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These quesadillas needs a little warning: they are messy. Even if your chili is nice and thick, it’s still chili and chili is pretty much a loose combo of met and beans and vegetables (or just meat and vegetables, or just beans and vegetables, or just meat and beans, or ….you get it).

Plate with Beefy Chili Cheese Quesadillas and salad.

Beefy Chili Cheese Quesadillas: If you have leftover chili then you are but minutes away from making some of the best chili quesadillas ever.

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So all that you need to do is not make these for someone on a first date, unless you really want to fast track your compatibility stress test process. If you think you like someone, and they eat chili quesadillas with you on a first or second date, and smile when chili falls out of the quesadilla and onto the table, and hands you a napkin, then they definitely like you, too. Maybe a lot.

Leftover Chili Quesadillas

These are just the thing to make when you have a couple of cups of leftover chili, not enough for more than one bowlful, but you have more than one person to feed. The most awesome part is that I haven’t met a chili that doesn’t work here. Beef chili, chicken chili, turkey chili, vegetarian chili — yes, yes, yes, and yes.

Beefy Chili Cheese Quesadillas piled on a white plate.

What to Serve with Beefy Chili Cheese Quesadillas

Another nice thing is that the condiments and toppings that go well with these quesadillas are the same ones that you may have on hand from your chili dinner. Salsa, Pico de Gallo, sour cream, and the shredded cheese that I hope you stocked up on for the chili will now be the base of the quesadilla. Avocado or guacamole, check.

Spoon scooping sour cream onto a plate of Beefy Chili Cheese Quesadillas and salad.

Some Chili Recipes for Chili Quesadillas!

Beefy Chili Cheese Quesadillas, salad, and sour cream on a white plate.

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Beefy Chili Cheese Quesadillas

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
If you have leftover chili then you are but minutes away from making some of the best chili quesadillas ever.

Ingredients 

  • 4 teaspoons unsalted butter divided
  • 8 8-inch flour tortillas
  • 3 cups (8 ounces) shredded Mexican blend cheese or a combo of cheddar and Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack
  • 2 cups chili of your choice see suggestions above!
  • Guacamole, sour cream and salsa to serve, if desired

Instructions 

  • Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add a half teaspoon of butter. Place a tortilla in the pan. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the cheese mixture over half of the quesadilla, and distribute 1/8 of the chili over the cheese. Top that with another 2 tablespoons of the shredded cheese. Flip the bare half of the tortilla over the filling, cover the pan, and sauté for about 2 minutes until the bottom is golden and the cheese has started to melt, then use a spatula to flip the half-moon quesadilla, and continue to cook, uncovered, until all of the cheese is melted and the underside is browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove the quesadilla to a cutting board and let the quesadilla sit for a minute before you slice into 2 or 3 wedges. Repeat until all of the quesadillas are cooked. Serve with guacamole, salsa and sour cream.

Notes

These are just the thing to make when you have a couple of cups of leftover chili, not enough for more than one bowlful, but you have more than one person to feed. The most awesome part is that I haven’t met a chili that doesn’t work here.

Nutrition

Calories: 330kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 20g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 56mg, Sodium: 832mg, Potassium: 315mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 555IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 339mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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