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Holiday Fiesta Quesadillas

by Ree Drummond October 30, 2012

"This is the perfect, casual snack to feed your holiday guests! It’s easy, colorful, and oh so yummy!"

10 min. prep time 15 min. total time
4 servings


16 taco-size (6-inch) flour or corn tortillas
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 white onion, diced
1 cup frozen corn, slightly thawed
1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails off, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
3 cups Monterey jack cheese, grated
Sour cream, for serving
Cilantro leaves, for serving


Preheat oven to 350°F.

In large skillet over medium heat, using about 1 teaspoon of Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt at a time, lightly brown each of the tortillas on both sides, making sure both sides have a nice, light coating of Butter with Olive Oil and Sea Salt. Do not crisp. Remove them from the pan and set on paper towels.

Sprinkle chopped shrimp with taco seasoning. Add 2 tablespoons Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt to skillet and increase heat to medium-high. Add shrimp to skillet and stir it around to cook. Cook shrimp for 2 to 3 minutes, or until totally opaque. Remove from skillet and set aside. Add remaining 2 tablespoons of Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt to skillet and melt. Add diced peppers and onion and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until peppers and onion start to soften. Add corn to skillet and cook for 1 minute, or until corn is thoroughly warmed. Remove from heat and set aside.

On a large baking sheet, lay four of the browned tortillas. Lay equal amounts of grated cheese on each tortilla, followed by equal parts of veggie mixture. Arrange an even amount of shrimp over each tortilla. Top with remaining four tortillas. Repeat with remaining tortillas, cheese, veggies and shrimp.

One at a time (or more if you have a larger griddle), place the quesadillas in a skillet (you may carefully wipe clean the same one you've been using if desired) over medium-low heat and cook on both sides until cheese is totally melted and surface of the tortillas is golden brown.

Remove quesadillas from pan and cut into small wedges with a sharp pizza wheel.

Arrange on a platter and top each wedge with a small spoonful of salsa, and (if desired) a small dollop of sour cream, and a cilantro wedge. Serve immediately.


Tip: These quesadillas can also be made in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake quesadillas on a baking sheet for 10-15 minutes or until light golden brown and crispy.


For step-by-step directions, go to The Social Platter™.

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