Can We Talk About Quesadillas?

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

I just bought a used Santa Fe Quesadilla Maker for $5, and I'm excited to use it. I've been wanting to make quesadillas and freeze them to carry to work and reheat as needed.

I absolutely love and crave Chili's Bacon Ranch Chicken Quesadillas, but I can't afford to eat out all the time. And I'm sure I could make them myself and make them healthier.

So does anyone have this recipe or other good quesadilla recipes I could try out in my Quesa maker? I'm really excited to see this thing in action. It's so shiny, bright red that it screams at me everytime I walk by it. LOL

I read about a banana/peanut butter quesadilla. Has anyone here tried it? I'm just not sure about that combination. But I bet I could use fruit filling and make quesadilla pies too. And what else?? Creative, adventurous cooks, enlighten me, please!

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Shawnee Mission, KS(Zone 6a)

I used to make Quesadillas back when I used to work for a mexican restaurant. They are easy. Just cook whatever meat you want to use. If you like your veggies cooked also then do the same. Throw a tortilla onto a grill or into a pan, put a light amount of cheese of your choice on top of the tortilla , next add the cooked meat and veggies, add another light layer of cheese, and lastly throw another totilla on top. If cooking in a pan then turn the whole quesadilla over part way through the cooking.

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Columbus, OH

I do what Susan does. lol They're so quick and easy, I wouldn't bother to freeze them.

Greensboro, NC(Zone 7a)

Nutella would be great with the sliced bananas too. Sliced strawberries and a bit of sweetened cream cheese is good. I usually just make mine in a large skillet and flip halfway through.
I also end up with a bit more portion control as they can only hold so much filling so I learned to cut things smaller, chop finer and slice thinner. Less cheese is better than more--too much will make them greasy and tend to slide apart rather than cling.

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

Thanks for the tips, friends. I haven't made any quesadillas yet, but they're still on my list. I do intend to freeze some so I can grab them as needed for work. I only cook when I'm in the mood, which is not regularly. So I try to cook a lot when the mood strikes and freeze in individual portions so I can grab and go when I work. It helps keep me from going thru a drive-thru and eating 2000 calories at lunch.

Dmac, that fruit filled quesadilla sounds awesome! I'll have to give that a try. What's Nutella? Some kind of nutty filling?

Northeast, AR(Zone 7a)

I made my very first quesadilla today. I haven't tried them yet, but my brother and his friends tried the first one. My brother said it was the best quesadilla he's ever had. He doesn't give praise easily, so I'm flattered.

I used wheat tortilla shells and spread my special ranch dressing around on it. (Special ranch dressing is the kind Chili's serves with their quesadillas--ranch dressing with cayenne pepper mixed in it.)

Then I added some browned chicken breast pieces, turkey bacon pieces and a blend of 4 cheeses with Mexican seasonings.

Then serve with the special ranch dressing blend. Yummy!!! Of course you can add other things to it too. For a more tropical flavor, add some pineapples. For a spicier flavor, add jalopenos. Or add veggies for a healthier quesadilla.

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