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Best Tailgating Recipes: Chorizo Quesadillas

Fast-Off-the-Grill Chorizo Quesadillas are so good they’ll definitely have your home crowd cheering on game day.

Fast-Off-the-Grill Chorizo Quesadillas are so good they'll definitely have your home crowd cheering on game day.

Everyone loves quesadillas. How can they not? They're so versatile; you can easily fill them with whatever your heart desires, from savory items to sweet. They're an easy and affordable way to feed a crowd. And, they're great for those dippers among us! For instance, this Quick Easy Homemade Salsa from The Farmwife Feeds goes great with a savory, cheesy quesadilla, like Fork More Pork’s fantastic Fast-Off-The-Grill Chorizo Quesadilla!

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As the name implies, these delicious quesadillas aren't only loaded with cheese; they've also got yummy chorizo in them! Chorizo is a pork sausage that is popular in Spanish and Mexican cooking. It's got a slightly spicy kick and is packed with flavor. You'll want to buy (or make) Mexican chorizo for this recipe. Love Mexican food and want an affordable way to enjoy those flavors whenever you want? Make a batch of this delicious Taco Seasoning from The Farmwife Crafts!

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Fast Off the Grill Chorizo Quesadillas

Total Cook/Prep Time: 30 mins   

Serves: 8


  • 3/4 pound pork chorizo
  • 5 10-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 16-oz can black bean refried beans
  • 1/2 pound Colby cheese shredded
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro loosely packed
  • For brushing olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups tomatillo salsa


  • Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Use a spatula to crumble the chorizo as you place it in the pan. Sauté the chorizo until browned and cooked through, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the chorizo from the skillet to a plate.
  • Arrange 5 tortillas on a work surface. Spread about 1/4 cup refried beans evenly over half of each tortilla, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Scatter about
    1/3 cup cooked chorizo over beans. Scatter a generous 1/3 cup of cheese over top. Divide and arrange cilantro over top of cheese. Fold opposite half of tortilla over the filling. (The quesadillas can be assembled up to 1 hour before serving. Cover loosely with plastic wrap so they don't dry out, and
    set aside at room temperature.)
  • Prepare a medium fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill on medium. Brush outsides of tortillas with a small amount of oil. Using a wide spatula, transfer quesadillas to the grill. Grill on one side for about one minute, slide and turn quesadillas 90 degrees, grilling until nice cross-hatch grill marks appear. Slide spatula underneath to flip quesadillas and grill the second side. Transfer the quesadillas to a cutting board. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the quesadillas into 5 wedges. Arrange on a platter and serve immediately accompanied with the tomatillo salsa.

Looking for more game day food ideas that have a Mexican food twist? Try these amazing recipes!

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