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Shrimp Quesadillas with Avocado Cream

Shrimp quesadillas filled with corn, black beans and cheese, and an avocado cilantro lime cream dipping sauce. Quick and easy and everyone loves them!

Shrimp quesadillas filled with corn, black beans and cheese, and an avocado cilantro lime cream dipping sauce. Quick and easy and everyone loves them!

Shrimp quesadillas filled with corn, black beans and cheese, and an avocado cilantro lime cream dipping sauce. Quick and easy and everyone loves them!

These shrimp quesadillas with corn, black beans, cheese and an avocado cilantro lime cream sauce for dipping are amazing.

In fact, one child here was heard to say that they were fancy.

I’m not totally sure that that’s true, but hey, I’ll take it.  Evidently I’m running a fancy restaurant.  He’s probably going to be so disappointed the first time he goes to an actual fancy restaurant and discovers that quesadillas are not, in fact, fancy.

I suppose the fact that there was more then just cheese in them is probably what he meant.  Plain old cheese quesadillas are already a hit with my kids for lunch – so having them filled with shrimp and corn and black beans instead of just cheese was quite exciting.

Shrimp quesadillas filled with corn, black beans and cheese, and an avocado cilantro lime cream dipping sauce. Quick and easy and everyone loves them!

I’m sort of with him on that one actually.  Shrimp quesadillas are pretty fantastic.  Especially with this avocado cream sauce to dip them in.

So this made the perfect meal to share with you for 30 Minute Thursday this month.  If you’re new around here, 30 Minute Thursday is the first Thursday of every month, where myself and some of my blogging friends all share a dinner recipe with you that can be made in 30 minutes or less.  I love these as I’m always on the lookout for quick and easy meals that the whole family will love.  So scroll down to below the recipe to find a whole list of other 30 minute meals!

These shrimp quesadillas with avocado cream sauce were perfect.  And now you know what to make if you were wanting a “fancy” meal tonight!

Shrimp quesadillas filled with corn, black beans and cheese, and an avocado cilantro lime cream dipping sauce. Quick and easy and everyone loves them!

Tips for perfect Shrimp Quesadillas with Avocado Cream:

  • for the avocado cream sauce, you can use either sour cream (regular or low fat) or plain Greek yogurt – both work well
  • I rarely use the jalapeño pepper when my kids will be eating this as they really don’t like any heat in their food, but if you like a little heat leave it in (it won’t be super spicy with the seeds removed)
  • I use a non-stick skillet for cooking the shrimp – it wipes clean very quickly with a damp paper towel and can then be used to dry fry the quesadillas – any non stick skillet should work well for this
  • here are a few other great Mexican meals you may like: Mexican Baked Pasta20 Minute Ground Beef Tacos, or Southwest Stuffed Spaghetti Squash
Yield: Serves 4

Shrimp Quesadillas with Avocado Cream

Shrimp Quesadillas with Avocado Cream

Shrimp quesadillas filled with corn, black beans and cheese, and an avocado cilantro lime cream dipping sauce. Quick and easy and everyone loves them!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

For the avocado cream:

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • juice and zest from 1/2 lime

For the quesadillas:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • juice and zest from 1/2 lime
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound (225g) raw, peeled shrimp (tails removed), chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
  • 3/4 cup black beans
  • 2-3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 large tortillas

Instructions

  1. Prepare the avocado cilantro cream. In a food processor or with an immersion blender, combine the garlic, yogurt, avocado, cilantro, lime zest and juice, and mix until well blended. Cover and refrigerate until ready to eat.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime zest and juice, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Add the shrimp and jalapeno pepper and toss to combine.
  3. Heat a large non stick skillet over medium heat. Add the shrimp mixture and stir fry until the shrimp is completely pink and cooked through. If there is a lot of liquid in the pan at this point, drain the liquid and return the pan to the heat. Add the corn and black beans and stir to combine with the shrimp. Heat through.
  4. Prepare the quesadillas: on half of each tortilla, sprinkle some shredded cheese, then spread a layer of the shrimp filling on top and cover with some more cheese. Fold the other half of the tortilla over top of the filling. Dry fry the quesadillas in a non-stick skillet over medium heat (if using the same skillet, wipe it clean first), flipping them once, until the tortillas are lightly browned and crispy and the cheese is melted.
  5. Slice into wedges and serve hot, with the avocado cilantro cream for dipping.

Notes

Source: Adapted from Seriously Delish.


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Categories30 Minute Meals
  1. marcie says:

    These flavors sound amazing Stacey! We love shrimp so these would definitely be a hit. That avocado cream is a must too — I love that idea!

    1. stacey says:

      Well, they trump my usual lunch of a smoothie and/or yogurt too, so don’t worry! But I DID have them for lunch for a few days with the leftovers and they were amazing! 🙂 Thanks Ashley!

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