Inside: Find out how to make delicious Mexican quesadillas, starting with masa and filled with cheese and other ingredients of your choice.
One of the most popular, though, are quesadillas. Now, when I talk about quesadillas, I am not simply talking about sticking cheese between two premade tortillas and heating it up. That is what I encountered here in the United States at first, and while those have their place (especially for kids), authentic Mexican quesadillas are so much better!
The quesadillas that you will find in Mexico are made with handmade tortillas, which are then heated on a comal and filled with lots of ingredients, including, of course, cheese.
You can find quesadillas with different vegetables, meats, or just with cheese. They are always served with homemade salsa though, which is definitely important!
Since quesadillas are so versatile, you can really add whatever ingredients you are craving that day. For those of you that don’t eat meat, there are lots of options too! For example, for the quesadillas I made today, I included Sweet Earth Foods Mindful Chick’n to go with the cheese and salsa.
Sweet Earth Foods has a lot of great meat-free foods, without sacrificing flavor. Mindful Chick’n is a plant-based protein that still has the amazing juiciness of a traditional chicken breast. It comes in a super convenient packaging as well, so it is recipe-ready. Meaning that you can add it to lots of recipes right out of the box.
It also provides 19 grams of protein and 6 grams of fiber, so it is a great option! Find out more about Sweet Earth Foods Mindful Chick’n here.
How To Prepare the Masa For Quesadillas
The handmade tortillas are one of the most important parts of making authentic quesadillas. To make them, you will want to start by making the masa. This is done by buying a bag of corn masa from your local grocer, and then preparing it by following the instructions on the back of the bag. In the alternative, you can buy pre-prepared masa from your local Mexican food market if you have one nearby.
You will then form it into a dough that you can separate into golf ball sized or slightly larger balls that you will flatten using a tortilla press.
How To Make The Quesadillas
Once the tortillas are ready, you will want to heat up a comal and add some oil to keep the tortillas from sticking or breaking and to slightly fry them. After you have flipped the tortilla over once, it is time to add the ingredients. Start by adding cheese (in Mexico, the most common cheese to use for quesadillas is called queso “oaxaca” but you can also use mozzarella).
Then you can add any other ingredients that you want and then fold it over and continue cooking until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden brown.
The traditional way to serve quesadillas is hot off the comal with lettuce, pico de gallo, and salsa. This is a recipe that people of all ages can enjoy. It is great, because people can decide what kind of filling they want depending on their personal preferences.
Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions and how it turns out for you!
Other Authentic Mexican Recipes
- Authentic Mexican Birria Recipe (3 Methods)
- Authentic Mole De Olla Recipe (Mexican Beef Soup)
- Authentic Mexican Chiles En Nogada Recipe
- Authentic Mexican Meatballs Recipe (Albondigas Mexicanas)
- Tacos Al Pastor Recipe
- The Best Authentic Mexican Guacamole Recipe
- Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas Tacos
- Barbacoa Tacos
- 1 Cup Maseca Prepared with water and salt per package instructions
- 2 Cups Oaxaca Cheese or mozzarella
- 1 Package Sweet Earth Foods Mindful Chick'n
- 1 Cup Homemade Salsa
- Pico de Gallo
- Chopped Lettuce
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- Prepare the Masa according to the package instructions and form balls that are slightly larger than a golf ball.
- Flatten each ball into a tortilla using a tortilla press or your hands.
- Heat a comal over high heat with some oil and place one of the tortillas on it.
- Flip after about 1 minute and then add the cheese and Mindful Chick'n, fold over.
- Flip one more time to continue cooking the tortilla until it is golden brown.
- Serve with salsa, pico de gallo and lettuce