Steak Quesadillas? But, Abby, aren’t you eating healthy now?
Why yes, yes I am. However, sometimes your body just wants something super tasty that maybe isn’t so good for you and you just give in. I mean, I’m not made of stone, people.
I figure if you eat healthy the majority of the time and work out, then its ok to have a cheeseburger or a steak quesadilla when the mood strikes, right? I’m not about elimination diets. Eat well rounded from the good parts of the food pyramid and when you feel like dipping into the top of the pyramid every now and then, do so with glee. And moderation. You’ll be fine and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Anyway, back to this delicious cheesy goodness. The other day I was at Target getting some last minute stuff for our trip. I was really hungry and I got a text from my hubby telling me he was also really hungry. That’s when it hit me. I really wanted a steak quesadilla. I worked and then went to Target, so I was tired and I didn’t really want to go anywhere else. I figured it would be easy enough to make my own quesadillas, so I headed over to the grocery section and got what I needed.
You guys, these were really delicious and totally hit the spot. You could probably even add more veggies like peppers if you wanted to, but I just wanted to keep them simple. I made two quesadillas (well, a whole one for the hubby and a half one for me). They were pretty filling. My husband said he could have gone with just a half and been fine.
All you need…
Steak (you can use whatever cut you like. I used Top Sirloin because it was on sale. The package came with two pieces of steak and I had meat leftover.)
Your favorite taco seasoning (either packaged or homemade)
½ yellow onion, sliced thin
1 package of shredded Mexican cheese blend
In a medium skillet, add a couple tablespoons of butter and your onion. Sprinkle with a little salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring every so often, until the onions start to brown and caramelize. This can take a little while, but just be patient. It’ll be worth it.
Meanwhile, sprinkle some the taco seasoning on both sides of the steak and let it sit for a few minutes while you bring a separate skillet up to temperature over medium heat. Add some vegetable oil and the steaks. Cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or more or less depending on how done you like it. Remove from the skillet and let it rest.
When the onions are done, remove them from the heat. Slice the steak and assemble the quesadillas.
Put some cheese on the bottom, then some of the caramelized onions, then some steak. Top with more cheese and the other tortilla. (if making half a quesadilla, just put the filling on half the tortilla and fold it over.)
Add some butter to a skillet over medium heat and let it melt. Add the assembled quesadilla and cook for a couple minutes on each side, until the tortilla is crispy and golden brown and the cheese is melted and gooey inside.
Serve with avocado or whatever you like with your quesadillas.