Happy Cinco de Mayo. I LOVE Mexican food. I often feel like there must be some Latin blood in my lineage. Growing up Los Angeles, I had the pleasure of eating some of the best authentic Mexican dishes. So, in the spirit of freedom and good eating, here is a recipe for a dish you can make tonight, or any night.

Chicken, Chili, and Cheese Quesadillas

Total Time: 50 min
Cook: 30 min
Yield: 6 to 8 servings (1 1/3 cups salsa)
Level: Easy
Lay 6 tortillas on the work surface, and divide the cheese, jalapenos, and chicken among the tortillas. (Its best to leave about an inch border on the edge of the tortilla uncovered to allow for the spread of the melting cheese.) Top with remaining tortillas and press gently to seal. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a small skillet. Carefully place a quesadilla in the skillet and fry, turning once, until golden and little bubbles appear on both sides, 4 to 5 minutes in all. Repeat with the remaining quesadillas, wiping out the pan between batches if the butter burns.

While the quesadillas cook make the salsa: Halve the tomatoes and grate them on the largest holes of a box grater into a bowl, discarding the skins. Grate the onion into the tomato and stir in the cilantro, hot sauce and salt, to taste.

Cut quesadillas into 4 wedges with a pizza wheel or knife and serve with the salsa and avocado.


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