Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas Recipe

Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas Recipe

These Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas are made with a homemade spice mix, two different cheeses and bulked out with black beans and red pepper. Better still, they’re SO easy to make! Makes 6 bulky folded quesadillas. I recommend serving one of these each with a side (fries/wedges). Chris x

Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadillas Recipe


  • 6 8″ Flour Tortillas
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil, or as needed


  • 1lb / 500g Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/2 cup / 125ml Water or Low Sodium Beef Stock
  • 1 heaped tbsp Tomato Puree (Tomato Paste in US)
  • 2 tsp each: Paprika, Cumin
  • 1 tsp each: Garlic Powder, Oregano, Salt
  • 1/2 tsp each: Onion Powder, Cayenne Pepper, Cornstarch/Cornflour (see notes)
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil, as needed


  • 1.5 cups / 150g Monterey Jack, shredded
  • 1/5 cups / 150g Cheddar, shredded
  • 1 small Red Pepper (bell pepper), finely diced
  • 1 small White Onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 can Black Beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup Pickled Jalapenos, sliced (optional)


  • In a small bowl, combine 2 tsp paprika & cumin, 1 tsp garlic powder, oregano & salt, 1/2 tsp onion powder & cayenne pepper and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Place to one side.
  • Add a drizzle of olive oil to a pan over medium heat and add your onion and red pepper. Fry until softened, then scrape to the outside of the pan. Add in your beef and break up with a wooden spoon. Once browned, incorporate your onion/pepper, then mix in your spices. Add 1 tbsp tomato puree/paste and fry with the beef for a few mins. Deglaze the pan with 1/2 cup water/beef stock, then stir in 1/2 tsp cornstarch/cornflour (or 2-3 tbsp liquid and no cornstarch/cornflour). Add 1/2 can black beans and allow to simmer and reduce for 5mins, stirring occasionally.
  • Once fully reduced (beef should be juicy, with no liquid in pan) take off heat and pour into a bowl. Allow the beef to rest until it stops steaming (important). Meanwhile, wipe out pan with a paper towel.
  • Brush one side of each of your tortilla wraps and place one oil side down in the pan with the heat off. Sprinkle over 1/4 cup of cheese, then around 1/2 cup beef (or 1/6th of the mixture) top with a few jalapenos (optional) then finish with another 1/4 cup of cheese. Fold over and repeat with another one next to it. Switch on heat a medium and fry for a few mins each side, or until golden and hollow to tap.

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