Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas

Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas
These Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas are made with a homemade spice mix, two different cheeses and bulked out with black beans and red pepper. Better still, they’re SO easy to make!
  • 6 8" Flour Tortillas
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil, or as needed
  • Beef
  • 1lb / 500g Lean Ground Beef
  • ½ cup / 125ml Water or Low Sodium Beef Stock
  • 1 heaped tbsp Tomato Puree (Tomato Paste in US)
  • 2 tsp each: Paprika, Cumin
  • 1 tsp each: Garlic Powder, Oregano, Salt
  • ½ tsp each: Onion Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Cornstarch/Cornflour (see notes)
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil, as needed
  • Fillings
  • 1.5 cups / 150g Monterey Jack, shredded
  • 1.5 cups / 150g Cheddar, shredded
  • 1 small Red Pepper (bell pepper), finely diced
  • 1 small White Onion, finely diced
  • ½ can Black Beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup Pickled Jalapenos, sliced (optional)
  1. In a small bowl, combine 2 tsp paprika & cumin, 1 tsp garlic powder, oregano & salt, ½ tsp onion powder & cayenne pepper and ¼ tsp black pepper. Place to one side.
  2. Add a drizzle of olive oil to a pan over medium heat and add your onion and red pepper. Fry until softened, then scrape to the outside of the pan. Add in your beef and break up with a wooden spoon. Once browned, incorporate your onion/pepper, then mix in your spices.
  3. Add 1 heaped tbsp tomato puree/paste and fry with the beef for a few mins. Deglaze the pan with ½ cup water/low sodium beef stock, then stir in ½ tsp cornstarch/cornflour (or 2-3 tbsp liquid and no cornstarch/cornflour). Add ½ can black beans and allow to simmer and reduce for 5mins, stirring occasionally.
  4. Once fully reduced (beef should be juicy, with no liquid in pan) take off heat and pour into a bowl. Allow the beef to rest until it stops steaming (important).
  5. Meanwhile, wipe out pan with a paper towel.
  6. Brush one side of each of your tortilla wraps and place one oil side down in the pan with the heat off. Sprinkle over ¼ cup of cheese, then around ½ cup beef (or ⅙th of the mixture) top with a few jalapenos (optional) then finish with another ¼ cup of cheese. Fold over and repeat with another one next to it. Switch on heat a medium and fry for a few mins each side, or until golden and hollow to tap.