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Beefy quesadillas stacked on top of one another with sour cream and a margarita in the background

Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas

sara rose : aflavorjournal.com
Super cheesy quesadillas packed with seasoned ground beef and a touch of refried beans.
5 from 28 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 3 quesadillas
Calories 305 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper green, yellow, or red
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • salt and freshly cracked pepper
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tbsp. taco seasoning
  • 1/3 cup refried beans
  • 3 10" flour tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese blend cheddar, pepperjack, monterey jack, or chihuahua cheeses

Topping Options:

Instructions
 

  • If using more than one cheese, blend the cheeses together.
  • Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, and garlic with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 5-7 minutes until slightly tender.
  • Add the ground beef and taco seasoning to the skillet. Using a wooden spoon, break the beef into small pieces and mix it into the veggies. Cook the beef for about 5 minutes until it is browned, continuing to break it into small pieces as it cooks.
  • Stir in the refried beans until completely blended into the beef and vegetables. Spoon the entire mixture into a large bowl, and cover the bowl with foil to keep it warm.
  • Lay one tortilla into the now empty skillet. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of cheese across the surface of the tortilla. Spoon 1/2 cup of the beef mixture onto one side of the tortilla, then spread it to cover the cheese across half of the tortilla.
  • Once the cheese is melted on the other half of the tortilla, carefully fold that half onto the beef mixture. Use a spatula to gently press down on the top of the folded tortilla. Cook for 2 minutes until the bottom is browned and crispy.
  • Carefully flip the tortilla. Cook for another two minutes until the bottom side is browned and crispy. Transfer the quesadilla to a cutting board, and allow it to cool for about 30 seconds. Use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut it in half.
  • Repeat with remaining two tortillas, remaining cheese, and remaining beefy mixture.
  • Serve hot and top with sour cream, pico de gallo, guacamole, or your favorite toppings!

Notes

Use your leftover refried beans for this SUPER flavorful refried beans side dish!
(The recipe is for refried black beans, but refried pinto beans will also work!)

Nutrition

Serving: 1quesadilla halfCalories: 305kcal
Keyword Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas
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