Quesadillas | Basics with Babish

  • Published: 18 April 2019
  • This week, the Babish Culinary Universe is going through a serious cheese phase. No, I'm not upset about it either. Pop a lactose supplement and lube up your favorite frying pan, because we're about to make taco night look like a punk.

    Ingredients & Shopping List
    + For the chicken quesadillas:
    Sharp cheddar cheese, grated
    Monterey jack cheese, grated
    3 chicken breasts, butterflied and pounded thin
    Flour tortillas
    Sauteed peppers and onions (optional)
    2-3 Tbsp oil per quesadilla
    Guac, salsa, and sour cream for serving

    + For the chicken marinade:
    2 Tbsp vegetable oil
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    1 tsp oregano
    1 Tbsp cumin
    1 tsp cayenne
    1 tsp paprika
    1 tsp white sugar
    1 lime, juiced
    1 Tbsp olive oil
    1 tsp kosher salt
    1 tsp freshly ground pepper

    + For the steak quesadillas:
    1 skirt or hangar steak
    Salt and pepper
    Vegetable oil
    Diced onion and pepper (to cook after the steak)
    Monterey jack cheese, grated
    Sharp cheddar cheese, grated
    Flour tortillas

    + For the vegetarian quesadillas
    1 zucchini, finely chopped
    1 can corn, drained and rinsed
    Vegetable oil
    Monterey jack cheese, grated
    Sharp cheddar cheese, grated
    Flour tortillas

    + Fo the guac:
    2 avocados
    1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
    1 large jalapeno, seeded and diced
    2 cloves garlic, grated
    1 lime, juiced
    Cumin, to taste
    Salt and pepper, to taste

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Comments • 4 435

  • Binging with Babish
    Binging with Babish   4 months back

    Stupid purple-reflecting lens coating on my new glasses...

    • Richard Kightlinger
      Richard Kightlinger  5 days back

      I like it - makes you look colorful ;)

    • Randy M
      Randy M  1 weeks back

      Babish love your videos great job my man.

    • Shawn Red
      Shawn Red  1 weeks back

      Once you see it you can't unsee it

  • iTheGM
    iTheGM  2 minutes back

    Two tips from Texas (enjoy the alliteration). Cilantro in your guac, and cheese, then fillings, then cheese again. Not doubling the cheese; just splitting it up for better hold to the tortillas.

    • MakoRuu
      MakoRuu  17 hours back

      Oh my God, these looks delicious.

      • Lc05
        Lc05  22 hours back

        Who the heck taught you how to pronounce "oregano"?

        • deeaththekid
          deeaththekid  1 days back

          Do a video on making phó.

        • deeaththekid
          deeaththekid  1 days back

          Throw the skirt steak on a pit cook with charcoal then do these steps for a next level

          • DannyDaDuffyDucking Daffer

            None for vegans

            • Brady Prentice
              Brady Prentice  2 days back

              Damn you babish, quit making us hungry!

              • LanishFishOnADish WhoCantSpeakEnglish

                I can’t unseen someonething but I realised how untanned your hands are...

                • POTATO OF TRUTH
                  POTATO OF TRUTH  2 days back

                  *cries in Mexican*

                  • pyromajor1
                    pyromajor1  2 days back

                    Only cooked the chicken to 155? Does that short stint in the pan with the filling heat it up the rest of the way to 165? Not trying to get salmonella

                    • Amber Crandall
                      Amber Crandall  2 days back


                      • MRSQTBROWN
                        MRSQTBROWN  2 days back

                        All of them looked delicious 🤤

                        • Viper A_13
                          Viper A_13  2 days back

                          Tbh, these aren’t completely traditional quesadillas. But this is the closest I’ve seen any American get to real Mexican food without completely texmex-ing it

                          • jose mendoza
                            jose mendoza  3 days back

                            Why aren’t you using Oaxaca cheese

                            • JackTGreat
                              JackTGreat  3 days back

                              I want to see Babish make a shrimp quesadilla. I'm curious if he'd name his shrimp boat the HMS Salt and Pepper.

                              • TheOddTomato
                                TheOddTomato  3 days back

                                “little bit of practice to get the heat *right*
                                And you wanna be _generous_
                                But not over _zealous_
                                With the _fillings_
                                So they’re not _spilling_ out
                                every time you try to take a *bite* ”
                                Guys, his other talent is rapping

                                • Yeet 42
                                  Yeet 42  1 days back

                                  TheOddTomato praise the lord

                              • Premium Fruits
                                Premium Fruits  3 days back

                                Bruh, traditional quesadilla cheese is asadero or oaxaca, what the hell are you talking about with that monterey jack shit?

                                • Sune Pedersen
                                  Sune Pedersen  3 days back

                                  2:06 how is that a small red onion

                                  • adir mugrabi
                                    adir mugrabi  4 days back

                                    Hey I'm in proud stakeatarian!

                                    • Ardenella
                                      Ardenella  4 days back

                                      Haha embarrassing to not add garlic to guacamole? It's not supposed to have garlic! Smh

                                      • Brian Taylor
                                        Brian Taylor  4 days back

                                        2:26 Alternatively, to achieve a "butt kiIler guacamole" leave in the seeds and veins from the jalapeño.

                                        • kuuhaku 「」
                                          kuuhaku 「」  13 hours back

                                          Jalapeno is not even spicy

                                          Bird eye chili is the real thing

                                      • Poutinery
                                        Poutinery  4 days back


                                        • Unage
                                          Unage  4 days back

                                          U forgot seafood

                                          • JC Myster
                                            JC Myster  4 days back

                                            You should pre heat the tortilla always and the cheese goes before the fillings.

                                            • Auf Right
                                              Auf Right  4 days back

                                              Safe to eat chicken should be at a minimum of 165F not 155F. That's beef and pork.

                                              • Brett Hottenhuis
                                                Brett Hottenhuis  4 days back

                                                That is the biggest small red onion I’ve ever seen

                                                • Aaron Shanks
                                                  Aaron Shanks  5 days back

                                                  How about a video containing pico de gallo?

                                                  • Xenavia
                                                    Xenavia  6 days back

                                                    I literally made quesadillas just because of you 😅😂

                                                    • Hector Hernandez
                                                      Hector Hernandez  7 days back

                                                      Hol' up, people eat quesadillas with guacamole?

                                                      • Silly Willy
                                                        Silly Willy  7 days back


                                                        • Numskulled
                                                          Numskulled  7 days back

                                                          Made these and they were frickin delicious!

                                                          • Joanna Garcia
                                                            Joanna Garcia  1 weeks back

                                                            I love cheese

                                                            • Noah Tice-Kepner
                                                              Noah Tice-Kepner  1 weeks back

                                                              Ok this is really good

                                                              • InstantChildBirth
                                                                InstantChildBirth  1 weeks back

                                                                garlic on guac is a touchy subject, I say no to it though

                                                                • sartorian darkstorm
                                                                  sartorian darkstorm  1 weeks back

                                                                  i so want to do the steak version yum

                                                                  • RobinTheHedgehog
                                                                    RobinTheHedgehog  1 weeks back

                                                                    Quesadillas are wider grilled cheese sandwiches on a tortilla

                                                                    Change my mind

                                                                    • Eldagusto
                                                                      Eldagusto  1 weeks back

                                                                      delicious and surprisingly simple!

                                                                      • Massive Wong
                                                                        Massive Wong  1 weeks back

                                                                        I'm hungry now, nobody got no time for 3 hours in the fridge marinating.

                                                                        • Mega- Weeb
                                                                          Mega- Weeb  1 weeks back

                                                                          Bro my quesadillas are just tortilla cheese microwave and bam ya done

                                                                          • Ms Medieval
                                                                            Ms Medieval  1 weeks back

                                                                            Cumin in guacamole?? I need to try this!

                                                                            • Giuliano Milian
                                                                              Giuliano Milian  1 weeks back

                                                                              These are fajitas

                                                                              • stenysful
                                                                                stenysful  1 weeks back

                                                                                For a vegetarian quesadilla, wouldn't you want to include peppers like the other ones as well?

                                                                                • Luis Lopez
                                                                                  Luis Lopez  1 weeks back

                                                                                  He makes it so complicated

                                                                                  • James
                                                                                    James  1 weeks back

                                                                                    What about porkataryians

                                                                                    • Mike the Moth Man
                                                                                      Mike the Moth Man  1 weeks back

                                                                                      i really be out here making quesidillas with just cheese in my microwave

                                                                                    • Adyn Holden
                                                                                      Adyn Holden  1 weeks back

                                                                                      What about the queso for the top of the quesadilla

                                                                                      • Jared Torrez
                                                                                        Jared Torrez  1 weeks back

                                                                                        What kind of tortillas do you use