Fried quesadillas are one of those guilty pleasures that everyone should enjoy every now and then. This version of them are basically fried tacos filled with cheese and birria leftovers but you can make yours with anything and everything. Their magic relies on the crispy outside and the warm and gooey fillings. Endless possibilities of fillings and toppings.
Easy Fried Quesadillas
-1 cup cornflour
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 ½ cups of hot water
- Vegetable oil
- 1 cup (or more) of cheese such as gouda, mozzarella or your favourite melting cheese
1 In a bowl, mix the cornflour and the salt. Add the hot water ½ cup at a time. Mix the ingredients with your hand very well for at least 5 minutes. Sometimes more or less water is needed. The dough should be soft and should not stick to the bowl or your hands when it is ready. Cover with cling film or a clean tea towel and let it rest for at least 15 minutes.
2 Divide the dough into roughly 6 dough balls and using a tortilla press and two pieces of plastic, press each ball until they are flat and evenly thick.
3 Add about 2 to 3 tablespoons of cheese to the centre of the tortilla and fold in half using the same plastic. Close the sides pressing with your fingers and set aside on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Continue with the remaining dough balls.
4 Heat the oil in a frying pan. The quesadillas don’t need to be fully submerged in the oil, so the amount of it will depend on how big your pan is.
5 Once the oil is hot, add one or two quesadillas to it and let it cook for 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown. Remove them to a cooling rack to drain any excess oil.
- These are the simplest fried quesadillas you can make. There are many recipes that include adding baking powder and wheat flour to the mix to make them fluffier or crispier but in this case, we are pretty much making fried tortillas. Simple and tasty with no gluten added.
- The possibilities here are endless. We added leftover birria (you can find the recipe for Birria here) because we had to use it but you can also add spinach, other leftovers, beans. Anything goes well! The key is to not add so much stuff inside that will burst open.
- Using cheese or other fillings with low moisture is strongly suggested to avoid leaks.
Fried quesadillas can be topped with a wide array of things. Lettuce and pico de gallo will make them a fantastic mix of crunchy fried goodness with freshness added. Adding salsas will make them almost like enchiladas. The sky’s the limit!
We had ours with freshly made salsa, pickled onions and crema on top. Simple and delicious, just the way we like it!
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