Monday, November 5, 2012

Fajita Quesadillas

For whatever reason, El decided to grill some steak Friday night. Normally, that wouldn't be a big deal but I had just made the Mary's Chicken. But he wanted to have it I didn't argue. Well, for dinner last night I wanted to make fajitas with said steak (perfect recycling of leftovers!). I had it all planned out all day and everyone seemed pretty excited. Then 5 minutes before I started making dinner they changed their minds; they now wanted quesadillas. I have to say I was a little annoyed especially since I was ready to go! I wanted to use all of the same ingredients so instead of making fajitas, I put everything you'd need for fajitas inside two tortillas and baked them. BAM! Fajita Quesadillas! Baking them makes them super crunchy, gooey, and with zero grease because you're not frying anything. Given that we are all so picky over here, it is very easy to make everyone their own with exactly whatever they want inside. Fire roasted peppers and onions (hello frozen section at Trader Joe's!), spicy black beans (don't worry, I'll teach you how to make them), leftover (or freshly grilled with a spicy rub) steak and your favorite condiments will make these totally healthy, easy, and most importantly, satisfying! And really, what's best is that everyone can customize their own. Pop them on a baking sheet and 15 minutes later you're good to go! Oh, and yes, of course, I made one strictly vegan for mother.

What you'll need (enough for 4 quesadillas):
2/3 cup grilled steak (or chicken), chopped into bite size pieces
2/3 cup sliced peppers (red and green)
1/2 cup thickly sliced onions
1 can low sodium black beans, rinsed
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. kosher salt & pepper
3 tbs. chili sauce (or more if you're a rebel and can take the heat!)
1 cup shredded cheese (Mexican blend or medium cheddar will do)
8 low carb flour quesadillas (La Gloria brand is THE BEST, found at Whole Foods)

1. Preheat your oven to 425*. In a large bowl, mix together the seasonings and salt and pepper. Add the rinsed black beans. Pour in the chili sauce and give it a good mix. Set aside for a few minutes to let the flavors come together. 
2. In a HOT skillet, toss in the peppers and onions until they get a nice char on them. Remove from the heat immediately so they don't turn into mush.
3. Time to assemble! LIGHTLY spray a baking sheet with cooking spray. Lay down one tortilla, sprinkle one small handful of cheese, then the beans, followed by peppers and onions, steak, and one more sprinkle of cheese. Top with a second tortilla and bake for 10-15 minutes. 
4. Set up your condiment station (I did salsa, sour cream, and guacamole).
5. Slice the quesadillas into quarters and serve immediately!

enjoy :)

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