Vegetarian Hibiscus Flower Quesadillas- so "meaty" and delicious, the flowers are sauted with onion and garlic and add great texture and flavor! | www.feastingathome.com
Yes, you read right….Hibiscus Flower Quesadillas, and just in time for Cinco de Mayo! I first experienced these delicious guys down in Sayulita, Mexico over the winter, and was completely smitten by them. The rehydrated hibiscus flowers are surprisingly “meaty” – sautéed with onion, garlic and spices they are tangy and delicious and have incredible texture. Together with the melted queso fresco cheese, avocado and cilantro, this becomes a tasty vegetarian meal.

Vegetarian Hibiscus Flower Quesadillas- so "meaty" and delicious, the flowers are sauted with onion and garlic and add great texture and flavor! | www.feastingathome.com

The hibiscus flowers can be found in the bulk section of your grocery store (sometimes with the tea) or at ethnic or Mexican stores.

Vegetarian Hibiscus Flower Quesadillas- so "meaty" and delicious, the flowers are sauted with onion and garlic and add great texture and flavor! | www.feastingathome.com

Add one cup hibiscus flowers to 4 cups water, boil, then simmer 5 minutes, covered.

This whole meal can be made in 25 minutes.

Vegetarian Hibiscus Flower Quesadillas- so "meaty" and delicious, the flowers are sauted with onion and garlic and add great texture and flavor! | www.feastingathome.com

Drain and save the flavorful and nutritious hibiscus juice for drinks….like lemonade, sparklers or a refreshing Hibiscus Margarita!

Vegetarian Hibiscus Flower Quesadillas- so "meaty" and delicious, the flowers are sauted with onion and garlic and add great texture and flavor! | www.feastingathome.com

Saute the re-hydrated hibiscus flowers with onion, garlic and spices.

Vegetarian Hibiscus Flower Quesadillas- so "meaty" and delicious, the flowers are sauted with onion and garlic and add great texture and flavor! | www.feastingathome.com

After the hibiscus flowers are cooked a bit, they will take on a meaty quality.

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Fill the quesadillas….

Vegetarian Hibiscus Flower Quesadillas- so "meaty" and delicious, the flowers are sauted with onion and garlic and add great texture and flavor! | www.feastingathome.com

Then pan-sear until golden, finishing in a warm oven to melt the cheese.

Vegetarian Hibiscus Flower Quesadillas- so "meaty" and delicious, the flowers are sauted with onion and garlic and add great texture and flavor! | www.feastingathome.com

Vegetarian Hibiscus Flower Quesadillas- so "meaty" and delicious, the flowers are sauted with onion and garlic and add great texture and flavor! | www.feastingathome.com

Cut into wedges and serve. So easy, so tasty…. so fun and different!

Vegetarian Hibiscus Flower Quesadillas- so "meaty" and delicious, the flowers are sauted with onion and garlic and add great texture and flavor! | www.feastingathome.com

Have a happy and delicious Cinco de Mayo!

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Hibiscus Flower Quesadillas with Avocado


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Vegetarian Hibiscus Flower Quesadillas- so “meaty” and delicious, the flowers are sauted with onion and garlic and add great texture and flavor! | www.feastingathome.com


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ a small onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 tortilllas ( corn/flour blend)
  • 5 ounces crumbled queso fresco cheese (or jack)
  • Optional additions: chopped scallions, cilantro, sliced avocado

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot, add 1 cup dried hibiscus flowers to 4 cups water. Bring to a boil, cover, then simmer on medium for 5 minutes. Turn heat off and leave covered.
  2. Prep onion and garlic, crumble the cheese and get garnishes ready (slice avocado, chop cilantro, scallions). Drain flowers, reserving and chilling liquid for drinks!
  3. In a skillet, heat oil over med-high. Add onion and drained re-hydrated hibiscus flowers. Saute for two minutes.Turn heat to medium-low, add garlic, stir a minute, then cover, Let cook 5 minutes. Add salt and spices, mix.
  4. Assemble quesadillas. Add crumbled queso fresco cheese to half the tortilla, top with cooked hibiscus, avocado, scallions and cilantro. Fold over. Repeat.
  5. In a greased skillet over medium heat, lightly brown both sides of the quesadillas then place on a sheet pan, in a warm oven to melt the cheese. Cut into wedges. Serve hot.

 

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. This recipe was so good I had to leave a review! It tastes just like pulled pork, I was amazed. I also added some mushrooms to the pan to saute with the hibiscus leaves! Thank you for this creative recipe, can’t wait to share it!

    1. Awww… glad you enjoyed this Lily! Love the addition of mushrooms! Brilliant, I’ll have to try that!

  2. I’ve been buying fresh hibiscus flowers from my farmer’s market, and finding this recipe was a real winner! I’ve enjoyed making tea from the flowers, but making a whole meal has been great. I served the quesadillas with a side of seasoned corn and black beans. Thanks for this interesting and easy recipe.

  3. I feel in love with the Jamiaca drink in Mexico last year. Brought home some flowers from Mexico also. After I steep them , I save the flower for the chickens! They love them! But I guess I will have to try putting the flower in the the tacos, the chickens might be just out of luck now!
    I’m enjoying your blog a lot! Thanks Kim

  4. Wow this is so original! They look so pretty and delicious 🙂

    Nikki | http://www.nikkibstyles.com