Jalapeño popper quesadillas are a delicious and spicy twist on traditional quesadillas. They combine the creamy, cheesy goodness of jalapeño poppers with the convenience of quesadillas. Here’s how to make them:
- 4 large flour tortillas
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 2-3 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped (adjust to your preferred level of spiciness)
- 4 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
- Cooking oil or butter, for cooking
Prepare the Filling:
- In a mixing bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped jalapeño peppers, crumbled bacon, and chopped cilantro (if using). Mix everything together until well combined.
Assemble the Quesadillas:
- Lay out the flour tortillas on a clean surface.
- Divide the cream cheese mixture evenly among the tortillas, spreading it out on one-half of each tortilla.
- Fold the other half of each tortilla over the filling, creating a half-moon shape.
Cook the Quesadillas:
- Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat and add a small amount of cooking oil or butter.
- Place one or two quesadillas (depending on the size of your skillet) in the hot pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown and the cheese is melted.
- If needed, press down on the quesadillas with a spatula to help them cook evenly.
- Remove the cooked quesadillas from the pan and place them on a cutting board.
- Let them cool for a minute before slicing them into wedges.
- Serve the jalapeño popper quesadillas hot with your favorite dipping sauce, such as sour cream, salsa, or guacamole.
These quesadillas are perfect as an appetizer, snack, or even a main dish if paired with a side salad. They have a creamy and spicy filling with a crispy, golden exterior, making them a crowd-pleaser for anyone who enjoys a little heat in their food.