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Shrimp Quesadillas with Grill-Your-Own Salsa Recipe

Shrimp Quesadillas with Grill-Your-Own Salsa Recipe

This family favorite requires a two-step process, but it goes fast. First you grill the vegetables and shrimp, and then you use them to prepare the quesadillas and a quick batch of salsa. Your kids can help by brushing oil on the skewered shrimp and sprinkling them with seasoning, and by stirring together the tomatoes, pepper, and onion.


  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, cut in half horizontally
  • 1/2 of a large red onion, cut into 1-inch-thick slices
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper (or more if your family likes a hotter salsa)
  • Canola oil for brushing
  • 1 pound large (28-count) raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tablespoons seasoning (such as Paul Prudhomme's Seafood Magic)
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Monterey Jack
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • Sour cream and cilantro to garnish


  1. Prepare a charcoal fire or heat a gas grill to medium-high, and oil the grates.
  2. Brush the tomato halves (cut and skin sides), onion slices, and jalapeño with canola oil. Thread the shrimp onto skewers, brush them with canola oil, and sprinkle on seafood seasoning.
  3. Grill the vegetables for 3 to 4 minutes per side or until they have blistered, then transfer them to a clean dish. Grill the shrimp until they have turned opaque and are firm to the touch, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Remove the shrimp from the skewers.
  4. Place 2 tortillas on the grill and quickly top half of each with a quarter of the shrimp and a quarter of the cheese. Fold the torillas in half and grill them until you have visible grill marks, flipping them once, about 2 minutes per side. Stack the quesadillas on top of one another so they will stay warm while you grill the second batch.
  5. Bring everything inside. Peel the tomatoes, and remove the seeds and white membrane from the jalapeño (parents only). Then chop all the vegetables and transfer them to a serving bowl. Stir in the cilantro, salt, and lime juice.
  6. Cut the quesadillas into wedges and serve them with the salsa, sour cream, and fresh sprigs of cilantro. Serves 4.

Nutritional Information:

Per serving:

Calories 588

Protein 44g (88% DV)

Carbohydrates 47g (16% DV)

Total Fat 24g (38% DV)

Saturated Fat 12g (62% DV)

Cholesterol 223mg (74% DV)

Sodium 1115mg (46% DV)

Vitamin A (30% DV)

Vitamin C (26% DV)

Vitamin B12 (30% DV)

Calcium (53% DV)

Iron (35% DV)

Vitamin K (20% DV)

Percent daily values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.