Veggie Quesadillas On The Grill (full post)

As promised, here is the full post for how I do quesadillas on the grill.  They are relatively simple but here’s a few things that you’ll need before you get too far along… if you prefer to try them how I make them.

A sauté grill pan
Peppers and veggies
Chihuahua cheese
Mexican seasonings (chipotle powder, paprika, cumin, etc)
Large tortillas

First decide what kind of peppers and other veggies you want to use.  I mainly just use a mix of sweet peppers, jalapenos, poblanos, and other misc peppers that I might have handy.  I also usually add some tomatoes too.  Obviously you can add steak, chicken and other meat.  This version is meat free.

Once you’ve decided on the peppers that you’re going to use, chop them up and put them in your sauté grill pan.  I recommend that you cut the peppers fairly small so that they cook easier and so that they’re easy to eat.  If the peppers are too large, they aren’t as easy to eat once combined with the tortilla.  Also, using a sauté grill pan (pictured below) is key to getting some nice grill marks and smokey flavor on your peppers.  If you don’t have a sauté grill pan, I would recommend cooking the peppers whole and then cutting them up and seasoning.

As you’re cooking, add your seasonings.  I use cumin, paprika, and chipotle powder, salt, and pepper.

Once your peppers are cooked, set them to a cooler part of the grill and grab your tortillas.  By now the flame on your grill has probably died down a bit and that’s good.  Lay the tortillas over the hottest part of the grill and get some grill marks on them.  This is an important step.  Quesadillas without grill are just lame. It should only take 20-30 seconds.  If you aren’t familiar with doing this, perhaps plan on burning the first couple. It’s not difficult once you figure it out but don’t over think it – also don’t keep moving them around. Leave them in place until they are done so that your lines look good. Practice makes perfect.

Once your tortillas all have grill marks, then you can add cheese and peppers to the tortillas (grill mark side facing out, of course).  I use Chihuahua cheese and I think it’s probably the best choice of cheese for quesadillas.

Add peppers

Now, just add the top of the tortilla and but back on the grill until the cheese is melted.  When they’re done, they should/could look something like this, after you cut them into quarters.

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One Comment on “Veggie Quesadillas On The Grill (full post)”

  1. June 3, 2013 at 11:07 am #

    All I can say is yum!

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