When I was looking through foodgawker couple weeks ago, I saw these Korean beef quesadillas from Mantitlement. What caught my eyes wasn’t only the stunning picture, but also the name “Korean beef”. A few years ago, I have posted a Korean beef recipe. It is a simple meat dish with the sweet and savory Korean flavors. To this day, I still cook that all the time. That was why I was really shocked to see them in quesadilla form. Brilliant idea! Why haven’t I thought of that before?
The flavors of these quesadillas were spectacular! No dipping sauce is needed. Cheesy, garlicky, little sweet, meaty and crispy… I wouldn’t have known that soy sauce and ginger could go well with mozzarella cheese. The first time, we ate these quesadillas with some kimchi. It was heavenly! Love that sourness and spicy kick. Second time around, I added some kimchi in it. The kimchi helps to refresh the taste bud and cut the heaviness. I highly recommend using kimchi. Even if don’t like it, use a little less. If you happen to love it, serve with extra on the side. This is such a tasty dish that push all other quesadillas to aside! Ready to for some now?
P.S. My wrist is much better! I can type with both hands now. 🙂
Korean Beef and Kimchi Quesadillas
– 5 tablespoons light brown sugar
– 3½ tablespoons soy sauce
– 1 teaspoon ginger (minced)
– dash of red pepper flakes
– 2 teaspoons sesame oil
– ¾ pound lean ground beef
– 3 cloves garlic (minced)
– 3 extra large flour tortillas (10-inch)
– 1½ cup shredded mozzarella
– ¼ cup kimchi (cut into bite size pieces), plus more for serving
– 3 green onions (finely chopped)
- In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, soy sauce, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, drizzle the sesame oil. Cook the beef and garlic until cooked through. Drain everything with a sieve. Return the beef to the pan. Stir in the brown sugar mixture. Turn the heat to medium-low and cook for 4 – 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.
- In another large pan over medium-high heat. Add the tortilla to the pan and cook until lightly browned. Using a tong or spatula, turn the tortilla over and cook the other side. On half of the tortilla, add ¼ cup of cheese. Add ¼ cup ground beef, 2 tablespoons green onions, and 1½ tablespoon kimchi. Top with another ¼ cup cheese. Fold the tortilla in half over the ingredients to make a half-moon. Cook until browned on both sides. Transfer to a clean chopping board. Cut the quesadilla into 4 portions. Repeat with the other two quesadillas.
- Serve immediately with extra kimchi.
- I used extra large tortillas. You can use regular large ones.
(Adapted from Mantitlement)
So glad your wrist is better! : ) I have to tell you – you’ve got the ingredient proportions perfectly right. These quesadillas are downright perfect, with just the right amount of cheese holding it all together. Great flavors and definitely behind the kimchi.
Thanks girl! It was really surprising how good these quesadillas were. I just bought a new bottle of kimchi. Gotta make these again soon! 😛
Yay, back to 2 hand typing! As soon as I saw the flavours of this quesadilla, I knew straight away – LEGEND!! I love korean beef and kimchi SO much and can totally imagine it in a quesadilla!!!
It is very nice to get my hand back. It is still not 100%, but getting better every day. But oh yea, the flavors were perfect for these quesadillas! Cheesy meaty goodness…
Kathleen | HapaNomNom says
Korean food makes such incredible fusion dishes! Love this – and such a great way to mix things up this 4th of July!
Absolutely! Ever since Kogi truck, it seems like Korean fusion food is everywhere. Who doesn’t love those funky kimchi and the sweet & savory kalbi, right?
So glad I stumbled across your blog. You have such amazing recipes (and tasty pics). This quesadilla looks finger-licking good
Thank you very much for your sweet comment! Totally make my day! These quesadilla are very easy to make and sure unique. Enjoy a wonderful weekend!
Debra @ Bowl Me Over says
Oh my gosh, just wanted to pop by and say how delicious this sounds! Yum!
Thank you Debra! Gotta to love the Korean Mexican fusion food, right? Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
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