Saturday, January 26, 2013

Chicken, Corn and Pepper Quesadillas

My son eats a quesadilla in some form almost daily. He is a cheese fiend and a fan of his carbs (hmm... I wonder if he and I are related...) so quesadillas are very popular. I sneak all types of things into him in quesadillas. All kinds of veggies get diced up small and thrown into the mix and usually he gobbles it up with glee. A few weeks ago I made these corn and pepper quesadillas for lunch but I didn't think Landon would like them due to the pepper jack cheese and the bell peppers which he usually rejects. I made him a simple cheese quesadilla and after eating all of his he moved onto mine. He went insane for this quesadilla- spicy cheese with peppers and all. I was shocked. I saved some of the leftovers for him and he ate them for lunch a few times quite happily. John and I were also big fans- the combo of flavors was really just delicious. The original recipe is for taquitos but I was in the mood for quesadillas so I just changed it up a bit. Essentially it's the same thing just a different shape! I think the best thing about these is how the cream cheese melts into the chicken/peppers/corn and creates a nice creamy mixture... So yummy!!

Source: Heavily adapted from Life and Kitchen

2 tsp olive oil
1/2 small yellow onion, diced
1/2 cup bell pepper, diced small
1/3 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken
3 oz cream cheese
1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 tsp each chili powder and cumin
8 small tortillas (corn or flour)
Cooking spray

1- Heat olive oil in a small pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and peppers and saute until soft. Add the corn, chicken, and spices and saute for about a minute. 
2- Add the cream cheese and stir until melted. Set aside.
3- Heat a skillet with the butter. Place 4 tortillas down. Divide chicken mixture and cheeses evenly over the tortillas. Place a second tortilla on top of each, flipping to brown both sides. 
4- Serve hot with salsa or sour cream if desired.


  1. Wow what a great combination of flavors. I can't wait to make it. It looks delicious.

  2. We had them for dinner tonight. My family loved them! Thank you.