Santa Fe Chicken Quesadillas

Mexican Food is my favorite type of food, no ifs ands or buts about it!

Last week, I chopped off part of my thumb and had to get it sewn back on. My husband was on travel for work, so my parents so kindly offered to let me stay with them until he got back to help me out with my two young, wild, crazy and adorable children while my thumb was on the mend. I love my parents, and I love visiting my “home.” Its funny. Even though we grow up, get married, have kids and create our own lives, it seems, at least for me, that when I walk into the doors of my parents’ house, its almost as if I never left. Even though I am a mom, sometimes I just need MY mom. It was so nice to feel “taken care” of while I was in some pretty intense pain.

The moment my kids and I walked in the door, my mom immediately said, “What can I make for you? What are you craving? What will make you feel better?” Hearing those three sentences made me cry. I just love my mom. I knew exactly what I wanted. I have had this idea in my head for a while now and just never got around to fixing it up. So I told her what to do and she made me this wonderful, DELICIOUS and absolutely perfect quesadilla. Seriously, it is amazing, unique and filling.

Santa Fe Chicken Quesadilla from ...This is absolutely the best quesadilla I have ever had! So many great flavors! #recipe #dinner

Santa Fe Chicken Quesadilla
This is absolutely the best quesadilla I have ever had! So many great flavors!
Recipe type: Entrée
Cuisine: Mexican
Serves: 1 6-inch quesadilla
  • 2 6-inch flour tortillas
  • 2 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ cup cooked and diced chicken
  • ¼ cup black beans
  • ¼ cup corn
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • ¼ cup diced avocado
  1. Lightly butter one side of each tortilla.
  2. In a small bowl, stir cream cheese and chili powder together until evenly mixed.
  3. Spread 1 Tablespoon on each of the remaining sides of the tortillas.
  4. Evenly sprinkle chicken, black beans, corn, avocado, cilantro and mexican cheese onto on top of the cream cheese mixture of one of the tortillas.
  5. Place remaining tortilla, cream cheese side in, on top.
  6. Cook on low heat until lightly browned then flip over to other side of quesadilla. To get cheese to melt, I place the lid over the pan to trap in the steam and heat while both sides brown.
  7. Serve with sour cream, salsa, guacamole or whatever you would like.



Santa Fe Chicken Quesadilla from ...This is absolutely the best quesadilla I have ever had! So many great flavors! #recipe #dinner

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  1. Grace W

    I'm going off to college in the fall and I think I'm gonna miss my mom taking care of me all the time! Nonetheless, hope your thumb is feeling better. These look delicious :)

  2. Cookbook Queen

    So sorry about your thumb.....OUCH!!!! These are going to happen at my house soon!!

  3. Kimberley

    Ouch! I hope you heal quickly, I can't even imagine how horrible that would feel :( The quesadilla looks AMAZING though, almost worth the cut thumb......umm, maybe not but still, it looks delish, lol.

  4. Kathy

    This quesadilla looks amazing! We love Mexican food in our house too. I know my kids would eat this up!

  5. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork

    I love Mexican flavors!! Really is the best kind of food to eat when you're happy, sad or looking for fun!

  6. Dana Morgan

    Wow!! you sure got my attention!! all of my favorite things, black beans, cilantro, avocado..... Oh I seriously can't wait to try these out. I will make them for my daughter who loves all these things too and she has just returned after 5 months away in Italy.

  7. Shannon

    So very sorry to hear about your accident! So very glad though to hear that you have such an amazing family!

  8. TrishInFL

    This sounds perfect, thank you for the recipe!

  9. Jayne

    What a lovely sentiment. I'm sure u made ur mom's LIFE by what u said. You're a nice person :)

  10. ashley

    I tried the quesadillas they came out beautiful and delicious my kids love them

  11. Megan

    Where is the actual recipe? There are ads all over this site but the recipe seems to be missing. :(

    1. Chef in Training

      sorry, It should be fixed now :)

  12. john

    Ummmm, you forgot to post the RECIPE?!?!?!?

    1. Chef in Training

      sorry, It should be fixed now :)