Cheesy Beef Taco Quesadillas  – Easy 15 Minute Dinner

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Taco Quesadillas are a quick and easy way to use leftover taco meat and turn it into an entirely new meal the whole family will love. Easy to customize and ready in 15 minutes! 

Taco Quesadillas

What are Taco Quesadillas?

Looking to mix up your regular Taco Tuesday? Enter the Cheesy Beef Taco Quesadillas, a savory blend of traditional taco ingredients packaged as a quesadilla. It’s tantalizing enough to unite the whole family around the dinner table. This dish, an enchanting fusion of soft tortillas encasing a hearty, cheesy beef filling, turns a simple meal into a fiesta. 

What I absolutely adore about Taco Quesadillas is not just their mouthwatering flavor, but their remarkable versatility and simplicity. Whether you’re a seasoned home chef or a novice in the kitchen, assembling these quesadillas is a breeze. Plus, it’s a fabulous strategy for transforming leftover taco meat into an entirely new dish. Making Taco Quesadillas allows you to mix and match ingredients to your heart’s desire—making them a surefire hit even with the pickiest eaters. Who can resist the appeal of a golden brown crust giving way to melted cheese with every bite? Yum! 

If you love quesadillas, you should also try Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas!

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Why you’ll love Taco Quesadillas

  • Ultimate comfort food: Taco Quesadillas combine the best of both worlds, offering a deliciously satisfying meal. 
  • Family-friendly and versatile: Easy to customize with your favorite toppings and great for using up leftover taco meat. 
  • Effortlessly simple: Ideal for both novice cooks and savvy home chefs looking for a quick and delightful weeknight dinner. 
Ingredients for Taco Quesadillas

Gathering Your Ingredients for Taco Quesadillas

Kicking off your taco quesadilla adventure begins with rounding up all the right ingredients. Here’s what you’ll need, but always remember, the kitchen is your playground, so feel free to tweak things to your heart’s content:

  • Lean ground beef or pick from an array of proteins to find your perfect match.
  • Flour tortillas for that classic quesadilla foundation, though corn tortillas are a fabulous alternative, too.
  • Cheddar cheese because, let’s face it, cheese is paramount, but don’t shy away from mixing in some Mexican cheese, Monterey Jack, or pepper jack cheeses for an extra flavor kick.
  • Tomato paste and beef broth, are two ingredients that bring a depth of flavor and moisture to your beef mixture.
  • A packet of taco seasoning for that instant taco Tuesday vibe, supplemented by a dash of salt and olive oil for cooking.
  • Consider inviting corn kernels and black beans to the party for an added layer of texture and taste.

Step-by-Step Cooking Instructions

Let me guide you through making Ultimate Taco Quesadillas, a dish that’s become a staple at our dinner table, especially when Taco Tuesday rolls around. It’s an easy dinner recipe that I’ve found works wonders for us, tackling both picky eaters and those of us longing for a bit of culinary adventure. So, grab your favorite apron, and let’s dive into this cheesy, blissful cooking journey!

  1. Start by heating a large non-stick pan or your trusty cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add a little bit of olive oil, just enough to coat the bottom. 
  2. Cook the ground beef until no pink remains, breaking it apart with a spatula. Stir in the tomato paste and a packet of taco seasoning, cooking for a few more minutes until the beef is well-coated. Leftover ground beef taco meat from previous meals works great too!
  3. Add corn kernels, black beans, or any other mix-ins at this time and allow to cook another minute or two to heat through. 
  4. Place tortillas on a flat work surface. Divide cheese and add it to half of each tortilla. Top the cheese with the beef mixture evenly among half of each tortilla. If you’re feeling adventurous, throw in some of your favorite taco toppings. 
  5. Fold tortillas in half over the filling to create a half-moon shape. The key to a gooey, melted cheese interior is ensuring the tortillas aren’t overstuffed. Less is more here!
  6. Cook quesadillas in the hot pan, flipping once, until both sides are golden brown and the cheese melts into perfection. For those who favor a crisper finish, a baking pan in the oven at a medium temperature yields great results too. 
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Place quesadillas on a cutting board and allow to rest for a minute or two before cutting into triangle shapes. This waiting game, though tough, allows for the cheese to set slightly, making for a cleaner cut and an even more delightful eating experience. Serve hot, with a dollop of sour cream or a sprinkle of pico de gallo.

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Customizing Your Taco Quesadillas

Taco Quesadillas can be customized to the preference of each family member with fillings, toppings, or tortilla choices. There are endless ways to tailor your creation:

  • Choose Your Tortilla: From classic flour tortillas to corn tortillas, or even special gluten-free tortillas, start with the base that best suits your dietary needs.
  • Select Your Protein: Whether it’s traditional lean ground beef, ground turkey, shredded chicken, or even vegetarian options like black beans, the choice is yours to craft the perfect bite.
  • Mix in Your Faves: Elevate your quesadillas with additions like corn kernels, diced bell peppers, or even a sprinkle of refried beans for that extra layer of flavor. Try mixing in a can of diced tomatoes and green chilies. 
  • Dial Up the Cheese: Beyond just cheddar, why not experiment with Monterey jack or a spicy pepper jack for that cheesy pull we all love?
  • Garnish Galore: Finish with your favorite taco toppings — a scoop of sour cream, a dash of hot sauce, a spoonful of pico de gallo, or a sprinkling of green onions can bring additional freshness. 

Remember, your quesadillas are a canvas for creativity. Mix, match, and enjoy discovering your new favorite combinations!

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Storing and Reheating

After enjoying those cheesy ground beef quesadillas, storing the leftovers properly means you can relive the deliciousness the next day. Store them in an airtight container to keep them fresh. When it’s time to reheat, a hot pan or cast iron skillet over medium heat works best, gently bringing back that golden brown crispness without drying them out. This way, every bite is as satisfying as the first. 

Gathering Around the Quesadilla Table

Taco Quesadillas are an easy weeknight dinner that brings the family together, elevating an average Tuesday dinner. It’s a brilliant combination of ease and taste wins over both the picky eaters and those of us craving a bit of culinary adventure. 

I encourage you to dive in, get creative with your fillings, and share your quesadilla victories or new recipe twists with us on social media or in the comments below. I can’t wait to see how you make these taco quesadillas uniquely yours. Bon appétit!

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Cheesy Beef Taco Quesadillas  – Easy 15 Minute Dinner

Melisha Kreppein
Taco Quesadillas are a quick and easy way to use leftover taco meat and turn it into an entirely new meal the whole family will love. Easy to customize and ready in 15 minutes! 
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Course Lunch, Main Course, Mexican
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings
Calories 313 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • cup corn kernels
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • ¼ cup beef broth or water
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 flour tortillas

Instructions
 

  • Heat a large non-stick pan or your trusty cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add a little bit of olive oil, just enough to coat the bottom. 
  • Cook the ground beef until no pink remains, breaking it apart with a spatula. Stir in the tomato paste and a packet of taco seasoning, cooking for a few more minutes until the beef is well-coated. Leftover ground beef taco meat from previous meals works great too!
  • Add corn kernels, black beans, or any other mix-ins at this time and allow to cook another minute or two to heat through. 
  • Place tortillas on a flat work surface. Divide cheese and add it to half of each tortilla. Top the cheese with the beef mixture evenly among half of each tortilla. If desired, throw in some of your favorite taco toppings. 
  • Fold tortillas in half over the filling to create a half-moon shape.
  • Cook quesadillas in the hot pan, flipping once, until both sides are golden brown and the cheese melts into perfection.
  • Place quesadillas on a cutting board and allow to rest for a minute or two before cutting into triangle shapes. Serve hot, with a dollop of sour cream or a sprinkle of pico de gallo.

Notes

Customizing Your Taco Quesadillas

Taco Quesadillas can be customized to the preference of each family member with fillings, toppings, or tortilla choices. There are endless ways to tailor your creation:
  • Choose Your Tortilla: From classic flour tortillas to corn tortillas, or even special gluten-free tortillas, start with the base that best suits your dietary needs.
  • Select Your Protein: Whether it’s traditional lean ground beef, ground turkey, shredded chicken, or even vegetarian options like black beans, the choice is yours to craft the perfect bite.
  • Mix in Your Faves: Elevate your quesadillas with additions like corn kernels, diced bell peppers, or even a sprinkle of refried beans for that extra layer of flavor. Try mixing in a can of diced tomatoes and green chilies. 
  • Dial Up the Cheese: Beyond just cheddar, why not experiment with Monterey jack or a spicy pepper jack for that cheesy pull we all love?
  • Garnish Galore: Finish with your favorite taco toppings — a scoop of sour cream, a dash of hot sauce, a spoonful of pico de gallo, or a sprinkling of green onions can bring additional freshness. 

Nutrition

Calories: 313kcalCarbohydrates: 16.9gProtein: 33.6gFat: 11.9gSaturated Fat: 4.3gCholesterol: 68mgSodium: 595mgPotassium: 415mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1.9gCalcium: 229mgIron: 13mg
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