Korean Beef Quesadillas

korean beef quesadillas

Reasonably priced tortillas have become more and more difficult to come by in Hong Kong so whenever I stumble upon them in the right grocery store I’m sure to snatch up as many packages as I can find. And while the store bought brands here may be no match for the freshly made tortillas I used to find in Texas, these Korean Beef Quesadillas were so scrumptious, I honestly did not even notice.

PS. Peter banned me from making homemade tortillas…something about flour being everywhere…woops

korean beef quesadillas

Like a traditional quesadilla, these are stuffed with cheese and ground beef cooked with garlic and ginger and spice. But to amp up the flavor the beef is flavored with ginger, soy sauce and gochujang (Korean chili paste) before mixing in spicy kimchi.

I love kimchi, not just because of its amazing health benefits (read more about those here) but also because of its unique spicy and sour flavor. So trust me when I say that you really cannot beat this beef + kimchi + salty melted cheese all oozing from between two warm, baked tortillas.

korean beef quesadillas

They were so damn good. I couldn’t help but sneak in a bite before Peter came home from work but somehow that bite turned into an entire slice. Woops.

 

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I made these quesadillas in the oven which is very easy to do. Especially if you are making multiple servings at once (unless you have a baby sized oven like I do in Hong Kong). But with a full sized oven you could easily make 3 or 4 quesadillas at once.

I usually spray each exposed side of the tortillas with a light spritz of cooking oil but you could also dab on a bit of cooking oil or butter or skip this step all together.

Alternatively these can be made on the stove with a dry, hot pan. Spread the filling on half or your tortilla, fold over the other half to cover the filling. Let it sit and lightly brown the bottom of the tortilla before flipping to brown the other half

The important thing to remember during your quesadilla assembly is not to over stuff  the quesadillas and make sure you don’t skimp on the cheese. That’s what will melt and hold your creation together.

Korean Beef Quesadillas

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: 3-4

Korean Beef Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 1 tbs minced ginger
  • 1-2 bird's eye chilies, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 lb ground beef
  • 1 tbsp gochujang
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 3-4 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 cup kimchi
  • 6-8 tortillas
  • green onion, optional, to garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat
  2. Add garlic and onion, stirring until onions have softened
  3. Stir in ginger and chilies, cooking until fragrant
  4. Mix in ground beef
  5. When beef is cooked through, reduce heat to low and pour in gochujang, soy sauce and sesame oil, mixing well
  6. Add in kimchi and continue mixing
  7. Take pan off heat
  8. Put a clean, dry pan on the stove over medium-high heat
  9. Assemble your quesadillas - lay one tortilla in the pan
  10. Spoon a layer of the beef and kimchi mixture and spread evenly across half the tortilla
  11. Leave about 1/4 inch border around the edge of the tortilla
  12. Spread a layer of cheese on top of the beef and kimchi mixture
  13. Fold the empty half of the tortilla over the beef and kimchi and press down lightly
  14. Heat for 1-2 minutes, flip and continue heating for 1-2 minutes until cheese is melted
  15. Remove quesadilla from pan and set aside
  16. Repeat for remaining tortillas
  17. Cut into slices, serve hot with green onion to garnish
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  • What a wonderful combination! I just tried a kimchi chicken quesadillas at a food truck last week and it was so good. Your version looks even better! I love the way you seasoned the ground beef, simple to cook and so rich in flavor! Can’t wait to try out this soon 🙂

    • Thank you! Please let me know if you try them out

  • Levi J

    Made these last night. Wasn’t sure if the family would enjoy them, as they are quite different from the mexican quesadillas we usually eat but once they were served up they didnt last long! Everyone enjoyed them and some came back for seconds. Fantastic recipe! Thanks. I always enjoy trying something a little different and the flavor combinations here work really well. Cant wait to have these again!

    • Yay! Awesome! So glad your family enjoyed trying something new 🙂