Kids Make Southwest Quesadillas

There are lots of ways that kids can get creative when assembling quesadillas. This meal’s accompanying salad also has tons of ingredients for kids to help measure out and combine.

While your kids are helping out, you can also pause to discuss which FOOD GROUP each ingredient belongs to and share some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient: AVOCADO.

🥑food groups1🥑

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    • Veggies: black beans2, corn, tomatoes3, avocados4, cilantro, onion, chilis, olives, salsa
    • Fruits: lime
    • Grains: tortillas
    • Protein: black beans2, turkey
    • Dairy: cheese, sour cream

    1For information about food and health, go to ChooseMyPlate.gov.
    2Beans are so nutritious that they’re classified as both a vegetable AND a protein.
    3Tomatoes are classified by botanists as fruit, but nutritionally and legally they are considered veggies.
    4Because of its seed, an avocado is considered a fruit by botanists. But the USDA considers avocados to be veggies, based on their nutrients.

🥑 Avocados 🥑

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    • Avocados grow on trees.
    • Because of their seed, avocados are considered fruit by botanists.
    • Because of their veggie-like nutrients, avocados are considered vegetables by nutritionists & the USDA.
    • Mexico produces more avocados than any other country.
    • An avocado contains more potassium than a banana.

Below are some creative ways for your kid to be your personal Sous Chef as you make our Southwest Quesadillas Recipe. Simply hover over each image for details. Make sure your little dudes wash their hands before starting!

🍴SALAD🍴

To prepare the salad, kids can:

OPEN cans of beans & corn using a can opener*

DRAIN & RINSE beans and corn using a strainer

This is an easy and fun task for toddlers

Prep avocados*

Cut avocados lengthwise, remove seed, and cut into chunks. Kids can use a plastic knife, plastic pastry scraper or butter knife.

PLACE ingredients into bowl & MIX together

Kids can use two large spoons or just their hands to mix the salad.

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🍴MEAT🍴

To prepare the meat filling for the quesadillas, kids can:

PAINT SKILLET with cooking oil

Kids can use a pastry or basting brush.

MEASURE & POUR onion into skillet

This is a basic task that younger kids might enjoy.

BREAK UP MEAT IN PAN*

Kids can use a potato masher, spatula or spoon.

SPRINKLE taco seasoning onto meat*

Kids can keep tasting the meat to see if it needs more seasoning.

We really like this Potato Masher.

🍴QUESADILLAS🍴

To assemble the quesadillas, kids can:

SET BROILER on high heat

Grown-ups can explain the difference between using a 'broiler' and 'bake' oven setting.

Decorate tortillas

Sprinkle turkey, cheese and black olives onto tortillas. Kids can create smiley faces or other designs with black olives.

*Note: For toddlers especially, these tasks require adult supervision and/or assistance, as items may be sharp, hot or otherwise dangerous.

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