A slice of Mexico

PUBLISHED : Friday, 16 March, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 16 March, 2012, 12:00am


A quesadilla is a Mexican sandwich using tortillas, which are made from flour or corn and look like big, soft pancakes. It can be served as an appetiser, snack or as a light lunch.

This is a basic recipe, but you can add other ingredients such as chicken, sweetcorn, red peppers, mushrooms or ham.

Equipment you will need

Mixing bowl

Metal spoon

Chopping board



Non-stick frying pan



Ingredients (makes 4 pieces)

2 flour tortillas

1 tomato, cut into small cubes

1/2 avocado, peeled, cut into small cubes

1/4 small red onion, peeled, chopped

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

75g Cheddar cheese, grated

1 teaspoon vegetable oil


1 Place the tomato, avocado, onion, lemon juice and Tabasco sauce in a large bowl, mix with a spoon.

2 Put one tortilla on a plate. Brush a little oil over the top. Turn it over.

3 Spread the tomato and avocado mixture on the tortilla and sprinkle cheese on top.

4 Cover with the other tortilla. (You can also put the mixture on one half of the tortilla and fold it over, like a taco.)

5 Brush a little oil on top.

6 Heat a non-stick frying pan over low to medium heat.

7 Gently place the filled tortilla in the frying pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the bottom of the tortilla is golden brown.

8 Carefully turn the quesadilla over with a spatula and cook for 2 minutes.

9 Remove from heat. Place the quesadilla onto the chopping board, and cut into 4 wedges with a knife.

10 Serve immediately.

Quesadilla quiz

1 What is the Spanish word for cheese?

a. formaggio

b. queso

c. juusto

d. queijo

2 Avocado is the main ingredient in a Mexican dip. What is this dip called?

a. hummus

b. tzatziki

c. taramasalata

d. guacamole

3 Tortillas can be made from wholewheat flour or maize meal. By what other name is maize also known?

a. rice

b. corn

c. wheat

d. millet

4 Sometimes chocolate is added to a spicy Mexican stew. What is this stew called?

a. brodetto

b. rabo encendido

c. bigos

d. chilli con carne

5 Tortillas are also used in another Mexican dish that is filled with ingredients such as meat, cheese and beans, and served with a chilli pepper sauce. What is this dish called?

a. enchiladas

b. frijoles

c. ceviche

d. curtido


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