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Quesadilla, Authentic Mexican Fare
Served throughout Mexico, Quesadillas provide a basic palette from which to expand. Our vegan quesadilla version comes together easily and quickly. Therefore, they make an ideal simple dinner. However, they dress up easily and offer a creative appetizer or entree when company arrives.
While our recipes call for a whole wheat tortilla, feel free to substitute corn tortilla. We like to grill them outside, but our cast iron griddle works well for inside cooking, too.
If your family enjoys these often, you might consider a special quesadilla maker.
For occasional use, you might like this inexpensive Quesadilla Maker. Works well but holds less filling and works with 8-10″ tortillas (10″ will have crisp edge)
However, we find that spending a bit more on this Courant Pizza Maker, which also makes quesadillas and calzones, offers many improvements. Not only does it hold more filling and makes a full-sized 12″ tortilla, it is also multi-purpose!
These Vegan Quesadilla make a great meal for diabetics, too!
Vegan Quesadilla, Simple Dinner
Vegan Quesadilla show up on our family’s table when we need a simple dinner idea. Although often created with mounds of cheese, meats, salts, and fats, we create a healthier, yet full flavored version. In fact, my first taste of Quesadilla at a Mexican restaurant in the US left such an impression, I quickly redesigned for a healthier meal.
Dress it Up for Fancy Fare
Our Vegan Quesadilla serve us well for a simple dinner. However, dress them up a bit with extra sauces, and interesting fillings. These simple treats offer a true wow factor! Not only will they impress your guests, you’ll have fun preparing them, too!
Not only Cheese
Quesadilla translates from the word queso which means cheese and tortilla. Yes, a basic quesadilla indeed consists of cheese on a tortilla. However, the fillings offer you a chance to create your own unique creation.
Our basic recipes uses vegan cheese and tofu. Swap out one of our other meat substitutes for the tofu and choose your favorite cheese.
However, one of our family favorites blends the cheesy sauce with an abundance of vegetables. Depending on what we have, they might include onions, corn, spinach, peas, carrots, broccoli, or other favorites.
Read below the recipe for a few substitute ideas. However, don’t stop there. Experiment in your kitchen. Find your family’s favorites. Also, adjust the ingredients to your guests’ preferences. These shine at a dinner party!
Our basic recipe
Vegan Quesadilla Recipe
for a simple dinner or fancy fare for your next dinner party
- Drain tofu and crumble
- Heat oil in a large skillet
- Sauté tofu in skillet until lightly browned, turning frequently
- Remove from pan. Put into bowl.
- Sprinkle seasonings on tofu and toss to coat well.
- Put 3 tortillas on a baking sheet (spray lightly with oil or cooking spray)
- Spread a think layer of cheese on each tortilla, using about 1 oz on each
- Put 1/3 of the tofu mixture on each tortilla
- Top with remaining cheese, reserving about 1 oz
- Add a tortilla on top of each
- Top with remaining cheese
- Bake at 350° until lightly browned, about 10 minutes
- Cut each into 6 triangles.
- Top with Pico de gallo, Guacamole, or salsas of your choice.
Vegan Quesadilla Options
Our basic recipe impresses with ease. However, these novelties take other ingredients just as easily.
Begin with your favorite cheese and the tortilla. Try these ideas. Also, create your own!
- Dice broccoli, cauliflower, carrots. Lightly sauté a diced onion, then add veggies and sauté til crisp tender.
- Use cooked brown rice and black beans. Also, add corn if desired.
- For a very simple dinner, fill with thawed frozen mixed vegetables sandwiched between the cheese.
- A bit fancier? Cube the tofu and marinate in a bit of beef flavored broth with the spices. Sauté and fill.
- Also fancy: Roast red peppers and corn. Chop or dice before adding to the tortilla. Add chopped green onion for more color.