Quick & Easy Cheesy Crab & Avocado Quesadillas

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"These are so good; and, so easy to make. Also, they are packed full of flavor. I will often serve these as an appetizer; or, a snack during game time, or movie/game night. But, you could also serve these as lunch or a main dish as well. Maybe a salad; or, some spicy black beans on the side. Super easy and quick to put together. This recipe makes 10-12 half tortillas, cut in 3 wedges each. Depending on how you plan to serve these - it can serve anywhere from 5-10 servings; from appetizers, snacks, lunch, or dinner."

Original recipe yields 5-10 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (338.8 g)
  • Calories 604.5
  • Total Fat - 33.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 12 g
  • Cholesterol - 60.3 mg
  • Sodium - 864.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 55.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 11.9 g
  • Sugars - 4.5 g
  • Protein - 26.6 g
  • Calcium - 535.4 mg
  • Iron - 2.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 16.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Avocados ... After slicing the avocados, squeeze 2 lime wedges over the avocado, to prevent them from browning.

Step 2

Filling ... Add the salsa verde, scallions, and a dash of hot sauce (optional and to taste) to a bowl; and, mix to combine. Then, add the crab; and, gently toss.

Step 3

*See Note - Tortillas ... I like to fold each tortilla in half creating a half moon, rather than using 2 tortillas per quesadilla. That is just my preference; I just think it is easier to cook. Next, I always heat them up before using, to make them more pliable. Just a few seconds in the microwave on medium heat; wrapped up in a damp paper towel, does the trick. If you don't heat them up; they can break when you fold them.

Step 4

Quesadilla ... To each tortilla - add a bit cheese about 1 1/2 tablespoons to 1/2 side of the quesadilla (remember, you are folding it in half); and, top with the crab mixture, a couple of slices (2-3, depending on the size) avocado, cilantro, another tablespoon of cheese - and, fold in half. The fillings should make approximately 10-12 tortillas. They don't have to be exact; so don't worry.

Step 5

Grill ... Now, I prefer a grill pan, saute pan; or outside grill - medium heat. You can also do these on a sheet pan, in a 400 degree oven too. Spray one side with a non-stick spray, or olive oil; then, place oil side down. Spray the top of the tortilla; and, grill until golden brown on each side. If the heat is too hot; they will get too brown before the cheese melts; so, keep and eye on them - medium heat. They take about 3-4 minutes per side.

Step 6

Finish ... Let them cool on a cutting board for a minute before cutting. Cut each tortilla into 3 wedges; then, transfer to a serving platter.

Step 7

Serve and ENJOY! ... Add a bowl of salsa verde in the center; along with, Mexican crema, lime wedges - and, garnish with cilantro. Dig in! Note: You can customize these to how you like them. MORE or LESS cheese, avocado, cilantro, etc. You may want to add olives or tomatoes too.

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