Looking for a deliciously cheesy beef quesadilla recipe for a tasty snack, lunch or supper? Look no further! Quesadillas are moreish and fun to make.
For these beef quesadillas we have used chuck steak and brisket, as they are great cuts for slow cooking and they are also budget friendly. We sear and slow cook the beef for a couple of hours with garlic, soy sauce, cumin, ale, beef stock, bay leaf, black peppercorns and most importantly a dollop of smoky Chipotle Paste until the meat is so tender and falls apart. If you have a slow cooker great but you can also prepare this in the oven, in a baking dish, covered in tin foil.
Now making the beef quesadillas is the fun part! Once the beef is done, you can get going with the Burrito Wraps or Soft Taco Wraps (they both work great). Add plenty of cheese, spring onions and then warm them up over a hot pan until golden and crispy. When they are oozing, you know you’re onto a winner. In your haste to try them, don’t forget to add a dollop of our Chipotle Salsa!
We recommend freezing the leftovers (if there are any) to defrost at a later date when you want to make these quesadillas without having to cook.
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3 hrs 20 mins
How to make it
- Heat a pan over high heat with the olive oil. Season the beef chunks with plenty of salt and pepper and then place the beef into the hot pan until browned all over. Once ready, remove from the heat and set aside.
- Add into the slow cooker the seared beef, garlic, soy sauce, cumin, pour in the ale, chicken stock, bay leaf, black peppercorns and Chipotle Paste, add a pinch of salt and cook on high for 3-4 hours.
- When ready, remove the meat from the slow cooker and place it into a bowl. Add the remaining cooking liquid into a saucepan and simmer on a high temperature to reduce. Once it thickens into a gravy consistency it’s ready, and this takes about 20 -25 min approx.
- Shred the meat with the help of two forks. It should be very tender. Then pour the reduced sauce onto the meat and combine.
- Place two Burrito Wraps or Soft Taco Wraps over your kitchen counter and add a good amount of grated cheese on top, then shredded beef, a sprinkle of spring onions and more cheese. Cover with another burrito wrap or fold in half (if using soft tacos). You can brush the top with a little olive oil.
- Now heat up a large pan and once it’s hot enough you can place in your quesadilla. When it’s golden and crispy at the bottom, carefully flip it over with the help of a spatula and finish cooking the other side.
- Remove from the pan and with a sharp knife cut into quarters. Serve warm and enjoy with a good amount of Chipotle Salsa.
Note: if you don’t have a slow cooker you can cook your meat in the oven. Just sear your meat and place it in a baking dish with the rest of the ingredients, cover tightly with tin foil, and cook in the oven at 160°C for 3 hours until tender.
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Which wraps should I use for quesadillas, large or small?
Either our large Burrito Wraps or our small Soft Taco Wraps would work for quesadillas. If you prefer them just halved (like these beef quesadillas) and fried then the smaller ones. If you prefer to quarter them (fold them over once more), then use the larger Burrito Wraps.
What cheese can you put in these beef quesadillas?
Mexican cheese of course! Oaxaca and Chihuahua cheese are ideal because they melt easily and have a luxurious stretch. Manchego cheese is also a good option and may be more readily available. If you can't find any of these near you, we recommend using mozzarella, cheddar or Monterey Jack.
How many calories are in a beef quesadilla?
It depends what exactly is in them, and how much cheese etc. They are usually between 300 - 400 calories for each quesadilla.