Beef Quesadillas with Chilli Salsa

These quesadillas are a perfect lunch or mid-morning snack for all of the family to enjoy. They can be prepared up to one hour in advance, covered with cling film and kept at room temperature. Simply flash through the oven when you are ready to serve.

4
  • 8 soft flour tortillas
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 450g (1lb) lean minced beef
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp each ground cumin and coriander
  • 2 tsp tomato puree
  • 6 tbsp beef stock
  • 150g (5oz) Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • about 120ml (4fl oz) soured cream

For the chilli salsa:

  • 225g (8oz) ripe vine tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander, plus extra leaves to garnish
  • 1 mild red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 soft flour tortillas
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for brushing
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 450g (1lb) lean minced beef
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp each ground cumin and coriander
  • 2 tsp tomato puree
  • 6 tbsp beef stock
  • 150g (5oz) Cheddar cheese, grated
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • about 120ml (4fl oz) soured cream

For the chilli salsa:

  • 225g (8oz) ripe vine tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh coriander, plus extra leaves to garnish
  • 1 mild red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Step 1

To prepare the beef mixture, heat the oil in a frying pan and saute the onion until lightly golden. Stir in the smoked paprika, cumin and coriander and cook for another minute or so.

Step 2

To make the chilli salsa, place the tomatoes in a non-metallic bowl with the red onion, chopped coriander, chilli, lime juice and olive oil, stirring until well combined. Season to taste, cover with clingfilm and leave at room temperature to allow the flavours to develop.

Step 3

Preheat the oven to 200C (400F), Gas mark 6 and heat a griddle pan over a medium heat until very hot. Brush one side of each tortilla with a little of the olive oil. Place one tortilla in the pan, oiled-side down, and cook for 1 minute until nicely marked, pressing down with a spatula. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

Step 4

Arrange half the tortillas on baking sheets, marked-side down. Divide the minced beef mixture among them and then sprinkle the cheese and spring onions on top. Season to taste. Cover with the remaining tortillas, marked-side up, and bake for about 5 minutes or until heated through and the cheese has melted. Allow to cool slightly until easy to handle.

Step 5

Cut each quesadilla into eight wedges with a serrated knife, pizza cutter or kitchen scissors. Garnish each wedge with a small spoonful of soured cream and a coriander leaf. Arrange on warmed plates or one large platter to serve, with a separate bowl of the chilli salsa to hand around.

Step 1

To prepare the beef mixture, heat the oil in a frying pan and saute the onion until lightly golden. Stir in the smoked paprika, cumin and coriander and cook for another minute or so.

Step 2

To make the chilli salsa, place the tomatoes in a non-metallic bowl with the red onion, chopped coriander, chilli, lime juice and olive oil, stirring until well combined. Season to taste, cover with clingfilm and leave at room temperature to allow the flavours to develop.

Step 3

Preheat the oven to 200C (400F), Gas mark 6 and heat a griddle pan over a medium heat until very hot. Brush one side of each tortilla with a little of the olive oil. Place one tortilla in the pan, oiled-side down, and cook for 1 minute until nicely marked, pressing down with a spatula. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.

Step 4

Arrange half the tortillas on baking sheets, marked-side down. Divide the minced beef mixture among them and then sprinkle the cheese and spring onions on top. Season to taste. Cover with the remaining tortillas, marked-side up, and bake for about 5 minutes or until heated through and the cheese has melted. Allow to cool slightly until easy to handle.

Step 5

Cut each quesadilla into eight wedges with a serrated knife, pizza cutter or kitchen scissors. Garnish each wedge with a small spoonful of soured cream and a coriander leaf. Arrange on warmed plates or one large platter to serve, with a separate bowl of the chilli salsa to hand around.