Do you like Pork Quesadillas?
There are so many combinations of ingredients for quesadillas that each time I come across an unusual ingredient, I have to make the recipe. This is another of my sweet and savory combinations that I really like.
It touches all my senses and when it comes to eating food…that is the way I like it.
This quesadilla can also be used as an appetizer and I really like when one can have a recipe pull double duty.
I don’t know if you are aware but February is National Sweet Potato Month and I have a recipe for Pork Quesadillas made with sweet potatoes!
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 1/2 pound ground pork (Mexican Chorizo will work also)
- 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- 4 green onions (chopped, I like to use the dark green tops as well as the white part)
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (I keep a small white pitcher of water in my fridge for my cilantro and parsley)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter (or you can use your choice of oil)
- 4 large flour tortillas
- 2 cups cheddar cheese (sometimes I substitute Pepper Jack because we like hot and spicy)
- sour cream
- Sliced jalapenos (or you can use chop fresh jalapenos)
- Prick one medium sweet potato with a fork and microwave until soft, about 8-10 minutes.
- Cool the sweet potato and remove the skin
- Mash the sweet potato with a fork and set aside
- Meanwhile, heat a skillet over medium heat and cook ground pork using a fork to work with the meat
- Add chili powder and mix thoroughly
- Add garlic, green onions, and sweet potato to skillet, stirring together
- Cook for a minute or so, then remove to a bowl
- Stir in cilantro.
- Wipe out the skillet and add about 1 teaspoon of butter or oil to the skillet.
- Heat pan for about a minute and then add a tortilla to skillet.
- Evenly top tortilla with 1/2 cup cheese and 1/4 of the pork mixture.
- Reduce heat
- After cheese is melted, fold the tortilla in half over the filling and cook until tortilla is golden brown. Remove from pan and cut into four wedges.
- Repeat to make an additional 3 quesadillas.
- Serve with a dollop of sour cream, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes and a few slices of jalapenos, if desired. You can also serve salsa, guacamole, red or green chile sauce. (See my recipes)
- You can also substitute the chili powder by using chipotle chili powder or ancho chili powder, but if you do not want it hot and spicy, be careful how much of the chili powders you add.