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Spicy Pork Quesadillas

Spicy Pork QuesadillasThese savory tortilla sandwiches are perfect for any party occasion. Having someone man the skillet keeps the operation running smooth—as each quesadilla is ready to cut into wedges, guests will be ready for more. These also make a perfect casual family supper.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 pound lean ground pork
1/4 cup diced onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and ground black pepper to taste
1/2 to 1 whole jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
4 (10-inch) flour tortillas
1/4 cup grated cheddar or Jack cheese
Salsa for accompaniment (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. In large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook pork with onion and garlic until browned; drain off any drippings and remove to large bowl.
  2. Stir cumin, oregano, salt, pepper, jalapeño and cilantro into pork mixture.
  3. Wipe out skillet with paper towel and heat over medium-high heat. Place one tortilla in skillet; top with half of the pork mixture, spreading evenly, and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of cheese. Top with another tortilla and cook on one side until nicely browned (about 2 to 3 minutes), pressing down occasionally on top tortilla (using a spatula or, carefully, your hand). Turn and brown the other side, remove to cutting board and cut into 8 wedges. Repeat process to make 8 more quesadilla wedges.
  4. Serve with salsa, if desired.

Makes 4 servings.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of National Pork Board.