Looking for an easy dinner idea? Try these Loaded Beef Quesadilla! These quesadillas are loaded with ground beef, veggies, and cheese, and are cooked in one skillet and sliced easily (like a pizza) to serve the whole family! YUM! It is gooey-cheesy, juicy, and meaty in every bite. With a few easy-to-follow steps and video, you too can make quesadilla easily and taste amazing!
A delicious meal, these loaded beef quesadilla is an ideal meal to make for the family on busy weeknights. Serve them alone with some sour cream, and mashed avocado on the side. Or serve them with a delicious bowl of soup like our black and rice soup, and black bean and quinoa soup. Plus, a southwest quinoa salad would go well too.
Follow our easy steps, plus VIDEO below.
Reason to LOVE these Loaded Beef Quesadillas…
- The crispy, crunchy tortilla with a gooey-cheesy filling inside is what makes these quesadillas the BEST!
- It is a simple meal made with a handful of ingredients.
- It’s loaded with flavor!
- Plus, it is very satisfying and filling.
- Super easy to pull off and have dinner ready in minutes.
- Budget-friendly, and economical to feed a family.
- Perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.
How To Make Loaded Beef Quesadilla?
When it comes to building flavor, you want the freshest ingredients for beef quesadilla. For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
Ingredients needed for this recipe:
- Tortillas: best to use a package of 8-inch flour tortilla for this recipe. If you can find GF ones, those are great too.
- Ground Beef: choose lean ground beef for this recipe. Less greasy is always better and healthier.
- Tomato: use 1 large ripe tomato, and dice it up, then transfer to a small bowl.
- Jalapeno: you can use jarred sliced jalapenos and easily dice them. Or 1 to 2 fresh jalapeno, cord, remove seeds, then dice.
- Cheese: use 1 package (8 ounces) of shredded Mexican blend cheese for this recipe.
- Seasonings: you will need some ground cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, and salt.
Directions to Make Loaded Beef Quesadilla… (Step-by-Step)
(*full recipe card, plus video below!)
- First, Prep the Vegetables: Dice up the fresh tomato and set into a small bowl. Then dice up the jalapenos and place them into a second bowl. Then take out all the spices needed and the package of shredded cheese and set them nearby.
- NEXT, Cook the Ground Beef: In a large non-stick skillet, add the ground beef, and cook it over medium heat. Use a wooden spoon to break up all the large lumps into smaller pieces. Cook until the meat is fully cooked and brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in all the seasonings, add about 1/4 cup of water, and cook until all the liquid is absorbed. Next, transfer the cooked beef to a bowl.
Now you’re ready to Make Quesadilla:
3. Using the SAME SKILLET: smear the tablespoon of olive oil on the bottom of the skillet. All you need to do is layer the ingredients:
- Add one tortilla inside the skillet.
- Scatter some shredded cheese on the bottom of the tortilla.
- Add some cooked beef on top of the cheese.
- Next, sprinkle some diced tomatoes, and about 1 tablespoon of diced jalapenos on top.
- Then scatter additional shredded cheese on top. COVER it with the second tortilla on top and turn on the heat.
- Cook the quesadilla for about 2 to 3 minutes per side, until the bottom is golden brown. NOTE: Keep an eye on them.
- Use a large spatula to check, flip it over, and cook until the bottom of the tortilla is golden brown and the cheese is fully melted.
- Remove and place it onto a cutting board and slice it with a pizza cutter into 4 quarters. Transfer to a serving platter.
- Repeat making quesadilla in the skillet until all the cooked beef is gone.
Your quesadilla is now ready to serve!
WATCH the VIDEO: How to Make Loaded Beef Quesadilla? (1- minute)
Quick Notes and Tips…
- Flour tortillas come in packages of 10 or 12, and you will need 2 tortillas for every quesadilla.
- It is a good rule to have the “cheese” on both ends of the filling. This will allow the cheese to melt easily and seal the filling inside.
- Reheat them in a preheated oven of 350 degrees, or in the microwave.
- Improvise and make them your own, choose more or less fillings. They’re easy, and fun to make!
- Leftovers are great for lunch the next day.
Additional Easy Dinner Ideas…
- 10 to 12 (8-inch) flour tortilla
- 1 pound (16-ounces) ground beef
- 2 to 3 ripe tomatoes - diced
- 1/4 cup of diced jalapenos (jarred or fresh)
- 8 ounces (2 cups) shredded Mexican cheese blend
- 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
- 1 Tbsp. chili powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/4 cup of water
1. First, Prep the Vegetables: and place them into individual bowls. Then take out all the spices needed and the package of shredded cheese and set them nearby.
2. NEXT, Cook the Ground Beef: In a large non-stick skillet, add the ground beef, and cook it over medium heat. Use a wooden spoon to break up all the large lumps into smaller pieces. Cook until the meat is fully cooked and brown, about 5 minutes.
3. Stir in all the Seasonings. NOTE: if the cooked beef seems a little dry, then add about 1/4 cup of water, and cook until all the liquid is absorbed. Next, transfer the cooked beef to a bowl. Set is nearby.
4. Using the SAME SKILLET: smear the tablespoon of olive oil on the bottom of the skillet.
5. Add one tortilla inside the skillet. Scatter some shredded cheese on the bottom of the tortilla.
6. Then add some cooked beef on top of the cheese.
7. Next, sprinkle some diced tomatoes. Then top with about 1 tablespoon of diced jalapenos.
8. Then scatter additional shredded cheese on top.
9. COVER with the second tortilla on top and turn on the heat. Cook the quesadilla for about 2 to 3 minutes per side, until the bottom is golden brown. NOTE: You will need to keep an eye on them. Use a large spatula to check the bottom, then flip it over, and continue to cook until the bottom of the tortilla is golden brown and the cheese is fully melted.
10. Remove, slice into quarters, and tranfser to a platter. Cover with aluminum foil to keep warm while you continue to make additional quesadilla. Then serve.
Yields: about 5 to 6 whole quesadilla
*SEE VIDEO and PHOTOS in Post.
While cooking the ground beef, if you notice it turns out a little dry (especially if it is very "lean"), then add the 1/4 cup of water, and continue to cook until all the liquid is absorbed.
If the cooked beef is juicy, no need to add in the water.
Yield:5 to 6 servings
Serving Size:1 serving (4 quarters)
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 525Total Fat: 25.6gCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 2.6gSugar: 3gProtein: 40.9g
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