Do you ever have days when you’re too busy to cook but you don’t want to resort to having fast food? Around here, we tend to have a lot of those days, so I love having quick and easy meals to fall back on whenever we need them.
Today, I had planned to make chicken enchiladas, but the teens somehow forgot about a school function that began when we would normally be eating dinner, so it was time to move to plan B.
I already had leftover cooked rotisserie chicken, and with a few minor changes, I whipped up some chicken and black bean quesadillas instead.
These are so easy to make, and there’s really no set recipe to follow. In fact, you can vary the ingredients whenever you make them. This time, I used some cooked chicken, one jalapeno pepper, a can of black beans and an onion. I sauteed the onion and pepper until they were soft, and then I added the beans and chicken.
You can also add any seasoning that you like! I added some salt, pepper and a dash of chili powder and taco seasoning. When the meat mixture is heated, it’s time to warm up the tortillas. I use a non-stick griddle, and I heat one tortilla on both sides until it is slightly crispy, and then I set it aside. I heat another tortilla and add cheese and then the meat mixture.
I also added some diced avocados and tomatoes, and when the cheese was melted, I topped the whole thing off with the warm tortilla. I wanted a crispy crust, so I flipped the whole quesadilla over and heated it until both sides were nice and brown.
Some of us love spice, so I topped a few slices with jalapenos, avocados and tomatoes. The non-adventurous folks enjoyed their slices without the extra toppings. It’s also nice to have some lettuce and sour cream to help cool things off.
You can add whatever toppings and sides that you happen to enjoy. How’s that for a quick and easy meal?! It’s also very frugal! The kids polished the quesadillas off in no time, and it was off to the next event!
What’s your favorite quick and easy meal?
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