Waffled Chorizo-Cheese Quesadilla

With super-crisp edges, these quesadillas also borrow some of nachos' best features. Quick-pickled onions add a tart kick to the rich chorizo and gooey melted Cheddar.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 15 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 2 to 4 servings
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1 lime, juiced

1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced

Pinch kosher salt

1 teaspoon vegetable oil, plus more brushing tortillas

2 ounces fresh chorizo, removed from casings

Four 6- to 8-inch flour tortillas

2/3 cup shredded Cheddar

Salsa, sour cream and chopped avocado, for serving

Special equipment: waffle iron


  1. Combine the lime juice, onions and salt in a small nonreactive bowl, tossing occasionally. Let sit at room temperature until the onions are pink, about 15 minutes. 
  2. Heat the oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chorizo and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 3 minutes. 
  3. Preheat a waffle iron to medium-high. Brush one side of 2 tortillas with oil and lay dry-side up on a work surface. Scatter each with 1/3 cup cheese, then the pickled onions. Sandwich with the remaining tortillas and brush the tops with oil. 
  4. Place 1 quesadilla in the waffle iron, close gently (don't push down) and cook until golden brown and the cheese is melted, 4 to 6 minutes. Repeat with the remaining quesadilla. Cut the quesadillas into wedges and top with the chorizo. Serve with salsa, sour cream and avocado.
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