Corn tortillas are the glue that binds all the different flavors and varieties of Mexican cuisine together. Just about any dish in the massive repertoire of culinary masterpieces that the Latin American country has gifted the world feature tortillas. Fried, baked, steamed, wrapped, griddled, or grilled, there is a tortilla preparation for every mood.
Tortillas are irreplaceable, and the centerpieces are quesadilla, or ‘quecas’ as they are called colloquially.
Quesadillas are fast, reliable, cheap, and endlessly experimental. Try your luck with these five tasty variations. Make sure to always have some good salsas and guacamole on deck to take the experiences from these quesadillas to a whole other level, by the way. It is also worth investing in the absolute best tortillas you can find.
1 | Vegetables and Cheese Quesadillas
Veggies are always a good addition to quesadillas. Try sautéing onions, peppers, zucchini, sweet potatoes, or just about anything else you have in your fridge. Make sure to season well with salt and pepper as everything cooks, then just load up your quesadillas.
2 | Chicken Quesadillas
There is nothing particularly groundbreaking about a chicken quesadilla, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t satisfying. To get the most out of your quesadilla con pollo, try slow cooking the chicken in a crock pot with chopped onion, garlic, bay leaves, and your favorite seasonings, then shred it with a fork before folding into the quesadillas.
3 | Mushroom Quesadillas
The meaty, earthy flavor and texture of cooked mushrooms go quite well with a crunchy tortilla and gooey bed of cheese. Thinly slice the mushrooms, sauté in butter and salt, then add to the tortilla before cooking the quesadilla. This simple preparation is the easiest and tastiest way to eat your mushroom quesadilla.
4 | Beef and Avocado Quesadilla
Carne asada is a staple of Mexican cuisine, and something that has a perfect home inside a piping hot, cheese filled tortilla. Grill flank steak into small chunks before assembling the quesadilla, and add mashed avocado and salsa Mexicana, as a finishing garnish on top.
5 | Bacon and Jalapeño Quesadilla
It turns out that everyone’s favorite salty, fatty, smoked meat is a natural choice to make a simple tortilla even better. Go figure. Add some small pieces of jalapeños to make it one of the most addictive quesadilla variations you will ever taste. You’ll definitely want to fry or bake the bacon ahead of time to your preferred level of char, then chop it into smaller pieces to airdrop into your quesadilla. ¡Provecho!