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Ranch Baked Quesadillas & Science Experiments for Kids

Ranch-filled 'dillas get a big thumbs up from kids and adults every time.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Cook Time 15 min
  • Servings 4

Ingredients (8)

For safe meat preparation, reference the USDA website.

Steps (16)

  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 350°F.

Teachable Moment

Teachable Moment

  1. 2

    Tortillas are made of flour (or corn), water and a little salt. That’s it. Many cultures around the world have some type of flatbread that is similar to the tortilla. In India, there’s “chapati” or “roti,” across the Middle east there’s “pita,” in eastern Europe there’s “lavash,” in Ethiopia there’s “injera” and the list goes on. Each region has a different version, but all are made to accompany other delicious foods on the table.

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Bonus Teachable Moment

  1. 2

    Lining a baking sheet with parchment paper is a game changer for clean up! You can also use a silicon sheet and wash each time. It’s so hard to keep a baking pan clean, lining it in something will preserve your pans life and make tidying at the end of the recipe a breeze.

Kids Activity

Kids Activity

  1. 2
    Little Kids:

    Put parchment on baking sheet and inspect all of the ingredients.

  2. 2
    Big Kids:

    Retrieve all the ingredients needed and set the table if eating when quesadillas are ready. Line the baking sheet and preheat the oven.

  3. 2
    Middle and High Schoolers:

    Follow the recipe, you got this!

  4. 2

    Combine chicken, cheese, seasoning and chiles in medium bowl.

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Teachable Moment

  1. 3

    Use a spring-loaded ice cream scoop to divide the mixture into four equal parts. You can use an ice cream scoop to make all kinds of things perfectly uniform. Try making evenly-sized cookies using the tool to scoop dough (they’ll look like they came from a bakery!) or scoop mashed potatoes in a fancy way. What other foods would be perfect for an ice cream scoop?

Kids Activity

Kids Activity

  1. 3
    Little Kids:

    Stir ingredients in a large bowl with mom’s help. Lay out the four tortillas on the counter, help mom scoop mixture onto each tortilla and fold in half.

  2. 3
    Big Kids:

    Stir ingredients and scoop mixture onto each tortilla and fold in half.

  3. 3
    Middle and High Schoolers:

    Keep following that recipe!

  4. 3

    Divide meat mixture evenly between each tortilla; fold in half to seal. Place quesadillas on baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Garnish with salsa, dressing and guacamole, if desired.

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Teachable Moment

  1. 4

    If a little cheese mixture escapes from the tortilla, that’s ok! Sometimes cooks do that on purpose, creating a hard, cheesy crisp known as “frico” in Italian. You can make frico as a base for toppings or to dip into hummus, ranch, salsa as a cheesy “chip.” Use the same technique as this recipe (parchment-lined pan and 350°F oven) and sprinkle a few 2- to 3-inch cheese piles. Bake for 5 to 7 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Allow to cool for 10 minutes until crispy.

Kids Activity

Kids Activity

  1. 4
    Little Kids:

    Check on quesadillas midway through bake time with the help of a parent.

  2. 4
    Big Kids:

    Help mom or dad put the quesadillas into the oven and check on quesadillas midway through cook time.

  3. 4
    Middle and High Schoolers:

    Finish up the recipe. Excellent work!

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recommend 94.7% would recommend this recipe

Rated 5 out of 5 by from My kids love it I brought this made for me and my boys. I make it all the time for them.
Date published: 2021-10-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yummy ! So quick and easy to make. Always a great meal to make on a busy night.
Date published: 2021-10-05
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