This is a dish I have never made before.  Why?  We have never found a decent tasting gluten free flour wrap until now.  This is a very filling meal, and while absolutely scrumptious and healthy, it was a bit of a process, but so worth it!  We have a local grocery store (in Canada) that gets these wraps from Burnaby B.C., called Western Family Brand Gluten Free Wraps. Once cooked they were crispy and held together nicely.  So, it is worth your while to find a good quality tasting Gluten Free Wrap to make this recipe.  You could certainly use Corn Tortillas in this recipe, but again, find one that is good tasting in texture, that does not dry out.

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 small onion diced

1 minced garlic clove

2/3 cup diced red and green pepper mixed

1/2 cup frozen corn

2/3 cup black beans, drained and rinsed well

3 rounded Tblsp. tomato paste

2/3 cup water

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1 tsp. cumin

1 Tblsp. chili powder, or more to taste

1/2 tsp. smoked Paprika

salt to taste

1/4-1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

grated cheddar cheese

On the side:

chopped lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, salsa

Heat up a skillet on medium heat and brown the lean ground beef.  Once browned, remove to a bowl, set aside and drain any excess fat, leaving a small amount left in the pan.  Turn the heat down to low, then add the onions, garlic, and chopped peppers to the pan.  Saute until soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.  Return the beef to the pan, and add in all the seasonings, saute a few more minutes.  Add the corn, black beans, tomato paste and water, stirring to combine.  Keep on low, and simmer stirring from time to time, cooking 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, place a quesadilla onto a plate and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.  Add the meat mixture to half of the quesadilla, add the chopped cilantro and then fold in half.

Heat up a non stick pan on low medium heat.  Do not add any oil to the pan.  Once heated place the folded quesadilla into the pan and cook about 2-3 minutes, then turn over with a large flipper and cook 2-3 more minutes on the other side.  Plate and serve with lettuce, tomato, salsa, guacamole and an extra sprinkling of cheddar cheese.

We added all the accompaniments on top of the quesadilla to get a flavorful bite of everything in one go.


Ina Gawne
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July 23, 2023