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Butternut Squash Quesadilla with Caramelized Onion

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butternut squash quesadilla with caramelized onions on a plate served with avocado, salsa verde, chipotle cream & cilantro

Squash season is upon us, and we’re ready to fall into flavor with these quesadillas filled with sweet and nutty butternut squash, caramelized onions and black beans.

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The Perfect Quesadilla For Fall

This butternut squash quesadilla recipe is something we look forward to all year long. The nutty flavor of butternut squash really comes to life when it gets roasted, and its richness pairs perfectly with caramelized onions, black beans and melty cheese. Drizzle the finished quesadilla with a little chipotle crema, tomatillo salsa or even tuck in some avocado slices. This healthy, simple recipe is our go-to quesadilla that is ALL THINGS FALL! It’s easy to make a quantity to feed a crowd, making it the perfect match for our favorite fall activity–football watch parties.

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butternut squash on a baking sheet ready to be roasted in the oven
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What to Add to Cart Next Time You’re Looking for a Flavorful Meal

We’re big fans of eating with our eyes first and believe that this adage goes one step further to the grocery store experience, when we goto gather our ingredients. Fresh vegetables tend to grab our attention because we love to build our meals around healthy, vibrant produce, andSAFEWAY® grocery stores make this part of meal planning so easy. Beyond the excellent selection of fresh items and pantry staples from their very own brands, which helps us with recipe planning and meal ideas, they also offer a wealth of new seasonal recipes, celebrity chef content, and virtual cooking classes on their Fall Into Flavor content hub when we need some inspiration. If this butternut squash quesadilla recipe has you excited to cook even more, you can check out www.safeway.com/fall for easy-to-shop recipes and culinary tips and tricks.

a flour tortilla with organics shredded mozzarella cheese  on half of it
a flour tortilla with shredded mozzarella cheese and caramelized onions on half of it
a flour tortilla with shredded mozzarella cheese, caramelized onions and roasted butternut squash on half of it
a flour tortilla with shredded mozzarella cheese, caramelized onions and roasted butternut squash & black beans on half of it

Ingredients to Make a Squash Quesadilla

Here are all the things you’ll want to gather to make yourself the best quesadilla ever!

  • Onion, thinly sliced + butter = caramelized onions!

  • Butternut squash

  • Tortillas: flour or corn work just fine

  • Safeway’s® exclusive O Organics® Mozzarella or fontina cheese, shredded

  • Safeway’s® exclusive O Organics® Black beans: hello extra protein!

  • Safeway’s® O Organics® Sour cream + a splash of milk or their exclusive O Organics® Heavy Whipping Cream + chipotle hot sauce = easy chipotle crema

  • Tomatillo salsa or avocado slices if you are feeling a little extra.

a flour tortilla with mozzarella, caramelized onions, roasted butternut squash & black beans on half of it
a flour tortilla folded in half filled with mozzarella, caramelized onions, roasted butternut squash and black beans
a butternut squash quesadilla with caramelized onion being fried in vegetable oil in a skillet
butternut squash quesadilla with caramelized onions on a plate served with avocado, salsa verde, chipotle cream & cilantro

How to Make A Caramelized Onion Quesadilla

You are not gonna want to skimp on the caramelized onions in this recipe. Their sweetness really makes the dish! We like to add a little brown sugar to them while they cook to bring out their natural sweetness. Caramelized onions echo the sweetness of the squash and help to balance the spiciness of the chipotle crema and just really solidify the whole dish. Here’s how ya make a caramelized onion quesadilla:

  1. Melt butter in a pan, add the sliced onion and let heat do the rest.
  2. Roast the butternut squash until it’s cooked through.
  3. Assemble quesadillas! Layer cheese, then onions, then black beans and lastly butternut squash. Finish it with a little more cheese and fold it over.
  4. Toast the quesadilla in a skillet until the cheese is all melty.
  5. Drizzle chipotle crema over the finished quesadilla and serve!
a butternut squash quesadilla on a plate surrounded by organics brand mozzarella, sour cream, black beans & heavy cream

Tools you’ll need

  • Sharp knife and cutting board

  • Baking sheet

  • Cheese grater

  • Skillet

More Cozy Quesadillas

butternut squash quesadilla with caramelized onions on a plate served with avocado, salsa verde, chipotle cream & cilantro
butternut squash quesadilla with caramelized onions on a plate served with avocado, salsa verde, chipotle cream & cilantro

Seasonal Finger Food at its Finest

Did you make a new fall tradition? If you’ve added this butternut squash and caramelized onion quesadilla recipe to your lunch or dinner tradition, then we want to applaud you! Be sure to snap a photo of your finished dish and share it with us by using @themodernproper or #themodernproper on Instagram

This sponsored post is written by The Modern Proper on behalf of SAFEWAY®. The opinions and text are all ours. Thank you for supporting the brands we love.

Butternut Squash Quesadilla with Caramelized Onion

August 9, 2022

  • Serves:8
  • Prep Time: 40 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Calories:541

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups caramelized onions
  • 2 cups roasted butternut squash
  • 6 cups O Organics® Shredded low moisture Mozzarella
  • 1 (15 ounce) can O Organics® black beans, drained, rinsed, optional
  • 8 (10-inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 ½ tablespoons vegetable oil

For Serving

Chipotle Crema

  • 1/2 cup O Organics® sour cream
  • 1/3 cup O Organics® heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons chipotle hot sauce

Method

  1. Prepare the caramelized onions and roasted butternut squash. This can be done a day ahead of time as they will rewarm inside of the quesadilla when it cooks.

  2. To assemble the quesadillas, sprinkle ½ cup cheese on one half of each tortilla. Layer with 3 tablespoons caramelized onions, some of the butternut squash and black beans, if using. Sprinkle with ¼ cup more cheese and fold it over. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

  3. In a non-stick or cast iron skillet, heat the oil over medium-low until glistening. Gently lay prepped quesadillas into the skillet and cook until the cheese on the bottom is melted, flip to the other side and cook until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden brown on both sides. Replenish the oil as needed and repeat with remaining ingredients.

  4. To make the crema, mix all ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. Drizzle the chipotle crema on top of the quesadilla before serving. Serve with avocado, cilantro and salsa verde.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories541
  • Protein27 g
  • Carbohydrates48 g
  • Total Fat29 g
  • Dietary Fiber5 g
  • Cholesterol54 mg
  • Sodium1052 mg
  • Total Sugars4 g

Questions & Reviews

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