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Cheeseless Sticky Rice Quesadilla
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Cheeseless Sticky Rice Quesadilla

A cheeseless quesadilla sounds pretty strange as “quesadilla” contains the word “queso” which means cheese in Spanish. Unfortunately for vegans cheese is dairy, and cheese alternatives can be quite expensive, however I have come up with a variation which is equally gooey, but from a totally different product: sticky rice!

Sticky rice does not have the same stretchiness that cheese does, but it works well to bind two tortillas together and rice picks flavours up very well. A little bit of Mexican spice is the secret.

For 4 quesadillas:

  • 8 tortillas (flour or corn)
  • 2 cups sticky rice, steamed
  • ½ cup cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper (chopped)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • oil for frying


  1. Heat a drop of oil in a frying pan and lightly sauté the onion and peppers until lightly browned.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. In a large bowl combine the remainder of ingredients minus the oil and tortillas and mix, adding more salt to taste.
  4. In a large frying pan, heat another drop of oil and gently place a tortilla in the pan.
  5. Scoop a generous amount of the rice mixture onto the tortilla and spread it to the sides until evenly distributed.
  6. Place another tortilla over the rice so that you have created a sandwich of sorts and then flip it to cook both sides. They are ready when they are golden brown.
  7. Serve with salsa, guacamole, tahini, or chutney.

*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    Tortilla Sandwichessss.....ummm....seems a great recipe! Voted! :)
  2. Veganara
    Voted. They sound delicious. How inventive, using rice instead of cheese! I bet they give you a real starch boost, lots of energy.
  3. SnakeWitch
    I just thought of something while reading your recipe - maybe a bit of nutritional yeast is all that would be needed to make these taste like cheese, too. What do you think? My new one is True Compassion. Come by when you have the chance! Voted for you, of course. This sounds great!
    1. kristo
      That is a great idea! I will try that next time. I'll have a look at your new article.
  4. BuddhasDelight
    another brilliantly creative idea! thank you! voted. :)


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