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Veggie Quesadilla Recipe

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This vegetarian quesadilla recipe is a perfect, satisfying combination of smooth cheese with sautéed shallots and asparagus.

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Block cheese and why I love it

I love block cheese and have been eating Heluva Good! ® Cheese for a long time.  Ever since I was a kid.

The brand has been around for more than 85 years though. So, it’s even older than me.

As a child I loved Heluva Good! for these three reasons.

  1. It is delicious.
  2. They have yummy cheese and dip.
  3. I could say hell and not get yelled at.

“Can I have HELuva Good! Cheese?” “This HELuva Good! Cheese is so goooood.” “Can I dip my chip in the HELuva Good! bacon horseradish dip?”

I’d try to snicker silently after I said it so my mom wouldn’t take offense.

Even now when I say it, I say it in my head as I did as a child, because it amuses me.  I don’t say it out loud to Christopher any more. He stopped being amused about the way I inflected those words years ago.

What’s better than sitting out on your deck with a big plate of sliced assorted cheeses and crackers? I just thought of something that might make it better: sipping a cadillac margarita as you eat your slices of cheese, either by themselves or cozied up to crackers.

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The cheesy quesadillas

For this recipe, I purchased an 8-ounce block of Jalapeño Jack cheese and an 8-ounce block of Colby-Jack cheese.  I use this particular combination of cheeses because the Jalapeño Jack has a nice bite to it and even though it isn’t too spicy, Christopher is a wimp, er, I mean, he can’t take much heat so I offset it with the Colby-Jack.

How to make the vegetarian quesadilla recipe


Get a large sauté pan and wok.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – Colby-Jack and Jalapeño Jack cheese, asparagus and shallots.

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Step two

Heat your sauté pan or wok on medium and as it is heating up, slice the shallots and chop the asparagus in 1-inch pieces.

Step three

Add a little olive oil to the pan and once it has heated, add the shallots and sauté for 6 minutes.

Step four

Add crushed garlic or garlic paste and sauté for 2 minutes.

Step five

Add the asparagus and sauté for an additional 6 minutes. Remove from pan when done and add to a bowl. Set aside.

Step six

Grate a half cup each of the cheeses and take out the tortillas.

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Step seven

Heat up two sauté cast iron pans and spray them very lightly with cooking spray.

(If you don’t want to wash an extra pan, make the quesadillas in shifts.)

Step eight

Add a tortilla to each pan and split the cheese between the two pans.

Step nine

Once the cheese has melted, add the sautéed shallot and asparagus mixture to one of the tortillas. I grab the other tortilla with my asbestos fingers and line it up over the veggie-stuffed tortilla, cheese side down.

The trick to this dish is the melted cheese on both tortillas.  Makes for delicious cheesy vegetarian quesadillas.

Step ten

No more cooking involved.

Once the tortillas are lined up, take the quesadilla out of the pan, cut it in quarters and pile it on a plate.

Look at all that cheesy goodness!

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And a closer look.

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Let’s take a bite.

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As I mentioned above, I love how creamy the Heluva Good! Cheeses are. They melt beautifully when grated or shredded – better actually than packaged grated or shredded cheeses.

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I hope you enjoyed this vegetarian quesadilla recipe!

It is so good.  You could say, “Heluva Good!”

And as always, may all your dishes be delish!

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Vegetarian Quesadilla Recipe

This delicious quesadillas is made with Heluva Good! ® Cheeses and sautéed veggies.  So good!
5 from 9 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cheese quesadillas, cheesy vegetarian quesadillas
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Servings: 4 pieces
Calories: 237kcal



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 shallots sliced in rings
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 bunch asparagus woody ends discarded and chopped in 1 inch pieces
  • 2 burrito size flour tortillas
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Heluva Good! ® Jalapeño Jack cheese shredded
  • 1/2 cup Heluva Good! ® Colby-Jack cheese (shredded) both together should be 3/4 – 1 cup, depending on your taste


  • Heat sauté pan or wok on medium and once that heats up add oil.
    2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Once the oil starts to shimmer, add shallots and salt and sauté for 6 minutes.
    3 shallots, 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
    2 cloves garlic
  • Add asparagus and continue sautéing for 6 minutes. Take the vegetables out of the pan and set aside.
    1 bunch asparagus
  • Heat two sauté pans on medium, spray scant amount of cooking spray.
  • Add one tortilla to each pan and divide the cheese in half and sprinkle on each tortilla.
    2 burrito size flour tortillas, 1/2 cup Heluva Good! ® Jalapeño Jack cheese, 1/2 cup Heluva Good! ® Colby-Jack cheese
  • Once cheese has melted, (2 minutes roughly) check tortilla bottom and if browned take off heat.  Add good amount of veggies to one of the tortillas.
  • Take the other tortilla and flip it cheese side down over the other veggie/cheese filled tortilla.
  • Cut in quarters
  • Eat
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Serving: 2pieces | Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 571mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 229mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Yum, Elaine! I love Heluva Good Cheeses! They had a plant 2 towns from me where they had been making cheese since 1925, moved to Wisconsin! Sad for us, but luckily we can still get it! Their 4X Cheddar is my favorite! Great looking quesadillas!

  2. Pity there’s no Heluva Good cheese in my area, Ah woulda made me one of them quesadillas! YUM!

  3. I pretty much live on cheese quesadillas, they’re so easy and delicious. These look yummy—in fact I think I’ll try your recipe right now.

  4. Heluva good has cheese?! We’re obsessed with their dips! Now, I hope they start selling the cheese in my area so I can make these quesadillas STAT! They look absolutely delicious!

  5. I am a huge fan of cheese and if my waist could afford it I’d be eating it by the block. I love when a quesadillas is nice and melting!! This so looks like a perfect cheese for it. YUM!!

  6. You couldn’t have chosen a better recipe than quesadilla and vegetables for this HELuva Good cheese. but HELUVA GOOD these quesadilla look delicious.

  7. Oh my, these look absolutely fabulous! I love veggie quesadillas. I have a bunch of cheese in the fridge, and I’m going to make these soon

  8. I would totally buy this cheese just because it’s “Heluva Good”. Just saying! Quesadillas are one of my favorite go-tos on busy weeknights. The kids love them and (UNBEKNOWNST to them) they’re great veggie-delivery devices. I love the mix of veggies you have in these—can’t wait to try!

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