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Meaty Quesadillas

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My friend Suzie shared this recipe on her “Food Fridays” blog a couple weeks ago and I  made it immediately.  Ground beef, strangely, is the only way I really like beef, and I love simple recipes.  Not to mention it’s not completely over-the-top calorie wise.  Win-win-win!

Oh yeah, and it’s good.  My husband says, “It’s really, really, really, really, really good!”  That’s the max amount of “really’s” he’s ever used so it’s gotta be good!

Meaty Quesadillas
Printable recipe

1 lb. lean ground beef
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. salt
ground pepper to taste
2 bunches green onions, thinly sliced
6 10-inch flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (I used cheddar and pepper jack)
Salsa and/or sour cream, for serving

Cook the beef, garlic, chili powder, oregano, salt & ground pepper to taste over medium heat, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until it is no longer pink. Add the green onions and cook a few more minutes.

Heat a large griddle or nonstick pan over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray and place 2 tortillas on the griddle (or 1 if using a skillet), and scatter ¼ cup of cheese on each. Cook until the bottoms are golden brown and the cheese is melted. Put a sixth of the beef mixture on half of each tortilla and fold into a half-moon. Continue to cook until the quesadillas are crisp, turning once. Repeat to make 6 quesadillas. Cut into wedges and top with salsa and/or sour cream.

Serves 6.

Nutritional Info (per serving, without salsa & sour cream): 461 calories; 27 g fat; 29 carb; 1 g fiber; 26 g protein.

Adapted from Food Network

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