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Monday, August 6, 2012

Chicken-Chorizo Quesadillas

Like Mexican food with a twist? Try these quick and easy quesadillas for a meal or a party snack.

                                            Chicken-Chorizo Quesadillas

6 flour tortillas
2 boneless chicken breasts
1/2# chorizo sausage
1 cup shredded Manchego cheese, or any good queso blanco
1 can black beans
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 small red onion, small dice
1-2 jalapenos, minced (Remove seeds and ribs for milder temp)
1 small tomato, small dice
1 small papaya or mango, small dice
1 tbl spoon lime juice
1 tsp olive oil
8 oz. sour cream

Rub chili powder into chicken breast. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill or bake. Slice into thin strips.
Saute chorizo over over medium heat. Drain.
Add cumin and garlic powder to black beans. Heat black beans on stove top or microwave for 4 minutes.

Heat tortillas slightly in saute pan on medium heat to make pliable. Add spoonful of chorizo, 3-4 strips of chicken, and a spoonful of black beans (Use slotted spoon for beans). Sprinkle with cheese, fold and heat in saute pan until tortilla browns a little and cheese melts, or about 2 minutes. Flip and do the same on other side.
Slice quesadilla into 4 wedge-shaped slices by cutting in half, then halving each half. Top with a little salsa and a dollop of sour cream.

Mix onion, jalapeno, tomato,and papaya or mango in small bowl. Add lime juice and olive oil. Season with salt/pepper. Let set for 30 minutes before serving.

For a complete meal, add a side of black beans and rice, or just snack while watching TV.
To add more heat, splash a little Chalula hot sauce or your favorite hot sauce in bean mixture or salsa.