I’ve got your Cinco de Mayo party right here! Caramelized Veggie Quesadillas, traditional and mango salsa, chunky guacamole…y mas! (That’s ‘and more’ for you gringos)
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These quesadillas are filled with caramelized bell peppers, shallots, corn and black beans. “Caramelizing” vegetables simply means you cook them slowly, as the moisture inside the vegetables evaporates their natural sugars intensify making them sweeter. And if all the vegetables inside the quesadilla weren’t enough we are topping them with more!
The Salsas and Guac!
You can choose between traditional salsa, mango salsa and guacamole…or make all three. That wouldn’t make me mad! Fresh salsas and guacamole add flavor, color and healthful nutrients to any meal. They are quick and easy to make and the salsas taste even better the next day.
To Each His/Her Own!
Remember these recipes are just a guideline. Want more heat? Add more peppers. Want to cool it down? Add less. It’s up to you, but remember to handle peppers with care. Always wash hands after handling and be careful not to touch your face or eyes fro several hours. See how to handle chilis click here.
The Recipes: Caramelized Veggie Quesadillas with Salsas and Guacamole
Roasting the veggies ahead brings a LOT of flavor to a simple meal.
- 8 Tortillas gluten free peeps use gluten free tortillas
- 1 lb cheddar or jack cheese shredded or sliced
- 8 shallots peeled and sliced
- 1 orange 1 yellow
- 1 red sweet bell pepper thinly sliced (love my 8" Wusthof Chef's knife!)
- 1 cob fresh white or yellow corn kernels cut off cob
- ¼ cup black Beans
- Sea salt Pepper
- Olive oil
- 1 T balsamic glaze
Place a large pan on cooktop on medium heat. (I like non stick toxin free ceramic pans for this job) Add a little butter, olive oil, coconut oil or ghee. When melted add shallots and bell pepper. Sautee till peppers and onions are nicely browned, about 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. The key to caramelizing veggies is patience. Don’t rush them. When onions and peppers are nicely browned add corn and beans and cook 3 more minutes. Sprinkle with sea salt, freshly ground pepper and remove from heat. Drizzle with a tablespoon of balsamic glaze and stir.
Place a pan or skillet on cooktop on medium (I love this Panini Pan). Place tortilla on pan sprinkle half the tortilla with desired amount of cheese and top with desired amount of veggies. Fold the tortilla over and heat until cheese is melted and tortilla starts to brown. Flip tortilla. Remove when the second side is crispy. Serve with traditional salsa or our chucky guacamole.
Salsa and Guacamole Recipes
Sweet and tangy with a blast of heat.
- 1 large mango peeled, cored and diced
- ¼ of a medium red onion. finely diced
- 2 tsp cilantro freshly chopped
- Juice of half a lime
- ½ - 1 tsp serrano chile finely minced (depends on how much heat you want!)
- ½ of a small red bell pepper diced
- Pinch of sea salt I use Maldon Flaked Chef's Salt
Combine all ingredients and toss. Cover and refrigerate till serving.
Less is more! Keep it simple and fresh!
- 3 avocados peeled and diced
- Juice of half a lime
- ½ cup Traditional Salsa recipe above
- 1 ½ tsp chopped garlic
- 1 tsp olive oil
- ½ tsp Serrano chili minced (optional)
- Sea salt to taste
Squeeze lime juice over diced avocados. Add traditional salsa, garlic, oil, sea salt and gently toss.
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Happy Cinco de Mayo! ~ Linda Spiker
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