Veggie Quesadillas with Crema Mexicana & Fresh Salsa

Posted by: Rita in: ● January 16, 2011

Crema is Mexico’s thinner, milder version of sour cream. When used as a condiment with more robust and spicy dishes, it cuts the intensity in such a perfect way you’ll understand right away why it is worth picking up this extra ingredient to top off the below veggie ‘dilla that packs serious heat. Speaking of heat… if you want it in a big way, keep the seeds in the jalapenos and habaneros. If you like your Mexican mild, leave out the seeds and the flesh of the peppers will give you all the flavor you need.

2 tbsp. olive oil

8 oz. fresh mushrooms, sliced, washed & dried

1 purple onion, diced

1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced

2 small jabanero peppers, diced

1 jalapeno, diced

2 garlic cloves, minced

12 oz.fresh baby spinach

1 cup chopped fresh cilantro

salt & pepper to taste

6 flour, whole wheat or sprouted grain tortillas

8 oz. grated Mexican Cheese blend

Crema Mexicana

Fresh Salsa

Sliced jalapeno rounds

Start by sauteing mushrooms in oil until slightly browned.

Mushrooms release liquid as they brown so let this liquid cook off then add onions and all the peppers. Continue sauteing over medium heat, stirring frequently to avoid burning the vegetables, about 5-7 minutes until they soften.

Next add garlic and spinach and sauté 2 minutes until spinach is wilted. Turn heat off  and stir in cilantro.

Lay tortillas out on flat surface, sprinkle with cheese and distribute cooked veggies evenly among all 6, placing the filling on one half of each tortilla.

Top with more cheese then fold each in half.

Warm a lightly oiled skillet over medium heat and brown each quesadilla approximately 30-60 seconds on each side. (We made these in a pizza oven, hence the smoky, charred appearance.)

Cut each folded tortilla into 3 triangles, and serve topped with crema mexicana, fresh salsa and a slice of fresh jalapeno. A nice green salad to accompany it adds color and boosts the plate’s total nutritional value (try the massaged arugula salad!)


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