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Love quesadillas? Try these Salsa Verde Chicken Quesadillas with homemade salsa verde and shredded chicken. This recipe is versatile and a great alternative to Taco Tuesday.
I’ve always loved quesadillas. Even before I ate at many Mexican restaurants, I made quesadillas. And ate quesadilla burgers. I love the versatility of quesadillas. They are often one of the easiest weeknight dinners to make because you can use whatever happens to be in the fridge.
Today we’re talking all about what a quesadilla is and the best way to make it. We’re showcasing this chicken with salsa verde (one of our family’s newest obsessions), but you can easily use red salsa if you’re not into the green salsa.
A quesadilla is a tortilla that is filled with cheese (and usually some type of meat or beans) then heated through. Quesadillas have their origin in Mexico. You can find them in pretty much any Mexican restaurant.
Quesadillas are not usually the most healthy Mexican food to eat, especially when you buy them at a restaurant. They have a lot of cheese, white flour tortillas and are usually fried in oil to get that deliciously crisp tortilla.
But…if you make them at home you can definitely lower the calorie amount.
In the salsa verde chicken quesadillas we’re adding salsa verde, chicken and cheese. Bet that was hard to guess, right?
You can find quesadillas of just about every kind. Pork belly, steak, all cheese, shrimp and even vegetarian quesadillas with beans and rice. Load them with whatever type of veggie you’d like too!
The possibilities are endless.
We are using a mix of mozzarella and sharp cheddar. Colby and Monterey Jack are good choices too. Cotija cheese is also AMAZING in quesadillas!
**Pro Tip: Shred your own cheese at home with a grater. It melts so much more smoothly than prepackaged shredded cheese.**
There are several ways to cook chicken for quesadillas and it really depends on what texture you like the chicken to be.
One of the ways that we love best? We buy a rotisserie chicken and shred the white meat from it. This not only is crazy easy, but it adds the flavor from the roasted chicken, too!
Here are a few hints on making the quesadillas:
Chips and salsa is a classic choice, but what other options are there? We recommend an easy salad, a huge pile of avocado salsa, and maybe some Mexican street corn casserole.
Yes! The great thing about quesadilla makers such as the George Foreman one is that it is a non-stick surface. This means you can use less oil, making it healthier than pan frying.
If you wonder what Taco Bell quesadilla sauce at home, check out this recipe. It looks easy enough!
We also like to dip quesadillas in white queso, guacamole, blender salsa or pineapple salsa.
This recipe was great! I don’t know why I haven’t done this before!! I make chicken quesadillas all the time. So simple yet so good! Thanks for sharing.