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Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas

Looking for super Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas? You've come to the right place! Well seasoned ground beef, lots of ooey gooey cheese and a crispy golden brown exterior make these quesadillas simply irresistible! They're sure to become a favourite in your home as they are in ours.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword beef quesadillas, cheesy quesadilla recipe, easy quesadilla recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 pieces
Calories 252kcal
Author Dawn - Girl Heart Food

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb ground beef -I used 'extra lean'
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp unsalted beef stock
  • 12 oz shredded cheese blend -about 3 cups (or combination of cheddar, monterey jack and pizza mozzarella)
  • 6 flour tortillas -mine were about 7 - 8 inch diameter
  • cooking spray -to grease pan

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 200 F (to keep quesadillas warm while cooking batches).
  • In a pan (I used non stick) on medium heat add olive oil.
  • When shimmering, add ground beef, chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Heat until cooked through, breaking into crumbles with a wooden spoon, about 8-10 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and stock and cook 1 -2 minutes more.
  • Remove beef from pan into a bowl. If there is any excess grease drain/remove.
  • Distribute about 8 ounces (or 2 cups) of cheese among all tortillas  (on one side of them). NOTE: reserve the remaining 4 ounces (or cup of cheese).
    Also, if your tortillas are smaller or larger than the size I used, the quantity you yield will vary.
  • Distribute ground beef on top of cheese.  Then, sprinkle remaining 1 cup (or 4 ounces) of cheese on top of ground beef. Fold tortilla over so you have a half moon shape.
  • Working in batches (about 2 quesadillas per batch), spray cooking spray into pan and cook quesadillas (on medium low heat) for about 2 minutes per side until golden brown and cheese is melted (carefully turning and watching to ensure they don't burn). While continuing batches, place cooked quesadillas on a baking sheet in preheated oven to keep warm.
    Cut each half moon in half. Serve with salsa, guacamole and/or sour cream. Enjoy!

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Nutrition (estimate only)

Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 446mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 1.6mg
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 252 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 446mg19%
Potassium 176mg5%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 340IU7%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 210mg21%
Iron 1.6mg9%
* Nutrition estimate only. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.