As a lover of all Latin cuisines, one pantry essential that I nearly always have on hand is flour or corn tortillas. You can use them to serve steak tacos to a crowd, as wrappers for breakfast burritos, or as a building block for any easy weeknight meal.
Since I've got a surplus of steak from last night's meal, this week I'm going to use my tortillas to create satisfying jack cheese quesadillas that'll be served alongside a black bean, cilantro, avocado, and tomato salsa for dipping. The quick, no-fuss meal makes all the eaters happy, and I have time left over to unwind on my first night back from the weekend. Want to do the same? Then read on.
1 can (15 1/2 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
2 plum tomatoes, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 strip steak (8 ounces and 1 inch thick)
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
3 teaspoons olive oil
4 flour tortillas (10-inch or burrito-style)
1-1/2 cups grated pepper jack cheese (6 ounces)
1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
- In a medium bowl, combine black beans, cilantro, tomatoes, avocado, lime juice, and cayenne; stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
- Rub steak with oregano; season with salt and pepper. In a 10-inch skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over high. Add steak to skillet, and cook, turning once, until browned and still rare, 2 to 3 minutes per side. (Steak will cook a little longer in the quesadillas during baking.)Transfer steak to a cutting board; let rest 5 minutes before slicing 1/4 inch thick.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees with racks in upper and lower thirds. Brush one side of each tortilla with remaining 2 teaspoons oil. Place 1 tortilla, oiled side down, on each of two baking sheets. Dividing evenly, layer with half the cheese, then onion and steak, ending with remaining cheese. Top with remaining tortillas, oiled side up. Press lightly to seal. Bake, turning over once (with a wide spatula), until lightly browned and crispy, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board; cut each quesadilla into 6 triangles. Serve with black-bean salsa and sour cream.
- Main Dishes, Beef
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