Friends, I’m so excited because today’s recipe is the first of hopefully many brought to you by my sweet sister-in-law, Catherine Lowe! In my 14 years of blogging, I’ve never given over the reigns to anyone else, but when Catherine asked me if she could begin contributing, I immediately said PLEASE!! Not only is Catherine the sweetest person I know, she’s an amazing cook too! Hopefully, there will be many more Catherine recipes here on my site. I even made a dedicated tab just for her recipes so that you can easily find them. Without further ado, here’s what she has to say about today’s delicious Texi-Cuban Quesadillas…
I love to cook. I’ve always loved to cook. It’s mainly because I love food so much and I love to create. When I was a kid, I wanted to grow up to become a food critic and although I’m not as official as all that, I now get to be in a space to show my love for food (thanks to Shay Shull and this blog :)).
One of my favorite things about being a part of Sean’s family is that we get together constantly and eat homemade food. That’s something I was used to with my family before I met him and I’m so so glad that I get to continue that ritual. A couple years ago, after another one of those warm family dinners, Shay had a ton of leftover pulled pork that she made in the slow cooker. (Side note: I AM that person who hoards food. If there is food left over and it is expected to go in the trash, after years of whispering to the host, “can I take that home?”, it’s now a known fact that the host instead already packs it for me.) So that night, Shay packed me a giant Tupperware of pulled pork and to be honest, I had no clue what to do with it. So, I experimented.
I made some pulled pork sandwiches (check Shay’s recipe) and then I started to think about the movie Chef and those Cuban sandwiches for no reason other than YUM. I thought, how could I make a Cuban sandwich and BBQ/Texas quesadilla baby (also one of Shay’s recipes)?
And thus, the Texi-Cuban quesadilla was born.Print
Catherine’s Texi-Cuban Quesadillas
- 8 Uncooked tortillas (they’re just better, I promise) soft-taco size – tortilla land brand
16 slices of deli ham
24 Fresh Slices of Swiss cheese
3 cups of Freshly grated cheddar cheese (3/4 cup each quesadilla)
2 cups of Andrea’s pulled pork recipe (or any BBQ pulled pork ready to heat) (1/2 cup each quesadilla)
Sliced red onion – 1/2 of a small onion
Cilantro for garnish
1 cup Sour cream
Fresh lime juice from 3 limes
2 tbsp Taco seasoning
- Medium high heat on a griddle or large pan to cook the tortillas, they’ll turn from translucent to white and they’ll be ready when both sides have lighter brown spots. Watch them closely, you don’t want them to burn! While all 8 tortillas are cooked, heat the meat (both the pulled pork and the deli ham) in the microwave just so they’re warm enough to melt the cheese and don’t take forever for the inside of the quesadillas to cook.
- Line one tortilla with 3 slices of Swiss cheese and 2 slices of warmed deli ham and line another with 3/4 cup of cheddar cheese and stack the warmed pulled pork (1/2 cup) and some red onion slices. Place one of the filled tortillas onto a medium low heated griddle and warm until the cheese melts. Repeat with the other tortilla and combine the two while the second tortilla is heating.
- Repeat with the remaining 6 tortillas/3 quesadillas.
- Garnish with cilantro. Serve with spiced sour cream.
- For the spiced sour cream:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and keep cold until the quesadillas are ready.
Erika Slaughter says
What a FUN partnership! Two of the sweetest girls I know and know you’re teaming up in one place? Sure to be fun! These look delicious, Catherine!!
Awww! Thanks Erika! I’m so excited and grateful to be here :)))
Sheaffer Sims says
WOW! These look absolutely amazing! Love that Catherine is going to be contributing!!!!
Melissa Terry says
How fun Catherine is participating! Andrea’s pulled pork has been a staple in our home for years and we usually have leftovers depending on the size of the pork roast so this recipe looks perfect!
This looks like the perfect camping recipe, maybe even for breakfast! I’ve been wondering something since you showed us the inside of your fridge, Shay. And now that Catherine has referenced left-over food I have to ask – do you not keep leftovers? I don’t remember seeing any containers of leftovers in your fridge which really intrigued me – leftovers are what takes up half the space in my fridge!
Mix and Match Mama says
Any leftovers we have (and typically, we don’t have them) are almost always in Kensington’s lunch the next day since she needs g-free at school.
These sound amazing! I am also a food hoarder and love to make new things from leftovers. I usually use leftover meatloaf that I crumble for quesadillas. I can’t wait to try this!
Shay, have you seen the movie ‘Chef!’ It is one of my favorites, ALL the happy feels and great food. And the father-son dynamic is absolutely adorable. You have to watch if you haven’t!
Thanks, Catherine for sharing your recipe!
Brenna johnson says
How fun! I will have to try out the new recipe. Love that this is becoming a family affair!
SUHANA EMA says
Sounds delish- can’t wait to try! Question: Combine what ingredients for the spiced sour cream?
The last three ingredients in the list (sour cream, lime and taco seasoning)!
I love being able to make another (different) meal with leftovers. This looks great!
Catherine, I am with you on the fresh tortillas. I had them recently at my sis-in-law’s house, and wow – what a huge difference they make. That night she was making enchiladas, and just just threw each tortilla in a bare skillet for a few minutes to warm, then wrapped the enchilada as usual. I never knew I needed these in my life, but I’ll never go back! Looking forward to trying your quesadillas!
They are SO superior – I’m such a temperature person so having them freshly warmed/cooked is a delight! I get mine at Kroger in the refrigerated section with the other Mexican specific items. I’ll try them with enchiladas next time, YUM!
i’m excited to make this recipe!! thanks Catherine!! one quick question, sorry if i sound dumb but is an uncooked tortilla just a tortilla straight out of the bag? i’ve never noticed on the package it stating cooked or uncooked. i look forward to more Catherine recipes to add to my recipe book 🙂
Uncooked tortillas are more doughy looking and can be found in the refrigerator section of Costco..they are different than shelf stable tortillas that you might regularly see.
Echoing Michelle’s comment! They’re raw and located in the refrigerated section of the Mexican area in Kroger or other major grocery stores (not like Trader Joe’s or anything). But you don’t HAVE to use them if you can’t find them, regular tortillas will still taste good, I just prefer uncooked 🙂
OK this looks so delicious I’m going to die! Also Catherine I love you, I’ve been watching you ever since you were on The Bachelor!
Thank you thank you! I hope you enjoy the recipe! 🙂
Oh Yum! Gonna give this a try. Looks easy and delicious!
Lindsay D. says
Yum! We were in Key West this last month. I had so many Cuban sandwiches…I can’t wait to make these.