Cotija Pumpkin Quesadillas

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  • PREP TIME
    10 Mins
  • COOK TIME
    10 Mins
  • SERVINGS
    Serves 2

If you’re ever to run into me at a Mexican restaurant, you will find me eating quesadillas. Some may say I’m missing out on fajitas, enchiladas, and more but I beg to differ. And on weeknights at home when we deem it Mexican for dinner I always pull together homemade quesadillas with a twist!

Sometimes it’s a new vegetable, sometimes it’s an extra spicy salsa on top but one ingredient that is always included in cheese. That’s why you will find Cacique® cotija cheese in my fridge at all times! It’s the perfect complement to any quesadilla combination I cook up, and is especially delicious in this recipe for pumpkin quesadillas.

If you’re a fan of spreading pinto beans all over your tortillas, I promise you won’t miss it with my pumpkin substitute in this recipe! Pumpkin adds more fiber and vitamin A to this veggie forward dish and pairs perfectly with the spinach, mushrooms and cotija cheese, for a unique twist on a Mexican classic. This recipe is also great if you have an open can of pumpkin and are wondering what to do with the rest of it–just made sure you pick up some Cacique® cheese too. Nothing melts on top better!

I topped the quesadillas with some bacon guacamole, but for a completely vegetarian option, omit the bacon. Avocado is a great source of healthy fats and key vitamins. I think it’s safe to say you can’t have Mexican without avocado or cotija cheese, another reason why this recipe will become a weeknight staple at your house once you try it!

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