Shrimp Quesadilla Recipe

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Quick and simple enough for any weekday, this dish boasts a refreshing flavor special enough for guests. Serve with salsa on the side and a frosty smoothie, if you like. Tiffany Bryson-San Antonio, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:2 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 2 servings


  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 pound uncooked shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomato
  • 4 flour tortillas (6 inches)
  • 1/3 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 333 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 181mg cholesterol, 777mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook and stir onion and jalapeno until tender. Add the shrimp, cumin and pepper; cook and stir until shrimp turn pink. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in tomato.
  2. Coat the same skillet with cooking spray; add one tortilla. Top with half of cheese, half of shrimp mixture and one tortilla. Cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned; remove. Repeat with remaining tortillas, cheese and shrimp mixture, spraying pan as needed. Cut into wedges. Yield: 2 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Shrimp Quesadillas in Healthy Cooking June/July 2008, p25

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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