If you’re searching for a meal prep recipe that’s as delicious as your favorite takeout but healthier and more wholesome, you’ve hit the jackpot. Get ready to dance a salsa in your taste buds because we’re diving into the world of Cheeseburger Quesadillas paired with homemade guacamole and all your burger condiment dreams – onions, tomatoes, and pickles!
Why Meal Prep Cheeseburger Quesadillas?
- Imagine biting into a warm, cheesy quesadilla filled with all the savory goodness of a burger. It’s like a fiesta in your mouth! You won’t even miss the takeout.
- Unlike the mystery ingredients often found in fast-food burgers, our recipe is packed with fresh and wholesome ingredients. Lean ground beef, whole-grain tortillas, and heaps of veggies ensure you’re getting the nutrients you need.
- Want extra onions? No problem! Craving spicy jalapeños? Go for it! With this meal prep, you have total control over the ingredients, making it easy to cater to your specific taste preferences and dietary needs.
- Spend less time in the kitchen and more time savoring your meal. With our efficient meal prep strategy, you’ll have delicious, ready-to-eat quesadillas all week long.
- Eating out can put a dent in your wallet, but our Cheeseburger Quesadillas are budget-friendly and wallet-approved. You’ll save both your hard-earned cash and your health.
Ingredients You’ll Need for Cheeseburger Quesadillas
- Lean Ground Beef: Choosing lean ground beef is not only a healthier option but also cost-effective. You get all the rich, meaty flavor without the excess fat. Buying in bulk or during sales can further reduce costs.
- Flour Tortillas: Flour tortillas are incredibly versatile and affordable. You can often find them in larger packs, making them a budget-friendly choice for creating multiple quesadillas.
- Sliced Cheese: Sliced cheese, typically cheddar or American, is a fantastic way to add creaminess and that classic cheeseburger flavor without breaking the bank. Look for sales or discounts on cheese at your local store.
- Seasonings (Paprika, Garlic Powder, Olive Oil): Paprika and garlic powder add depth and flavor to the ground beef. Buying these seasonings in bulk can save you money in the long run. As for olive oil, it’s a staple that you can use in various recipes beyond just this one, making it a wise investment.
- Avocado: Avocado, a superfood packed with nutrients, can be more affordable when you buy it as a whole fruit. Purchase avocados when they’re in season or on sale, and you’ll save even more.
- Red Onions: Red onions are a budget-friendly choice for guacamole. They add a delightful crunch and mild, sweet flavor without costing a fortune. Buying onions in bulk bags is another cost-saving option.
- Fresh Cilantro: Cilantro is an affordable herb, and a little goes a long way in terms of flavor. You can even grow your own cilantro at home in a small pot to reduce costs further.
- Lime: Lime juice adds a zesty kick to guacamole. Opt for fresh limes when they’re in season or look for bottled lime juice for a more budget-friendly option.
In conclusion, by carefully selecting budget-friendly ingredients, buying in bulk or during sales, and embracing versatility in your cooking, you can enjoy the incredible flavors of Cheeseburger Quesadillas and homemade Guacamole without breaking the bank. Not only will you save money, but you’ll also savor the satisfaction of creating delicious meals from scratch.
How to Prepare These High-Protein Quesadillas
- Sauté the Ground Beef: Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the lean ground beef to the pan and use a spatula to break it up into smaller pieces. Sprinkle the seasonings (paprika and garlic powder) evenly over the beef. Continue to cook the beef, stirring occasionally, until it’s golden brown and fully cooked, usually around 5 to 6 minutes.
- Assemble the Quesadilla: Once the beef is cooked, remove it from the pan and set it aside. Lay out a tortilla on a clean surface or plate. Place a slice of cheddar cheese on one half of the tortilla. Layer half of the cooked beef mixture on top of the cheese. Add some sliced onions, diced tomatoes, and pickle slices on top of the beef. Place another tortilla on top to create a quesadilla sandwich.
- Toast the Quesadilla: Return the assembled quesadilla to the pan. Toast the bottom side for about 1 to 2 minutes until it’s golden and crispy. Carefully flip the quesadilla and toast the other side for another minute or until it’s crispy and the cheese inside is melted
- Cut and Serve: Once the quesadilla is nicely toasted, remove it from the pan. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut the quesadilla into quarters.
For the Homemade Guacamole
- To make the guacamole, start by slicing the avocados in half and removing the seeds.
- Scoop out the avocado flesh into a mixing bowl.
- Add the diced red onions, fresh cilantro, juice of one lime, and a pinch of salt to the bowl with the avocado.
- Use a fork to mash and mix everything together until you achieve your desired guacamole consistency. Some prefer it chunky, while others like it smoother.
Reference the recipe card below for detailed instructions.
Meal Prep Tips for Cheeseburger Quesadillas
- Storage Tips: For the Cheeseburger Quesadillas, store them in airtight containers to maintain freshness. It’s a good idea to separate any burger condiments (onions, tomatoes, pickles) in small containers to prevent sogginess. Place a small piece of parchment paper between each quesadilla slice to prevent sticking when you stack them in the container.
- Guacamole Tips: Guacamole tends to brown over time due to exposure to air. To keep it fresh, press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the guacamole to minimize air contact. Alternatively, store it in a small, airtight container and squeeze some extra lime juice on top.
- Reheating Tips: For the best results, reheat your Hamburger Quesadilla in a preheated oven or toaster oven at around 350°F (175°C) for 5-10 minutes or until heated through and crispy. If you’re short on time, you can use the microwave. Place the quesadilla on a microwave-safe plate and heat on medium power for about 1-2 minutes, checking periodically to ensure it’s heated evenly.
- Ingredient Swaps: Experiment with different proteins. Try ground turkey, chicken, or even plant-based options like black beans or tofu for a vegetarian twist. Get creative with cheese choices. While cheddar is classic, consider pepper jack for some heat, Swiss for a milder flavor, or even a vegan cheese if you prefer a dairy-free option. Explore various tortilla types such as whole wheat, spinach, or corn tortillas for a different flavor profile and dietary preferences.
- Veggie Additions: Customize your quesadillas with additional veggies like bell peppers, jalapeños, or sautéed mushrooms.
- Salsa and Sauces: Elevate your quesadilla with your favorite sauces. Salsa, barbecue sauce, or hot sauce can add an extra kick. Customize your guacamole with diced jalapeños, diced pineapple, or even mango for a fruity twist.
Cheeseburger Quesadillas and Guacamole
- cutting board
- mixing bowl
- saute pan
- 8 oz lean ground beef
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4 each flour tortillas
- 6 each sliced cheese
- 2 each avocado
- 1/4 cup red onions (diced)
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)
- 1 each lime
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup red onions (sliced)
- 1 each roma tomato (sliced)
- 1/4 cup sliced pickles
- Add olive oil to a pan on medium-high heat and saute the ground beef. Add the seasonings
- Break the meat up into smaller pieces and cook until golden brown (about 5 to 6 minutes). After it cooks, remove it from the pan
- Assemble the quesadilla by adding 1 slice of cheddar cheese to the bottom of one tortilla. Layer the cheese with half of the beef mixture and top it off with some sliced onions, tomatoes, pickles, and top tortilla
- Place the quesadilla back into the pan and toast the bottom for about a minute to two minutes. Then flip it over and toast the other side for another minute
- After the quesadilla is toasted, cut it into quarters
- Slice the avocadoes in half and remove the seeds. Scoop out the avocado and place it in a mixing bowl. Add the diced onions, cilantro, juice of the lime, and salt. Use a fork to mash it all together
- Dip your quesadilla into the creamy guacamole and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use ground chicken instead of ground beef for the quesadillas?
Yes, you can! Ground chicken is a great alternative that offers a lighter flavor profile.
Are there any vegetarian alternatives for the ground beef in the quesadillas?
Absolutely! You can substitute the beef with ingredients like black beans, lentils, or crumbled tofu for a vegetarian option.
What’s a good side dish to serve with these quesadillas and guacamole?
A simple green salad, corn on the cob, or a fruit salad can complement this meal beautifully.