Cali-Style Quesadilla

cali quesadillas with 12.5 inch id 21 ceramic coated fry pan

 Yields: 3 servings
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 15 min

• 3 large (10 inch) flour tortillas
• 1 pound ground turkey
• 2 large jalapeno peppers (seeded and diced)
• 5 cloves garlic (minced)
• 1 white onion (finely chopped)

½ tablespoon paprika
• 1 teaspoon black pepper
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• 1 teaspoon coriander
• 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
• 1 cup pepper jack cheese (shredded)
• ½ cup Colby jack cheese (shredded)
• 1 large tomato (chopped)
• 1 cup cilantro (finely chopped)
• 1 avocado (sliced)
• 1 cup sour cream

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  1. Add vegetable oil to the fry pan and heat over medium. Add in onions and jalapenos. Cook for 3 minutes until they have softened. Meanwhile, combine to two cheeses. Set aside.

add jalapenos and onions to id21 fry pan

  2. Turn the heat down to low-medium and add the ground turkey and dried seasonings along with ½ cup warm water. Stir until well incorporated. Cook for 7 minutes (until turkey has browned.)

cooked meat with seasonings for cali quesadilla in 12.5 in coated ID21 fry pan

3. Set cooked filling aside and wipe out the pan. (No need to wash.) Add a dab of vegetable oil. Lay one tortilla in the pan and fry for about 1 minute on each side. 

brown tortilla in 12.5 inch coated ID21 fry pan 

  4. Add a couple of tablespoons of shredded cheese to one side of the tortilla. Next, add the meat and top with a bit of chopped tomatoes and cilantro. 

add cheese and meat for quesadilla in 12 inch coated id21 non-stick fry pan 

  5. Sprinkle some on more shredded cheese before folding closed. You can add the avocado in the step if you prefer (as opposed to serving it on the side.)

fold quesadilla for cali quesadillas in 12 inch coated fry pan 

6. Cook for 2 minutes and then flip. Cook for another 2 minutes and remove from pan. Repeat this process until you have 3 quesadillas.

cooked quesadilla

7. Cut each quesadilla into thirds.

slice cali style quesadillas in half

8. Serve with additional cilantro, avocado, limes and sour cream

cali quesadillas in hand with fry pan in background

Happy Quesadilla Day!

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