Taco Bell Quesadillas

"I used to love these when I was younger, I could eat two in one sitting! I haven't had fast food in a year or two, but these taste like I remember Taco Bell's quesadillas tasting. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do."
 
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Ready In:
25mins
Ingredients:
14
Serves:
4
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ingredients

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directions

  • Combine sauce ingredients and stir until smooth.
  • Grill chicken in vegetable oil and cut into thin slices.
  • Preheat skillet over medium heat.
  • One at a time, lay tortilla into hot skillet and sprinkle with 1/4 cup of each shredded cheese and 1/2 cheese slice on one side of the tortilla.
  • Arrange about 1/4 cup chicken slices over tortilla on the same half covered with cheese.
  • On the empty side, spread about one tablespoon of sauce.
  • Fold over, and press gently with spatula.
  • Cook until cheese is melted and slice each into 4 pieces.

Questions & Replies

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  1. punkrock_mama
    I think the recipe called for jalepenos in the jar like you put on nachos. That's why they said 2 tsp if juice. If you cut whole jalepenos they don't produce juice. It just wasn't clear in the instructions.
     
  2. jmalloryslp
    What kind of jalapeños are used? Pickled? fresh?
     
  3. Richard B.
    Can I replace sugar with any other kind of sweetener? Or has anyone made it with no sugar at all
     
  4. Herman G.
    Please clarify instructions for jalapeños in the ingredients list. Minced or sliced?
     
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Reviews

  1. cst1996
    I loved these and the flavor was great. Enjoyed the jalapeno bite it had. My boys' are young and thought it was too spicy so may scale down a little for them.
     
  2. khamilton2
    Fantastic recipe! I made 8 servings, but took the advice of other reviewers that it was a little too spicy, so I only used the amount of jalapeños and cayenne for the 4 serving size, and it came out DELICIOUS! My entire family loved it.. including my 6 year old! Will definitely make again.. and definitely pass it on. Thank you!
     
  3. myshell_8
    THis ones a keeper! It was way better than Taco bells and so simple to make! My kids asked for more even though it was way to spicy for them! Next time i will add barely any jelapenos. Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe!
     
  4. Jamillah A.
    You are a life saver !! I’ve searched high and low for a place to buy Taco Bell’s creamy jalapeño sauce . This recipe made it taste exactly Taco Bell’s. Instead of chicken I made it with shrimp and crab meat and it came out perfect . Also I was unable to produce any juice from mincing the jalapeños , using green tobasco was a perfect substitute .Can’t thank you enough !
     
  5. Adam C.
    My family and I spent close to a decade trying to crack this recipe and never even got close. I always experimented with chipotle sauce and chilis, and while the sauces I produced were decent, they were embarrassing by comparison. When I finally found this recipe it seemed too good to be true, but lo and behold... The first few times I made this I went through hell trying to smash the minced jalapenos in order to produce small quantities of juice. Tonight I picked up a bottle of green Tabasco sauce and put it to the test. It works wonderfully in this recipe and I can't tell the difference.
     
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Tweaks

  1. Keith R.
    I doubled this with about 1 1/4 lb of breast "tenders" (there were 7 in the pack) and ended up with pretty 6 well-stuffed large tortillas. I used a semi-quick marinade (~2hrs) of 1/2 fajita and mesquite store-bought stuff and grill outside on the gas grill until just done. This really adds to the overall flavor IMO. Used 50/50 light mayo and light sour cream (1/4c each) and jalapeño tomatillo sauce (Kroger) in place of jalapeño juice, as others suggested similar substitutes. Half medium cheddar and jack cheeses and skipped the American slices. (Also left out the salt because of the marinade has enough sodium I'm sure.)
     
  2. ambz13
    Delicious!
     
  3. Ashley W.
    I added about a teaspoon of ketchup to balance out the flavors of the sauce. Other than that, it’s PERFECT!
     
  4. Puffnstuff
    The recipe allows for easy estimating the spices, and it still tasted awesome! Stuck the whole thing in a preheated oven after pressing it together with my hand. Super recipe! Next time I will premix a batch of spices and get some jalapenos!
     
  5. italiancooking43
    I've made this recipe many times and it is great!The only thing I do different is I use sour cream instead of mayo.I also like a little chopped onion,tomatoes,green pepper in my quesadillas.If you use these make sure you blot the tomatoes with a paper towel first so they don't add too mch moisture and make it soggy.
     

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