Spicy Beef Quesadillas

Any night is a great night for quesadillas—especially if you're serving up these Spicy Beef Quesadillas! This quesadilla recipe with ground beef, sautéed onions and cheese is sure to please everyone around your dinner table. Pair our Spicy Beef Quesadillas with rice or refried beans for a satisfying meal.
Prep 30 Minutes
Total Time 30 Minutes
Servings 4

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 thick & 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 quesadillas with ground beef are served as a main course. To serve them as an appetizer or snack, cut them into strips or smaller wedges.
  • Chili powder contains ground dried chiles, garlic, oregano, cumin, coriander and cloves.
  • While preparing this ground beef 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 ground beef quesadillas with Spanish rice and assorted olives. For dessert, try sliced papaya, mango, star fruit and banana tossed with lime juice. Yum!


  • 1 Serving Calories 600 (Calories from Fat 300);  Total Fat 33g (Saturated Fat 16g);  Cholesterol 110mg;  Sodium 920mg;  Total Carbohydrate 40g (Dietary Fiber 3g ,Sugars 3g);  Protein 35g
  • % Daily Value: Vitamin A 20%;  Vitamin C 6%;  Calcium 40%;  Iron 25%
  • 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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