sweet potato + caramelized onion quesadillas with chipotle

I meant to feature sweet potatoes in this recipe but I have to say the caramelized onions stole the show. The onions are so tasty, you’ll be eating them straight out of the skillet. The quesadillas were quite a treat too. I took them to work for lunch and just reheated them in the toaster for the same crisp tortilla effect you get the day of. I was eating them straight off the pan but they’d be great with a dollop of sour cream or mashed avocado.

sweet potato + caramelized onion quesadillas with chipotle

(makes 8 quesadillas)

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 small sweet onion, halved and sliced

1 cup mashed sweet potato

1 tablespoon adobo sauce from can of chipotles

8 (6-inch) corn tortillas

2 cups shredded white melting cheese, like Oaxaca

1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning

In a large skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add onions, cook and stir until coated with oil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly brown, about 10 minutes. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Continue cooking and stirring until brown but still slightly crunchy, about 10 more minutes; set aside. In a small bowl, combine sweet potatoes and adobo; season with 1/4 teaspoon salt.

the making of a quesadilla

On dry skillet over medium heat, place a tortilla until warm, about 1 minute. Turn over and arrange 1/4 cup cheese on one half; season with salt if using a mild cheese. On the other half, spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of sweet potato mixture and top with a generous pinch of caramelized onions. Once cheese has melted, fold sweet potato half of tortilla over the cheese half, press and serve. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve with salsa verde, avocados or sour cream.

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9 thoughts on “sweet potato + caramelized onion quesadillas with chipotle

  1. Pingback: Caramelized « Blog Archive « The Pedestrian Cooks

  2. Oh my goodness!!! I made these tonight for dinner and they were more than delicious!!! I used a goad cheese and a sprinkle of pepper-jack, and it gave them that little extra kick. Thanks for the great idea, love your site!!

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