Simplified Quesadillas – And Chance To Win $75 in Gift Cards from Kraft

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Congratulations to Janice Winfrey on winning this giveaway! I drew a number at random and she’s the gal! I’m sending you an email to let you know, Janice! Thank you all so much for participating! ~HUGS~ Gratefully, Christy

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Things are so busy nowadays for families, for single people, for parents, and even for kids. We have schedules, people to take care of,  meals to shop for and cook, chores, errands, meetings and appointments,  bills to pay, and fewer and fewer precious hours of sleep. If you’re like me, everything seems to be coming at you all at once most days. Of course, my ADD doesn’t help matters any, adding an extra dose of clutter into my already packed thought process (and for the record, ADD is a gift, *not* a disorder, but that’s a story for another day). So today, I’m going to bring you a recipe to add a little bit of simplicity to your life. Today, we’re just going to take a collective deep breath, exhale, and then make a simple supper.

As a matter of fact how about we make a simple supper and then in my next few posts I’ll show you how to make a simple lunch and breakfast as well. Because life can be simple, because life is simple – if we just take time to breathe and allow it to be.

DSCN5290This post has a special twist, though, because of how I got this recipe and because the good folks at Kraft are offering a great giveaway to start your new year off right! One lucky reader will win $75.00 in gift cards, a $50.00 American Express gift card and a $25.00 iTunes gift card. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below. I’ll draw a winner and announce them on this post on Monday. I’ll also announce the winner on our Southern Plate Family Facebook page and via email.

And now let me tell  you how I came about this recipe, courtesy of Kraft foods.


Enter my beloved iPhone. ~sighs contentedly~ I’ve had one of these since they first came out. Back in the day I had a stint ghost writing tech articles and two of my assignments were to write about the upcoming iPhone. I used the money I made on those to – buy an iPhone. It seemed fitting. I’ve had one ever since. I don’t have a lot to say about AT&T (bless their hearts)…but I love my iPhone.

This is the new Kraft Foods app known as iFood Assistant. It allows you to browse recipes by category, read reviews of each recipe, post your own reviews, and automatically make a shopping list for the recipes you choose.


On a particularly busy day, this one looked right up my alley.

It had great comments and was quick and easy to prepare with simple ingredients. Count me in!


Having my phone with me meant I had my shopping list all made out, too. I love how you can sort your shopping list by recipe because I had chosen a few other things to add to my recipe box but didn’t want to shop for them at the time. This is a really handy little app. Now lets get on to the cooking part, which won’t take long at all. I had this made from start to finish in just a few minutes.

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I made this on a day where it seemed everyone except for Katy Rose had a deadline. They were headed in and then right back out the front door. One of these days I’m going to get one of those revolving doors on the front of Bountiful….

You’ll need: Salsa, canned whole kernel corn, black beans, flour tortillas, chicken , and your favorite cheese.

*I opted for canned which is completely unlike me. I usually keep leftover shredded chicken or turkey in the freezer for recipes like this.

I also left out the green onions because more than one person in my house would balk at them. Personally, I love them. But I also love brussel sprouts, squash, and sauerkraut. I’m definitely in the minority on all counts.

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Open all of your cans, drain them,  and just set them by your stove.

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Place a flour tortilla in a medium skillet and sprinkle some chicken and corn over the top.

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Top that with some black beans.

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And a few spoonfuls of salsa.

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Now add some cheese.

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And fold the other side over.

Brown this lightly on both sides until the cheese is melted. I do this on medium heat for a few minutes on each side.

Cut that in half and serve with salsa or sour cream if you like.

We inhaled these, they were so good. I whipped up more for my lunch the next day!



If  you’d like to enter my giveaway, simply leave a comment below!

My next two posts will be even simpler than this one and from my personal recipe collection, so be sure to subscribe by email or join us over on Facebook so you don’t miss a beat!

I really don’t think i need buns of steel.

I’d be happy with buns of cinnamon.

~Ellen DeGeneres. Submitted by Elaine Raye. Submit your quote here (I LOVE new quotes!)

If this got you thinking, check out my cinnabuns post here…

Disclosure for the FTC folks : I have been compensated by Kraft Foods to cover the cost of groceries to try out recipes featured on iFood Assistant 2.0/LITE, downloading the app and conducting reader giveaways. However, my opinions are entirely my own and I have not been paid to publish positive sentiments towards iFood Assistant or other Kraft Foods mobile offerings.

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  1. Christy,

    Love your site. I am a culinary student and am always looking for easy homemade recipes to use at home and in class. Love you!! Can’t wait to try the quesadillas. Keep sending out those recipes.


  2. I love to make quesadillas and vary them depending on whats on hand and what kind of mood I’m in. To season my chicken I will usually use taco seasoning and I love cobly jack cheese another tip is to use the George Foreman grill to brown them just make sure you have the open end up.

  3. I made these last night – AWESOME.

    Only change I made is I used left over pork and chopped it up.

    Very delish! I also used all the toppings as a salad today with some spinach greens.

    Absolutely fantastic.

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