Spicy Sausage and Onion Quesadillas

"Quick quesadillas" by J.M. Hirsch, AP. Choose fillings wisely for a great weeknight meal. Cook raw fillings separately. Use whichever variety of sausage you prefer. Recipe published in the Winston-Salem Journal: May 4, 2011.

Yield: 4 servings
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  • 1 16-ounce can(s) refried beans
  • 2 chipotle chilies in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon(s) adobo sauce (more or less to taste)
  • 8 large flour tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 green bell peppers, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 cup(s) sliced white button mushrooms
  • 3 clove(s) garlic, minced
  • 4 spicy Italian turkey or chicken sausages, cut into thin rounds
  • 2 cup(s) shredded pepper Jack cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup(s) sliced black olives, divided


  1. 1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. 2. In a small bowl, mix together the refried beans, chipotle chilies and adobo sauce. Spread a quarter of the mixture over on side of four of the tortillas, then arrange those tortillas on 2 baking sheets.
  3. 3. In a large skillet over medium-high, heat the olive oil. Add the onions, peppers, mushrooms and garlic. Sauté until the onion and peppers just soften, about 4 minutes. Add the sausage and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the sausage begins to brown.
  4. 4. Spoon s quarter of the sausage and vegetable mixture over the refried beans on each tortilla. Divide 1½ cups of the cheese among the quesadillas, then top each with a quarter of the olives. Gently press a second tortilla over the top of each, then bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle a bit of the remaining cheese over each quesadilla, then bake for 5 more minutes.
February 2012

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