2017-08-21
Beef Quesadillas
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Beef Quesadillas

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A Mexican style toasted tortilla is perfect for a casual, easy meal or snack. Packed full of veges and easy to make mince balls, if you want more spice add some chilli to the mince patties.
<b>Prep:</b> 45 mins Prep: 45 mins
<b>Cook:</b> 2 mins Cook: 2 mins
Serves 4 Serves 4
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Ingredients

Beef

  • 500g Quality Mark beef mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves
  • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Tomato salsa

  • 3 large ripe tomatoes, core removed
  • 2 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped
  • 1 chilli, deseeded and very 
  • finely sliced
  • finely grated zest and juice of 
  • 1 lime
  • 1 small handful coriander leaves, torn if large

To serve

  • 6 small tortillas 
  • 1 large ripe avocado, flesh mashed with a fork (season with a squeeze of lemon juice, salt and pepper)
  • 1 ½ cups grated cheese
  • 1 lime for squeezing

Method

 
 

Beef

Mix the beef mince, onion, fresh oregano, breadcrumbs, dried oregano, cumin and egg together in a bowl. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Divide the mixture into 16 even-sized balls then press to form flat patties, place on a tray, cover and place in the fridge.


Tomato salsa

Dice the tomatoes and place in a bowl. Add the spring onion, chilli, zest and juice of lime and coriander leaves. Season to taste.
 

To serve

Remove beef patties from the fridge. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and cook the patties in batches for about 5 minutes, turning once until cooked through. Transfer to a plate as you go. Wipe out the frying pan with kitchen towel and place back over the heat.

Lay a tortilla on the bench and spread with the mashed avocado. Scatter over the cheese. Place 2-3 beef patties on each and finish with the tomato salsa. Fold in half.

Slide filled tortilla into the frying pan, in batches, and cook for 2-3 minutes, turning once until the tortilla is crisp.
Serve with lime for squeezing.
 
  • Suitable Cuts
  • Nutrition
  • Tips & Tricks

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving size: 462g
Energy kJ (kcal) 2203 (526)
Protein (g) 39.7
Fat (g) 31.3
Saturated (g) 16.3
Carbohydrate (g) 20.9
Sugars (g) 7.9
Sodium (mg) 546
Iron (mg) 3.7
Zinc (mg) 6.9
Vitamin B12 (ug) 3.0
Vitamin D (ug) 0.85
Selenium (ug) 14.1

 
  • Gently cook the onion to soften for the beef patties. Allow onion to cool before adding to the beef mince.
  • Add chargilled long, thin slices of zucchini. Or chargrill red and yellow capsicum halves, then slice thinly.
  • Beef mince patties can be cooked on the barbecue or in a frying pan. 
  • No tortillas? Use beef patties in hamburger buns, pita breads or wrapped in lettuce leaves. 
  • Enjoy the taste of Mexico in your own home. Introducing a different cuisine is a great way to introduce new flavours to your everyday cooking.

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Comments & Reviews

There are: 2 reviews, with an average rating of 5.0 out of 5
Hi Don, for the image we left the tortilla open so the filling was visible. However in the method we instruct to...Lay a tortilla on the bench and spread with the mashed avocado. Scatter over the cheese. Place 2-3 beef patties on each and finish with the tomato salsa. Fold in half.

Slide filled tortilla into the frying pan, in batches, and cook for 2-3 minutes, turning once until the tortilla is crisp.

Thanks and happy cooking :)
Posted by Beef + Lamb NZ 2018-07-13 11:43:35
how do you turn when filling on top see below
Slide filled tortilla into the frying pan, in batches, and cook for 2-3 minutes, turning once until the tortilla is crisp.
Posted by DON M 2018-07-13 11:35:12
 

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