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Spicy Beef Quesadillas
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5 from 4 votes

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. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Christin Mahrlig


  • 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.