Ropa Vieja Quesadilla

"Named after a popular restaurant dish, stuffed with Ropa Vieja, Monterey Jack cheese and sweet plantains."
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Prep time 5mins
Cook time 15mins
Serves or Makes: 6-8

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  • 1 pound popa vieja
  • 1 very ripe plantain, peeled and sliced 1 1/2 inches
  • 1 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 8 small tortillas
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Oil, for frying
  • Sour cream, (optional side)
  • Salsa, optional


  • Step 1

    In a medium-sized pot or skillet, fry plantains for 4-5 minutes or until browned in 1 inch of frying oil. Place on a cloth or paper towel-lined plate to soak excess oil and let cool. Cut plantains into smaller cubes, about 1/4 the size of each slice.

  • Step 2

    Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a medium to large skillet. Place down one tortilla in the skillet and top one side with cheese, ropa vieja and plantain pieces. Fold the other half over and cook for 2 minutes per side, until cheese is melted and tortilla has browned. Cook 2 quesadillas at a time, if desired. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

  • Step 3

    Slice quesadillas into wedges and serve with a side of sour cream and salsa

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