Have a Fiesta With Mexican Quesadillas

Part of the fun of meeting for Family Dinners is to allow “hands-on” participation by everyone.  Quesadillas offer an excellent opportunity for everyone to become engaged in the cooking process, even the two year old grandchildren.


Consider this ingredient list a list of  suggestions.  You may use alternate ingredients, based on your family taste.

  • 12 Large Whole Grain Flour Tortillas
  • 5* Small Flour Tortillas (adjust the quantity for the quantity of children)
  • 2 Cups – Chopped Bell Pepper, green, yellow, red or orange.
  • 2 Cups – Finely Chopped Onions
  • 1 Cup – Cilantro Leaves
  • 2 Cups – Finely Chopped Tomatoes, drained
  • 2 Cups – Sliced Pickled Jalapenos
  • 4 Cups – Grated Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Cups – Sliced Black Olives
  • 3 Avocados – Finely Chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon – Butter
  • 1 Cup –  Your Favorite Salsa
  • 1/2 Tablespoon – Extra Virgin Olive Oil (Optional)


  1. If your family does not like fresh onions, saute the onions in 1/2 Tablespoon of Olive Oil before beginning, until they are clear.
  2. Let the games begin. Let each guest/family member make his or her own Quesadilla.
  3. The secret is the Cheese.  Use a liberal amount.  It helps bind the Quesadilla together and taste great, too.
  4. If you use large Flour Tortillas, you can place 4 folded Quesadillas on a large griddle at a time.  Cook on medium setting.  Cook for 4 minutes/side, or until Flour Tortilla BEGINS to discolor.
  5. Slice and serve.

Feeds eight (8) adults and a bunch of hungry kids.


The kids also enjoy making the Nachos.  At this Sunday Dinner we used blue corn chips.  It did not make a pretty picture, but the kids thought it made it a little more fun.  See smiles!

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