Quesadillas with steak

Quesadillas have their origins in Mexican cuisine. The word "quesadilla" comes from the Spanish word "queso", meaning "cheese". Traditionally, quesadillas consist of a tortilla filled with melted cheese. They are often prepared on a hot comal (flat, round griddle) and can contain different fillings, such as seasoned meat, beans, vegetables, spices and salsa.

Quesadillas are a popular and well-loved snack in Mexico and, over time, have also become internationally known. They are easy to adapt to different tastes and can be served as a simple snack, an appetiser or even as a main course. Although cheese is the most common filling, you can endlessly vary and experiment with different ingredients and flavour combinations with quesadillas.

Recipe for quesadillas with steak tips 

Time: 20-30 min
Serves: 2-3 or as a snack
Pan: VH30H or VH30


300g steak, cut into thin strips or tips
1 tablespoon olive oil
VH.RUB2, viking rub
Salt and pepper to taste
4 large flour tortillas
2 cups grated cheese (e.g. cheddar or Monterrey Jack)
1 red pepper, cut into thin strips
1 yellow pepper, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
Optional: jalapeño peppers, sliced
Optional: fresh coriander, finely chopped
Optional: guacamole, sour cream or salsa, as a dipping sauce


  1. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the steak strips to the pan and sprinkle with the viking rub to taste. Fry the steak until it is browned and reaches the desired doneness. Remove the steak from the pan and set aside.
  3. Place a tortilla in the same pan and sprinkle about 1/2 cup of grated cheese over the tortilla.
  4. Spread some of the fried steak over the cheese on the tortilla. Then add some strips of red pepper, yellow pepper, onion and optional jalapeño peppers.
  5. Cover the filling with another 1/2 cup of grated cheese.
  6. Place another tortilla on top as a lid.
  7. Fry the quesadilla in the skillet until the bottom is golden brown and crispy, usually this takes about 2-3 minutes. Turn the quesadilla over using a large spatula and fry the other side for another 2-3 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted and the tortilla is crispy.
  8. Repeat this process with the remaining tortillas and filling.
  9. Cut the quesadillas into points and serve warm.
  10. Garnish with fresh coriander if desired and serve with dipping sauces such as guacamole, sour cream or salsa.

Which cheese to use for quesadillas?

For quesadillas, I recommend using a mild or medium cheddar. Cheddar is a delicious cheese with a slightly tangy flavour that melts well. A mild or medium cheddar will not be too overpowering and provide a good flavour balance for your quesadillas.

If you like a stronger flavour, you can also use sharp cheddar. This will add a more powerful cheese flavour to your quesadillas. However, it depends on your personal preference and the flavour you want to achieve.

Besides cheddar, you can also use other cheeses, such as Monterrey Jack, mozzarella, Colby, or a mix of different cheeses. These cheeses also have good melting properties and can add a delicious flavour to your quesadillas.

Feel free to experiment with different cheeses to find the flavour combination you like best.

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