Quesadillas are so versatile and can be filled with just about anything or a combination of ingredients. Today we share our beef quesadilla recipe.
Flour Tortilla- Medium burrito size tortillas are typical. Smaller tortillas may be used which will result in more quesadillas. Buy quesadillas that fit the base of your skillet.
Meat- Use good quality beef. Ribeye is the best choice for a Philly Quesadilla. You can also use top sirloin or steak of choice if you’re looking for a less expensive option. TIP: The meat may be cut into cubes or thinly sliced.
Cheese- A mild provolone works best (avoid aged provolone). American cheese can also be used as a substitute. TIP: Shredded or sliced cheese will work in quesadillas though shredded cheese will melt faster.
Vegetables- A mixture of red and green peppers, onion and mushrooms. You can omit the bell peppers for a classic Philly combination.
Seasoning- Salt, pepper, and freshly minced garlic are all you need
How to Make Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas:
Cook meat. Heat 2 tsp oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add finely cubed meat and season with salt and pepper. Cook just until meat is fully cooked, stirring as needed. Remove meat from skillet and cover to keep warm.
Saute vegetables. While the meat is cooking, cube the peppers, onions, and mushrooms. Add to the same skillet with an additional teaspoon of oil and cook until vegetables are tender, cook over medium/high heat. Add the meat and minced garlic to the vegetables and cook until meat is reheated.
Assemble the quesadilla. Spread a thin layer of mayo on 1 side of tortillas. TIP: You can skip the mayo for a lighter taste. Add half of the mixture to one side of the quesadilla and top with cheese. Close the tortilla.
Cook. Add both tortillas to a clean non-stick skillet and cook until tortillas are golden brown. Flip and cook until cheese completely melts. TIP: You can grease the pan with butter and/or oil for a crispier tortilla.
TIPS for the Best Quesadillas:
Though quesadillas are pretty easy to prepare, here are some tips to ensure success!
To Make Them Spicy- If you love spicy food, add some hot sauce or sriracha to the mayo when spreading over the tortillas.
Tortilla Sizes- You can use any tortilla sizes and fill with as much filling as desired. A smaller tortilla requires less filling added and will give you more quesadillas.
Griddle- A griddle may also be used instead of a skillet to cook the quesadillas.
Heat- Be sure to keep the heat at a medium. If you turn the heat up too high, the tortilla will burn and cheese won’t melt.
Cutting tortillas- It’s easiest to cut the quesadillas with a pizza cutter, though a sharp knife will also work.
Freezing- Quesadillas may be frozen once assembled. Fully thaw then sauté until filling is hot.
To reheat quesadillas – cook over low heat until reheated, flipping once.