Cheesy Taco Quesadillas

What do you do with leftover shredded cheese? Make this yummy taco cheese spread for the easiest-ever after-school snack or quick dinner.
Prep 25 Minutes
Total 25 Minutes
Servings 8

Ingredient List

  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (any combination of Cheddar, mozzarella, Monterey Jack or pepper Jack cheeses)(8 oz)
  • 1 tablespoon Old El Paso™ original taco seasoning mix (from 1-oz package)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 package (11 oz) Old El Paso™ flour tortillas for burritos (8 inch)
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Preparation

  1. In food processor, place cream cheese, shredded cheese, taco seasoning mix and lime juice. Process 30 to 60 seconds or until mixture is creamy.
  2. Spread 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture on one half of each tortilla; fold tortilla over filling.
  3. Cook quesadillas, 2 at a time, in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 1 to 3 minutes each, turning once, until cheese is melted and tortillas are toasted.

Expert Tips

  • We used a combination of Cheddar, mozzarella and pepper Jack cheeses, but feel free to experiment with your favorite leftover shredded cheeses.
  • The spread is also great slathered on crostini and lightly broiled, or use it as a dip for crudités.

Nutrition

  • 1 Quesadilla Calories 340 (Calories from Fat 200);  Total Fat 23g (Saturated Fat 12g ,Trans Fat 1 1/2g);  Cholesterol 60mg;  Sodium 680mg;  Potassium 65mg;  Total Carbohydrate 22g (Dietary Fiber 0g ,Sugars 2g);  Protein 11g
  • % Daily Value: Vitamin A 15%;  Vitamin C 0%;  Calcium 30%;  Iron 8%
  • Exchanges: 1 Starch;  1/2 Other Carbohydrate;  1 High-Fat Meat;  3 Fat
  • Carbohydrate Choice: 1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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