Quesadillas are a delicious Mexican food that involve filling a tortilla and then grilling it. They can either be half – with the tortilla folded over around the filling, or whole – with two tortillas stacked on top of each other and the filling in between them. Typically corn tortillas are used, although sometimes wheat tortillas are substituted. Although they originated in colonial Mexico, quesadillas are now a favorite food around the world and are available at most Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurants.
There are two main types of quesadillas – Mexican ones and U.S. ones. The quesadillas that are from Mexico are primarily made from corn tortillas and filled with Oaxaca cheese. After cooking the quesadilla on a comal, they will be served with fresh salsa, guacamole, and fresh chopped onion. Sometimes meat or vegetables will be added to the filling, including squash blossoms, tinga, or chorizo. U.S. quesadillas differ in that they are usually on flour tortillas and use a different cheese, such as Colby Jack. Shredded meats, onions, and peppers may be added, and then the quesadilla is generally served with sour cream, guacamole, shredded lettuce, and diced tomatoes. Sometime they are heated in a bit of oil to soften the tortilla, while quesadillas in Mexico are not.
There are as many variations of quesadillas as there are people, as you can put just about anything in a quesadilla. Some favorite ingredients include beans, goat cheese, and diced veggies. For dessert, quesadillas can be stuffed with peanut butter, chocolate, jam, caramel, or butterscotch. They are becoming more and more like a sandwich in the United States, with people making them to their liking and not worrying much about the traditional quesadilla recipe.
Although quesadillas are often eaten in restaurants with a fork and knife, they are a great way to make a portable lunch or snack. Simply cook the quesadilla as usual, then let it cool completely. It can then be wrapped and taken on a trip for a quick and healthy meal. Because they are so versatile, it makes sense that they would be on most menus and even show up in some fast food restaurants. What most quesadillas have in common is that they are stuffed full of cheese, making them delicious. This melted cheese is also what holds in any other fillings and keeps them all from falling out when the quesadilla is being eaten.