Steak quesadillas are the perfect crowd-pleaser, combining the rich flavor of grilled beef with fresh veggies, gooey cheese, and a warm tortilla. Whether you are making quesadillas for a Tex-Mex family dinner or an easy appetizer for a party, you need to find the perfect recipe to ensure that your dish turns out as planned. This is the perfect steak quesadilla recipe that you can rely on to satisfy your family and friends every time.
Gather Your Ingredients
The best steak quesadilla has the perfect amount of lean beef combined with sliced onions and Monterey Jack cheese. Use New York strip steaks that are slightly less than an inch thick for the best results. Avoid slicing the steaks until after they have been grilled. You may also want to top your grilled steak quesadilla with pico de gallo, sour cream or even guacamole, but refrigerate these items until they are needed. Butter, flour tortillas and seasonings, such as salt, pepper and garlic powder are also essential.
Prepare the Grill
While you could make steak quesadillas in the kitchen using a frying pan, the best steak quesadillas are prepared over an open flame. Light your grill, and prepare it so that you can cook with medium-high heat directly over a flame. While your grill is heating up, you can slice the onions and season the steak. Some people also prefer to put sliced red and green peppers in their quesadillas. Use these sparingly as you want the full flavor of the cheese and meat to pop.
Grill Steaks and Veggies
When your grill is ready, place the steaks directly on the grill over the flame. Grill each side of the steak for two minutes. The inside of the steak should be warm and pink, and the outside should be perfectly seared. Then, use a cast iron griddle to heat the veggies. Apply butter and seasonings for flavoring while the veggies are cooking. During this time, you can also slice the meat into long, thin pieces.
Warm the Stuffed Tortillas
Lay each tortilla flat. On one half of the tortilla, cover the tortilla with cheese. Then, place the sliced beef and veggies over the cheese. Add another thin layer of cheese before folding the tortilla in half. You are now ready to place the stuffed tortilla directly on the grill. Heat each side for a minute or two until the cheese is melted.
You can learn more about how to make a steak quesadilla [available here]. Experiment with different types of cheese and veggies for variation.