Mixed Mushroom-and-Cheese Quesadillas

These simple, superb quesadillas from chef Enrique Olvera can be filled with almost any sauteed mushrooms--a mix of different types gives the stuffing lovely layers of texture.

  • Total Time:
  • Servings: 6
KEY: Vegetarian, Fast, Make Ahead, Dinner, Mexican

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  • 1/4 cup corn oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 red jalapeño or Fresno chile, minced
  • 12 ounces mixed oyster and white mushrooms, trimmed and very coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped epazote or 1 teaspoon chopped oregano
  • Six 8-inch Corn Tortillas or 12 fresh corn tortillas
  • 9 ounces Oaxaca or Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (3 cups)
  • Salt

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion, garlic and chile and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until just softened, about 
2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and a generous pinch of salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and browned, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the epazote. Season with salt.
  2. Heat a large cast-iron griddle over moderately high heat. 
Add 3 tortillas to the griddle and top each one with 1/2 cup of the cheese and 1/3 cup of the mushrooms. Cook until the cheese just starts to melt, about 2 minutes. Using a spatula, fold the tortillas in half, pressing lightly to form quesadillas. Cook, flipping once, until the tortillas are browned in spots and the cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Transfer to a work surface. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, cheese and mushrooms. Cut the quesadillas into wedges and serve.

Serve With

Red salsa (homemade or store-bought) or Salsa Verde.

Suggested Pairing

Toasty, malty beers such as amber ales are a great match for earthy mushrooms.

Contributed By Photo © Con Poulos Published September 2015

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