on both sides
  • Layer ingredients and cut quesadilla in half
  • Add lettuce if you like


The tortillas can get a bit greasy when frying.  Cover a plate with a napkin and lay tortilla on the plate to soak up the grease.  Dap a napkin on them if you still feel there is too much grease.
I had 1 tortilla left. I tore into pieces and fried them up, tossed in some corse sea salt and had homemade nachos with our quesadillas.
Save leftover meat and salsa mixture for another meal or make nachos and cheese for lunch the next day!  
The salsa mixture can be used in a Mexican egg omelet for breakfast with some Mexican rice!  

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  1. Carla D Evans

    Yum! I love mexican food. It is so versatile and can be made into so many different meals like you listed! Breakfast Lunch or Dinner how can you go wrong!!!

    • Bobbi

      Yes! Throw on some nachos and have a big bowl of deliciousness! :-).


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