Spicy Veggie Quesadilla with Roasted Pepper Crema


It was Mexican night at the Naik household this past weekend! We wanted something simple yet satisfying, and of course I just worked with ingredients that we already had on hand – was not about to venture out in the freezing cold for some nachos ya know. We decided on Quesadillas since we had a lot of tortillas on hand, and then just used some creativity.


Spicy Veggie Quesadilla: 

  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 1 large yellow/orange bell pepper – thinly sliced
  • 1 medium red onion – thinly sliced
  • 1 medium white onion – thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeño – thinly sliced into half moons
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 clove of garlic – minced
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tbsp habanero chutney (store bought) – optional
  • reduced fat Mexican blend cheese
  • reduced fat pepper jack sliced cheese
  • handful of coriander – chopped
  • PAM/Olive Oil

Roasted Pepper Crema: 

  • a little less than 1/4 cup of jarred Roasted Red Peppers
  • 2 tbsp fat free sour cream
  • 1 small clove of garlic
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1/4 tsp cumin seeds
  • splash of fresh lemon juice
  • salt
  • pepper
  • sprinkle of fresh coriander
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


Quesadilla Filling:

1. In a medium skillet over medium flame, spray with PAM and add in a little olive oil just to lightly coat the bottom the pan. Add in the cumin seeds, allowing them to pop a bit. First add in the peppers, onions, and jalapenos. Saute for 30 seconds or so, then add in the minced garlic, habanero chutney, salt and pepper. Saute the mixture for another 5-8 minutes, until the veggies are slightly caramelized and cooked through by not soggy. Set aside.

Roasted Pepper Crema:

1. Add all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste for salt. Place in a squeezy bottle (optional).


1. Take one tortilla, rip the pepper jack slice in half and place on one side of the tortilla. Place about 2-3 tbsp of the filling on that side of the tortilla, and spread evenly. Top with some chopped coriander, sprinkle a generous amount of shredded cheese and fold over. Spray a skillet with PAM and place skillet over medium flame. Carefully place the quesadilla in the pan, and spray the top with PAM. Cook on both sides for 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown, crisped, and cheese is melted. Place on a cutting board, cut in 4 wedges, and place on a serving dish. Drizzle with a generous amount of the Roasted Pepper Crema, top with Pico de Gallo (optional), and serve with a side of Guacamole.


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