Appetizers and Side dishes — By Ben on 28 September 2009
Spinach Fried Quesadillas

Cheese Spinach Quesadillas

When Jon and I lived in Mexico, we used to go to a market in Coyoacan where they made the best fried quesadillas ever. I blogged about this in a previous post where I included pictures of the process. I have been avoiding fried foods as much as I can, but every once in a while I still like to enjoy deliciuos treats like these.

I am always looking for ways to give old recipes a twist and this time I decided to add spinach to the corn dough for the quesadillas. This is something I’ve tried before and you can read about my spinach corn tortillas here and my beetroot chalupas here (which was also a clever way to make Jon eat spinach and beets, LOL) If you are looking for new ways to sneak feed vegetables to your family, adding them to the dough of tortillas or bread is a clever and fun way to do it.

In the U.S. most people have probably made or eaten quesadillas. However, in Mexico they are completely different. While in the U.S they are made mostly with flour tortillas and stuffed with cheese and meat and serve with lettuce and sour cream, in Mexico they are a lot simpler. Quesadilla is a word that comes from queso (cheese) and tortilla. Ironically enough, some types of quesadillas aren’t made with any cheese inside (especially in the center of the country, which has created an argument from some northern states that those aren’t true quesadillas).

But leaving all that behind I present this simple cheese quesadillas that are perfect as a game snack or a quick Sunday meal. For some variety you can stuff them with tinga de pollo, mushrooms, pumpkin blossoms and huitlacoche and don’t forget to accompany them with your favorite salsa! Even though they are fried, you won’t feel too guilty knowing that you are eating some healthy spinach, too. That is my logic, at least.

¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(15) Readers Comments

  1. This looks delicious! You know I love all your food :) Let me know if you want to do the post in my blog this month, if the answer is yes. Send any post wit the picture to my e-mail. Muchas Gracias! Erica

  2. The spinach tortillas sound good and they look great with all of that melted cheese in them.

  3. What a great way to incorporate veggies – I love the colour!

  4. wow!! they really look great i just love cheese..

  5. It’s a good way to get the veggies in with the good fats like cheese. This could inspire tonight’s dinner.

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