Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas

Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas

Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas: Like the best bar food in the world, but right here in your own kitchen. Ground Beef and Cheese = Crowd Pleaser I have yet to meet a combination of ground beef and cheese that doesn’t make the people I live with extremely happy.  They are not unusual in that respect, I know, which is why tucked amidst the salad recipes and salmon dishes, I continue to pepper this blog with dishes such as One-Skillet Cheesy Beef and Macaroni and Grilled Cheeseburgers with Herb Sauce.  Really, let’s hear it for ground beef.  And cheese.  And Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas. There was a delightful little exchange on the show West Wing many years ago (here I both a] date myself and b] feel weepy to think we would have been excited to watch a show about the West Wing not so long ago) that went something like this: President Josiah Bartlet: How you doing? You know I gave the kids candy all the time, right? Abbey Bartlet: Behind my back? President Josiah Bartlet: Yes. Abbey Bartlet: You bought their love. President Josiah Bartlet: Well, it was for sale, and I wanted it. Only in this case the candy is beef and cheese. And here, tortillas!  But look, also spinach or kale!  A leafy green can help validate/justify a lot of cheese, says me.  You can use ground pork or ground turkey instead of ground beef, if you like, as well. Making Quesadillas on the Stove In this recipe, the directions say to make one quesadilla at a time, which, if you are new to the quesadilla making business, is the easiest way to get comfortable assembling and flipping them.  However, because once the quesadilla is folded, it makes a half moon shape, you could in fact assemble two of these on a cutting board, and fold them up and then cook them together in a pan, lining up the straight sides of the half moons so two easily fit in the circle.  This isn’t hard at all, but if the notion of flipping a quesadilla makes you want to take things a little slowly, start with the one-at-a-time method. Use any delicious melty cheeses you like—I picked cheddar and harvarti, but a Mexican blend is terrific, a blend of two other cheeses (or more), or just a single cheese, be it havarti, cheddar, provolone, gouda, Montery Jack, mozzarella, etc.   If you like Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas, you’ll probably also like: How to Make a Nacho Bar Smashed Roasted Baby Potatoes Spinach, Mushroom, and Chicken Quesadillas Other beefy, cheesy dinners: Cheesy Beef and Hash Brown Casserole One-Skillet Cheesy Beef and Macaroni Simple Baked Pasta with Bolognese Sauce Cheesy Mashed Potato Topped Shepherd’s Pie Instant Pot Ziti “Lasagna” with Bolognese Sauce