Two of your favorite Mexican-inspired meals come together in one delicious and easy dinner recipe -- cheesy ground beef Taco Quesadillas!
Servings 6 quesadillas
- 1 lb. ground beef
- 1 (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning (such as Old El Paso brand)
- ⅔ cup water
- 6 (8-inch) flour tortillas (“burrito size”)
- 3 cups grated cheddar or Mexican-blend cheese
- Optional, for serving: sour cream, guacamole, salsa, diced red onion, sliced green onion
Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain and return to skillet. Stir in taco seasoning and ⅔ cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer uncovered for 3-4 minutes (stirring often), until thickened.
Preheat a flat griddle or a large skillet over medium heat.
To prepare one quesadilla: Spread ¼ cup of cheese on half of a tortilla. Sprinkle with about ¼ - ½ cup of the taco meat. Add another layer of cheddar on top of the meat.
Fold tortilla over. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make additional quesadillas.
Grease a griddle or large skillet and cook quesadillas over medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
Remove to a cutting board and allow the quesadilla to cool for a few minutes. Cut into triangles and serve.
For the Microwave:
Assemble the quesadillas as instructed. Place on a microwave-safe plate and cook on HIGH until the cheese is melted (about 1 minute).
In the Oven:
Assemble the quesadillas as instructed. Brush each side with olive oil (or spritz with olive oil spray) -- this will help it get crispy and golden brown in the oven. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake the quesadillas at 450 degrees F for about 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and tortillas are golden brown.
Serving: 1quesadilla | Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 790mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1009IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 414mg | Iron: 3mg