This is Mexican quesadilla-inspired recipe, with a twist. I also saute whole unsalted cashews with the dish. It's quite decadent! I make this on days when I have sufficiently exercised to offset the calories! It's great as a low-carb dish, if you are not counting calories or fat! I count everything, so I make sure this is a special treat item.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
25 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 melts
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

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  • Melt butter with sesame oil in a skillet over medium heat. Season butter mixture with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Cook and stir shrimp, cashews, and green chile peppers in the butter mixture until everything is hot and coated in butter, about 5 minutes.

  • Arrange tortilla halves into a baking dish. Top each tortilla half with half the avocado slices. Spoon about half the shrimp mixture atop each portion of avocado, drizzling any remaining melted butter from the skillet over the mixture. Top each with about half the pepperjack cheese and Cheddar cheese.

  • Cook under the preheated broiler until the cheese is bubbling and the edges of the tortilla browning, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

777 calories; protein 36.1g 72% DV; carbohydrates 23.7g 8% DV; fat 63.9g 98% DV; cholesterol 227.2mg 76% DV; sodium 930.1mg 37% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2016
5 stars for ease! I used mild green chiles and feel like if I had used chiles with a little more heat there would have been another dimension of flavor I felt was lacking. Having the cashew crunch was different but I'm always up for different. My husband liked it too! Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/05/2020
This recipe was delicious. It drove me crazy trying to manage it all. I had to have assistance from my kids trying to make sure food didn't burn. It wasn't a very good family meal, as ours were all done at seperate times. Overall, it was a complicated delicious meal. Read More
8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2016
Great flavor and great low carb dinner option. Will do again for sure. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2015
This was surprisingly good! My husband raised an eyebrow when he saw the jar of cashews still on the kitchen counter but I wish I could have taken a picture of the look on his face after his first bite! Something magical happens with the avocado and cashew that makes the flavor so rich and creamy. I used less oil and less cheese and couldn't detect a difference in quality. Also subbing red chili pepper flakes for the green chilies worked well. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/12/2018
I was unable to find the Irish style butter so I don't know how much difference that would have made. I think the sesame oil totally overpowered the taste of the dish. I will make this again but not use sesame oil. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2014
This is a great light dinner. I used medium cooked shrimp sliced the long way. Added extra avocado...the broiler makes it creamy. You can use almost any good melting cheese...also regulate heat with just red pepper flakes instead of chilies. I will make again even as an appetizer. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
12/27/2016
5 stars for ease! I used mild green chiles and feel like if I had used chiles with a little more heat there would have been another dimension of flavor I felt was lacking. Having the cashew crunch was different but I'm always up for different. My husband liked it too! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2015
What a lovely dish...quite a hidden gem on allrecipes! I didn't have any green chiles in my pantry (darn it) so I used a bit of chopped up canned jalapeno.Other than that made it exactly as written including the cashews which was a great touch. I served it with some picante sauce chopped cilantro and sour cream on the side. Absolutely delicious. Thank you Lauren for a recipe that I will be making frequently. Loved it.: ) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/05/2020
This recipe was delicious. It drove me crazy trying to manage it all. I had to have assistance from my kids trying to make sure food didn't burn. It wasn't a very good family meal, as ours were all done at seperate times. Overall, it was a complicated delicious meal. Read More