Green Machine Quesadillas with Spicy Chipotle Cream

Green Machine Quesadillas with Spicy Chipotle Sauce // @veggiebeastblog

Let’s eat some green with them cookies, eh?

I’ve been on a sugar high lately. I’m inspired to bake all the sugary, thick, buttery (or sometimes vegan buttery) yums, and gosh darn it I’m going to do it.

Have you guys started your holiday baking yet? What have you made? Anything I should know about? Tell me all about it, please.

Green Machine Quesadillas with Spicy Chipotle Sauce // @veggiebeastblog
Green Machine Quesadillas with Spicy Chipotle Sauce // @veggiebeastblog

After a particularly indulgent week of testing cookie recipes, I decided to gain some greens in my life with these quesadillas. Each tortilla is spread with some smashed avocado (just enough for a little richness, and to help the quesadilla stick together when it’s folded over), and a hella lot of chopped broccoli and spinach.

Since a quesadilla really isn’t a quesadilla without cheese, I used creamy, oh-so-meltable fontina to cover those veggies. I baked it up in my panini press (you can use a fry pan) until golden and crisp, and then covered it with my very favorite part – that sauce!

Oh goodness that sauce. It’s hot, smoky, and just so darn easy. A few ingredients in a blender and BAM, flavor and spice and everything nice.

Green Machine Quesadillas with Spicy Chipotle Sauce // @veggiebeastblog

Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, which you can find canned in the Mexican aisle of your grocery store, give the sauce heat and smokiness, while the creamy texture and a bit of tang come from Chobani’s nonfat Greek yogurt – one of my favorite healthier sauce ingredients. The recipe as written below will give you more sauce than you need, and I did that intentionally – it makes a GREAT salad dressing and/or veggie dip!

Green Machine Quesadillas with Spicy Chipotle Sauce  // @veggiebeastblog

With all that goodness, these babies will fill you up with vitamins A and C, fiber and protein…which is perfect, since later you’ll fill up with cookies. Right? Not just me?

Green Machine Quesadillas with Spicy Chipotle Cream

A delicious way to get your greens! Avocado, broccoli and spinach are folded up in a tortilla with melty fontina, and drizzled with a spicy chipotle cream sauce.

Yield: 4 quesadillas

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


Green Machine Quesadillas

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 cups chopped broccoli florets
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 cups spinach, loosely packed, chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 5 ounces fontina, shredded (about 1 heaping cup)
  • 4 whole wheat tortillas

Spicy Chipotle Cream

  • 4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, seeds removed
  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil


  • Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick pan. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant. Add the broccoli and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring frequently, for 7 minutes. The florets will turn bright green and soften in this time. Add the spinach and cook for another 2-3 minutes, until wilted. Set aside.
  • Spread 1/4 of the avocado on each tortilla. Top half of each tortilla with 1/4 of the broccoli/spinach mixture, and 1/4 of the cheese. Fold over and press down. Cook in a panini press coated with nonstick olive oil spray. If you don't have a panini press, cook in a nonstick pan for 3-4 minutes on each side, using 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil for each side.
  • While the quesadillas cook, combine the chipotle cream ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust salt level as necessary.
  • Drizzle each quesadilla with 2 tablespoons chipotle cream sauce.


I used a 5-ounce block of fontina, because I had it and YUM...but if you want to keep the fat in this recipe a little lower, you could just go with 4 ounces, which would result in 1 ounce of cheese for each quesadilla.

Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 quesadilla with 2 tablespoons of drizzled sauce. You will have leftover sauce, which is a good thing - it makes a great salad dressing!

Nutrition Information: Serving Size: 1 quesadilla with 2 tablespoons chipotle cream. Calories: 474, Sugar: 4.4g, Sodium: 771mg, Fat: 29.4g, Saturated Fat: 9.9g, Carbs: 36.9g, Fiber: 10.4g, Protein: 20.9g, Cholesterol: 43mg


8 Responses to “Green Machine Quesadillas with Spicy Chipotle Cream”

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — December 10, 2014 @ 7:10 am (#)

    That chipotle cream looks unreal! And I can only imagine how yummy it is on these pretty quesadillas! Love, love, love :)

  2. 40aprons — December 10, 2014 @ 8:31 am (#)

    Yay! I love this recipe, sandwiched in between all your cookie posts. Leave it to you to make such a nutritionally packed quesadilla recipe – nom!

  3. Heather @simplefreshnatural — December 10, 2014 @ 8:05 pm (#)

    I’ve been on a sugar high too. So many cookies to bake, so many spatulas with batter and icing to lick… lol. Add in all of my coworkers bringing in sweets and I am in trouble. I normally don’t eat much sugar or processed food, so I let myself slip a little around the holidays. I am so happy I found your blog! You have some awesome recipes (like this one) I can’t wait to try them out! Will be a great way to detox from the sugar for a little while (until dessert haha)

  4. Thalia @ butter and brioche — December 11, 2014 @ 3:36 am (#)

    Oooh these quesadillas look delicious.. and it’s even better because they are healthy too! I have been tasting way too many cookie and cake recipes for the upcoming christmas – so this recipe is definitely one i will be making this week. Thanks for sharing it!

  5. Elizabeth @ Bowl of Delicious! — December 11, 2014 @ 11:39 am (#)

    Oh my goodness. These look AMAZING! Definitely making these next week. Thanks for an awesome recipe!

  6. Jessica in the Kitchen — December 18, 2014 @ 2:55 pm (#)

    I’ve been coming back to this recipe for days now and definitely plan to make it. Love it!!

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  8. Koral — April 2, 2016 @ 1:41 pm (#)

    So delicious! I just made this and I am so happy now haha.
    Thank you for sharing :)