Freezer Quesadillas


Things like quesadillas are a great freezer meal for when you need something quick.  It goes fairly quickly and if you have a team of helpers, even faster.

Freezer Quesadillas

March 09, 2013

Yield: Good Question

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Total time: Approx 2 hours


Ingredients

  • 4-5 chicken breasts, sliced in half thickness wise (or beef if you prefer)
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp Mexican oregano
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • Flour tortillas
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • 3 cups cheese, grated

Instructions

  1. Mix the spice blend together into a small bowl, set aside.
  2. In a cast iron skillet, or other non-stick, add the olive oil and heat to medium.  Add the chicken, without the seasonings, and cook until firm, but not done, then remove the chicken to a plastic cutting board to rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the onion and peppers to the skillet, add more oil if needed, and begin cooking slightly.
  4. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, slice it thinly, then chop it into small cubes.  When finished, add this back to the pan with the onions and pepper.  Add the seasonings and turn the heat up to medium high and get a good sizzle going on.  When you feel your chicken is done, turn off the heat and set aside and allow everything to cool for 10 minutes.  Add half the cheese and the chopped cilantro and combine.
  5. Get an assembly line going, by placing the cheese into one bowl, chicken mixture in another.  Take one tortilla, sprinkle about 1 tbsp of cheese on half (because of the fold) add some of the chicken mixture and top with another tbsp of cheese.
  6. Fold the tortilla in half, wrap in saran and complete more until all the chicken mixture is done.
  7. You now have many quesadillas ready to pop out of the freezer, butter both sides really lightly - and cook over a low heat.  No need to defrost, just cook slowly and it will reheat great - be sure to flip and cook the other side.
 

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