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Sheet Pan Quesadillas

Sheet Pan Quesadillas

A Symphony of Melted Goodness: Sheet Pan Quesadillas

Calling all cheese lovers and Tex-Mex enthusiasts! This recipe for Sheet Pan Quesadillas is a celebration of melted cheese, savory fillings, and crispy tortillas. Imagine a giant quesadilla, bursting with flavorful ingredients, all baked to perfection on a single sheet pan. This recipe is a game-changer for weeknight dinners or casual gatherings, offering a fuss-free and delicious way to enjoy your favorite quesadilla fix.

Effortless Perfection:

Forget the stovetop struggle of flipping individual quesadillas! This sheet pan method allows you to create a large, family-sized quesadilla with minimal effort. Simply layer all your ingredients on a sheet pan, bake, and enjoy. The tortillas get crispy on the edges, the cheese melts beautifully, and the fillings come together to create a flavor explosion in every bite.

A Canvas for Creativity:

The beauty of Sheet Pan Quesadillas lies in their versatility. This recipe provides a basic framework, but feel free to customize it to your taste. Don't have bell peppers? Use chopped poblano peppers or even corn. Love a bit of spice? Add diced jalapenos or a sprinkle of your favorite hot sauce. The possibilities are endless!

Step-by-Step Guide to Melty Bliss:

  1. Preheat for Perfection: Begin by preheating your oven to 425°F (220°C). This ensures the tortillas crisp up beautifully and the cheese melts to gooey perfection.

  2. Sautéing the Veggies: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the chopped onions and bell peppers and cook them until softened, about 5 minutes. Sautéing the vegetables beforehand releases their flavors and ensures they cook evenly throughout the quesadilla.

  3. The Art of Browning: Remove the softened vegetables from the pan and set them aside in a bowl. In the same skillet, add the ground beef and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until it's browned all over. This browning process adds depth and richness to the overall flavor profile. Once browned, drain any excess fat from the meat.

  4. Spicing it Up: Add the paprika, chili powder, and cumin to the browned ground beef. Stir these spices into the meat to coat it evenly. Season with salt and pepper to taste. This spice combination creates a warm and Tex-Mex inspired flavor base.

  5. Assembling the Masterpiece: Take a large baking sheet and lay out 6 tortillas. Overlap the tortillas slightly, creating a base for your giant quesadilla. Top this base with another single tortilla to ensure complete coverage. Now comes the fun part – layering the fillings!

  6. A Symphony of Fillings: Spread the seasoned ground beef evenly over the tortillas. Next, add the sautéed pepper and onion mixture, distributing it over the ground beef. Finally, sprinkle the shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese on top, followed by a vibrant touch of thinly sliced green onions.

  7. Folding and Baking: Carefully fold the tortillas towards the center of the baking sheet, enclosing all the fillings. Place another single tortilla in the center, on top of all the ingredients. If the tortillas seem loose, feel free to place another baking sheet on top to gently press down and help the quesadilla hold its shape during baking.

  8. Baking to Golden Perfection: Bake the giant quesadilla for 25-35 minutes, or until the tortillas are golden brown and crispy around the edges. The cheese should be melted and bubbly. If you used a second baking sheet for pressing, remove it after 10 minutes to allow for even browning on top.

  9. Slicing and Serving: Once the quesadilla is golden brown and cooked through, remove it from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes. This allows the cheese to set slightly and prevents burnt mouths. Slice the quesadilla into rectangles for easy serving.

  10. Fiesta Time! Serve your warm Sheet Pan Quesadillas with dollops of cool sour cream and a refreshing pico de gallo for the ultimate flavor and textural contrast. Every bite is a celebration of melted cheese, savory fillings, and crispy tortillas!

Tips & Variations:

For a vegetarian option, substitute the ground beef with crumbled tofu or black beans.

Feel free to add other vegetables to the filling, such as chopped mushrooms, zucchini, or corn.

Get creative with your cheese! Try different blends or add a sprinkle of queso fresco for a tangy touch.

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat them in a skillet over