Summertime is abundant with fresh produce. All of the markets are brimming with corn, tomatoes, squash, peppers, and cucumbers, just to name a few local items around here.
So naturally I tend to get a little crazy at the farmers market and come home with grocery bags full of summer veggies, but then what to do with it? Grilled veggies, salads, sauteed for a side dish. All great options, but sometimes that can get boring quickly through out the week.
So I tried just sauting some with a little taco seasoning and using them as a filler for a cheesy quesadilla and it became this easy weekday meal for us! Summer Vegetables Quesadilla! I mean honestly, you can make this with whatever veggies you happen to have on hand. But it is really a great way to do something a little different with your vegetables.
Just saute your veggies in a little olive oil and add your taco seasoning, adjust the seasoning amount according your preference. Its really a matter of how much seasoning you enjoy!
I like to take the canned refried beans you find at the store and doctor it up a bit, I guess you can call it re-frying the refried beans! I loosen the canned beans by heating it up in a little oil. Then add some minced jalapenos to the oil, as long as everyone can handle that amount of heat! (I usually have to skip this step myself because my toddler can’t handle that heat yet!) Add some more taco seasoning to really amp up the flavor!
Once you have all of your filler ingredients prepped, assemble your quesadillas! I spread the creamy, seasoned refried beans on one tortilla. Next, pile on the veggies!! For me, the veggies are the star of this dish, so really fill up your quesadilla! Last, I add a heaping amount of grated cheese. After all, as the cheese melts, it will become the glue that holds your quesadilla together! Get it on the skillet or griddle and let the tortillas brown and crisp on both sides. You want to be able to cut through the crispy tortillas and see all of the layers: creamy beans, melty cheese, and layers of veggies!!
Serve with sour cream, hot sauce and a Poblano Cream Sauce, it pairs really well with these quesadillas too!