Ground Beef Quesadilla with Chipotle Seasoning

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This cheesy ground beef quesadilla with chipotle seasoning is a quick Mexican-inspired game-day food or the perfect late-night snack. It’s served with mixed bell peppers and corn, also Mexican cheese on tortilla.

Looking for last minute game day food recipes? You’re in luck. I am going to show you how to make an easy ground beef quesadilla with few ingredients. The homemade quesadilla seasoning from ingredients that you could easily find in your pantry.

Ground Beef Quesadilla

I chose ground beef as a quesadilla filling over steak because it’s inexpensive and cooks up fast. The left over meat (browned, un-seasoned) can be used in many recipes such as chili, pasta, lasagna, hamburgers, meatloaf, etc. This would make a perfect game-day food on a budget.

Ground Beef Quesadilla
Mexican party food can be prepared in so many ways, whether traditional Mexican food or a Mexican inspired dish like this one or this delicious Shrimp Ceviche With Avocado. The well-seasoned ground beef would also be great for casserole, burrito bowl, tostadas or tacos. If you decide to make ground beef quesadilla casserole, simply place 1/2 portion of browned and seasoned ground beef on a 13 inch baking tray, top with 3 flour tortilla, repeat the process once then finish up with some cheese of your choice (such as Mexican Cheese or Cheddar Cheese).

Ground Beef QuesadillaGround Beef Quesadilla Seasoning and Ingredients:

Let’s talk about the ground beef quesadilla ingredients. I used browned ground beef and seasoned it with homemade chipotle seasoning, a mix of bell peppers and corn, mixed Mexican cheese, all atop a 10-inch soft flour tortila.

Ground Beef Quesadilla
To make the homemade quesadilla seasoning, I used a canned Chipotle sauce in medium heat, cumin, tomato sauce, garlic, onion powder, dried oregano, ancho chili powder and olive oil. I added about 4 tablespoons of chipotle sauce to the 1.5 pound of ground beef. Surprisingly, both of my kids didn’t even notice the heat on those quesadillas. I would highly recommend this chipotle sauce over chipotle pepper in canned because you have more control to adjust the spiciness during cooking. If Chipotle pepper in adobo sauce is the only option you have, you can use about 1-2 peppers for this recipe.

To brown the ground beef for a crispier and juicier protein, add the meat to a lightly oiled skillet pan and leave it for about 2 minutes before break it up. That way the meat will have enough time to gain some texture. You will also need to season the ground beef with salt and pepper. Once the ground beef is fully browned, it’s time to remove the juice and grease. You can do this by carefully tilting the pan so you can remove the liquid (then use a paper towel to absorb the remaining fat).

5 from 7 votes
Ground Beef Quesadilla
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Ground Beef Quesadilla with homemade chipotle seasoning. The seasoned ground meat would also be perfect for burritos, tostadas or tacos.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 10
Author: rika agustini
Ingredients
  • 1.5 pounds ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 tablespoons Chipotle Sauce medium (add more according to your liking)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder (add more according to your liking)
  • salt and peper to taste
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup frozen roasted corn or fresh corn
  • 10 inch Soft Flour Tortillas
  • Mexican Cheese or Cheddar Cheese
  • Fresh Avocado or Guacamole
  • Jalapeños
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet pan, heat one tablespoon oil over medium heat. 

  2. When the oil is hot, add the ground beef and let the meat sits in the skillet for about 1-2 minutes before breaking it up with spatula. Season with salt and pepper. 

  3. Keep stirring the ground meat and cooking for about 10-12 minutes or until the meat is brown inside and no longer red or pink. The USDA sets the minimum safe temperature for ground beef at 160 degrees Fahrenheit. 

    Important note: Be sure to remove the juice and grease. You can do this by carefully tilting the pan so you can remove the liquid (then use a paper towel to absorb the remaining fat).

  4. In a large skillet pan, heat two tablespoons oil over medium heat, add garlic and cook until fragrant. Then add tomato sauce, onion powder, cumin, dried oregano, chipotle sauce medium, and ancho chili powder. Cook for about 1 minute, then add ground beef. Keep stirring until the meat is well-coated.  Season with salt and pepper according to your taste. Remove from the heat and set aside.

To Cook Mixed Bell Peppers and Corn:
  1. In a skillet, heat one tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat and cook the red bell pepper and green bell pepper for about 3-4 minutes. Add roasted corn and cook for 1-2 minutes. Season with salt/pepper. Remove from the heat and set aside.

To Build the Quesadillas:
  1. Add one piece of tortilla on a lightly buttered skillet and layer with a generous amount of cheese on the bottom of the tortilla. Add seasoned ground beef, mixed bell peppers and corn. Finish up with some cheese and top with a second tortilla. Cook the tortilla until it is golden on the other side and repeat this process on the second side until both sides of tortilla are crips and golden and the cheese inside is melted.

  2. Serve with fresh avocado or guac and jalapeno.

Recipe Notes

Product used: La Costena Chipotle Sauce

Ground Beef Quesadilla


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19 Comments

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    valmg @ Mom Knows It All
    Feb 5, 2018 at 2:23 am

    These turned out terrific looking. My oldest son loves quesadillas. I have made them for him and they didn’t look anywhere near as good as yours look.

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    Farida
    Feb 5, 2018 at 2:48 am

    We have tried doing something similar at home and it was lovely. This recipe is absolutely a must try because it is not only easy to make but healthy too!

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    robin rue
    Feb 5, 2018 at 4:48 am

    This sounds like a wonderful meal. I think these would be a nice change of pace on Taco Tuesdays in our house.

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    Amber Myers
    Feb 5, 2018 at 5:21 am

    I must try these out for dinner soon! I usually just make cheese quesadillas, but I think I’d enjoy this one too. There’s so many goodies in this.

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    Jeanette
    Feb 5, 2018 at 5:50 am

    That looks absolutely amazing! I definitely need to try this. It has everything in it that I love to eat.

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    Alison Rost
    Feb 5, 2018 at 6:22 am

    This looks amazing and I love the flavors in this recipe. It’s definitely a recipe that we’ll enjoy and I’d love to make it for me and my husband.

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    Terri Steffes
    Feb 5, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Oh yum yum. I love this flavor profile. I think this is my favorite kind of food. There’s something so homey and rich about it!

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    Angelic Sinova
    Feb 5, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Ground Beef Quesadillas with Chipotle Seasoning? SOLD! I LOVE quesadillas so I can’t way to try this recipe out. There’s something about homemade quesadillas that I just love.

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    Candy
    Feb 5, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Easy and quick. Makes a bunch and fills everyone up. Perfect meal

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    Emily
    Feb 5, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Oh wow, I need to make this! We love making quesadillas in our house but for some reason I never think to put in ground beef. I will be making these for sure!

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    Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh
    Feb 5, 2018 at 9:38 am

    These are loaded with yumminess! We love making quesadillas at home, and I love all the flavors you’ve added to yours.

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    Ching
    Feb 5, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    FUNNY I only go to super bowl parties for the food! They had nachos at the party I went to but would have loved this!

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    Sarah Bailey
    Feb 5, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Oh my goodness how delicious do these look! Just packed with some delicious ingredients and I bet they taste even better than they look!

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    Pam
    Feb 5, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    This looks super tasty. I love any kind of Mexican inspired food, so this would be right up my alley.

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    Heather
    Feb 5, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    I’m not eating meat anymore, but these look so good! We are huge fans of Mexicans.

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    Heather
    Feb 5, 2018 at 7:54 pm

    That looks amazing! I really need to try it with beef. I’ve done them with chicken, but I think after seeing and reading this, beef is better!

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    Anosa Malanga
    Feb 6, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Oh I love how colourful it was prepared. I guess this is a great menu to add for Valentines day. Thanks for this, I will just add a valentines related design to add more colors and art to it.

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    Nikka Shae
    Feb 6, 2018 at 7:23 am

    This looks very tasty! I will make me a meatless option for sure!

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    Sandy N Vyjay
    Feb 6, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    The seasoning especially looks so great and colourful. Will use it for a vegetarian variant and it should be great.

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