Friday, July 23, 2010

Sweet & Spicy Vegetarian Quesadillias

I know I promised a Zucchini Parmesan recipe, and that will be coming soon, but I made this for lunch today. And ate the rest for dinner. And I'm seriously contemplating having it for breakfast tomorrow. It is seriously the best thing I've eaten all month. It's hearty and filling. It's sweet, spicy, tangy, crunchy, and amazingly delicious. If you're like us and have a bounty of zucchini from your garden, whip this up. And if not? Find some. Immediately. It really is that good.

Sweet & Spicy Vegetarian Quesadillias
adapted from Prudence Pennywise

2 Tb. vegetable oil
1 onion, finely diced
1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, miced
2 medium zucchini, diced
1 cup corn
1 large tomato, seeded and diced
2 Tb. brown sugar
1 lime, juiced
1 handful cilantro, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. chipotle chili powder
salt and pepper to taste

For assembly:
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
6 tortillas (I definitely recommend the uncooked tortillas that they sell at Costco or Wal-Mart, bake them up fresh and they are a million times better than the regular ones you can buy at the store)

1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook until translucent, 3-5 minutes.
2. Add garlic, jalapeno, zucchini, corn, and tomato. Cook until zucchini is completely cooked through and tender, about 5 minutes. Add brown sugar, lime, cilantro, chipotle chili powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 2 more minutes.
3. Assemble quesadillas by layering each tortilla with 1/4 cup cheese. Top with 1/6 of the zucchini mixture (1/3 - 1/2 cup). Heat until cheese is melted and tortillas are crispy. (I also served my quesadillas with extra filling on the side as a dip/relish type thing. YUM.)

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