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Beef Stew Quesadilla

Shredded Beef Quesadilla

Beef Stew Quesadilla has become a family favorite – and it’s simple. Just a simple quesadilla made with shredded chunks of beef from stew, a bit of the sauce, cheese, between 2 tortillas.

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!

Beef Stew Quesadilla
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Serves: 1 large or 2 small
  • 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
  1. 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).
  2. Place a tortilla in a quesadilla maker or on a skillet on the stove.
  3. Cover with a layer of shredded cheese.
  4. Spread a layer of the beef on top of the cheese.
  5. 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.
  6. Spread a layer of diced green chiles on top, if desired.
  7. Spread another layer of shredded cheese on top.
  8. Top with a second tortilla.
  9. Plug quesadilla maker in, or turn the stove on to medium-high heat.
  10. Cook until tortilla starts to brown (you'll have to peek).
  11. 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.
  12. Serve with shredded lettuce and sour cream, if desired.
  13. If using 4 smaller tortillas, you'll have to do it again to make your second quesadilla.
  14. Enjoy!


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