Cheesy Asparagus Quesadillas

by Jen on August 10, 2011

A quesadilla filled with asparagus, tomatoes, cheese and spices! A great way to enjoy a healthy vegetable.

Cheesy Asparagus Quesadillas. A tortilla filled with asparagus, tomatoes, cheese and spices.

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.


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


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!


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