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Crazy Quesadillas

Crazy QuesadillasRecipe courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef (90% to 95% lean)
1 (16-ounce) jar prepared salsa with black beans and corn
1 1/2 cups shredded spicy Mexican cheese blend or shredded cheddar-Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
4 (10-inch) flour tortillas
Chopped fresh cilantro

Cooking Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add ground beef; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 3/4-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally. Pour off drippings.
  3. Reserve 1/2 cup salsa. Add remaining salsa, cheese and 1/4 cup cilantro to beef; mix well. Spoon 1/4 of beef mixture onto half of each tortilla. Fold tortillas in half to close. Place on baking sheet.
  4. Bake in 350°F (175°C) oven 10 to 11 minutes or until filling is heated through and edges of tortillas are lightly browned and crisp.
  5. Sprinkle with cilantro, as desired; serve with reserved salsa.

Makes 4 servings.

Tip: Prepared thick-and-chunky salsa may be substituted for the black bean and corn salsa.

Note: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F (71.1°C). Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/4 of recipe): Calories: 601; Total Fat: 23g; Saturated Fat: 12g; Cholesterol: 11mg; Total Carbs: 53g; Fiber: 4g; Protein: 41g; Sodium: 111mg.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of The Beef Checkoff.