Skip to main content

Squash Blossom Quesadilla

Tortillas filled with tender sauteed squash blossoms and creamy cheese. Customize by adding salsa, peppers, cilantro, or epazote.
Plate of corn tortillas folded over cheese and squash blossom filling with salsa.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Makes: 6 quesadillas
Nutrition Facts: View label

Ingredients

12 squash blossoms (any type)
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
¼ cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
½ teaspoon salt
1 small serrano pepper, chopped (optional)
2 epazote leaves, chopped or torn (optional)
6 medium corn tortillas 
¾ cup (3 ounces) shredded or sliced cheese (try Oaxaca, Monterrey Jack or mozzarella)
chopped cilantro (optional)
salsa (optional)

Directions

  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Cut away the stem of each squash blossom and gently rinse under cool running water. Place on towel to dry extra water. Tear or cut each blossom into a few pieces.
  3. Rinse or scrub fresh vegetables under running water before preparing.
  4. Pour oil into a small skillet on medium heat. Add onion and salt. Stir and cook for about 3 minutes. Add garlic and pepper, if desired. Stir and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Add squash blossoms and stir gently until just wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in epazote, if desired.
  5. Heat a skillet on medium heat. Place a tortilla in the pan and heat on both sides for about 30 seconds until bubbles begin to form in the tortilla.
  6. Sprinkle 2 Tablespoons cheese on one half of the tortilla. Top with about 2 Tablespoons squash blossom mixture.
  7. Use a spatula to fold the empty side of the tortilla over blossoms. Press down gently with the spatula. Cook until the cheese has melted and the tortilla browns a little. Flip to brown the other side, if desired. Remove from the pan and continue making the rest of the quesadillas.
  8. To serve, cut each quesadilla into halves or triangles and serve with chopped cilantro and salsa, if desired, or other toppings of your choice. 

Notes

  • Other topping ideas: low-fat sour cream or plain yogurt, chopped avocado.
  • Wash hands with soap and water after handling hot peppers; avoid touching your face.
  • If you are gathering your own summer squash blossoms, pick some (but not all) of the male flowers on long stems and female flowers from the ends of small squash. Leave some male flowers for bees to gather pollen to pollinate new female flowers for more squash.
  • Try using Food Hero salsa recipes provided by the Latinx workgroup: Salsa Roja and Salsa Verde.

Thanks to the OSU Extension Latin Heritage Workgroup for this recipe.

Comments

I have a neighbor who told me she eats squash blossoms but I was hesitant to try them. This is an easy and tasty way to make the leap! Our squash plants made more than enough flowers so we enjoyed these through the summer. I had never tried Oaxaca cheese before but found it in our grocery store and gave it a try. I would highly recommend!

You might also like...

Recipes A to Z (without photos)

Sautéed Corn and Onion
Bowl of sauteed corn and small onion pieces.

Sautéed Corn and Onion

A buttery, herby side dish perfect for a pot luck summer BBQ, or as part of any meal.
Prepare:
5 minutes
Cook:
10 minutes
Makes:
5 cups
Corn Pancakes
Photo of Corn Pancakes

Corn Pancakes

A delicious kid-approved savory alternative to traditional pancakes.
Prepare:
15 minutes
Cook:
5 minutes
Makes:
6 6-inch pancakes
Sweet Carrot Bread or Muffins
Moist carrot and raisin muffins and sliced bread.

Sweet Carrot Bread or Muffins

Sweet carrots, brown sugar, and warm cinnamon make the perfect combination for muffins or bread.
Prepare:
20 minutes
Cook:
60 minutes
Makes:
12 slices or muffins
Sautéed Cabbage
Plate of cabbage mixed with shredded carrots.

Sautéed Cabbage

Earthy with a bit of sweetness, this tasty sauteed cabbage recipe only has 5 ingredients and is ready in 30 minutes or less.
The perfect side to any meal.
Prepare:
10 minutes
Cook:
10 minutes
Makes:
5 cups
Rice with Black Beans and Sausage
Large dish of a simple rice, sausage and vegetable mix.

Rice with Black Beans and Sausage

A comforting dish of filling grains, tender beans, and spicy sausage.
Prepare:
10 minutes
Cook:
30 minutes
Makes:
8 Cups
Maple Glazed Turnips
Baking dish filled with sweet potatoes and turnips sprinkled with cinnamon.

Maple Glazed Turnips

A warm and flavorful dish that includes sweet warm maple, cinnamon and hearty root vegetables.
Prepare:
15 minutes
Cook:
45 minutes
Makes:
4 Cups
Was this page helpful to you?