Beef Stew Quesadilla?? Yeah, you heard right. I made a big batch of my family traditional beef stew this past week, then a few days later, my son asked if I could make him a “beef stew quesadilla.” It’s all his fault!
It turned out to be brain-dead simple, and we’ve had it for dinner 3 times this week! All you do is fish out some chunks of beef, smash them (basically shredding them) and put the beef in a classic cheese quesadilla, dribbling a little bit of the sauce on top of the beef. I also topped the shredded beef with diced green chiles – yum!
You can use my family’s favorite beef stew recipe – handed down for generations – or really any beef stew will do. This beef stew freezes very well, so now I can pull some out of the freezer and in no time serve either beef stew or beef stew quesadillas!
- 2 8-inch flour or 4 5-inch corn tortillas
- ½ to ¾ cup beef stew
- ½ cup of shredded cheese
- 2 tbsp diced green chiles
- optional: shredded lettuce and sour cream
- Fish chunks of beef from the stew and place on a small plate. Smash or shred with a fork or 2 forks (fingers work well, too).
- Place a tortilla in a quesadilla maker or on a skillet on the stove.
- Cover with a layer of shredded cheese.
- Spread a layer of the beef on top of the cheese.
- Dot little dollops of the stew sauce sparsely on top of the beef. I also include some of the smallest chunks of carrots and yams.
- Spread a layer of diced green chiles on top, if desired.
- Spread another layer of shredded cheese on top.
- Top with a second tortilla.
- Plug quesadilla maker in, or turn the stove on to medium-high heat.
- Cook until tortilla starts to brown (you'll have to peek).
- If using a stove, you'll have to flip the quesadilla and lightly brown the other side - be very careful or it will start coming apart. You might slide it onto a plate, put the skillet upside down on top of it, then flip the plate and skillet together.
- Serve with shredded lettuce and sour cream, if desired.
- If using 4 smaller tortillas, you'll have to do it again to make your second quesadilla.