Simply Healthy Family: Carne Asada Fajita Quesadillas with Grilled Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salsa #CincodeMayo

30.4.15

Carne Asada Fajita Quesadillas with Grilled Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salsa #CincodeMayo



Want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo by stuffing yourself silly with some really good Mexican food? I know I do! Can't decide between fajitas with grilled peppers and onions and a big cheesy steak quesadilla? How about having both? Who said you couldn't have your cake and eat it too?


Carne Asada Fajita Quesadillas with Grilled Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salsa #CincodeMayo





























Grilled tri colored peppers, onions, corn on the cob and spicy carne asada are stuffed into a big tortilla with loads of cheese then thrown on the grill again to get warm and crispy. Call all of your friends, this party is just getting started. Perfect for a beautiful day by the pool or on the patio. Serve these stuffed quesadillas with a tomato, avocado and grilled sweet corn relish and an ice cold orange soda.


Of course you'll need a big bowl of home made fried ice cream for dessert right? I gotcha covered. Check back here in a couple of days for a simple tutorial on how to make perfect Mexican Restaurant  Fried Ice Cream at home!





Carne Asada Fajita Quesadillas with Grilled Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salsa #CincodeMayo






Carne Asada Fajita Quesadillas with Grilled Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salsa #CincodeMayo




We eat Mexican food several times a week here seeing as it's one of our favorite foods. Both my husband and I have lived in southern Arizona our entire lives and grew up surrounded with really good Mexican foods and flavors. Cayenne chile powder is in a salt shaker on the table instead of black pepper and I remember when I was little my mom put it in everything from peanut butter to spaghetti and cottage cheese & pineapple.



Carne Asada Fajita Quesadillas with Grilled Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salsa #CincodeMayo



Carne Asada Fajita Quesadillas with Grilled Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salsa #CincodeMayo





Carne Asada Fajita Quesadillas with Grilled Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salsa #CincodeMayo



Carne Asada is a thin cut of beef, usually skirt steak or flank steak and is marinated in chile powder, cumin, salt and lime juice overnight for tons of flavor. We can find it at every store here in Phoenix or  at the carniceria's which are scattered all over the valley. If you can't find a pre-marinated one just pick up a flank or skirt steak sprinkle it generously with chile powder, cumin and salt and some lime juice. Let it sit flat in a zip lock bag overnight int the fridge. 

You'll want to sear the marinated steak over pretty high heat on your grill to get a slight charred flavor.  Slice it up and serve it with tortillas or in these quesadillas with fresh pico de gallo or this grilled corn, tomato and avocado relish. 

We usually serve Spanish Rice and Cumin Black Beans alongside our quesadillas. 




Carne Asada Fajita Quesadillas with Grilled Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salsa #CincodeMayo





TIME        20 MINUTES          SERVES       6


You Will Need

6 large tortillas
2 1/2 pounds Carne Asada (or skirt steak)
Vegetable oil to brush on grill
1 each, Red, Yellow and Green Bell Pepper
1 large yellow onion, sliced
12 ounces of Jack Cheese
2 Jalepeno peppers, seeded and sliced (optional, for extra heat)


For the Grilled Corn Salsa

2 ears of corn, shucked
2 semi-firm avocados, chopped
1 pint of grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1/2 cup diced purple onion
small handful of cilantro, chopped
juice of 2-3 limes
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
salt to taste






Turn your grill on to high and let the flames clean the grills. Brush them clean. Meanwhile, chop all your veggies for the salsa except for the corn. Toss them in a bowl with the lime juice and salt, cover and set aside.


Chop your peppers and onion for the fajitas and put in a deep plate to bring out to the grill along with the shucked corn on the cob. I don't brush my corn with butter or oil as I like the charred, sweet taste in my salsa.


Turn the heat down a bit on the grill to medium- high. Carefully, using a long grill brush, brush one side of the grill with the oil. Put the corn cobs and sliced peppers and onions in a grill basked on the other side and grill for 5-6 minutes. Turn the corn over and toss the peppers and onions with a spatula.



Place the carne asada on the other side of the grill, the oiled side. Cook for just 3 minutes, flip over and cook 2-3 minutes more. Remove the steak from the grill, loosely cover with foil and let it sit for a couple of minutes before slicing it thinly.



Remove the corn and peppers from the grill, let cool for a couple of minutes while you prepare the quesadillas. Slice the kernels off of the cob. Toss them in with the tomatoes, onion, avocados and cilantro.



Place a handful of cheese on each tortilla spreading it out evenly over the entire thing. Place sliced carne asada, peppers and onions on one half of the tortillas. Lay the tortillas flat on the grill and then flip them in half using a spatula after about 3 minutes when the cheese has melted and the tortillas are golden brown and crispy. 














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HAPPY CINCO de MAYO!

What are you planning on making this weekend?




Carne Asada Fajita Quesadillas with Grilled Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salsa #CincodeMayo








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34 comments:

  1. I am loving all these Cinco de Mayo recipes! These sound fantastic! My love for Mexican food is never ending.

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  2. Oh my, quite tasty look quesadillas! I love meaty quesadillas and steak is my go to.

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  3. Those quesadillas are so pretty with the tri-color peppers. I could eat quesadillas for lunch every day!

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  4. Love quesadillas and love carne asada. These will be hit around here, thanks! :-)

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  5. This sounds like delicious, I will definitely going to try this weekend. Keep blogging good recipes like this.

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  6. So colorful and perfect for Cinco de Mayo. I always get in rut using chicken in my quesadilla. Can't wait to give your recipe a try. Yum.

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  7. What a colorful and fun meal! This is perfect for Cinco de Mayo and summertime!

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  8. So pretty! That really looks amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. The quesadillas look great, but the salsa is fabulous! I'd love to scoop it up onto a crispy tortilla chip and take a big bite!

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    1. I ate a big bowl of this Pico while preparing dinner, SO good haaaahaa!

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  10. I love Mexican food too, these quesadillas sound wonderful!

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  11. Living in the Yakima Valley we find Carne Asada at almost every party. Yours looks delicious, and with the lime juice will likely be quite tender. (sometimes it's not!) Thanks for the recipe.

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  12. I can't wait to try these, they look fantastic! The colors and ingredients make them look beautiful!

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  13. Oh my, the cheese in these pictures! So love quesadillas, with all their stringy cheese holding delicious veggies and meat together. These will be perfect for Cinco de Mayo!

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  14. These quesadillas looks so delicious! Love yur presentation. makes my mouth water to look at them!

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  15. Love this combo of combos. Steak, Cheese, Veggies. Can't go wrong here.

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  16. What a delicious feast it would be if this would be served for Cinco de Mayo! Looks so delicious! Pinned, too. :)

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  17. If I made these, my husband would request them every.single.day. They look so, so good!!

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  18. I am so in the mood for quesadillas now! Making these this weekend thanks!

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  19. YUM! I'm on board for anything that is both a quesadilla and carne asada.

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  20. I LOVE that you have cayenne chili powder in a salt shaker and that your mom used to sprinkle it on everything. Actually, the peanut butter idea sounds great. Almost as great as this fabulous dish!

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  21. Now THAT is a quesadilla! The quesadillas I usually eat are just cheese, salsa and flour tortillas. I could totally get on board with this one!

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  22. Grilled corn salsa, what a great idea! Love it!

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  23. Wow! The name of this dish is a wonderful mouthful, and judging from the looks of it, it tastes likes a wonderful mouthful too! Amazing stuff Gwen! Healthy, colorful, and creative!

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  24. I would definitely dive into those quesadillas! I love, love Mexican!

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  25. Your quesadillas sound fantastic. Pinning the recipe for summer when we have fresh corn!

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  26. Craving this right now! Looks perfect for cinco de mayo :)

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  27. I've never grilled quesadillas before, but I think I will now I'll be doing more outdoor cooking. The corn salsa sounds so flavorful!

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  28. YUM yum yum! I love all of the delicious filling ingredients and the fact that you grilled these! Just pinned and yummed the recipe.

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  29. Love the grilled corn salsa!

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  30. I love all of the great notes you included in this recipe about how to make your own carne asada and some great variations. It's fabulous to have such a good recipe as well as the ability to find several other great simple Mexican food recipes in the same spot!

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  31. This is very tasty and hygienic, seems more natural

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