If I ever had to sit down and make a master list of favorite foods, quesadillas would definitely make the top ten, if not the top 5. I just love how versatile they are – any kind of meat, any and all kinds of veggies, and of course, beautiful wonderful cheese. While a good quesadilla can be made with any number of cheeses, my money is on chihuahua cheese for spot numero uno. It’s perfectly melty, and its flavor isn’t overpowering but instead makes an awesome background flavor to whatever the “meat” of the quesadilla is. I say “meat” with quotes around it because this recipe actually doesn’t have any meat in it! Instead, it has flavor-packed sweet caramelized onions and pinto beans, with just a bit of cilantro. So simple, but so good. And some avocado on the side, to do what it does best: make everything better.
1/2 white onion, sliced thin
tortillas (I use flour, but use corn or other gluten-free tortillas if you like)
chihuahua cheese, grated (this is my favorite, but any good melting cheese will work)
1/2 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
Just the Recipe link: Bean and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas
First, heat a drizzle of olive oil and a pat of butter over high heat. Add the sliced onions and a bit of salt to help them release some moisture, and stir to coat.
Once they’ve started to soften, turn the heat down to low and continue to cook, stirring every few minutes. You can let them caramelize as log as you like – anywhere from 15 minutes to half an hour.
Once the onions are done to your liking, start assembling the quesadillas. I like to make my quesadillas with one tortilla folded in half, rather than with two tortillas one on top of the other. So I fill just half – first a layer of cheese, and then the onions.
Next come the beans, and a sprinkle of cilantro. I only had dried so you can barely see it – but it’s there!
Now fold the tortillas over so that they form a little envelope, and cook them in a hot pan or quesadilla maker, if you’re lucky enough to have one of these awesome machines. When one side is browned, turn them over and brown the other side. You want the fillings hot and the cheese good and melty.
When they’re done, that’s it! Enjoy with avocado, sour cream, salsa – whatever you like.
I wish I hadn’t eaten these earlier, so I could eat them right now.