Spicy Beef Quesadillas

Spicy Beef Quesadillas

Any night is a great night for quesadillas—especially if you're serving up these Spicy Beef Quesadillas! Served with salsa and sour cream, this beef quesadilla made with sautéed onions and cheese is sure to please everyone around your dinner table. Pair our Spicy Beef Quesadillas with rice or refried beans.
  • 30 Minutes Prep
    30 Minutes Total
  • 4 Servings

Ingredient List

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 4 (8 to 10-inch) flour tortillas
  • 5 oz. (1 1/3 cups) shredded hot pepper Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup Old El Paso™ Thick 'n Chunky salsa
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
Recipe Continues Below


  1. In medium skillet, cook ground beef, corn and onions over medium-high heat until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain. Stir in chili powder, salt and cumin. Cook 1 minute.
  2. Spray large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Heat over medium heat until hot. Place 1 tortilla in skillet. Layer tortilla with 1/3 cup cheese and 1/4 of beef mixture. Fold tortilla over. Cook over medium heat for 2 minutes. Carefully turn quesadilla; cook an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling. Cut each quesadilla into wedges. Serve quesadillas with salsa and sour cream.

Expert Tips

  • A popular appetizer in Mexico, quesadillas are tortilla turnovers filled with cheese, refried beans or meat. These hearty beef-filled spicy quesadilla wedges are served as a main course. To serve them as an appetizer or snack, cut them into strips or into smaller wedges.
  • Chili powder contains ground dried chiles, garlic, oregano, cumin, coriander and cloves.
  • While preparing this spicy quesadilla recipe keep the cooked quesadillas warm in a 200°F. oven. As the quesadillas are cooked, place them on a cookie sheet or oven-safe plate, cover them with foil and return them to the oven.
  • Serve these Spicy Beef Quesadillas with Spanish rice and assorted olives. For dessert, serve sliced papaya, mango, star fruit and banana tossed with lime juice.


Calories600(Calories from Fat300),Total Fat33g(Saturated Fat16g,),Cholesterol110mgSodium920mgTotal Carbohydrate40g(Dietary Fiber3g Sugars3g),Protein35g;% Daily Value*:Vitamin A20%;Vitamin C6%;Calcium40%;Iron25%; Exchanges:2 1/2 Starch; 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 2 1/2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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