Thursday, March 26, 2009

Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

Well... they started out being Chicken Fajita Quesadillas. But now it's more like a Quesadilla Bar, with me manning the grill. I like Quesadillas because they are so versatile and you can fill them with whatever you like.


You'll need:
Large Flour Tortillas
Cheese - I usually use ColbyJack... or Colby & PepperJack
Meat - or no meat

When these were just Chicken Fajita Quesadillas, they had grilled onions & peppers... chicken, Smoky Mexican Chicken, leftover chicken, already cooked seasoned chicken strips... whatever chicken I had on hand.

Jon doesn't like onions & peppers... so I started cooking up mushrooms for him... then he said he'd like some black olives.

So now I pretty much just figure out what meat & veggies would be 'convenient' for me to use and offer those up as choices to everyone.

Bob doesn't like his quesadilla folded and grilled... he likes it open with just cheese and microwaved until melty... or lately he's been adding pepperoni.

Tawny usually likes a little of everything in hers... but prefers her veggies raw.

Lilly usually keeps me guessing.

Jon typically just wants chicken, olives & shrooms... this time he opted out of shrooms... cool... more shrooms for me!

I like LOTS of veggies and although I almost never leave the chicken out of mine... I always say that I should have!

I start by cooking up the veggies. Sometimes I put a little oil in the bottom of the pan... but mostly I just cook them in a little bit of chicken broth.

A little oil today.

Onions, Peppers & Mushrooms.

Everyone at my house is so picky that I try to keep them separate while I cook them. Yes... my family is spoiled. It's no one's fault but mine!

I like to sprinkle them with a little liquid smoke too. It gives a bit of grill flavor to the veggies.

Lay out a flour tortilla and sprinkle half with shredded cheese.

Then the rest of your fillings...
For Jon... just chicken & olives this time.


Plus a little more cheese so that it seals shut when cooking.

Fold it up. I usually cook these in my Foreman Grill; then I don't need to flip them... but sometimes I cook them in a skillet.

If you cook it in the Foreman, make sure the folded edge is down so your fillings don't run out into the drip tray.

Mmmm.... see the cheese oozing out on the left side? I usually keep those little grilled cheese chips for myself. But I was feeling really nice and gave it to Jon.

Jon's Quesadilla (with cheese chip!)

Lots of veggies for me!

Chicken, Mushrooms, Onions, Peppers and Green Chilies






Into the Foreman Grill.


The Karma Faery rewarded my Cheesy Chip generosity with lots of Cheesy Chips!!



And I like Salsa, Sour Cream and Guacamole with mine.


Quesadillas are often what's going on in my kitchen, since I usually have everything on hand!


Donna-FFW said...

OMG.. huge yum factor, I love the cheesey goodness. You are right also, most items I have on hand.. Ill have to try this:) NICE recipe, Spryte!

girlichef said...

Quesedillas are great! Love the
grill" marks on yours. I usually do mine on my cast-iron pan, but think I'll try the grill pan next time. Kiddos prefer theirs "soft" from the microwave...?missing all that glorious crispness? You're making me hungry.

Natashya said...

Great idea to do them in the contact grill! Looks yummy.

DDpie said...

I love doing these because (like you) everyone in my fam wants something different. In the summer, I do them outside on the grill (yum yum) along with plenty of roasted peppers!

Sheila said...

My whole family loves Mexican food and quesadillas are so great to please all the different desires of what to fill them with. I like how you used just one pan but still kept all the veggies separate. I wouldn't have been brilliant enough to think of that on my own; that's why I love Blogland. These look great!

Spryte said...

Thanks Donna!

girlichef... I know... they are missing crispy goodness!!

Thanks Natashya!

DD... I LOVE grilled peppers!

Thanks Sheila!!

Debbie said...

I love quesedillas and never thought of using my Foreman grill...duh. Thanks for mentioning that. I'll try it..

Spryte said...

Debbie... I use the Foreman for TONS of stuff!

tamilyn said...

I love quesadillas with chicken and cheese-ooey, gooey goodness!

Bob said...

Man, I never get to make quesedillas because my girlfriend isn't into cheese. Those look so good! Particularly the cheese chips. Heh.

Michele said...

I love it! The mushrooms, the crispy cheese, I'm in heaven right now!

Brittany said...

OH STINKIN YUM! I never thought to do them in my Foreman grill, I am SO doing this this weekend!

noble pig said...

I like the idea of a quesadilla bar...fill it up and give it to the cool.

rebekah said...

ah you changed your blog! i like!

these look delicious, btw.

melissa said...

I LOVE these!! One of my favorite easy weeknight meals. Soooo yummy. I like the variety in yours. I've always just used meat, cheese and chiles. I need to expand my horizons.

Mom on the Run said...

I am about to go into Mexican Food Shock!

Great recipe!

Danielle said...

yum yum yum!!

Anonymous said...

Spryte, love the new look of your blog! Mmmmmm aren't those cheese crispys just the best! Your recipes sure are making me hubgry! Patti(t)/BakeSpace

lisaiscooking said...

I love quesadillas, and the mushrooms look great here. Great meal!

Tangled Noodle said...

I love your Quesadilla Bar concept and you have the patience of a saint! So many tastes and preferences to juggle - I would have thrown in the kitchen towel. Great job!

Peter M said...

Very kind of you to lay out the quesadilla play-by-play...when's the next batch ready? I'm hungry!

Spryte said...

Thanks everyone for taking the time to say something nice... I really appreciate it!!