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Recipe courtesy of John Aspra

Cowboy Chipotle Mango Quesadillas

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 8 single servings or 64 appetizers
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4 fresh pasilla chiles, fire roasted, stems and seeds removed

4 fresh Anaheim chiles, fire roasted, stem and seeds removed

2 bunches fresh green onions, grilled and chopped fine

1 pound Cotija cheese, crumbled, approximately 1 1/2 cups (can be found in Mexican markets)

1 pound sharp Cheddar, shredded (approximately 2 cups)

1/2 pound Parmesan, shredded (approximately 1 cup)

1 cup Chipotle Mango Pico de Gallo, recipe follows

16 store-bought flour tortillas

Chipotle Mango Pico de Gallo de los Vaqueros:

6 large tomatoes, brunoise or small dice

4 green onions, white and green parts, diced

1 bunch fresh cilantro, leaves minced

1 large jalapeno pepper, brunoise or small dice

1 large ripe mango, peeled and small dice

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 or 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, drained and brunoise or small dice (recommended: Embasa brand)

1 lime, juiced, about 2 tablespoons

Pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the grill to medium.
  2. Arrange the peppers on the hot grill, turning them when the skin is charred and blistered, and all sides have been roasted. Remove the peppers to a bowl and set aside to cool. Scrape the flaking skins from the chiles and dice. Grill the green onions in the same way until lightly charred and wilted. Remove them from the grill to a cutting board and finely chop. Add the chiles, onion and the shredded cheeses to a medium bowl and mix well. Put 1 tortilla on top of well seasoned comal and spread it with some of the cheese mixture. Top with some Chipotle Pico de Gallo and cover with a second tortilla. After about 2 minutes carefully flip and toast the other side, about 2 to 3 minutes. The tortillas should be golden brown and the cheese should be thoroughly melted. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling. Cut the quesadillas into quarters for single servings or into eighths for appetizers.

Chipotle Mango Pico de Gallo de los Vaqueros:

Yield: Ease of preparation: easy
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a glass bowl and mix well. It is best to let this stand for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to marry. Drain the salsa of excess liquid and refrigerate until ready to use.