Quickie Quesadillas

quesadilla-prep-3Makes 8 servings

These quesadillas are a truly happy marriage between cultures: Middle Eastern red pepper hummus served with Mexican corn tortillas and garnished with salsa makes an absolutely delicious meal or snack.

1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained
1/2 cup water-packed roasted red peppers
3 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon tahini (sesame seed butter)
1 garlic clove, peeled
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
8 corn tortillas
1/2 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 – 1 cup salsa

Place garbanzo beans in a food processor or blender with roasted peppers, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and cumin. Process until very smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Spread a tortilla with 2 to 3 tablespoons of garbanzo mixture and place in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle with onions, tomatoes, and salsa.

Top with a second tortilla and cook until bottom tortilla is warm and soft, 2 to 3 minutes. Turn and cook second side for another minute. Remove from pan and cut in half. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

Photo by Kathy Patalsky