30 April 2013

It's Day Two of Cinco de Mayo week here.  Today's recipe is really fun.  Kind of a cross between quesadillas and taco pizza. It's like taco pizza that uses a quesadilla as the crust.  One of those "why didn't I think of that?" recipes.  My version is adapted from Closet Cooking.

Quesadilla Taco Pizzas

1 lb. ground beef
2 tbsp homemade taco seasoning or store bought packet
2 tbsp flour
¼ cup water
1 can refried beans
12 medium flour tortillas
3-4 cups shredded cheese
1 tbsp oil
1½ cup salsa or taco sauce
4 green onions, sliced
Any other toppings you like
Sour cream

Brown the ground beef in a pan over medium heat, drain the excess grease, mix in seasoning, flour, and water and simmer until thickened.

Spread the refried beans over 6 of the tortillas.  Top each with ground beef and cheese.  Place the remaining tortillas on top to make the quesadillas.

Heat oil in a large skillet.  Place one of the quesadillas in skillet and cook it over medium heat until the cheese has melted and the tortillas are lightly golden brown, about 2-4 minutes per side.  Repeat with remaining quesadillas.

Place the quesadillas on a large baking sheet.  Spread the salsa or taco sauce over the tops of the quesadillas, sprinkle on the cheese, green onions, and any other toppings of your choice.

Broil in a preheated oven until the cheese has melted, about 2 minutes. (Keep an eye on them so they do not burn!)  Remove from broiler and cut into wedges.  Serve with sour cream.

Makes 6 servings.

This recipe is really easy to customize.  You can make the quesadillas with any kind of filling you like.  You can use chicken or shredded beef instead of the ground beef.  Or you can use black beans instead of refried beans.  (If you do that, I suggest putting a layer of cheese on both tortillas since the refried beans help hold them together.)  You can also top these babies any way you want.  Top them with whatever you like on a taco pizza.  Black olives, lettuce, fresh tomatoes; the possibilities are endless.  I used salsa on top of mine, but my husband isn't so much a fan of "chunky" tomato sauces, so he used taco sauce instead.  They both worked perfectly.

These quesadilla pizzas make for a very nice twist on boring old taco night.  Since they are individual, each person can make theirs however they like it.

Tomorrow I will be sharing with you a homemade version of a popular Taco Bell menu item.

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