Chorizo Quesadillas

Chorizo Quesadillas

Prep Time Prep: 20m Total Time Total: 26m

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

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Chorizo Quesadillas

  • 6 ounces/170 grams fresh chorizo (soft Mexican style) sausages, casings removed
  • 6 flour tortillas, 6 to 8 inches
  • Vegetable oil
  • 2¼ cups/225 grams coarsely shredded jalapeño cheese or pepper jack cheese
  • 3 scallions (white and light green parts only), very thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Store-bought or homemade guacamole
  • Your favorite salsa
  • ⅔ cup/75 grams crumbled queso fresco
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  1. 1. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over low heat (250° to 350°F).
  2. 2. In a small skillet over medium heat on the stove, crumble the chorizo and sauté until it is cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon as much as possible. Transfer the chorizo to a paper towel to drain and cool for 5 minutes. Crumble it into small bits if necessary.
  3. 3. Lightly brush one side of each tortilla with oil. Place the tortillas, oiled side down, on a work surface. Assemble the quesadillas by spreading 3 tablespoons of the jalapeño cheese on one half of each tortilla. Top the cheese with equal amounts of chorizo, scallions, and another 3 tablespoons jalapeño cheese. Season evenly with the pepper. Fold the empty side of the tortillas over the filling.
  4. 4. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the quesadillas over direct low heat, with the lid closed, until golden on both sides, 4 to 6 minutes, turning once. Remove from the grill and let rest for about 1 minute. Cut the quesadillas into wedges and serve warm with guacamole, salsa, queso fresco, and cilantro.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces/170 grams fresh chorizo (soft Mexican style) sausages, casings removed
  • 6 flour tortillas, 6 to 8 inches
  • Vegetable oil
  • 2¼ cups/225 grams coarsely shredded jalapeño cheese or pepper jack cheese
  • 3 scallions (white and light green parts only), very thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Store-bought or homemade guacamole
  • Your favorite salsa
  • ⅔ cup/75 grams crumbled queso fresco
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions

  1. 1. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over low heat (250° to 350°F).
  2. 2. In a small skillet over medium heat on the stove, crumble the chorizo and sauté until it is cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes, breaking it apart with a wooden spoon as much as possible. Transfer the chorizo to a paper towel to drain and cool for 5 minutes. Crumble it into small bits if necessary.
  3. 3. Lightly brush one side of each tortilla with oil. Place the tortillas, oiled side down, on a work surface. Assemble the quesadillas by spreading 3 tablespoons of the jalapeño cheese on one half of each tortilla. Top the cheese with equal amounts of chorizo, scallions, and another 3 tablespoons jalapeño cheese. Season evenly with the pepper. Fold the empty side of the tortillas over the filling.
  4. 4. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the quesadillas over direct low heat, with the lid closed, until golden on both sides, 4 to 6 minutes, turning once. Remove from the grill and let rest for about 1 minute. Cut the quesadillas into wedges and serve warm with guacamole, salsa, queso fresco, and cilantro.