Recipe Details

Spicy Pork Quesadillas

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

FOR ROASTS, CHOPS and TENDERLOINS

Cook to 145 F with 3 minute rest

Ingredients

1/2 pound ground pork
1/4 cup onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 jalapeno chile, minced*
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
4 10-inch flour tortillas
1/4 cup Cheddar cheese, OR jack cheese, grated

Cooking Directions


In large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, cook pork with onion and garlic until browned; drain off any drippings and remove to large bowl. Stir cumin, oregano, jalapeno and cilantro into pork mixture. Wipe out skillet with paper towel and heat over medium-high heat. Place one tortilla in skillet; top with half of the pork mixture, spreading evenly, and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of cheese. Top with another tortilla and cook on one side until nicely browned (about 2-3 minutes), pressing down occasionally on top tortilla (using a spatula or, carefully, your hand). Turn and brown the other side, remove to cutting board and cut into 8 wedges. Repeat process to make 8 more quesadilla wedges. Serve with salsa, if desired.

Makes 8

*Wear rubber gloves when handling hot chiles. servings.

Serving Suggestions

Kids 12 and older love making these savory tortilla sandwiches. Perfect for any party occasion, having a teenager man the skillet keeps the operation smooth---as each quesadilla is ready to cut into wedges, guests will be ready for more. These also make a perfect casual family supper.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 280 calories
Protein: 18 grams
Fat: 11 grams
Sodium: 430 milligrams
Cholesterol: 30 milligrams
Saturated Fat: 4 grams
Carbohydrates: 28 grams
Fiber: 0 grams

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About the Cut: Ground Pork

Ground Pork is pork that has been ground or finely chopped. It is unseasoned and usually is available fresh with an average lean-fat ratio of 70 percent lean, 30 percent fat. 


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About the Cooking Method: Sauteing

COOKING BASICS:
1)Heat a small amount of oil in a large heavy skillet over a medium-high heat.
2)Place pork in skillet; do not cover.
3)Cook pork uncovered, turning occasionally. For stir-frying, cook over high heat, stirring constantly.

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Originally sealed, prepacked ground pork will keep in the refrigerator for 1-2 days. If you do plan on keeping the raw, fresh pork longer before cooking it, store it well wrapped in the freezer. Cooked leftovers can be kept in the fridge for 4-5 days.


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To make a ground pork patty gently mix ground pork with desired seasonings, and then separate into individual amounts for each burger. Using both hands, shape the ground pork into circular patties about three quarters of an inch in thickness. Then, fry or grill your handmade creations for all to enjoy!


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Awesome
by anonymous 08/22/2012
 I am not a cook and this was so easy and so tasty. My daughter who hates everything loved them.

Really good
by Larry 01/25/2011
 Easy and great tasting