Mexican Food Made Simple

Chorizo and spud quesadillas

Quesadillas are good at any time of the day, but particularly in front of a movie or a big match.

Chorizo and spud quesadillas

Quesadillas [kay-sa-dee-yas], stuffed with melted cheese and anything else you fancy, are good at any time of the day, but particularly in front of a movie or a big match. Hand some tortillas around and let everyone fill their own.

Enough for 2 large quesadillas
Cooking time: 20 minutes


175g boiled potatoes
¼ onion, finely chopped
½ clove of garlic, chopped
100g chorizo cooking sausage, chopped
a small bunch of thyme, chopped
sea salt and black pepper
2 large flour or corn tortillas
200g cheese, grated
olive oil


  1. Dice the potatoes into 1cm chunks. Cook the onion until soft, add the garlic, and cook for a further 3 minutes. Mix in the chorizo and potato, turn up the heat, and fry for another 5 minutes. Mix in the thyme and season. Assemble all the rest of the quesadilla ingredients.
  2. Spread a quarter of the chorizo mixture on one half of a tortilla and sprinkle with a fistful of cheese. I find that a mix of extra mature English Cheddar and a little grated mozzarella makes the perfect cheese mix, with a good flavour and the right gooeyness.
  3. Fold the tortilla over so that you have a half moon. Brush it with a little olive oil (so the tortilla doesn’t stick to the pan) and place in a hot, dry frying pan or griddle, and cook until golden and crisp. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  4. Cut into wedges and serve with your favourite table salsa.

Recipes from Mexican Food Made Simple by Thomasina Miers © Thomasina Miers 2010, published by Hodder & Stoughton

Photographer Claire Wilks © Blink Films 2011

Comments (18)

  • Kathy

    over 1 year ago


    My 12 year old daughter had 2 of her friends sleeping over and they loved them, so did the adults in the house. Fantastic recipies

  • anusha age 11

    almost 2 years ago

    anusha age 11

    Very tasty I had one at your resterunt and loved it. Made it and my family loved them

  • Louise

    almost 2 years ago


    I fancied squash as well as a little spud in mine....mmm...mmm... worked well

  • Louise

    almost 2 years ago


    This is one of my new favourites for the weekend!!

  • Jamie Stirling

    almost 2 years ago

    Jamie Stirling

    Just watched it on telly and i thought to myself i need to try this have to wait till tommorow to get ingredients tho hate when that happens lol

  • Gemma Findlay

    over 2 years ago

    Gemma Findlay

    I'm a but confused, if at no 2 you only use 1/4 of the chorizo mixture on 1/2 of a tortilla , then you'd only use 1/2 of the whole mixture if you're only making 2 . Is it a typo, of am I missing something - bit confusing , gonna try it anyway

  • Trevor

    over 2 years ago


    done this recipe tasts great had to use bought fajitas does Thomasina have the recipe for fajitas,because in the program she uses home made ones.

  • Jo Anne

    over 2 years ago

    Jo Anne

    I watched your show on Saturday morning, and bought the bits for this with my shopping on the afternoon. It was really easy to make, and surprisingly looked just like the one made on the TV. Thanks Thomasina, it tasted great and will be a firm favourite in our houseld I think.

  • Cathy Boyd

    over 2 years ago

    Cathy Boyd

    On one of the episodes we saw you make a pineapple and rum pudding.We can.t find it on the web site.

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  • Karen

    over 2 years ago


    We call these 'Taco Dorado', worth pure gold! (although we never had the luxury of meat :) Finally, real Mexican. Gracias!

  • bev

    over 2 years ago


    bev going to try this tomorrow.

  • Lynne

    over 2 years ago


    Made this for supper last night, added some finely chopped red chilli to the mixture. Seriously good, made tomato and avocado salsa to go with.

  • Donny

    over 2 years ago


    Made this for tea with the guacamole and roast tomato salsa. Made some tortilla chips aswell by baking chopped up tortillas then seasoning. Propper lush!

  • cindylee jones

    almost 3 years ago

    cindylee jones

    brilliant! tasty!

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