Homemade Beef Quesadillas

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Quesadillas are a classic Mexican dish, which is prepared in many different variants depending on the region you are. Tortilla wraps are usually filled with meat, cheese and vegetables, folded & then baked or deep-fried.

In today’s post, I show you a Tex-Mex version with a filling of minced meat, black beans and corn. I wish you lots of fun cooking 😉




Cooked/Baked today: Beef Quesadillas with Black Beans & Corn
Difficulty: Medium
Preparation Time: 1 hour & 30 minutes
Category: Main Dishes, Meat Dishes, Mexican Cuisine, Hearty Meals
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Homemade Beef Quesadillas

Homemade Beef Quesadillas

Ingredients for 8 quesadillas:

…for the flour tortillas:

  • 500 grams flour
  • 250 milliliters water
  • 50 milliliters oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

…for the minced beef filling:

  • 500 grams minced beef
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1 – 2 clove(s) garlic
  • A teaspoon each of cumin, ground coriander, sweet paprika powder & oregano
  • Salt & pepper
  • Oil for frying

…for the tomato salsa:

  • 3 – 4 tomatoes
  • 2 – 3 spring onions
  • 1 lime
  • 1 – 2 clove(s) garlic
  • Olive oil
  • A handful cilantro (alternatively parsley)
  • Salt, pepper & sugar

…more ingredients:

  • 300 grams grated cheese (for example cheddar cheese)
  • 200 grams sour cream
  • Fresh cilantro for garnishing

Required kitchen gadgets, helper & preparations:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Kitchen machine or mixer
  • Rolling pin
  • Large pan to bake the flour tortillas
  • Plate to stack the flour tortillas
  • Damp kitchen towel to cover the flour tortillas
  • Large pan for the minced beef filling
  • Spatula
  • Small bowl for the tomato salsa
  • Garlic press
  • Lemon juicer
  • Large pan for baking the quesadillas

Instructions:




…for the flour tortillas:

In a large mixing bowl combine 500 grams flour, 250 milliliters water, 50 milliliters oil & a teaspoon of salt & knead together all ingredients with your hands or a kitchen machine for 4 – 5 minutes until a smooth dough.

Use a knife to cut the dough into 8 equal sized pieces and shape each piece of dough into a ball. Next, lightly flour the worktop & roll out the dough pieces one by one with a rolling pin until thin and flat to the size of a plate.

Baking Flour Tortillas

Baking Flour Tortillas

Afterwards heat up a large pan without adding oil or fat & as soon as the pan is hot, bake the tortillas one after the other at medium to high heat for 1 minute each side. If there are small bubbles on the top, the tortilla wrap can be turned over once and baked on the other side until done.




Stack the finished tortilla wraps on a plate and leave to cool with a damp kitchen towel. The damp kitchen towel keeps the wraps soft and makes them easier to fold up later.

…for the tomato salsa:

Cut spring onions into fine rolls. Halve tomatoes, cut out the stalk and then finely dice. Finely chop cilantro. Then put all prepared ingredients in a small bowl and add a pressed clove of garlic.

Preparing Tomato Salsa

Preparing Tomato Salsa

Also add the juice of 1 lime & a good dash of olive oil and mix well. Finally, season the tomato salsa with a good pinch of salt, pepper and sugar & set aside until serving.

…for the minced beef filling:

Peel an onion and cut into thin strips. Also peel off 1 – 2 clove(s) garlic and finely chop. Pour off corn and black beans over a pasta strainer and rinse thoroughly, then allow to drain. Afterwards heat up a large pan adding a dash of oil and sweat onions and garlic for 1 – 2 minutes over medium heat until glassy, stirring occasionally.

Preparing Minced Beef Filling

Preparing Minced Beef Filling

Next, increase the heat slightly, add the minced meat & saut̩ for 4 Р5 minutes until crumbly, turning occasionally. Season the mixture with 1 teaspoon each of cumin, ground coriander, sweet paprika powder & dried oregano, also add corn, black beans and 1 can of chopped tomatoes.




Stir in all ingredients & warm up briefly (for about 1 minute). Finally, season the minced meat filling with salt & pepper, then remove from heat.

…for the quesadillas:

Spread the beef filling halfway through the prepared tortilla wraps & sprinkle them with some grated cheddar cheese, then fold up to a semicircle so the filling is embedded.

Preparing Quesadillas

Preparing Quesadillas

Next, heat up a large pan adding a dash of oil and brown the folded quesadillas each side for about 1 – 2 minutes over medium heat until the cheese is melted inside and the tortillas are crispy on the outside.

Lift the done quesadillas out of the pan (possibly keep them warm in the oven if necessary) and serve along with the tomato salsa and a dollop of sour cream. Have fun cooking!

Video Tutorial:

Watch the video tutorial to see the recipe and the preparation method precisely (German Audio only, English Subtitles available):

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