Ancho Chile Quesadillas


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.

Prep Time:
35 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 servings


  • 4 dried ancho chiles (about 2 ounces)

  • 1 ¼ cups grated Gruyère cheese

  • 1 ¼ cups grated Monterey Jack cheese

  • 12 (5 inch) corn tortillas

  • Lime wedges and/or salsa for serving


  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 Facts (per serving)

424 Calories
25g Fat
32g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 424
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 24g 47%
Total Fat 25g 31%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 69mg 23%
Vitamin A 4066IU 81%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Folate 22mcg 5%
Sodium 468mg 20%
Calcium 615mg 47%
Iron 2mg 12%
Magnesium 41mg 10%
Potassium 466mg 10%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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