Corn Truffle (Huitlacoche) Quesadillas


In this recipe, Huitlacoche (pronounced wee-tlah-KOH-cheh) is a delicious corn fungus packed with nutrients and antioxidants. Also known as the Mexican truffle, it has been considered a delicacy in Mexico for thousands of years and its popularity is rapidly growing in the U.S. and Europe. Enjoy it in these crispy quesadillas.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
55 mins


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • ½ onion, chopped

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped

  • 5 fresh epazote leaves

  • 1 pound fresh corn truffles (huitlacoche)

  • sea salt to taste

  • 10 (6 inch) yellow corn tortillas

  • 1 pound Oaxaca cheese, separated into strings


  1. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat; stir in onion, garlic, jalapeño pepper, and epazote and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir corn truffles into onion mixture; cook and stir until truffle liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and keep warm.

  2. Heat a large griddle or skillet over medium heat until hot. Moisten both sides of two tortillas with water and place them, stacked together, onto the hot griddle; cook until bottom tortilla is crisp, about 2 minutes. Flip stacked tortillas and cook other tortilla until crisp, about 2 minutes. Separate two tortillas; place them separately, uncooked-side down, onto the hot griddle. Cover crisp side of one tortilla with 1/5 of the Oaxaca cheese; place 1/5 of corn truffle mixture over cheese, then lay crisp side of second tortilla on top to cover truffle mix.

  3. Cook, turning once, until both tortillas are crisp and cheese is melted, about 3 minutes; repeat with remaining tortillas, cheese, and corn truffle mixture. Cut each quesadilla into four wedges to serve.


Huitlacoche can be found canned, but fresh huitlacoche is so much better. You can find it in summer farmers' markets, Mexican markets that carry fresh produce, and on the internet.

You may find it spelled "cuitlacoche."

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

525 Calories
32g Fat
36g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 525
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 20g 98%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 723mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 27g
Vitamin C 3mg 16%
Calcium 650mg 50%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 220mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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