Quesadilla Deliciosa

For the marinade:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons mango juice
1 Tablespoon tequila
1 teaspoon dark soy sauce
5 cloves of garlic
1 onion, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper*
juice of a lime
juice of half a lemon
freshly ground pepper to taste

Everything else:
1 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
8 oz portobello mushroom caps, sliced
8 oz frozen spinach, defrosted and drained
2 cloves garlic
juice form 1/4 lime
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided use
large flour tortillas
refried beans
shredded sharp cheddar cheese
salsa (optional)
sour cream (for dipping)

*Or for a less spicy marinade, substitute smoked paprika.

Marinate the chicken at least one hour or up to one day before you want to make the quesadillas. Put all of the marinade ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Place the chicken in a resealable bag and add the marinade. Refrigerate until you are ready to make the quesadillas. Then, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan. Saute the chicken (reserving the marinade) until cooked almost cooked through, turning about half way through, about 5 minutes. Then add the marinade into the pan and cook an additional few minutes until it has reduced and the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken to a cutting board and cut into strips. Meanwhile, in a small pan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the garlic, lime juice and mushrooms and saute until the mushrooms are tender.
Heat a pan large enough for a large tortilla to lay flat. Place one tortilla in the pan and heat until warmed through and slightly browned, flipping once. Repeat. Spread one tortilla with a thin layer of refried beans. Top with a thin layer of spinach. Add the sliced chicken, mushrooms in a single layer on top. Dot with salsa if desired. Sprinkle with the shredded cheddar-how much is up to you, but this is the “glue” that will hold the quesadilla together, so this is not the time to be stingy with the cheese. Place the second tortilla on the top of all of this and return it to the pan. Cook until the cheese has melted, spinning it occasionally around the pan with your finger tips, and the bottom is slightly browned, about 1-2 minutes. Carefully flip it and cook it on that side for an additional 1 minute. Remove to a large plate and slice (a pizza cutter works well) into wedges and serve with sour cream to dip.

My thoughts:

I am not entirely sure why it has taken so long for me to post a quesadilla recipe. We eat them all the time! Sometimes we make them to use up odds and ends of leftover meat, but frequently we marinate chicken or steak just for quesadillas. It is sort of our fallback meal for those nights when we just can’t think of anything to make but they are also good to make for guests, because a lot of the prep work can be done the night before. Matt marinated the chicken and I made the refried beans yesterday, so today, when we had a much anticipated guest for dinner, Matt only had to saute the meat and mushrooms and assemble the quesadillas. Dinner (and watermelon margaritas!) was on the table in minutes. I’ve noticed that most people do not make quesadillas (and probably not with our startling frequency or variety) at home which makes it a perfect casual dinner for guests; even though it is simple, no one is ever disappointed.


  1. you are right…i love these and never make them at home. these look so good i just want to reach into my screen and grab one!

  2. wellunderstood

    looks like another winner! oh, and i made the pulled pork for the 4th of july and we were in HEAVEN. so delicious . . . prepping a post on that meal sooner or later to give you the proper tribute!

  3. Julie Kwiatkowski Schuler

    Wow, these are beautiful photos. Everything looks delicious.

  4. Quesadillas are awesome for using up little bits of leftover meat in our household!

  5. We have quesadillas at home quite often for that very reason – it’s easy to pull together when you don’t know what else to make!! I have a fall back recipe that I usually use, but I will have to try this one out next time!

  6. Lovely, could be spicey with some mixing of spices and ingredients.

  7. These are one of our favorite things to make at home too. Especially on Saturday’s when we’ve been working around the house and lose track of time, and suddenly we are starving.

    I can usually get the chicken cooked while I grate the cheese, and we’re eating faster than if we ordered a pizza!

  8. I don’t eat Quesadillas that often, but have friends who make them on a regular basis. These look wonderful! MMM…bookmarked!

  9. This is lovely. Quesadillas have been one of the best ways for us to introduce new vegetables to Freddie.
    They are delicious.

  10. I had the most interesting quesadilla this week at a little restaurant in Picton, Ontario. They made a bratwurst, apple, cheese and corn salsa quesedilla, and it was delicious. I know, bartwurst, but mm-mm.

  11. quesadilla deliciosA
    In spanish quesadilla is femenine, so the word deliciosa must finish with a letter A. Besides that your recipe looks yummy!!!

  12. I love quesdilla’s. Watermelon margaritas? Hope you post that one! Yummy!

  13. Well, the watermelon margaritas hold a special place in my heart 8-). Wonderful and yummy and so many thanx for having me agains!

  14. Yum! Quesadillas and margaritas are two of my favorite things. I’ll keep an eye out for the watermelon ‘ritas.

  15. yum, i love quesdillas! chicken, mushrooms and beans? yum.

  16. What an interesting quesadilla. It sounds and looks delicious! I occasionally make them at home using flank steak with different combinations of veggies and cheeses. Funny, I hadn’t thought of posting any I make either!