When it comes to making dinner for friends, I tend to opt for the easier dishes. Much as I love coming up with strange and complex recipes to worry my friends with (or to burn their oven), the basic recipes are sometimes the best. That’s why last week when I wanted to see my close friends, I asked if they wanted me to cook dinner. I love making food for people, whether they ask for it or not – it’s one of my favourite ways to show them that I love and care about them. Luckily they chose black-bean, corn and chicken quesadillas. What was so fun about this recipe was the freedom I had to season in a creative and simultaneously simple manner.
- 1 can of black beans
- 1 can of corn
- Around 500g of shredded chicken
- 1 onion
- taco seasoning (or make your own!)
- paprika, salt, pepper, cilantro, etc.
- garlic. ALL OF IT.
- Shredded cheese
- Start with the hardest part of a the recipe first: which is shredding the chicken. What I did to save time for this chicken was I bought around 500g of chicken breast fillets and chopped them into reasonably sized strips. I then warmed up the pan and tossed them in with some oil and seasonings (paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to start with some cayenne pepper).
- Putting the top on to keep in all of that delicious chicken scent and taste, I chopped up the onion quickly as possible and tossed that in as well.
- While that was simmering away, you’ll want to clean out your black beans and corn cans – and rinse them a teensy bit – before pulling them into the same bowl – prepared for the chicken.
- If you’re using taco seasoning, add a good portion of it to the corn/black bean mix.
- The chicken should be finished (yay) by now, so you can turn off your stove before taking the chicken and shredding it with two forks. Add it into the corn-black bean mix and mix it all together (adding more or less seasonings as you see fit). If you want to add in some extra salsa or guac here: now is your time. Keep tasting 🙂
- Put a bit more oil on your pan before turning onto medium-low heat and placing a tortilla on the pan. Place a light layer of your shredded cheese on the bottom, add 1/2 cup of your filling, another light sprinkling of cheese and another tortilla layer on top.
- Check out that browning on bottom! When it’s crispy to the touch (or however you like your quesadillas), Flip it over (and yes it’s difficult as hell).
- Finish it up and make your other quesadillas and serve with extra salsa, cheese, and guacamole
As you can read… the recipe isn’t hard – it’s just a fun way to cook a quick meal with friends for a week night dinner. Highly recommended for cooks trying to impress their friends without actually being a skilled chef.