For me a quesadilla needs to have a crispy tortilla outside and is stuffed with melted, cheesy goodness on the inside. My Crispy Ground Beef Quesadillas have that, and are loaded with seasoned ground beef, avocado, beans and corn!
Crispy Ground Beef Quesadillas
A delicious hand held snack ready for Summer dining, outdoor parties or watching your favorite game, this ground beef quesadilla ticks all the boxes.
This is not a Taco Bell beef quesadilla recipe, no, no. This beef quesadilla tops any restaurant bar food and you can alter the fixings to your liking.
What’s in a Ground Beef Quesadilla?
I use a 90/10 ground beef and season it well with my homemade taco seasoning or you can use a chili powder. Black beans are added to bulk it up and other toppings include corn kernels, pickled jalapeños (optional) and cheese. Lots of cheese.
I’m not a fan of avocado sauce for quesadillas, I prefer chunks of it inside or a good guacamole to dip it in.
What is the best Mexican cheese for quesadilla?
Queso quesadilla is a creamy, semi-soft white cheese that melts beautifully. I pick up the Cacique brand, but use whatever you prefer. It is often used to make quesadillas, pizzas a house party favorite, queso fundido.
For these beef quesadillas, I used a sharp cheddar and a Monterey Jack because that’s what was on hand. Quesadillas are versatile, experiment!
Shred your own cheese, too. I know the pre-shredded in stores is super easy and convenient, but they are typically coated with a potato starch to keep it loose so it won’t clump. It inhibits the meltability in my book. No bueno.
What kind of tortilla is used for a quesadilla?
Flour tortillas are best as they crisp up nicely and retain some flexibility, but corn tortillas tend to dry out easily and break.
These ground beef quesadillas are just cinch to make and are quite filling. 🙂
Beyond comforting, you just can’t go wrong with ground beef and melted cheese!
Add in some veggies and condiments and you can make an entire meal out of these. We do, with ice cold beverages of choice, too. Enjoy!
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Crispy Ground Beef Quesadilla
- 1 lb ground beef 90/10 grind
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp Mexican oregano (See Note 1)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 2 tbsp Taco seasoning
- 1 yellow onion medium, diced
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp water
- 15 oz can black beans drained
- 8 oz can corn kernels drained
- 1 avocado pitted and chopped
- 8 flour tortillas
- cooking spray or vegetable oil
- 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese shredded
- 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese shredded (See Note 2)
- Shred the cheeses. Dice the onion and avocado. Rinse and drain the beans and corn. Set aside.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, break up and brown the ground beef. Season with kosher salt, pepper, oregano, garlic powder and taco seasoning.
- Add the diced onion and sauté for another 4-5 minutes.
- Mix in the tomato paste, water and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the black beans, mix well and set aside.
- Carefully wipe skillet with paper towel. Spray with cooking spray or a little vegetable oil, and over medium heat, add a tortilla.
- On one half of the tortilla sprinkle some of the cheese(s), the beef and beans, corn and avocado and top with more cheese.
- Using a spatula, carefully fold tortilla over filling and fry on each side util the cheese is melted and filling heated through. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
- Serve with guacamole or your favorite salsas.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
These were the best ever, this is the second time we made these. Left overs today.
Excellent, so glad you enjoy this one Pam!
These Quesadillas were delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe. My family will be enjoying these for years to come.
Thank you, Holly! I’m glad to know that you enjoyed the recipe.
Thanks Charlie, much appreciated. I live on these truth be told. 🙂
Excellent recipe! I made these last night and they are delicious. My wife and I could only eat about 1 1/2 each so we have plenty more for additional meals. We used our own frozen sweet corn and I made chunky guacamole to use in the quesadillas and as a topping.
Sounds wonderful, Mike. So glad that you and your wife enjoyed the quesadillas!
I love making a meal that everyone devours! I made this tonight, and everyone loved it. The onions, beans, and corn complimented the seasoned beef. The tortillas had a nice crispy finish. I doubled the recipe, and we ate every single bite! My family said it was just as good as our local Mexican restaurant.
Thank you so much for sharing Claire! Love when it all gets eaten!
We fell in love with these today! I love the simple ingredients, the ease in putting this meal together and best of all they are warm and filling and perfect for a cold, rainy Sunday in the bluegrass.
Perfect for any day of the week! Thank you!!
OMG! they look so tempting differently yummy in taste.
So, so good Naveen, hop you enjoy.
This looks like dinner this week to me, Kevin! This and a crispy green salad and I am one happy woman!
Great tip on shredding your own cheese – well worth the small effort to not have potato starch messing up the perfect melt.
These are SUPER filling Marissa! 🙂
This recipe was so good! And simple. Thank you.
Thank you so much Nena!
I’ll take the entire stack Kevin! These look delicious. My son Casey would totally love them.
These are so good and with the crispy outside it’s easy to handle and gobble up!
Looks delicious.. i have to try.. thank you for recipe..
I hope you do, thanks so much Dzenana. 🙂
These look fabulous, Kevin! Too funny…I have a very similar recipe coming up on the blog. We love quesadillas in our home so there’s never too many 🙂 You’re making me want these for breakfast right now!!
Can’t go wrong with a tasty quesadilla Dawn!