Open-Face Steak Quesadilla with Chimichurri Sauce #recipe

This recipe combines the flavors of garlic, cilantro and cumin into chimichurri, an authentic Argentinian sauce and marinade. Using the chimichurri as a sauce, this recipe is part pizza, part quesadilla. Leaving the quesadilla open-face allows the tortilla to crisp up and adds a visual benefit to enjoying the meal. You can toss on some grilled peppers and onions for added flavor, or add jalapeno to the chimichurri for a little heat.

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Open-Face Steak Quesadilla with Chimichurri Sauce

This recipe combines the flavors of garlic, cilantro and cumin into chimichurri, an authentic Argentinian sauce and marinade. Using the chimichurri as a sauce, this recipe is part pizza, part quesadilla. Leaving the quesadilla open-face allows the tortilla to crisp up and adds a visual benefit to enjoying the meal.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 2 servings

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 (6-oz.) steak filets
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 large corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese

Instructions 

  • First prepare the chimichurri sauce by pulsing the parsley, cilantro and garlic together in a food processor until finely chopped.
  • Add in the lime juice, red wine vinegar, cumin and salt. Pulse until well blended.
  • Drizzle in the olive oil while the motor is running.
  • Cover the prepared sauce with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Melt 1 Tablespoon of butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the filets and cook until desired temperature (Cooking time will be based on the thickness of the meat and your desired cooking temperature. I suggest medium/medium rare for this recipe).
  • Remove the steak and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing into thin pieces.
  • Assemble the open-face quesadilla by placing a large pan over medium-high heat. Place one tortilla in the pan and sprinkle with ¾ cup cheese. Cover the pan and heat until cheese is melted, about 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Use a spatula to lift the quesadilla from the pan and onto a plate. Place sliced steak onto tortilla, drizzle with chimichurri sauce and garnish with cilantro. Repeat assembly for second serving.
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Calories: 521kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 41g, Saturated Fat: 19g, Cholesterol: 95mg, Sodium: 949mg, Potassium: 241mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 2260IU, Vitamin C: 24.7mg, Calcium: 603mg, Iron: 1.9mg

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  1. Cassie and I are having a Mexican potluck at our new place. I’m thinking about bringing quesadillas. Got any other crowd pleasing Mexican recipes?