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Seared Steak Quesadillas

Seared Steak Quesadillas with Poblano Salsa and Chimichurri

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In this riff on a Mexican classic, flour tortillas are stuffed with seared steak and melty Cheddar and Monterey Jack, then drizzled with chimichurri, a tangy Argentinian herb sauce. We're using cilantro, parsley, and a touch of Cholula to bring the heat, then baking the quesadillas in the oven to eliminate the much-dreaded flip in the pan. Accompanied by a warm poblano and tomato salsa, this recipe makes for a seriously impressive dinner.


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By Chef Elana

By Chef Elana

Nutritional info

  • Calories 930
  • Protein 59g
  • Total Carb 60g
  • Total Fat 52g

Given the cook-at-home nature of Plated and natural variation in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details.

Ingredients & Equipment

What we send

  • cilantro
    1/4 ounce
  • grape tomatoes
    1/2 pint
    grape tomatoes
  • garlic
    1 clove
  • poblano chile
    poblano chile
  • steaks
  • red wine vinegar
    1 tablespoon
    red wine vinegar
  • Cholula hot sauce
    1 packet
    Cholula hot sauce
  • shredded Cheddar cheese
    4 ounces
    shredded Cheddar cheese
  • shredded Monterey Jack cheese
    2 ounces
    shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • flour tortillas
    flour tortillas

What You’ll Need

  • 10" medium pan
  • blender or food processor (optional)
  • baking sheet

Cooking Steps

  1. Prepare ingredients

    Prepare ingredients

    Preheat oven to 450ºF. Rinse all produce. Pick cilantro leaves, discarding stems. Halve grape tomatoes. Mince garlic. Halve poblano lengthwise; using a knife tip, discard seeds and stem, then cut into ¼-inch dice (be sure to wash your knife, cutting board, and hands afterward).

  2. Sear steaks

    Sear steaks

    Pat steaks dry with paper towel and season all over with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper as desired. Heat ½ tablespoon olive oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add steaks and sear until browned and medium rare, 4-6 minutes per side. Transfer steaks to a plate and set aside to rest, about 5 minutes. Wipe pan clean and reserve, off heat, for Step 5.

  3. Make chimichurri

    Make chimichurri

    While steaks sear, in a blender or food processor, combine red wine vinegar, Cholula (skip or use half for less heat), cilantro, garlic, 3 tablespoons olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and pepper as desired. Blend until smooth. Alternatively, finely chop cilantro and combine in a bowl with remaining chimichurri ingredients. Set aside. In a small bowl, combine Cheddar and Monterey Jack.

  4. Assemble and bake quesadillas

    Assemble and bake quesadillas

    Once rested, cut steaks against the grain into ¼-inch slices. Rub a baking sheet with 2 teaspoons olive oil, then add 2 tortillas, side by side. Layer with half of cheeses, then add steak and 1 teaspoon chimichurri. Top with remaining cheeses and remaining tortillas. Brush tops of quesadillas with 1 teaspoon olive oil each, then bake until golden and crisp, 5-7 minutes.

  5. Make poblano salsa

    Make poblano salsa

    While quesadillas bake, return pan from steaks to medium-high heat with 2 teaspoons olive oil. When oil is shimmering, add poblano and sauté, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add grape tomatoes and season with ½ teaspoon salt and pepper as desired. Cook, stirring, until vegetables are very soft, about 3 minutes more. Remove pan from heat.

  6. Plate steak quesadillas

    Plate steak quesadillas

    Using a thin spatula, carefully loosen steak quesadillas from baking sheet, transfer to cutting board, and cut into quarters. Transfer to serving plates and top with poblano salsa. Drizzle over a spoonful of chimichurri. Serve remaining chimichurri alongside for dipping. Enjoy!

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