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Crispy on the outside, cheesy and fully loaded on the inside, these simple but delicious Mexican beef quesadillas will be a hit with the whole family.

  • Serves6
  • Cook time25 minutes
  • Prep time20 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 500g beef mince
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Coles Everything Taco Classic Spice Mix
  • 1 corn cob
  • 1 red capsicum, seeded, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 400g can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups (240g) grated tasty cheese
  • Guacamole, to serve
  • Lime wedges, to serve
  • Coriander leaves, to serve

Tomato salsa

  • 2 vine-ripened tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 long green chilli, seeded (optional), finely chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp white sugar

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 2508kJ/600 Cals (29%), Protein: 38g (76%), Fat: 29g (41%), Sat Fat: 15g (63%), Sodium: 890mg (45%), Carb: 45g (15%), Sugar: 8g (9%), Dietary Fibre: 9g (30%).

Check ingredient labels to make sure they meet your specific dietary requirements and always consult a health professional before changing your diet. View dietary information here.

Percentage Daily Intake information on our recipes is calculated using the nutrition reference values for an average Australian adult.

Method

  1. Step 1

    Use your hands to combine the mince, onion and spice mix in a bowl. Set aside.

  2. Step 2

    To make the tomato salsa, combine the tomato, onion, chilli, oil, vinegar and sugar in a medium bowl. Season.

  3. Step 3

    Use a small serrated knife to cut down the corn to release the kernels. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over high heat. Add corn and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 mins or until charred. Remove and set aside.

  4. Step 4

    Spray same pan with olive oil spray. Add the mince mixture, capsicum and garlic. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up into lumps, for 5 mins or until the mince changes colour and the capsicum softens. Add the tomato paste, corn and black beans. Cook, stirring, for 2 mins or until well combined and heated through.

  5. Step 5

    Place half the tortillas on a clean work surface. Sprinkle with half the cheese, top with the mince mixture and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Top with remaining tortillas.

  6. Step 6

    Heat a sandwich press or greased frying pan over high heat. Cook the quesadillas, 1 at a time, for 2 mins on each side or until golden brown and the cheese melts. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm.

  7. Step 7

    Divide quesadillas among serving plates and serve with tomato salsa, guacamole, lime wedges and coriander. Season.

Recipe tip

COOK. STORE. SAVE.
Smart swap:
Replace beef mince with lentils for a budget-friendly and vegetarian option.

Quesadillas: A no-fuss weeknight winner

For an easy and delicious dinner, this beef quesadilla recipe ticks all the right boxes. Originating from Mexico, with the word 'queso' translating to 'cheese' in Spanish, a quesadilla features a crispy toasted tortilla that’s filled with oozy cheese, spiced mince, beans and other fillings. While you’ll find plenty of different variations of the dish, our version includes charred corn and red capsicum served with homemade tomato salsa and guacamole. 

These cheesy morsels are perfect to throw together for a family dinner, served alongside other Mexican-style favourites such as beef mince nachos and chargrilled street corn (elote) as part of a larger feast, or as a simple work lunch that you can prepare in advance. 

Tips for the best quesadilla fillings

Our version of a beef quesadilla features plenty of grated tasty cheese, beef mince, red onions, charred corn, red capsicum and black beans cooked in a warm, spicy and smoky spice blend. Draw inspiration from this recipe and use it as a guide to customise your creation. Swap the mince for chicken tenderloin, beef strips or sliced mushrooms. Other quesadilla ingredients can include fresh tomatoes, black olives and spring onions. Or add a touch of spice with pickled jalapeños, chilli flakes or hot sauce. 

When assembling your cheesy quesadillas, ensure you’re not overstuffing the tortillas, as this can cause them to burst or ooze filling as they’re cooked. Evenly divide the mixture among each tortilla for best results. If you’re making them from scratch, try our homemade flour tortillas recipe. 

Why beef quesadillas are perfect for meal prepping

Mexican quesadillas are also a great option for those who like to plan their meals. Prepare up to step 5, then freeze for up to 2 months. Freeze in layers in an airtight container separated by a baking sheet so they don’t stick together. When you’re ready to eat, reheat in the oven, sandwich press or in a pan until the tortilla is golden and crispy, and the insides are cheesy and hot. 

Put on a fiesta with flavour-packed, crowd-pleasing meals for Taco Tuesday and beyond. From tacos to fajitas and punchy spiced meats, our collection of easy Mexican recipes are guaranteed to satisfy.

How to make quesadillas the star of your dinner party 

As well as being a simple weeknight dinner idea, cheesy beef quesadillas can be an excellent addition to your Mexican feast when entertaining friends and family. Present them on a large platter alongside all your favourite sides like tomato salsa, guacamole, corn chips, extra lime wedges and coriander leaves. Or pair them with a corn saladprawn tostadas and loaded nachos, with a few Mexican-inspired drinks and cocktails like a signature creamy horchata and a classic margarita

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Beef quesadilla

Beef quesadilla
  • Serves6
  • Cook time25 minutes
  • Prep time20 minutes
Ingredients
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp Coles Everything Taco Classic Spice Mix
  • 1 corn cob
  • 1 red capsicum, seeded, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 400g can black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 2 cups (240g) grated tasty cheese
  • Guacamole, to serve
  • Lime wedges, to serve
  • Coriander leaves, to serve

Tomato salsa

  • 2 vine-ripened tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 long green chilli, seeded (optional), finely chopped
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp white sugar
    Description

    Crispy on the outside, cheesy and fully loaded on the inside, these simple but delicious Mexican beef quesadillas will be a hit with the whole family.

    Method
    1. Step 1

      Use your hands to combine the mince, onion and spice mix in a bowl. Set aside.

    2. Step 2

      To make the tomato salsa, combine the tomato, onion, chilli, oil, vinegar and sugar in a medium bowl. Season.

    3. Step 3

      Use a small serrated knife to cut down the corn to release the kernels. Heat a lightly oiled frying pan over high heat. Add corn and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 mins or until charred. Remove and set aside.

    4. Step 4

      Spray same pan with olive oil spray. Add the mince mixture, capsicum and garlic. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up into lumps, for 5 mins or until the mince changes colour and the capsicum softens. Add the tomato paste, corn and black beans. Cook, stirring, for 2 mins or until well combined and heated through.

    5. Step 5

      Place half the tortillas on a clean work surface. Sprinkle with half the cheese, top with the mince mixture and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Top with remaining tortillas.

    6. Step 6

      Heat a sandwich press or greased frying pan over high heat. Cook the quesadillas, 1 at a time, for 2 mins on each side or until golden brown and the cheese melts. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm.

    7. Step 7

      Divide quesadillas among serving plates and serve with tomato salsa, guacamole, lime wedges and coriander. Season.