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Spicy Beef Quesadillas

Spicy Beef Quesadillas are an easy and delicious meal of gameday food to make with leftover short ribs or brisket. Caramelized onions and peppers are combined with chipotle peppers and crushed red pepper flakes to flavor and spice these crispy, cheesy quesadillas. Quesadillas don’t get any meatier or better than this.

Spicy Beef Quesadillas


For these Spicy Beef Quesdaillas, I like to use leftover short ribs. Leftover brisket also works well.

As far as leftover meat recipes go, I love these Spicy Beef Quesadillas every bit as much as these Brisket Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.

It’s great to cook up a big batch of short ribs and get at least 2 meals out of them. They only taste better with time.

Spicy Beef Quesadillas


The spicy filling with onions and peppers is combined with shredded Mexican cheese in a flour tortilla and pan-fried in butter until golden and crispy. Cut into wedges and serve  Spicy Beef Quesadillas either as a game day appetizer or a quick and easy family meal.

Spicy Beef Quesadillas


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Spicy Beef Quesadillas

Spicy Beef Quesadillas

Caramelized onions and peppers are combined with chipotle peppers and crushed red pepper flakes to flavor and spice these crispy, cheesy quesadillas. 
PREP: 5 mins
COOK: 15 mins
TOTAL: 20 mins


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium yellow or sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups leftover Shredded Beef Short Ribs or Brisket
  • 8 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • Melt butter over medium-high heat in a large pan. Add onion and bell pepper and cook until they are starting to soften but still have a little crunch. 
  • Add chipotle peppers, red pepper flakes, paprika and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Stir leftover short ribs into onion mixture and transfer to a bowl.
  • Wipe pan clean. For each quesadilla, sprinkle about 1/4 cup cheese on a tortilla, top with 1/4 of short rib/onion mixture, and cover with another 1/4 cup cheese. Place a second tortilla on top.
  • Melt about a 1/2 tablespoon butter in the pan, add quesadilla and cook until golden brown on each side and cheese is melted. Repeat for remaining 3 quesadillas.
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern

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6 thoughts on “Spicy Beef Quesadillas”

  1. Added jalapeños, garlic and fresh mushrooms to the sauté mix. Used burrito size tortillas. Topped with homemade pico and sour cream. Better than a restaurant for sure! Thank you for the awesome recipe!

  2. My teen loved these. Total win. Now I have to figure out a vegetarian version. Mushrooms? Black beans? Cauliflower?

  3. Soooooo good with our leftover smoked brisket. I cut the spices in half for my tender taste buds. Hubby loved it and I made cooking brownie points!

  4. I made a brisket for the first time yesterday, it came out great. So today I needed something to do with the leftovers. I stumbled onto your recipe. So glad I did. This was great. I made it as is, I just changed the cheese, I used pepper jack & Colby jack.
    Thanks for the recipe.

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