Mexican Mix To Make Chicken Quesadilla

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Mexican quesadilla

Mexican quesadilla

Mexican food is my new found love! It is a new hit in my family. It was my daughter who sparked it off when she cooked chicken fajita for us using a fajita kit. Check it out at Mexican Fajita By Daughter. Since then, I have cooked a few times to invite friends for chicken fajita lunch. There are many other Mexican dishes that I want to learn. I have here learned my second Mexican dish…chicken quesadilla. It is very delicious with all the melted cheese inside together with the beautiful flavour of Mexican seasoning and hot salsa.

I want to introduce to you another very friendly, encouraging, helpful and caring blogger friend…..Drick from Drick’s Rambling Cafe. I just love all his prawn dishes…..my top favourite. He has been helping me to get on with my Mexican cooking adventure. He wrote a very lovely post on his blog, entitled 5 Mexican Sauces, specially dedicated to me. That’s so sweet of him! I really appreciate his help and words of encouragement very much. He has inspired me to learn more new food, which means I’m eating more….my poor waistline to suffer…haha.

Drick lives in the States. His blog has many easy and wonderful recipes that features great southern recipes around Mobile Bay including Gulf Coast seafood, Creole, Cajun and Mexican. I have also learned some Cajun cooking from him. Check it out. I’m sure you will like it, too.

From the 5 sauces that Drick gave, I decided to start with the Mexican seasoning. It’s a real long list of spices and seasoning to me! I had to buy most of them. I modify Drick’s recipe slightly. I thought 4T is a bit too much salt so I used less. I don’t know what is chipotle chili powder and also I couldn’t find it so I substituted with Korean chili powder. And then I added in ginger powder by mistake….sigh. Anyway, it came out well. Maybe with Drick’s original recipe, it would be even more delicious.

Ingredients for Mexican seasoning

Ingredients for Mexican seasoning

Ingredients (Mexican Seasoning)
3T fine sea salt (Drick used 4T)
2T Korean chili powder (Drick used chipotle chili powder)
1/2T black pepper
1/2T ground cumin
1/2T garlic granules
1t ground coriander
1t ground turmeric
1t ground ginger (I added in by mistake!!)
1t ground oregano
1t ground cayenne pepper

All ingredients in a bowl

All ingredients in a bowl

Mexican seasoning

Mexican seasoning

Measure all the ingredients into a bowl. Mix well and store. It’s quite a lot. I can use it several times depending on the amount I cook. I’m sure this is a good rub for meat to bake, too.

Making Quesadilla

Ingredients
tortillas
chicken filling for fajita
grated mozzarella cheese
hot salsa

(I forgot to buy the hot salsa so I used hot chili sauce. It worked well, too, though I prefer the hot salsa)

Frying chicken for quesadilla

Frying chicken for quesadilla

For more details how to fry the chicken filling, check out Mexican Fajita By Daughter. It’s very simple and easy.

Making quesadillas

Making quesadillas

To make the chicken quesadilla, lay a piece of tortilla on the plate. Spread half of the tortilla with the grated mozzarella cheese. Spoon the chicken filling on top. Spoon some hot salsa on top. Then spread more mozzarella over it. Note that I didn’t have hot salsa so I had to use chili sauce. I almost forgot to add the chili sauce so I had to add on top of the cheese.

Frying the quesadilla

Frying the quesadilla

Fold over the other half of the tortilla and transfer carefully to a frying pan. Fry, without oil. I cover the pan to heat it up faster. Turn over when the bottom is light brown and the mozzarella cheese has melted. When the other side is also lightly brown and the cheese is melted, dish up. Cut into 2 and serve immediately.  I just used a pair of kitchen scissors to cut. A pizza cutter would be more handy I guess.

Do you like Mexican food? What is your favourite Mexican dish? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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62 Comments

Katerina  on September 15th, 2010

I will definitely check Drick’s blog. Mexican food is my love too. Your dish will definitely go to my pile of “must do” recipes.

3hungrytummies  on September 15th, 2010

that is a fabulous meal Mary! Off to Drick’s blog, thanks1

kristy  on September 15th, 2010

Wow, looks so very delicious! Well done, Mary. I want a few slices too. Hmm..mm…yummm…. Guess, I have to make my own too… Thanks so much for showing us the recipe. Enjoy your day!
Cheers, Kristy

kristy  on September 15th, 2010

Must go to visit my seafood Guru Drick!

TasteHongKong  on September 15th, 2010

I see being wrapped up in the tortillas are not only flavors but also friendship. Happy for you, Mary!

Priya  on September 15th, 2010

Irresistible quesadillas..makes me hungry..

Mary  on September 15th, 2010

@Katerina - Lovely to know that you love Mexican food, too. I’m sure going to learn more. It’s fun and it’s delicious :D

@3hungrytummies - Thanks very much Suresh! Have fun visiting Drick’s blog :D

@kristy - It is really delicious. You gotta try. I’m sure your children will like it if they like cheese and pizza :D Yes, time to visit your seafood guru for more tips….haha

@TasteHongKong - Totally agree with you, Maureen! Isn’t blogging amazing…just how wonderful to be able to learn from each other and make real good friends…..you, too :D

@Priya - Haha…time to dive into the kitchen and cook :D

anncoo  on September 15th, 2010

I love Mexican food and there are only 2-3 Mexican restaurants here :( So it’s better to learn from you and cook it at home LoL!

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Sushma Mallya  on September 15th, 2010

Wow that looks so delicious, loved the filling & seeing this i felt hungry too…

Belinda @zomppa  on September 15th, 2010

I love how you make your own spice mix. I get obsessed with certain foods too.

suituapui  on September 15th, 2010

Oooo…my daughter would love this. She loves Mexican - tortillas, nachos, burritos… Yum! Yum!

Honeybeesweets  on September 15th, 2010

Lovely quesadillas! I used to make these last time, with loads of cheese too! Thanks for this yummy reminder. :)

5 Star Foodie  on September 15th, 2010

A terrific seasoning mix and the quesadillas look excellent!

Simply Life  on September 15th, 2010

You never can go wrong with quesadillas - these look great!

busygran  on September 15th, 2010

I cooked mexican food once. Everyone in my family liked it but not my husband who only likes local spicy food. That was a damper on me!
But I like yours and only wish to have a bite!

penny aka jeroxie  on September 15th, 2010

I love Drick’s blog as well and I remember the 5 sauces post. Have bookmarked it to use the recipe as well.

Aipi  on September 15th, 2010

I love mexican too..I personally think it is a fav of us Indians as it has so many similar spices n flavors..
Looks awesome mary..I especially love your mexican seasoning..will try next time I make something mexican :)

US Masala

Mary  on September 15th, 2010

@anncoo - I don’t know how many are there here in Aberdeen. So far only went to one, once. Didn’t like it at that time. I think I didn’t know what to order….definitely not fajita or quesadilla. Yes, try it at home……easy and quick. I’ll be cooking again soon :D

@Sushma Mallya - Thanks very much, Sushma! Givea try. It’s delicious :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Thanks very much, Belinda! I’m sure my obsession for Mexican food is going to last a long time :D

@suituapui - Right, nacho, burritos, tostada, tacos etc are on my list to try….one step at a time :D I’m sure your daughter cooks Mexican food very well in Wellington. She can cook for you but you have to visit her :D

@Honeybeesweets - Thanks very much! Time to cook again :D

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D

@Simply Life - Thanks very much! :D

@busygran - Oh wow…your hubby is still very very Chinese at heart! My hubby is not allowed to complain otherwise I go on strike…haha :D Unlike back home, over here, Chinese food is very expensive and worse, it’s not authentic in many cases.

@penny aka jeroxie - Great…would love to see your Mexican dishes, too :D

@Aipi - Oh yes, you are very right! I didn’t make the connection in the first place. Now I can see it. Must be one reason why I like it very much :D Thanks very much for opening my eyes to see…hehe. Have fun cooking Mexican!

claire  on September 15th, 2010

Love the way you divide up your ingredients in the bowl.. so neat and colourful.. :)

Melanie  on September 15th, 2010

I love mexican food too. I make different kids of quesadillas - with cheese, with ground meat, with shredded meat, with veggies and cheese. Your spices look great - I’m sure mixing so many spices creates a nice complex flavor!

Lazaro  on September 15th, 2010

Great job with your quesadillas. One of my favorite meals. Love the flavor combo and cooked to perfection.

If you would like to read on amazing book on Mexican cuisine, read Rick Bayless’s http://www.amazon.com/Authentic-Mexican-20th-Anniversary-Ed/dp/0061373265/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1284563983&sr=1-1

Biren @ Roti n Rice  on September 15th, 2010

Quesadillas make a quick, easy, and tasty meal. Yours look very colorful and tasty.

elra  on September 15th, 2010

Sounds delicious Mary. Should try this next time.

Arnold  on September 15th, 2010

I can just imagine the smell of all those spices. This really looks good. Thanks.

Shirley  on September 15th, 2010

Thats a lot of spices! almost Indian! Must have been tasty.

Jeannie  on September 15th, 2010

Wow I am so impressed with all the ingredients lining up! So many of them in one dish! Got to be very tasty:)

Kamalika  on September 15th, 2010

You know last night made chicken taco with insant taco mix…and I was thinking of searching for the mexican spice which I can use instead of the insant one…..and today you have posted that…thanks alot for sharing….book marking it…..

Namitha  on September 15th, 2010

The seasoning is so full of flavors…Will def try when I make it next time..Thanks Mary :-)

Mary  on September 15th, 2010

@claire - Thanks very much, Claire! :D

@Melanie - Wow…you are sure way ahead of me in Mexican cooking! I’ll have to catch up :D

@Lazaro - Thanks very much, Lazaro! I’m so glad I know how to cook Mexican…yeah :D Thanks very much for the link to Mexican cookbook. Will check it out.

@Biren @ Roti n Rice - Thanks very much, Biren! Indeed it’s really quick to make a meal with it :D

@elra - Thanks very much, Elra! Have fun cooking Mexican :D

@Arnold - Thanks very much, Arnold! :D

@Shirley - Haha…you are very right to say it’s almost Indian!! :D It’s a very good spice mix. Really thankful to Drick.

@Jeannie - Yes, I was shocked by the amount of spices used! I have never used so many spices in one dish before. Broke my own record…all because of Drick…haha :D

@Kamalika - Wow…we are in the same mood for Mexican food….that’s cool! :D This seasoning is easy to mix and will be so convenient to use. I like it.

@Namitha - The flavour is really good. Give a try. Have fun cooking Mexican :D

lequan@luvtoeat  on September 15th, 2010

Hi Mary,

I’ve been having quesadillas for the past 3 days (bought too much ingredients, oops) and love them! Yours look awesome with the different colored peppers as well! The seasoning sounds terrific. Thanks again for sharing, I’ll have to try next time.

The KitchenMaid  on September 15th, 2010

Mary, these look amazing. Your blog is so addictive, I really shouldn’t read it before breakfast or I don’t get anything done!

Magic of Spice  on September 15th, 2010

Mary, this is an absolutely perfect quesadilla :)
P.S. I think I like the ginger there…happy accident :)

nesrine  on September 15th, 2010

Mary…I love your quesadilla
and i love the quote of the day too:)
will try it soon.because I just made today home made tortilla and it tuned out great:)

Evan @swEEts  on September 15th, 2010

Mexican food is some of my favorite and living in Texas makes it easy to acquire.. if you ever find yourself in the states and happen to be in the Great State of TX I’ll be happy to take you to some fabulous Mexican :) Yours looks pretty good too!

Drick  on September 15th, 2010

well Mary, as you can tell I have not been keeping up, still working on the house….
Thank you so much for the shout-out and for trying the mix, I normally do not add salt at all, depends on how I am going to use it and will add the salt as needed. Some folks like a ‘make it one time and forget it mix’…LOL
I have been meaning to ask if you have tried any of the sauces, I really want you to try the one with the buttermilk, it is really good and would be great on so many things, enchiladas should be your next step, think of it as a rolled up quesadilla, but with a sauce!!! oh, chipotle chili powder is smoked jalapeno peppers, so any smoked chili powder would do fine… always feel free to ask me anything..I may not know but together we will figure it out…thanks again, your Mex Buddy

Tanvi  on September 15th, 2010

wow…that looks so beautiful and healthy with those cheese toppings and all the veggies! Loved your seasoning!
Sinfully Spicy

Ananda Rajashekar  on September 15th, 2010

Mexican is my new found love too, am book marking this recipe Mary thanks for the share, loving it :D

tigerfish  on September 15th, 2010

Wow, look at the spices in there. I am not a big fan of Mexican food though, at this moment. But maybe…that will change. :P

Reeni  on September 15th, 2010

I’m so happy to see your venturing into Mexican cooking Mary! Your quesadillas look really delicious with the chicken and the homemade seasoning!

Debbie  on September 15th, 2010

I have been looking for my own mexican spice mix for a while. I even bought an empty spice jar for it months ago! We make mexican quite often in my house, it is a favorite and usually pretty easy to make!

Jess @ Bakericious  on September 15th, 2010

sound and looks delicious, my husband will love it

sophia  on September 15th, 2010

Wow! So sweet of him to write a post dedicated to you! Thank you for introducing his blog to us. I’m going to check it out now! :-)

Sophie  on September 16th, 2010

Waw, Mary!

What a tasty & lovely meal!! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Mary  on September 16th, 2010

@lequan@luvtoeat - Aha…we have similar favourite :D Quesadillas are just so good. I have eaten quite many times already since I learned how to make it. Will be making it again soon :D

@The KitchenMaid - Awwww…thanks very much! Next time you need to eat first before you visit…hehe :P

@Magic of Spice - Thanks very much! Now you make me feel good for having made the mistake with the ginger…haha :D

@nesrine - Thanks very much, Nesrine! Homemade tortilla is best. I made the other day, too. Yet to post it. Would love to see yours, too. Have fun cooking :D

@Evan @swEEts - Oh wow….must be like heaven in Texas with all the good food there! Heard a lot about Tex Mex food….am drooling. Awwww…Evan, thanks very much for offering to take me around. That’s really very kind and sweet of you. I would really love to visit one day and meet up with you :D Can’t wait to go there!

@Drick - Ya, I can see that you are very busy with your house cos I am not seeing your posts as regular as before. I’m sure everything will look awesome when it’s completed and you will be back to more blogging. Thanks very much for teaching me how to make Mexican food and for all the explanation. Understand more now…hehe. Oh yes, my next one will be enchiladas…wow…big word again…haha. You are a real Mex Buddy….appreciate very much :D

@Tanvi - Thanks very much, Tanvi! :D

@Ananda Rajashekar - Looks like we are turning more into Mexcian…haha :D

@tigerfish - Give a try. I didn’t like it last time, too. But somehow I was suddenly hooked to it and I’m sure glad it happened :D

@Reeni - Thanks very much, Reeni! This venture into Mexican cooking and eating is a real thrill. There’ll be more to come cos I’m just enjoying it…hehe :D

@Debbie - Wow…you sound so well prepared. I am just the opposite. I didn’t have a jar ready when I made the mix so I had to put into a little plastic bag…haha. We are eating it quite often at home these days, too. So far everyone seems happy :D

@Jess @ Bakericious - It is really delicious. My family and friends all like it. Give a try, Jess. Have fun cooking :D

@sophia - Yes, Drick is always so sweet and encouraging. He always wants me to achieve my cooking dreams :D I’m sure you’ll love his blog too.

@Sophie - Thanks very much, Sophie! :D

Viviane @ Taste-Buds  on September 16th, 2010

I love Quesadillas! I made them many times. Fajita is also a favorite of mine. Although I prefer Cheddar over mozzarella with it. :)

zerrin  on September 16th, 2010

Quesadillas make perfect lunch! I love the chicken filling in it. YUM!

Faith  on September 16th, 2010

I love Mexican food too and wow does this look delicious! I love the pretty picture of all the spices!

Mary  on September 16th, 2010

It is always so nice to have recipes that allow us to make our own sauce and spice mixtures. The quesadillas really look tempting. I’m sure they are delicious. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

Krista  on September 16th, 2010

Dear Mary, thank you for your kind comment on my post at Lazaro’s site. :-) I love Mexican food too!!! So very much. I’m learning some new dishes and having a great time with it. :-)

Joanne  on September 16th, 2010

Mexican food is a serious love of mine and these quesadillas are spot on! My favorite Mexican dish has to be mole, a savory chocolate almond sauce. Delicious.

Karen  on September 16th, 2010

Mexican food is SO good! Good luck on continuing to learn more Mexican recipes…I’m sure you’ll be very happy with your results!

rebecca  on September 16th, 2010

oh i love this always wanted to know how to make my own seasoning very cool

Cooking with Coley  on September 16th, 2010

Who doesn’t love a quesadilla?! Thanks for sharing the spice secret!

Nasi Lemak Lover  on September 16th, 2010

never cook Mexican food at home before, maybe I should try out one day. Thanks for sharing.

Victor  on September 16th, 2010

Quesadillas, the simplest and quickest way to cook when we are in a rush…I meant to have my own Mexican seasoning. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on September 17th, 2010

Mary, it’s so good to have a blogmate who could guide to cook authentic Mexican foods. Yumm….

peteformation  on September 17th, 2010

I love Mexican food, suits our Asian tastebuds….LOL!

Mary  on September 17th, 2010

@Viviane @ Taste-Buds - I have not tried with cheddar. I would love to try that next time. Thanks very much for sharing that, Viviane! :D

@zerrin - Thanks very much, Zerrin! :D

@Faith - Thanks very much, Faith! :D

@Mary - Thanks very much, Mary! I love things homemade. Hope you have a wonderful day, too :D

@Krista - You are most welcome, Krista! You have a lovely blog. Wonderful to know you love Mexican food very much, too. Have fun cooking :D

@Joanne - Lovely to know you love Mexican food, too. A mole…that’s new to me. I’ll have to find out. Sounds interesting. I’m going to have more fun trying out :D

@Karen - Lovely to know you love Mexican food too. I’ve been having much fun trying out :D

@rebecca - Now you can try it out. Quite similar to Indian spices so i think you’ll like it. Have fun cooking :D

@Cooking with Coley - Haha…no secret….from Drick :D

@Nasi Lemak Lover - Give a try. I’m sure your children would love it. My girls like it very much. I’m going to cook more :D

@Victor - Totally agree with you…simple and quick to cook :D have fun making your own seasoning.

@Christine@Christine’s Recipes - Yes, I’m really thankful to Drick. He’s just such an inspiration and a guide in my cooking :D

@peteformation - It definitely suits my Asian tastebuds…haha :D

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Sorry, please ignore my comment earlier asking if you had a chance to check out quesadillas.

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