Ancho Chile Quesadillas

Ancho Chile Quesadillas

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2017

Rehydrated dry chiles often have more intense and multidimensional flavors than fresh. In this simple quesadilla recipe, mildly spicy ancho chiles (dried poblanos) and nutty Gruyère cheese melt together for an easy snack or quick dinner. Find anchos in well-stocked supermarkets, at Mexican grocers or online.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 4 dried ancho chiles (about 2 ounces)
  • 1¼ cups grated Gruyère cheese
  • 1¼ cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 12 (5 inch) corn tortillas
  • Lime wedges and/or salsa for serving


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  1. Remove stems and seeds from chiles. Place the chiles in a bowl, cover with warm water and soak until softened, about 15 minutes. Drain, pat dry and coarsely chop.
  2. Combine Gruyère and Jack cheeses in a bowl.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Briefly heat tortillas in the pan, turning once, until warm. Keeping the rest wrapped tightly in a clean dish towel, lay 4 tortillas at a time out on a clean cutting board. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon cheese on half of each tortilla. Top with about 2 teaspoons of the chiles, then sprinkle with another tablespoon cheese. Fold closed. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, cheese and chiles.
  4. Cook 4 quesadillas at a time in the pan over medium heat until crisp and golden on both sides, 3 to 5 minutes total. Cover to keep warm while you cook the next 2 batches. Serve immediately with lime wedges and/or salsa, if desired.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 3 quesadillas each
  • Per serving: 424 calories; 24 g fat(13 g sat); 7 g fiber; 32 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 21 mcg folate; 69 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 4,066 IU vitamin A; 0 mg vitamin C; 615 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 468 mg sodium; 466 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (81% daily value), Calcium (62% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1½ starch, 1½ vegetable, 2½ high-fat meat

Reviews 2

August 04, 2019
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By: RaisinHell91
June 26, 2017
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By: Sharmin Sampat
Loved the flavors of this simple dish! Must try!
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