Quesadillas with nopales and roasted red peppers

February 20, 2015
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  • Serves 4
What You'll Need
  • Grilled or pan fry nopales
  • 4 nopales
  • oil
  • salt and black pepper
  • Quesadillas
  • 4 (10 inch) flour tortillas
  • 300 grams queso fresco - Spanish fresh cheese grated or crumbled
  • 4 nopales grilled and sliced
  • 2 red roaster peppers marinated with garlic, olive oil and salt ( you can buy roasted peppers in the jar, drain and slice them add salt, minced garlic and olive oil, it will keep in the fridge for weeks. )
  • pickled sliced jalapeno peppers
  • 2 tablespoons oil for frying
  1. Grilled or pan fry nopales
  2. Wear glows to protect your hands.
  3. Place cactus paddle (nopales) on cutting board and using a sharp knife or vegetable peeler scrape the spines and trim off the edges.
  4. The cactus will release a sticky substance, wash them and dry with paper towel, oil them, add salt and black pepper, pan fry them or grill them for 3-4 minutes (medium heat) on each side, slice and mix with marinated roast red peppers.
  5. Or you can serve just like that with guacamole.
  1. Quesadillas
  2. Sprinkle the cheese on half of the tortilla add a mix of grilled sliced nopales and marinated red roasted peppers and pickled sliced jalapeno peppers, sprinkle more cheese on the top and fold the tortillas in half.
  3. Heat skillet large enough to hold two of the tortillas, add 1tbs oil.
  4. Fry one side for 3 minutes on medium heat, turn over and fry for 3 more minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  5. Remove it from the pan and cut into wedges like a pizza.
  6. Serve with salsa and guacamole.

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4 Reviews

Lynn D. June 9, 2015
I just made this! It was delicious. I added some Mexican oregano and used mozzarella cheese (because that's what I had). You have contributed so many recipes to Food 52. I can't wait to try some more.
anka June 9, 2015
Thank you so much Lynn D.
Renee B. December 15, 2016
Anka really has contributed a remarkable number of unique and delicious sounding recipes that I can't wait to try. I've just discovered them tonight and am surprised so few have discovered her.
anka December 15, 2016
Thank you Renee B for your kind words.