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Roasted cumin Quesadilla with Guacamole

Roasted Cumin Quesadilla With Guacamole

This dead simple quesadilla and guacamole combo is a great example of the power of a single spice. A lightly flavoured cheese allows the roasted cumin to stand out, while the smoky heat of chile Pasilla elegantly elevates a basic guacamole.

You can also make a full-sized quesadilla by placing the two tortillas on top of each other, but be careful for escaping melted cheese.


  • 1 avocado
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 1½ tsp chile pasilla de Oaxaca, ground
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic (opt.)


  • 2 tsp cumin, roasted and ground
  • ½ block (about 125 g) Oaxaca cheese, or other melty cheese, sliced
  • 2 flour tortillas (10-inch)
  • Oil for frying


  1. 1

    Slice the avocado in two, remove the seed, and squeeze the flesh into a medium bowl. Add the juice, salt, ground chile, and garlic.

  2. 2

    Smash and blend with a fork until it is your desired consistency.

  3. 3

    Set aside (cover in plastic if you plan to wait more than 20 minutes so it does not brown).

  4. 4

    Place ½ of the sliced cheese on one of the tortillas. Sprinkle on 1 tsp. cumin and fold the tortilla in half.

  5. 5

    Heat oil in a large pan on medium-high. Add the folded quesadilla and fry for about 2 minutes on each side, until crispy.

  6. 6

    Repeat for the second tortilla.