Cheesy Asparagus Quesadillas

by Jen on August 10, 2011

Good morning!  How are you doing today?  At least it’s Wednesday and the week is already half over icon smile Cheesy Asparagus Quesadillas

When we were in Tucson earlier this year, my mom and I made an amazing quesadilla for dinner.  It had asparagus, grape tomatoes, onion, cheese……

But I couldn’t remember what else.  And of course, I couldn’t find the recipe for the life of me.  That’s when I decided to try and remember the flavours.  After a couple of tries with different spices, I think I recreated it.  Well, whatever I made, it was damn good.

 Cheesy Asparagus Quesadillas


1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup diced red onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
a couple shakes of cinnamon
1 large bunch of asparagus, trimmed, cut into 2” pieces, and lightly steamed
15 grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
4 flour tortillas (or gluten-free)
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

To make the asparagus filling, heat oil in a large skillet.  Add the onion and garlic and cook over medium heat until onion is softened.  Add the cumin, chili powder, and cinnamon.  Let cook for 1 more minute.

Add the steamed asparagus, tomatoes, and cilantro.  Cook for a couple of minutes, until all of the flavours are combined.  Transfer asparagus mixture to a bowl and set aside.

Wipe inside of skillet with a paper towel and spray with cooking spray.  To make quesadillas, divide the asparagus filling among the tortillas, spreading it on 1/2 of the tortilla.  Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and fold the tortillas in half.  Heat the skillet over medium heat.  Add 2 tortillas and cook approximately 2 minutes per side or until golden.  Repeat with remaining 2 tortillas.

To serve asparagus tortillas, cut in half and top with a spoonful of your favorite salsa.

Serves 4

 Cheesy Asparagus Quesadillas

I love the flavour of these tortillas.  I especially love them with a little bit of salsa on top.  These tortillas make a great side to chicken or fish.  Last night, I served them with Asian Salmon.  The combination was perfect!

 Cheesy Asparagus Quesadillas

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1 Debbie August 10, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Those look fantastic. I'll have to try them on a day when my boys aren't home. I cannot for the life of me, get my kids to eat quesadillas. What's not to like?


2 Lori: Teacher Turned Mommy August 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm

sounds yummy and healthy to boot


3 Kristy August 10, 2011 at 4:19 pm

ohhhh Yes, please! Great idea! Would your boys eat them? I can't really see mine going for it. But I suppose I can just halve…or quarter, Ha!…the recipe for me :)


4 Jen Riley August 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm

We love quesadillas here! We usually have them once a week. They're one of the boys' favorite meals. And we put all kinds of stuff in them…it's fun creating different quesadillas. We haven't put asparagus in them yet, but I love asparagus so, I'll try them for sure!


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