Baked chicken bacon ranch quesadillas

A few years ago, I decided to try and come up with my own way to make quesadillas.  Back then, I didn’t really know how people made quesadillas, so I did it my own way.  It worked.  Instead of using a skillet, I use some spray margarine or melted butter and bake them.  They come out crunchy but not greasy.  I use just enough spray margarine or melted butter to crisp up the tortilla shells, but not enough to really soak in.  The other nice thing is that I can fill up cookie sheets and make enough for my whole family to be finished at the same time.  Making them in a skillet (which I’ve since learned about) only lets you make one at a time.

What I like very most is that I can customize them based on what we like.  My husband, for example, doesn’t like much melted cheese, so I go very light on cheese for him and heavy on cheese for me.  Then I came up with a flavor concoction a couple of years ago for quesadillas that made my taste buds happy.  I haven’t gone back since!

Chicken bacon ranch quesadilla served with ranch and sour cream for dipping

Baked chicken bacon ranch quesadillas
Ingredients:
Tortilla shells
Melted butter or spray margarine
Shredded cheese
Grilled chicken cubes, cooked (I used the precooked ones)
Taco seasoning
Ranch salad dressing
Chopped onion
Chopped green pepper
Cooked, diced bacon (I do the microwave bacon and get it extra crispy)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 425-degrees.
2. Put chicken cubes in a skillet; add taco seasoning and some water to taste.
3. Brush one side of a tortilla with melted butter or cover with spray margarine.  Cover the entire surface area with a light coating.  Place the tortilla buttered side down on a baking sheet.
4. Top the shell with the prepared chicken, bacon, cheese, onion and green pepper.  Drizzle a tablespoon or two of ranch dressing over the top.
5. Place another tortilla shell on top and brush the outside with melted butter or spray with spray margarine.
6. Bake for 6 minutes and then flip.  Bake another 6 to 10 minutes until it’s brown and crispy.
7. Serve with sour cream and ranch dressing.

You can totally change up the inside ingredients to taste.  My other favorite filling is cheese, bacon and onion.  Just be sure to cook the bacon until crispy first (I use the pre-cooked bacon!).

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