Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas

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These ground beef quesadillas are jam packed with flavourful beef and lots of cheese. They’re super easy to make and disappear fast!
Looking for super cheesy ground beef quesadillas? You’ve come to the right place! Well seasoned ground beef, lots of ooey gooey cheese and a crispy golden brown exterior make these quesadillas simply irresistible! They’re sure to become a favourite in your home as they are in ours.

Hi friends! If you’re looking for an easy quesadilla recipe, you’ve come to the right place!

If you know me, you know that I’m a huge fan of quesadillas. One of the reasons is, like grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas are a method of getting more cheese into my pie hole, LOL.

INGREDIENTS

½ tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground beef (I use ‘extra lean’)
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
½ teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper powder (or to taste, optional)
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoon unsalted beef stock/broth
12 ounces shredded cheese blend (about 3 cups (or combination of cheddar, Monterey jack and pizza mozzarella))
6 flour tortillas (mine were about 7 to 8 inches in diameter)
Cooking spray or oil (to grease pan)

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 200 degree Fahrenheit (to keep quesadillas warm while cooking batches).

Heat olive oil in a pan (I used non-stick pan) over medium heat.
Once oil is hot, add ground beef, chili powder, chipotle powder, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper powder (if using). Heat until cooked through, breaking into crumbles with a wooden spoon, about 8 to 10 minutes or so. Stir in tomato paste and stock/broth and cook 1 to 2 minutes more.
Remove beef from pan into a bowl. If there is any excess grease drain/remove.

Distribute about 8 ounces (or 2 cups) of cheese among all tortillas (on one side of them).
Note: Reserve the remaining 4 ounces (or 1 cup of cheese).
Also, if your tortillas are smaller or larger than the size I used, the quantity you yield may vary.
Distribute ground beef on top of cheese. Then, sprinkle remaining 1 cup (or 4 ounces) of cheese on top of ground beef. Fold tortilla over so you have a half moon shape.
Working in batches (about 2 quesadillas per batch), spray cooking spray into pan and cook quesadillas (over medium-low heat) for about 2 minutes per side until golden brown and cheese is melted (carefully turning and watching to ensure they don’t burn). While continuing batches, place cooked quesadillas on a baking sheet in preheated oven to keep warm.
Cut each half moon (quesadilla) in half. Serve with salsa, guacamole and/or sour cream. Enjoy!
Note: If you have any leftovers, properly store in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use within 2 to 4 days, reheating when ready to enjoy.

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