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These delicious, easy cheesy beef quesadillas are ready to eat in just 20 minutes, making them a perfect weeknight dinner option. Loaded with seasoned ground beef and gooey melted cheese inside crisp flour tortillas, everyone will love this simple Mexican classic.
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Ingredients for Cheesy Beef Quesadillas
You will need…
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 tablespoon garlic paste
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce with basil, garlic, oregano
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional
- 8 10-inch flour tortillas
- 4.5 cups Colby jack cheese, shredded
Substitutions + Additions
CHEESE: You could also use sharp cheddar, pepperjack, Mexican blend, or another favorite in this recipe.
BEANS: Add a can of black beans into the mix if you’d like!
RICE: I love serving rice on the side but it’s delicious tucked inside as well!
VEGGIES: Add a can of corn, spinach, bell peppers, or mushrooms.
SPICE: You can add more red pepper flakes or even diced jalapenos if you’d like a kick of heat while you eat.
TORTILLAS: I definitely prefer this recipe with flour tortillas, but you could substitute corn if you wanted.
CILANTRO: I LOVE cilantro and this is a great recipe to enjoy it on!
LIMES: Serve fresh lime wedges on the side to kick up your presentation a notch.
How to Make This Cheesy Beef Quesadilla Recipe
STEP ONE: In a large skillet over medium heat add the ground beef. Cook until no longer pink. Drain grease and return beef to skillet.
PRO TIP: I recommend using lean ground beef or draining the excess grease off when you’re done cooking the meat so that your quesadillas don’t get soggy.
STEP TWO: Continue to cook beef until browned. Add garlic paste, onion powder, salt, tomato sauce, and red pepper flakes. Stir well to combine.
STEP THREE: In a separate large skillet over medium-low heat add ½ tablespoon of butter and allow to melt.
STEP FOUR: Place a tortilla in the skillet. Add cheese, beef mixture, then more cheese to the tortilla. Lay another tortilla on the top and spread butter over the tortilla.
STEP FIVE: Flip the quesadilla over and continue cooking until all of the cheese is melted.
PRO TIP: Watch it cooking closely so that you don’t burn them at the last second!
STEP SIX: Repeat steps for each quesadilla and serve with your favorite toppings, like salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.
FRIDGE: You can store leftovers in the fridge for up to three days after making.
FREEZER: You can make these ahead and store in between sheets of parchment paper in a freezer-safe container for up to two months.
REHEATING: Skip the soggy leftovers and use the oven to warm these back up! To reheat, place in a 375-degree oven for about 10 minutes until they’re heated through and crispy again.
These cheesy beef quesadillas are a Mexican classic that will become a homemade favorite. They’re packed with delicious seasoned ground beef and lots of melted cheese all served in a perfectly toasted flour tortilla and your favorite toppings. Plus, they’re ready in just 20 minutes!
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Cheesy Beef Quesadillas
- 2 tbsp butter divided
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 tbsp garlic paste
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 can tomato sauce with basil garlic, oregano
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes optional
- 8 10- inch flour tortillas
- 4.5 cups colby jack cheese shredded
- In a large skillet over medium heat add ground beef. Cook until no longer pink. Drain grease and return beef to skillet.
- Continue to cook beef until browned. Add garlic paste, onion powder, salt, tomato sauce, and red pepper flakes. Stir well to combine.
- In a separate large skillet over medium-low heat add ½ tbsp of butter and allow to melt.
- Place a tortilla in the skillet. Add cheese, beef mixture, then more cheese to the tortilla. Lay another tortilla on the top and spread butter over the tortilla.
- Flip the quesadilla over and continue cooking until all of the cheese is melted.
- Repeat steps for each quesadilla.