Make Quesadillas with Your Children

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If you want to start your children out on the right foot when it comes to making Tex Mex dishes at home, look no further than the wonderful quesadilla.

This dish is the perfect Tex Mex dish to make with our kids or grandkids.

Take a look below for an easy-to-create yet very healthy (lots of vegetables and chicken in this quesadilla) recipe for the cheese-and-flour-tortilla mainstay.

Add even more vegetables to this chicken quesadilla, and you have a very healthy and filling meal.

You will need (serves 2):

  • One tablespoon of olive oil
  • Two (2) cloves of minced garlic
  • ½ of a yellow squash (cut it into ½-inch cubes)
  • ¾ cup of diced rotisserie chicken
  • ½ of a red bell pepper (cut it into ½-inch squares)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • Four (4) whole wheat soft tortillas
  • Optional: sharp cheddar cheese
  • ½ cup of rinsed and drained black beans (canned is fine)
  • ½ of an avocado (mash it)
  • One tablespoon of chopped fresh cilantro

To prepare:

  • Get a skillet and heat one tablespoon of olive oil in it over medium-high heat. Then sauté the garlic in hot oil until the aroma wafts toward you (should take about one minute).
  • Add the yellow squash and cook and stir until it’s softened a bit (about one to two minutes).
  • Stir the chicken and bell pepper into the squash mix and cook and stir until it’s all heated through (about another two minutes).
  • Season the chicken mixture with salt and move it to a bowl.
  • Spray one of the tortillas with olive oil cooking spray and place it in the hot skillet. Then place one slice of the cheddar cheese on it and spread ½ of the chicken/veggie mix on top.
  • Then spoon half of the black beans over the chicken/veggie mixture and half of the avocado over the black beans.
  • Sprinkle half of the cilantro over the avocado.
  • Spray a second tortilla with the olive oil spray and place it on top of the first tortilla (making a tortilla “sandwich”).
  • Cook the sandwich until the bottom tortilla is crispy (about two to three minutes) and then carefully flip the quesadilla sandwich over and cook it until the cheese has melted, and the now-bottom tortilla also is crispy (about another four minutes).
  • Do the same with the remaining two tortillas to make two quesadillas sandwiches.

Quesadillas often are considered to be appetizers, but this recipe makes the quesadilla a true, healthy meal.

When you need Tex Mex food, visit a Mattito’s restaurant nearest you to enjoy quesadillas, fajitas, tacos, burritos, etc. with the entire family. Contact us today.

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