Thursday, June 27, 2013

Buffalo Quesadillas

Hello friends and foodies! Today we are going to be working with a new type of meat for our dinner recipe. The meat of choice today is bison. Before we begin, I want to fill everyone in on how to cook and handle ground bison meat. Bison resembles ground beef, but prior to cooking, bison is a deep red. Bison does not marble like beef. This allows the bison to cook more rapidly, so one should be cautious because the bison can overcook.

Now, this recipe does not have temperatures for cooking, so here's an outline, and yes, you will need a cooking thermometer:

  • Rare - 140 degrees
  • Medium - 145 degrees
  • Well - 160 degrees

It is said that bison should be cooked rare to medium for the best flavor, but I say cook to your liking. With that knowledge, why don't we head out to the kitchen and make some quesadillas? Let's go!

Buffalo Quesadillas
Yields 4 servings

You will need:

  • 1 pound 100% lean, grass-fed ground buffalo
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese
  • 8 small whole wheat flour tortillas
  • cooking spray
  • salt
  • fresh pepper


  1. Form 4 flat patties, as thin as you can. 
  2. Season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Heat a pan to medium-high heat, then when hot, lightly spray the pan with cooking spray and add the burgers. 
  4. Cook the burgers about 2 minutes on each side or to your liking (see cooking temperatures above). 
  5. Set aside.
  6. Clean the pan and heat on medium heat. 
  7. Lightly spray with cooking spray and place 4 tortillas on the pan (if your pan is small, you can do one at a time). 
  8. Place 2 tablespoons cheese on each tortilla, followed by 2 tablespoons pico de gallo.
  9. Top with the buffalo burger, then the remaining 2 tablespoons pico de gallo and 2 tablespoons cheese on each. 
  10. Place the other tortilla on top, then flip and cook until the cheese melts on the other side.
  11. Enjoy!

I hope you and your family enjoy this awesome twist on the ordinary quesadilla. I've heard that once you start using bison, it's harder to switch back to ordinary ground beef considering how much healthier bison is. Let your taste buds be your guide, and enjoy the tastier things in life. As always, I'll be back tomorrow. Until then, have a great day and happy blogging to all!