I love me some quesadillas – I mean, who doesn’t? But buying chicken to make those delicious creations can break the bank these days. It seems like we always have ground beef in the freezer, but I get into these ground beef recipe ruts. Do you know what I mean? I’m always looking for new ways to prepare this less expensive meat option in a more elevated (i.e. exciting) way.
When I saw that someone had made quesadillas using ground beef, I just HAD to give it a try! Verdict? LOVE! This is a go-to alternative to Tacos, and they are just as easy. Seriously.
Ladies (and maybe some gentlemen) I present to you, Cheesy Beef Quesadillas with Avocado!
Here is what you’ll need – though feel free to omit any ingredients you are adverse to, or add in your favorite quesadilla toppings):
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 tablespoon taco seasoning (I use the stuff from Costco)
- 1 (4.5-ounce) can green chilies, drained
- 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
- 1 (16-ounce) can refried beans, heated
- 2 avocados, peeled, halved, seeded and sliced
- 2 cups shredded cheddar or marble cheese
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- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. You can also pan fry these, if you aren’t make a bajillion like I have to make in my family. For me – baking is easier.
- Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks. I find adding a little water (a couple of table spoons) while browning ground beef helps to draw out more of the fat. Drain excess fat and stir in taco seasoning.
- Add in the can of green chilies. This is the magic touch, my friends. These add such a delicious flavor to the filling.
- Take one tortilla and layer with refried beans, ground beef mixture, avocado and cheddar cheese.
- Top with another tortilla. Repeat with remaining tortillas to make 4 quesadillas. Like I said – I usually would double (or triple) this recipe to feed my bigger family.
- Place quesadillas onto the prepared baking sheet and place into oven and bake until the cheese has melted, about 8-10 minutes. Or you can pan fry over medium heat, 2-3 minutes per side. Really you are just trying to melt the cheese and make it all oeey and gooey inside. Mmmmmm.
- Serve immediately (and be ready to be wowed by your elevated ground beef!)
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