Fire Roasted Tomato & Chicken Quesadillas



One of my goals lately, has been to try and eat better and take better care of myself.  It’s some times hard to do during the holidays.  Eating better doesn’t always have to mean “dieting”  it can mean eating foods that are good for you.

The other day I mentioned how good beans are for you, but did you know how good tomatoes are for your heart?  I don’t know about you, but I’d like to be around to see my grandchildren.  So eating foods that keep my body healthy is important to me. We don’t have a lot of heart health issues in our family, other than some high blood pressure, and I’d like to keep it that way!

ConAgra Foods (the makers of Hunt’s Tomatoes) recently released reports on just how healthy canned tomatoes can be. (full press release here)

  • Recent studies have suggested that the distinct combination of nutrients found in tomatoes may have a measurable impact on heart disease prevention.
  • Daily consumption showed a reduction in blood pressure for people with elevated blood pressure
  • Tomatoes not only contain high levels of carotenoid antioxidants such as lycopene, but also serve as a significant source of vitamin C, fiber and potassium

We can’t always get fresh tomatoes around here, so it’s good to know that Hunt’s tomatoes are flash-steamed to help them keep their backyard-garden-fresh taste, are 100 percent natural and contain no artificial preservatives or ingredients.

This is great news for us, because canned tomatoes and tomato sauce are staples in our house!

Last week we enjoyed a recipe from the Hunt’s site that included tomatoes and beans……..who knew how good Quesadillas could be for you!

Fire Roasted Tomato & Chicken Quesadillas

Fire Roasted Tomato & Chicken Quesadillas

(adapted from Hunt’s)


  • 1 can (14.5 oz each) Hunt’s® Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes, drained
  • 2/3 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
  • 2/3 cup drained, rinsed Bush’s® Seasoned Black Beans
  • 2 cups cooked chicken (I used Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken)*not shown
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 cups shredded Chihuahua or Monterey Jack cheese (2 cups = 8 oz)
  • 6 flour tortillas (8 inch)
  • Lime wedges and sour cream, optional


  1. Make 'salsa': place drained tomatoes in large bowl; mash into smaller pieces with fork. Mix in corn, beans, onion, cilantro, garlic powder, salt, cumin, red pepper and lime juice.
  2. Assemble quesadillas by sprinkling 1/3 cup cheese over half of each tortilla; top each with chicken and 1/4 cup 'salsa' (reserve remaining). Fold each tortilla in half over filling; set aside.
  3. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook quesadillas 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until cheese melts and tortilla is lightly browned.
  4. Cut each quesadilla into 3 wedges. Serve each with remaining 'salsa'. Add a lime wedge and sour cream, if desired.


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29 Responses to “Fire Roasted Tomato & Chicken Quesadillas”

  1. Estela @ Weekly Bite posted on December 6, 2010 at 6:35 am (#)

    Yum! This looks delicious! We love quesadillas in our house :)

  2. bridget {bake at 350} posted on December 6, 2010 at 7:58 am (#)

    Yum!!! Cheryl, we LOVE quesadillas and these look fabulous! Can you come over for lunch today? (and bring these?!?)

  3. marla posted on December 6, 2010 at 8:12 am (#)

    Thanks for this awesome quesadilla recipe & I just voted for your delish chocolate cake :)

  4. Kami posted on December 6, 2010 at 10:59 am (#)

    Yum Cheryl! That looks so good!

  5. Shaina posted on December 6, 2010 at 11:07 am (#)

    We love quesadillas here! They’re one of our favorite go-to easy meals because they come together so quickly and can help us avoid the lure of eating out on busy nights. Your salsa looks fantastic, too!

  6. Cookbook Queen posted on December 6, 2010 at 11:25 am (#)

    These look soooo yummy. When are you coming over to cook dinner for ME?!

    Just drive to Arkansas…way out in the boonies…and look for the house with the big swing set across from the field of cows.

    I’ll be waiting, ‘kay?

  7. naomi posted on December 6, 2010 at 11:41 am (#)

    The quesidillas look delish. I’m a huge tomatoe fan and would probably end up eating all before it even it the tortilla.

  8. angie {the arthur clan} posted on December 6, 2010 at 1:52 pm (#)

    I wish I could move closer to you and pay you to cook meals for my family! :) Everything sounds so yum!

  9. Tabitha (A Penny Saved) posted on December 6, 2010 at 1:59 pm (#)

    Stopping by from MM and I must say… you know how to talk a pregnant woman’s language. Yummy! And your photos are eye candy to boot!

  10. Paula posted on December 6, 2010 at 2:34 pm (#)

    O.K., here’s the deal…you make me lunches like these for a few days and I’ll come and decorate your house for you for Christmas. Heck, I’ll even come back to put it all away for another year! LOL

  11. Liz @ Blog is the New Black posted on December 6, 2010 at 3:02 pm (#)

    Love quesadillas- these sound so great!

  12. Michelle (What's Cooking with Kids) posted on December 6, 2010 at 3:10 pm (#)

    Love quesadillas! In fact, maybe I”ll go make one right now with some leftover turkey I have in the fridge….Love your addition of the fire roasted tomatoes – delish.

  13. Wenderly posted on December 6, 2010 at 3:23 pm (#)

    Wish I could wiggle my nose and make these appear, all warm & delicious for our dinner tonight. I just tried…no such luck.

  14. Ami Allison posted on December 6, 2010 at 5:04 pm (#)

    WOW that looks so DELICIOUS!!!

    I voted! :)

  15. Debbie Barker posted on December 6, 2010 at 6:26 pm (#)

    I voted for you! I can not wait to try that cake – looks delicious!

  16. Kristen posted on December 7, 2010 at 8:52 am (#)

    Love that picture & love this recipe. Yum!

  17. cheryl@scrapaddict4sure posted on December 7, 2010 at 12:31 pm (#)

    Hi,Cheryl love this recipe and I got to say I am so jealous you have a cute signature.
    I wish I had one.

  18. Tickled Red posted on December 9, 2010 at 7:14 am (#)

    My surfer is the quesadillas maker in my house. He has more experience with these from all of his travels. YUM!!


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