Cowboy Quesadillas

People ask me all the time how I come up with recipes.  Sometimes I base things off of foods I’ve tried somewhere and try to replicate, sometimes it’s just blending flavors that sound good together, sometimes I daydream about food, sometimes it’s completely accidental, and often- it just happens out of necessity!  This is one of those out-of-necessity recipes.  I was in serious need of a grocery store trip (which are getting few and far between now that I’m a mother to 2 toddlers and a newborn- all boys.  Most days I’d rather pull my own fingernails off than take all three of them to the grocery store.)  I looked in my fridge and had a little left over rice from the night before, a few extra black beans from when I didn’t use a whole can, etc.  I didn’t want to put spicy salsa in it since it was for my kids, so I used bbq sauce instead- and they were a huge hit!  I finished it off with a BBQ-Ranch dipping sauce, mostly because the chance of my kids eating what I cook significantly increases when there’s some sort of dipping sauce involved.  This is a super quick and easy weeknight dinner, snack food, or appetizer.

Let me show you how I did it:

You can definitely adjust this to what you have in your fridge, but I used white rice (leftover is best, because what do you use leftover rice for besides fried rice?), black beans, diced cooked chicken (I always keep a bag of pre-cooked frozen chicken strips on hand), fresh frozen corn (I personally don’t like canned corn, and I like that with a bag of frozen corn you can use a little or a lot), diced tomato, (you could drain a can of tomatoes instead if you needed to), and sliced green onions.

Toss it all together in a mixing bowl

And add some cheese.  I had some sharp cheddar and Gruyere (left over from making this) but really any cheese works.  Cheddar, jack, pepper jack, colby.  It’s less the flavor we’re concerned with and more of the ooey, gooey, make-the-quesadilla-stick-together-ness that we’re going for.

Mix that up and then add a little bbq sauce.  The great thing about bbq sauce is that it’s all the flavor you need!  No spices to measure out here.

Place the mixture on half of some small tortillas

and fold ’em up.

Grill them up in a hot skillet until they’re golden browned and crisp on the outside and warm and cheesy in the middle and serve with a creamy bbq dipping sauce.

My cowboys approved.  And they didn’t even know they were eating vegetables, so next time I’m definitely going to sneak some more stuff in there!  Also, if you’re making these for little fingers, you might find it easier to roll them burrito style with the ends tucked in so the filling doesn’t fall out.



  1. I came across your blog a few weeks ago, and love it! Thanks for sharing all your yummy food recipes and I love your Halloween ideas! Thank you!!!

  2. This looks so yummy! It's going on my list.
    And I hear you about kids and the grocery store – I have 6, 4 and 2yo boys and I will do anything to not take them at the same time!

  3. Okay Jenn- you need to try black beans! I could eat them every single day. This recipe just has a few so it's a good starter for ya 😉 I really can't think of a good substitution.

  4. Yum – though I'm pretty certain I'd have to use salsa instead of BBQ sauce. (my kiddo loves salsa though; the spicier, the better LOL)

    I've never had black beans …. I'm actually not a fan of many beans at all, unless they're in chili. What could be used in place of them?

    I've been voting for you all as well!!! You're doing so awesome *Happy dance*

  5. Having four children and a small pastor's salary I often had to come up with out-of-necessity recipes. I actually came up with some family favorites. Now my daughters often have to do a "mom" and come up with out-of-necessity recipes.
    Been voting for yall too.

  6. Ah…wish I could do that…just look at leftovers and come up with something that delish!! LOL

    Oh…and I'm still voting for ya's!!

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