Recipe Details

Fast-off-the-Grill Chorizo Quesadillas

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8

FOR ROASTS, CHOPS and TENDERLOINS

Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest

Ingredients

3/4 pound pork chorizo
5 10-inch flour tortillas
1 16-oz can black bean refried beans
1/2 pound Colby cheese, shredded
1 cup fresh cilantro, loosely packed
For brushing olive oil
1 1/2 cups tomatillo salsa, (store-bought, see cook's note)

Cooking Directions


Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Use a spatula to crumble the chorizo as you place it in the pan. Sauté the chorizo until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chorizo from the skillet to a plate.

Arrange 5 tortillas on a work surface. Spread about 1/4 cup refried beans evenly over half of each tortilla, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Scatter about
1/3 cup cooked chorizo over beans. Scatter a generous 1/3 cup of cheese over top. Divide and arrange cilantro over top of cheese. Fold opposite half of tortilla over the filling. (The quesadillas can be assembled up to 1 hour before serving. Cover loosely with plastic wrap so they don’t dry out, and
set aside at room temperature.)

Prepare a medium fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill on medium. Brush outsides of tortillas with a small amount of oil. Using a wide spatula, transfer quesadillas to the grill. Grill on one side for about one minute, slide and turn quesadillas 90 degrees, grilling until nice cross-hatch grill marks appear. Slide spatula underneath to flip quesadillas and grill the second side. Transfer the quesadillas to a cutting board. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the quesadillas into 5 wedges. Arrange on a platter and serve immediately accompanied with the tomatillo salsa.

Serves 8.

Cook’s Note
Look for tomatillo salsa fresh in the refrigerator case or in jars on the shelf in well-stocked supermarkets.

Serving Suggestions

Chorizo is a flavorful Mexican sausage that can be found in speciality grocery stores and some large supermarkets. This is a great starter for your outdoor gathering.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 540 calories
Protein: 25 grams
Fat: 31 grams
Sodium: 1100 milligrams
Cholesterol: 70 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 13 grams
Carbohydrates: 40 grams
Fiber: 5 grams

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Sausage is seasoned ground pork that is often enclosed in a casing. The ground pork used for sausage can come from a variety of cuts of pork including the shoulder butt and the loin. Sausage may be fresh, smoked or cured.


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About the Cooking Method: Grilling

There are two ways to grill pork based on the size of the cut:

  • Direct heat, where food is placed directly over the heat source, is ideal for small cuts like kabobs, tenderloin, burgers and chops.
  • Indirect heat, where food is placed on the grill rack away from the coals or gas burners, is good for large cuts like loin roasts, ribs, shoulder and fresh ham.

COOKING BASICS:
Direct Heat

Arrange hot coals evenly on the fire grate of the grill or use all gas burners. Place pork directly above the heat source. Follow suggested cooking times, turning once during cooking.

Indirect Heat

Bank hot coals on both sides of the fire grate, on one side of the grill or in a ring around the perimeter. For gas grills, pre-heat and then turn off any burners directly below where the food will go. Place pork on the grill so it is not directly over any coals or gas burners and close grill hood. Follow suggested cooking times until pork is done. The heat circulates inside the grill, so turning the pork is not necessary.


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Buying, Handling & Storage Tips

Sausage has the capacity to blend well with a variety of herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables. Different ingredient combinations also yield ethnic sausage varieties, including Andouille (French/Cajun), Bratwurst (German) and Chorizo (Mexican and Spanish).


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Butcher's Tips

Sausage is a highly versatile type of ground pork. Supermarkets offer a variety of pre-seasoned and ready-to-cook options that are perfect for breakfast or the grill. Adventurous home cooks also may choose to prepare homemade sausage by combining ground pork with their choice of seasonings.


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