Chipotle BBQ Veggie Quesadillas + A Cookout Crate

15 May

Confession time: I have never grilled. Ever! Growing up, that was always dad’s job, and now Chris and I don’t even have a grill. It kills me because I LOVE grilled foods! Just last night as I went for a run throughout the neighborhood, I caught a whiff of someone cooking out their dinner and wanted nothing more than to stop by and make friends with them…just for the BBQ.

Think vegetarians can’t enjoy a good BBQ? Think again! Aside from the cliché veggie burger and tofu-dog, I’ve whipped up some tasty veggie ideas to grill….if we ever acquire said grill.

  • Grilled pizza – one filled with fresh veggies and shredded cheeses
  • Falafel – why not throw it on the grill instead of deep-frying?
  • Pineapple – because I heard it’s tasty when grilled. Maybe topped with ice cream? Oh yeah.
  • Potatoes and root veggie packets…we used to make these all the time! Chop veggies, toss in a bit of oil, season with salt and pepper, then wrap in aluminum foil to grill. Sprinkle with fresh grated
  • Parmesan and you’re done. I bet you could even throw in some chickpeas for a protein boost.
  • S’mores – for when you live in the city and can’t legally make a bonfire
  • Grilled veggies of all kinds! They’re great as is, or folded into omlets, added to veggie burgers, eaten with quinoa…

More than food, you also need the right utensils, apparel and booze! Man Crates asked me to pull together what I think would make the ideal “cookout crate.” The site is chock-full of masculine gift crates (Father’s day IS coming up!), but honestly, these could easily please many women. Who wouldn’t want a personalized spirits decanter, or some awesome etched beer glasses??

Here’s what I would love to find in a cookout crate:

  • BBQ Sauce – from the South, of course
  • Long-handled Tongs – to avoid burning your fingers
  • Season salt – because regular salt is boring
  • Brush for sauce – obviously
  • Personalized Apron – sauce stains happen
  • Mitts – again, obviously
  • 6-pack of beer – cooking should be enjoyable, right?

What would YOU want in a cookout crate? Share your answers in the comments – might give me ideas of my own for when we get a grill!

Until we do buy a grill, here’s a BBQ recipe anyone can make: Chipotle BBQ Veggie Quesadillas. Homemade sauce douses roasted veggies, sandwiched with melty cheese between multi-grain tortillas. Get all the flavor of a cookout, inside your kitchen!

Chipotle BBQ Veggie Quesadillas |

Chipotle BBQ Veggie Quesadillas
Serves 3, easily doubled

Chipotle BBQ Sauce:

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 C tomato paste
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp molasses
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • pinch of cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 2 jalapeños, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 Idaho potato, peeled & diced
  • 1 batch chipotle BBQ sauce
  • 1 C shredded cheese – chedder, mozzarella or pepper jack are all good
  • 6 8″ multi-grain tortillas

Preheat oven to 400°. Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with PAM.

To make the sauce, combine all ingredients in the food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Taste and adjust as necessary.

Combine all veggies in a large bowl and pour the blended sauce on top. Toss to coat. Spread onto prepared sheet in a single layer. Roast for 25 minutes, stirring halfway through.

To make the quesadillas, place a tortilla into a skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle 1/3 cup of cheese on top. Scoop 1/3 of the veggies on top of cheese and spread all over. Place another tortilla on that and cook until the cheese starts melting. Flip the quesadilla over to heat the other side for a couple minutes. Transfer to a plate and slice into 4 pieces. Repeat to make two more quesadillas (or use two pans to speed up the process).

Slice into wedges and serve hot with plain Greek yogurt, salsa, cilantro, and/or sliced green onions.


One Response to “Chipotle BBQ Veggie Quesadillas + A Cookout Crate”

  1. Chris Harris May 19, 2015 at 9:55 pm #

    It was VERY tasty despite not being too hungry, I required seconds!

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