The quesadillas found in the United Stated are actually sincronizadas, and not actual quesadillas. They are very similar, but Sincronizadas are made from wheat flour tortillas layered and filled with cheese and other stuffings (something like a grilled cheese sandwich, or should I say a grilled tortilla sandwich?) You will find the stuffings are usually the same.
Quesadillas originated in the central part of Mexico, but they have traveled across the southwest over the years, and have taken on many different characteristics. Quesadillas are corn tortillas filled with cheese (thus the name “quesa” dilla). Filling them with pumpkin or squash flowers are also common, or a protein can be added.
Sincronizadas are the ones I generally make for a quick meal or snack. They can be filled with any variety of cooked meats, sea foods, vegetables, eggs, squash flowers, or just cheese. They are great for using leftovers, and are so quick and easy that you might find yourself tossing some together simply on a whim. They can also be dressed up, cut in smaller bite sized pieces, and served as appetizers or hors d’oeuvres.
Quesadillas Recipe – Sincronizadas:
Source: This recipe, comments, and photos are courtesy of Cynthia Detterick-Pineda of Andrews, TX. More of Cynthia’s Southwest Recipes.
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