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Appetizers, Mains, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian

Huitlacoche quesadillas

Huitlacoche quesadillas
Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

My Mexican grandfather used to say that salads were for rabbits. My Mexican father thinks a good steak cures any stomach ailment. And a Mexican friend used to joke that a pet pig that lived near my old Westside neighborhood ... Read more

Total time: 25 minutes | Serves 4
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 onion, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 serrano peppers, minced
  • 1 (7-ounce) can of huitlacoche
  • 6 to 8 (6- to 7-inch) corn tortillas
  • 1 (12-ounce) package Oaxaca cheese, sliced

Step 1In a medium skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add the onions, garlic and minced peppers and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are softened, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the huitlacoche and heat until it begins to bubble, stirring frequently, then remove from heat and set aside.

Step 2Assemble the quesadillas: Heat a tortilla on the stovetop (this can be done directly on the stovetop or using a comal, or griddle pan). Add sliced cheese to one-half of the tortilla, and when it has melted, add a scoop of the huitlacoche mixture. Fold the tortilla over and hold in a warm place until all of the quesadillas have been assembled. Repeat with the remaining tortillas. Serve immediately.

Note: Huitlacoche can be found at select Latin markets; call ahead to make sure. It is also available online.

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