Cooking series: Mexican Quesadilla

Downloads5When I was pregnant, I craved all sorts of foods. At some point I wanted to eat Mexican food but we had no restaurants it!

So I did my own research, made my own tortillas and the quesadillas came out just lovely!

 

I made my own tortillas and salsa. I later tried the same recipe with store-bought tortillas but it wasn’t the same.

What you need:

Tortillas:

3.5 cups of flour

100 gr of butter or margarine (if you don’t have – use 0.5 cup of vegetable oil)

0.5 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of very hot water

Salsa sauce:

2 tomatoes

2 bell peppers (1 yellow and 1 red)

1 spicy pepper

1 small onion

few cloves of garlic

2 stems of coriander

Additional ingredients:

If you are making a meaty quesadilla – cooked beef, chicken or pork, shredded with fork.

Cooked minced meat would also do.

You will also need sour cream and shredded cheese (any of your favorite type).

If you don’t have one, squeeze some lemon juice into the whipped cream (which hasn’t been whipped yet) and mix till it curds and thickens. Voilà, your own version of sour cream is ready!

How to make it:

Tortillas:

Mix flour, salt and baking soda in a bowl. Add margarine/butter/vegetable oil. Use fork and mix everything well until you have pea-size pieces. Add the hot water and keep mixing with the fork until you have a dough. Then knead the dough for 3-4 minutes. Cover and put to rest for 15 minutes.

Cut the dough into 8 pieces, roll the pancake shapes. Heat up the pan and fry the pancakes for 1 minute on each side. Now you have ready tortillas!

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Salsa sauce:

Cut everything in small pieces. Heat up some oil in a frying pan or in a wok, use medium fire, add all vegetables, add salt, some ground black pepper, some paprika powder  (if you have), some salt. Mix well, cover and steam for 20 minutes. Make sure most of the water evaporates – you should have only little bit of water left inside.

Assembling quesadillas:

Take 2 tortillas. Put one one the plate or baking sheet. Spread enough salsa sauce, then shredded chicken, then sour cream, on top put some cheese and cover with second pancake.

If you have an oven – place in the oven until cheese melts.

If you use a frying pan – heat up the pan on medium-low fire and put quesadilla there, cover and keep until the cheese melts.

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Cut quesadillas into 4 pieces and serve hot.

Total time of cooking – about 40-50 minutes.

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As you can see, my at that time 3+ year old was not happy all “naans” were used for making quesadillas. So she was sulking for a bit! But she loved the tortillas by themselves!

What is your favorite Mexican dish? Share with me the recipe – I’d love to try it!

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