Charcoal Cheese and Onion Quesadillas

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Mexican… BBQ…  Mexican… BBQ… sometimes life is full of tough decisions.  After coming home from work, I was at a loss for what to cook for dinner.  One part of me was craving Mexican while the other had a hankering for something off of the grill.  Then the rational part of me kicked in — duh, cook Mexican on the grill.  So I bring to you my first attempt at “Charcoal Cheese and Onion Quesadillas”.



Diced Onion

Diced White Onion

Shredded Cheese

Shredded Cheese

Your favorite BBQ rub.  Tonight I used Spicy #13 from Bandiola Spice Co.

Your favorite BBQ rub. Tonight I used Spicy #13 from Bandiola Spice Co.

Putting the quesadillas together was quite simple.  Take one tortilla shell, add cheese and onion to taste, and season with your favorite BBQ rub to taste.  You can also add your favorite meat at this step (steak, chicken, pork, etc.).

Assembling the quesadillas

Assembling the quesadillas

Fold the tortilla shell in half.  This will more than likely cause all of the cheese to gather next to the crease.  Pull back the tortilla shell, redistribute the cheese, and re-fold the tortilla shell.  Make sure to press firmly so that the shell holds this shape.  The shell may crack at the crease —  not a big deal at all.

Assembled quesadillas

Assembled quesadillas

Place approximately 20 charcoal briquettes in a charcoal chimney and light.  Once the briquettes have mostly ashed over, place in your charcoal grill.  Preheat a cast iron griddle on the charcoal grill.  After preheating for about 5-10 minutes, place the quesadillas on the griddle.  After 3-4 minutes flip the quesadillas.  Flip again after another 3-4 minutes.  Sprinkle cheese on top of the quesadillas and cook for another 3-4 minutes.  Plate and serve with your favorite salsa or, in my case, favorite BBQ sauce.

Charcoal Cheese and Onion Quesadillas with Draper's BBQ Sauce

Charcoal Cheese and Onion Quesadillas with Draper's BBQ Sauce

So would I change anything from this time around?  I would be more generous with the BBQ rub used on the inside… maybe add some fresh diced jalapeño peppers.  There’s also the option of adding meat.  All in all, I was pleased with this meal and would definitely eat it again.


3 responses to “Charcoal Cheese and Onion Quesadillas

  1. Those look yummy Wayne! Eli loves quesadillas.

  2. What a great idea Wayne, big props to you on this one!
    Would be cool to add some ground beef or maybe some fine ground chopped pork to the inside of that too.

  3. Your next goal, get a good stone and smoke pizza, the way real Italians do it. You won’t be disappointed.

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