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Fast-off-the-Grill Chorizo Quesadillas

Fast-off-the-Grill Chorizo QuesadillasThese scrumptious quesadillas are a great menu item for any outdoor gathering, including tailgating. Chorizo is a flavorful Mexican sausage that can be found in most supermarkets nowadays.

Recipe Ingredients:

3/4 pound pork chorizo
5 (10-inch) flour tortillas
1 (16-ounce) can black bean refried beans
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Colby cheese
1 cup fresh cilantro leaves, loosely packed
Olive oil for brushing
1 1/2 cups tomatillo salsa*

Cooking Directions:

  1. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Use a spatula to crumble the chorizo as you place it in the pan. Sauté the chorizo until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chorizo from the skillet to a plate.
  2. Arrange 5 tortillas on a work surface. Spread about 1/4 cup refried beans evenly over half of each tortilla, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Scatter about
    1/3 cup cooked chorizo over beans. Scatter a generous 1/3 cup of cheese over top. Divide and arrange cilantro over top of cheese. Fold opposite half of tortilla over the filling. (The quesadillas can be assembled up to 1 hour before serving. Cover loosely with plastic wrap so they don’t dry out, and
    set aside at room temperature.)
  3. Prepare a medium fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill on medium. Brush outsides of tortillas with a small amount of oil. Using a wide spatula, transfer quesadillas to the grill. Grill on one side for about one minute, slide and turn quesadillas 90 degrees, grilling until nice cross-hatch grill marks appear. Slide spatula underneath to flip quesadillas and grill the second side. Transfer the quesadillas to a cutting board. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the quesadillas into 5 wedges. Arrange on a platter and serve immediately accompanied with the tomatillo salsa.

Makes 8 servings.

*Look for fresh tomatillo salsa fresh in the refrigerator case, or in jars on the shelf, in well-stocked supermarkets.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 of recipe): Calories: 540 calories; Protein: 25 grams; Fat: 31 grams; Sodium: 1100 milligrams; Cholesterol: 70 milligrams; Saturated Fat: 13 grams; Carbohydrates: 40 grams; Fiber: 5 grams.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of National Pork Board.