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Wednesday, March 2, 2011


I had the most amazing tasting quesadillas in Playa Del Carmen. Unlike the quesadillas I was used to, usually consisting of a flat tortilla + melted cheese + some sort of meat + additions like guacamole/sour cream, the quesadilla I had actually resembled a soft taco with flavorful shredded beef and oaxaca cheese inside. The quesadilla is then topped with sour cream, shredded lettuce, and some more crumbled oaxaca cheese. Oh, did I mention that it was blue corn tortillas? I never thought a quesadilla could taste so filling, yet light and refreshing.

Quesadilla with shredded beef brisket, cotija cheese, whipped sour cream, cilantro, and pickled onions
To satisfy my craving for that experience, I decided to replicate the quesadilla. I used a basil tomato tortilla here, along with shredded beef brisket that has been roasted in the oven for 2.5 hours. I couldn't find oaxaca cheese in the local grocery stores so I used cotija cheese instead, which was perfect for the dish because of its sharper, saltier taste. The onion was pickled in Mexican seasoning, water, and vinegar. Finally, I added some whipped sour cream and chopped cilantro to complete the quesadilla. I would definitely trade the usual quesadilla for this version any day!


  1. Love the presentation of this! Definitely awesome!

  2. Love this reinvented quesadilla, so gorgeous! And sounds absolutely divine with the shredded beef brisket, very nice!

  3. I could imagine how tender that beef brisket must have been. The pickled onions sound good (coming from someone who doesn't normally eat them) and a great addition to the other bold color profiles in this dish. I love the composition and depth of focus here as well; very nicely done!

  4. wow, what a neat quesadilla presentation.
    thanks for sharing

  5. Hey Jess,

    I'm going to Cabo again in two weeks and I can't wait to have their delicious quesadillas. I find myself craving all their foods there -- so much lighter and flavorful than American interpretations, in my opinion. Your creation, however, is delicate and stunning! Wouldn't expect anything less. :p