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Corn ‘n’ Squash Quesadillas

Grilled vegetables give these quesadillas their distinctive flair, while cumin and jalapeno peppers add a little zip. —Mildred Sherrer, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Cook: 10 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 medium ears sweet corn, husks removed
  • 2 medium yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 small sweet onion, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 to 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 6 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


  • Grill corn, covered, over medium heat for 10 minutes; turn. Place the squash, onion and jalapenos on grill; cover and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side. When vegetables are cool enough to handle, remove corn from the cobs, chop the squash and onion, and seed and chop the jalapenos. Place in a large bowl.
  • Stir in the basil, oregano, garlic, salt and cumin. Place 1/2 cup filling on 1 side of each tortilla; sprinkle with cheese. Fold tortillas over filling. In a large cast-iron skillet or griddle, cook quesadillas in oil over medium heat until heated through, 1-2 minutes on each side. Cut into wedges.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 quesadilla: 301 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 454mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 11g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 medium-fat meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

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  • Coney2bread
    Sep 20, 2020

    I found this recipe while searching for ways to use the summer squash from our garden. (Bonus: I also used the jalapenos, oregano and basil growing there.) My husband and I enjoyed these very much and found them to be a tasty alternative to plain cheese quesadillas. The sweet corn and yellow squash flavors complement each other well. I didn't have access to a grill for the vegetables, but I boiled the corn cob on the stovetop and browned the other vegetables in a separate pan. It worked just as well, and we will make them again soon.

  • hwat22
    Dec 31, 2012

    My sister and I loved this recipe. The two of us ate almost the entire batch the first time we made it! I mix up the filling ahead of time so it's a quick meal when we are in a hurry.

  • katlaydee3
    Apr 5, 2009

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