It was cold yesterday. Very cold. And not only was it cold, it was rainy, too. Very rainy. I didn’t want to be in my cold, rainy city. I wanted to be somewhere warm, somewhere sunny, somewhere… Mexican. Now, being a grad student, I don’t really have the budget or the freedom to just hop a plane to Mexico. I did the next best thing – I made quesadillas. Super special holy-#$&!-these-are-good quesadillas. I was happy again.

I used homemade chorizo in this recipe – some that had been spiced by my roommate and ready a few days prior. Really, insanely delicious stuff. If you don’t feel like making your own, you can usually buy it (or chorizo sausages) at any grocery store. But it really is easy to make. Chorizo is ground pork mixed with a LOT of spices – smoked paprika, chilli powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, cinnamon, garlic etc. Experiment! Be creative!

Ingredients.

6 strips Maple Leaf Hearty Slice Bacon, chopped and fried crispy

2 Tomatoes

2 Avocados

½ Red Onion

2 Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce

½ cup Cilantro, divided

½ cup Sour cream

Juice of 1 lime, divided

1 cup Shredded Cheese – your choice!

½ cup Chorizo, cooked

4 Dempster’s Tortillas

Makes 2 Quesadillas

Directions

1. Grab your tomatoes, and give them a dice. The smaller the better since it will be easier to spread, and less likely to fall out of your final quesadilla

2. Grab your chipotles out of the adobo sauce and chop them up really fine. If you don’t like too much spice, only use 1 pepper. They are fairly spicy. But I like spicy things, so I used two.

3. Dice your onion and chop up your avocado into small cubes.

4. Put everything into a bowl with 1/3 cup of chopped cilantro. Add in about half of you lime juice, season with salt and pepper and mix it all together.

5. Grab your sour cream and mix it with the remainder of your cilantro, lime juice and a bit of salt and pepper.

6. Assembly time! Grab a tortilla and layer it with lots of cheese. Don’t be shy. Cheese is your friend.

7. Add your crispy, delicious bacon if you haven’t eaten it all by now.

8. Add your chorizo. Mmmmmmmm…

9. Spread your vegetable mix over top.

10. Sprinkle with a little more cheese and top with another tortilla.

11. Heat up your frying pan that’s been brushed with a little bit of vegetable oil. Pop in your quesadilla.

12. Flip it over after a minute or two. It browns quickly! Don’t burn it!

13. Cut and serve with your cilantro sour cream. Soak up that sunshine on a plate.