Skinny Beef Quesadillas

by Jen on September 26, 2012

It’s officially Fall!  I don’t know about you, but Fall is one of my favorite seasons.  The crisp morning air, the leaves changing color, and the addition of comfort-type foods onto our weekly menu!  I’m not retiring the BBQ for the season yet, but I sure plan on making more of our meals indoors.

One of my favorite comfort foods is quesadillas.  Throughout the summer, I shared a few grilled quesadilla recipes: Grilled Chicken & Pineapple, Chicken and Peach, and one of my favorites, Peach & Brie with Honey Drizzle.  Now it’s time for something new…

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I must say, these Skinny Beef Quesadillas are a family favorite.  Not only are these delicious, but there are veggies hidden in there which make them healthy!

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These quesadillas taste a little like a cheeseburger.  So if you’re into cheeseburgers, you’ll love these.  How did I make them “skinny?”

  • I’ve used extra-lean ground beef
  • I’ve substituted whole grain tortillas for processed white flour tortillas
  • I’ve added finely chopped vegetables for some extra nutrition

Yes, you can see some grill marks on that tortilla, but that’s because I bought a grill pan last year to use on the stove!  However, you can also put these together and then bake them in the oven until they are nice and crisp.  Either way, I know these will be a hit with the whole family.

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Skinny Beef Quesadillas

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: serves 4

Recipe adapted from Family Favorites

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely shredded
  • 6 oz extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 cup low-sodium tomato sauce
  • 4 large whole grain tortillas (I like Ezekial sprouted grain)
  • 3/4 cup light Tex Mex (or mozzarella) shredded cheese

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat. While the beef is browning, add garlic and onion and saute for a few minutes, until onion has softened. Add green pepper and carrots, saute another 5 minutes, until vegetables are softened and beef is fully cooked. Remove from heat and stir in tomato sauce.
  2. Divide the mixture among the 4 tortillas and spread to cover one half of each tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese and fold in half.
  3. In a skillet or grill pan, heat tortilla for two minutes per side.
  4. Slice and serve!

Notes

Cal: 330 Fat: 13g Protein: 23g Fiber: 8g Sodium: 418mg Sugar: 4g

Alternatively, you can bake these quesadillas in the oven. To do so, preheat oven to 400F. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil spray. Place 2 tortillas on prepared baking sheet. Divide beef mixture between 2 tortillas, sprinkle with cheese, and place remaining 2 tortillas on top. Mist tops of quesadillas with olive oil spray and bake in oven for approximately 10 minutes, or until browning and crispy. Remove from oven and cut in half.

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