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Guadalajaran Swiss Chard Quesadillas

Mexican oregano is more aromatic than the Mediterranean oregano most cooks use, so it works especially well in spicy dishes.



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2 Tbs. vegetable oil
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1 small onion, chopped (¾ cup)
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2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tsp.)
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1 jalapeno or serrano chile, minced
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¼ tsp. cumin seeds
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⅛ tsp. Mexican oregano
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¼ cup tequila
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12 oz. Swiss chard, trimmed
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8 6-inch corn tortillas
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1 cup grated reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese


1. Heat oil in pot over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté 5 minutes, or until golden. Stir in garlic, chile, cumin and oregano, and sauté 2 minutes. Add tequila, and simmer 1 minute, or until liquid has evaporated. Stir in chard. Cover, reduce heat to medium low, and steam 5 minutes, or until chard wilts. Uncover, and cook 3 minutes, or until liquid has evaporated.

2. Place 1 tortilla in skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Top with 1/4 chard mixture and second tortilla. Cook 2 minutes per side, or until browned. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Slice into wedges; serve.

Nutrition Information: 

12 g
Total Fat: 
14.5 g
Saturated Fat: 
5 g
31 g
20 mg
577 mg
5 g
3 g
Serves 4

Comments on this Recipe

the fat grams can also come from the tortillas-look for some that are lower in fat at as well as a lower fat cheese with 18%MF or less and a bit less cooking oil or use cooking spray and you can easily reduce the fat content. I am also interested in knowing about a good vegan cheese:. thanks

I am not vegan but find myself eating less and less dairy as I discover alternatives that make me feel better that it's animal-derived counterpart. I eat Daiya (vegan cheese) and soy cream cheese and love it!


These were fantastic. You could substitute a different green, like spinach or kale and have a tasty dish too. Loved these!

This recipe is amazing! Staple around my home.

This sounds fantastic, but why so many Fat Grams?

There is so much fat because of the vegetable oil and the cheese! go vegan!

I would use 2 jalapenos insteaad of one to add more flavor! Also, a sprinkle of salt into the Chard mixture.

I used the whole-grain tortillas with flax seeds at Trader Joes ( low-fat) for a protein boost. I used about half the oil (olive) and only around 2T of cheese per tortilla to cut the fat some. BTW just because you want to "go-vegan" does not necessarily mean "low-fat".....