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Quick Grilled Summer Quesadillas!

This post sponsored by Old Navy.

quick.grilled.summer.quesadillas We love quesadillas at our house, but doing them in the microwave is underwhelming. So when Old Navy asked me to feature a fun summer recipe to celebrate their “Dress to Grill” Memorial Day Sale and Weber Grill Giveaway, I started thinking … why couldn’t I grill a quesadilla? And how could I make a yummy quesadilla that included more than just the cheese food group? (Yes, I know there isn’t a cheese food group, but my kids think there is. They also think ketchup is a vegetable.) quesadillas2.2 So here’s a quick and easy recipe for some amazing, quick, tasty and healthy Quick Grilled Summer Quesadillas!  

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • One package burrito-sized large tortillas (mine had 16 tortillas in it) (I chose plain flour ones; you can choose whatever your family likes)
  • One package grilled chicken strips — mine were just the basic ones from Costco
  • One large (4-cup) package of shredded Mexican cheese (the four-cheese variety, not the seasoned kind. If you’re into the seasoned kind, get that. I won’t judge.)
  • (Optional) One package of shredded quesadilla cheese
  • 2 avocados, ripe
  • One package fresh pico de gallo (or whatever salsa you prefer)
  • One bunch of green onions
  • Sour cream or Crema Mexicana (we prefer the latter)
  • Anything you want to serve on the side, like tortilla chips
  • Butter or oil and a brush or paper towel to grease the grill (we used 1-2-3 oil)

And here’s how to go from fridge to fed in 20 minutes!

quesadilla steps 1 and 3

  1. Assemble all the ingredients; light the grill and put it on medium low to low heat.
  2. Skin, seed and slice the avocados as thinly as you can (for me, one avocado filled about three quesadillas)
  3. Arrange tortillas on your counter (we made 3) and cover with shredded cheese. Unless you want to clean a lot of cheese out of your grill, you may want to leave 1/4″ or so around the edges. When in doubt, add more cheese. quesadilla 4 and 5
  4. Arrange the chicken strips and avocado slices  in a sunburst pattern around each quesadilla, alternating. (You can do this and the next two steps in any order)
  5. Add some green onions on the top. While you can slice them in advance, it’s just as fast to use a pair of scissors to snip off the ends of the green onions over the quesadillas. That’s my cooking tip of the week! quesadilla steps 6 and 7
  6. Add pico de gallo, evenly distributed, in each quesadilla.
  7. Add a bit more cheese to the top
  8. Place another tortilla on the top of each quesadilla.
  9. Take quesadillas to the grill. My grill only fit two of these large tortillas at a time. quesadilla steps 9 and 10
  10. I cooked my quesadillas only about 5 minutes total. After about 2 1/2 minutes, I flipped my quesadillas. Watch them closely!
  11. Let the quesadillas rest for a few minutes, then use a pizza cutter to cut them into slices.
  12. Serve with crema Mexicana/sour cream, salsa, chips, or anything you like!
  13. Enjoy!

quesadilla step 13 You can imagine many variations on this — leave out the chicken for vegetarians; add cilantro if you like that, and so on. You could even add some lime juice to the inside … once it’s actually possible to buy limes again! And of course, it’s always better with chips and salsa! (Check out my pico de gallo recipe!) chips.and.salsa.ole2

 

 

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Old Navy has been our go-to store for years!

Their dresses this year are so fun! I think they would be super cute and comfy to wear to BBQ’s this summer!

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Ready to grill your own? To kickstart summer, Old Navy’s US Memorial weekend sale and giveaway will help!

  • Every Old Navy Store will award one winner with a Weber Grill on Saturday May 24th, 2014. Look for the URL (Web address) on the signs in the store, visit the URL, and register for a chance to instantly win a grill – one person per store will win!
  • Plus, visit Old Navy during US Memorial Day (5/23 – 5/26):  everything in stores will be up to 50% off !

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Try the quesadillas and let me know how you changed them up! I’d love to try your recipes too!

xoxo

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Old Navy Memorial Day. The opinions and text are all mine. See my disclosures.

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