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Beef Quesadillas

  • Preparation Time: 45 mins
  • Serves: 4
  • Cooking Time: 5 mins
  • Ready Time: 50 mins
  • Cooking Method: Braising
  • Difficulty: easy

500gm beef mince
1 onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp chopped fresh oregano
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 egg

TOMATO SALSA
3 tomatoes
2 spring onions, finely chopped
1 chilli, deseeded and finely sliced
Juice and grated zest of 1 lime
A handful of fresh coriander leaves, roughly torn

TO SERVE
6 tortillas
1 mashed avocado
1 and 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
A squeeze of lime
2 Tbsp olive oil

Mix the beef mince, onion, fresh oregano, breadcrumbs, dried oregano, cumin and egg together in a bowl.
Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Divide the mixture into 16 even-sized balls then press to form flat patties, place on a tray, cover and place in the fridge for half an hour.

TO MAKE SALSA
Dice the tomatoes and place in a bowl.
Add the spring onion, chilli, zest and juice of lime and coriander leaves.
Season to taste.

TO MAKE THE PATTIES
Remove beef patties from the fridge.
Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and cook the patties in batches for about 5 minutes, turning once until cooked through.
Transfer to a plate as you go.
Wipe out the frying pan with kitchen towel and place back over the heat.

TO SERVE
Lay a tortilla on the bench and spread with the mashed avocado.
Scatter over the cheese.
Place 2-3 beef patties on each and finish with the tomato salsa.
Fold in half.
Slide filled tortilla into the frying pan, in batches, and cook for 2-3 minutes, turning once until the tortilla is crisp.
Serve with lime for squeezing.

Recipe by Kathy Paterson for recipes.co.nz

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