Leftover Quesadilla

Leftover Quesadilla

Leftover Quesadilla

A quesadilla is an easy Mexican dish, which simply uses a tortilla (any kind of flour or corn wrap would do), cheese and often supplementary ingredients. The wrap is grilled in a press or on a pan until the cheese is melted. What makes the quesadilla so great for lunchboxes, and specifically the bento boxes we described in our latest blog, is it is a filling but simple addition which can pair great with other lunch ingredients. It is also great for using up leftovers, leftover meat and wraps near their use by date. Here's a few ideas of ingredients for the quesadilla, and pairing ideas to complete the bento!

The Quesadilla

- 2 small corn or flour tortillas, or 1 large one cut in half (to form half moons) 
- 1 cup of grated cheese, cheddar or dry mozzarella. It melts better if you grate it yourself but it is best to use what you have

Options for more filling: 
- sliced and cooked capsicum and onion, like from leftover fajitas 
- leftover chicken strips 
- leftover beef or pork mince 
- leftover chicken mince
- leftover steak cut into strips
- leftover bacon in chunks 
- canned tuna
- spinach and feta 

Really, anything you have left in the fridge can be put into a quesadilla! Then, all you need to do is fill the wrap with the filling leaving room at the edges, fold the wrap in half so it has one straight edge and one curved edge, press it in a sandwich press or on a pan until the cheese is melted and the filling is hot. 

What to pair with the quesadilla

  • A mayo or yoghurt dip that you can also dip carrot, celery or cucumber in
  • The aforementioned carrot, celery or cucumbers
  • Grapes or strawberries to cut through the greasy cheese of the quesadilla
  • Pico de gallo, guacamole or other classic sides for Mexican foods
  • Crunchy sweet potato chips