Slow Cooker Chipotle Steak Quesadillas

I gave you my Valentine’s Day food yesterday so that today I could give you these.


I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen. (name that movie)

I’ve always wondered exactly what kind of pen she gave him. Because I like pens! I would have been excited about the pen. This is, however coming from someone who gets excited about new deodorant and paper clips, so . . . yeah.


Okay so here’s an idea. I propose we start a new sport. A highly competitive, highly skilled, highly yummy in the face sport. The Slow Cooker Meat Sport! No listen, we all throw our favorite meat in a slow cooker, get all willy nilly with it, turn it on and let it rock and roll until kingdom come. And the winner is whoever is eating first. Isn’t that grand!?

Except I change my mind about it being competitive. I don’t like competition. It makes me gassy. It’s not my fault though! I’m a Leo/Virgo. I’m ON THE CUSP.

This is my excuse for every bad decision in my life.


Bev at 3 years old, “But crayons are supposed to go up my nostrils. I’m ON THE CUSP.”

Bev at 15 years old, “We should drive my sister out to the desert and pretend the car is breaking down and that we’re going to leave her stranded for life. Mom will find it hilarious! I’m ON THE CUSP.”

Bev at 21 years old, “Velvet chokers sure do look good on girls. I’m ON THE CUSP.”

Bev now, “If I twist the scallion just right, it actually fits up my nose! I’m ON THE CUSP.”


Where were we?

Oh, yes.


Cusp need not apply.


Did I mention these have chipotle peppers in them? Oh they do.

Fiyaaaaaaa-haaaaa-haaaaaa. (name that song)


Bappy Balemtime’s Bay!

Slow Cooker Chipotle Steak Quesadillas:

What it took for 4 humans:

* 1 1/2 pound flank steak
* 4 chipotle peppers
* 3-4 Tbs. adobo sauce (from the can with the peppers)
* 4 scallions, diced
* about a cup of cilantro, divided
* juice of one lime
* 3 Tbs. salsa
* 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
* 2 cups Mexi-blend shredded cheese (or more if you want!)
* 8 multigrain tortillas (or any torts you dig)
* 1 avocado
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

In a slow cooker, place the flank steak, chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, scallions, 1/2 cup cilantro, lime juice, salsa and a good pinch of coarse salt and pepper. Cook on medium high for 4 to 5 hours. Flip it every hour or so. Your house is going to smell insane. The good kind.

Shred the meat right in the cooker. Taste it. Need any more salt? Any more juice? Add a little more salsa if it’s on the dry side.

Heat a skillet over medium-high. Add the tortilla to the pan. On one half, arrange some shredded cheese, then layer with the shredded meat, red bell pepper, some cilantro and more cheese! Always more cheese. Fold the tortilla over and sauté the quesadilla until the cheese has melted and the tortilla is golden brown on both sides.

Slice in half and repeat until your heart does the Macarena.

Mash up that avocado, then toss in some cilantro, lime juice and salt.

Garnish it, baby love.

Sorry I called you baby love.

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91 Responses to Slow Cooker Chipotle Steak Quesadillas

  1. Jen @ Savory Simple February 14, 2013 at 8:41 am #
    My hubby asked for steak tonight, maybe he'd like these! Mexican is his favorite so it's the best of both worlds.
  2. Carly @ Snack Therapy February 14, 2013 at 8:50 am #
    Gimmie gimmie.
  3. Heather @ Heather's Dish February 14, 2013 at 8:59 am #
    I'm with you - new deodorant is pretty grand, although my absolute favorite are new socks. They're kind of the best thing ever; apparently I'm easy to please!
  4. Ali | Gimme Some Oven February 14, 2013 at 9:15 am #
    Velvet chokers. Oh yes. :) These sound RIGHT up my alley!
  5. Vita @ Juicer Depot February 14, 2013 at 9:30 am #
    You crack me up Bev. I get so involved in reading your posts that I end up passing up all your pictures. By the time I am done reading I already forgot what you are making. So I end up back at the top to see the recipe step by step. I am so glad you are doing another chipotle recipe. Ever since I ate at Chipotle for the very first time I can't seem to get chipotle style recipes off my mind. I think I am obsessed with Chipotle.
  6. Heather February 14, 2013 at 9:31 am #
    These look amazing! That picture of the meat in the crockpot with the char (right word?) on the side has my mouth watering. Meat, it's what's for breakfast ;-)
  7. Little Kitchie February 14, 2013 at 9:32 am #
    Not kidding, we have eaten quesadillas 3 out of the past 4 nights. Looks like #4 is coming up soon! These look phenom.
  8. Leanne February 14, 2013 at 9:46 am #
    Apparently no one knows the movie or song. -____________-
    • nn February 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm #
      Movie is "Say Anything"
  9. Katie February 14, 2013 at 10:06 am #
    Lol you crack me up. The steak sounds amazing--I'm sure it would also make a great burrito too!
  10. April February 14, 2013 at 10:11 am #
    Oh my, these look amazing. And the the fact they are prepared in a crock pot - I am in love. Thank you!
  11. Sarah | The Cyclist's Wife February 14, 2013 at 10:18 am #
    Velvet choker! I am also a victim of that trend. And I'm not on the cusp. What can my excuse be?
  12. Carrie February 14, 2013 at 10:40 am #
    The movie is Say Anything, of course! "What I really want to do with my life - what I want to do for a living- is I want to be with your daughter. I'm good at it."
    • Bev Weidner February 14, 2013 at 10:42 am #
      I knowonwownwow best paaaarrrrrt!!
  13. Sandy @ RE February 14, 2013 at 10:57 am #
    Love my slow cooker. This sound fabulous! Happy Valentine's Day, Bev!
  14. Katie @ Blonde Ambition February 14, 2013 at 11:32 am #
    I'm totally down for Slow Cooker Sports. Can we just make these every day?
  15. Pauline February 14, 2013 at 11:37 am #
    Oh geez. I like pulled pork and I have been craving quesadillas for a while. This dish looks so good! Love the myriad of colors. Can I be your valentine and get me some of this grub love?
  16. Kelly Hartman February 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm #
    Finally I understand why I absolutely love your witty silly awesome writing on your blog... I am also a Leo/Virgo cusp girl! I've already made a few of your recipes and I am always excited in the morning for a new blog post. :) Happy Valentine's Day, lots of love to you! -Kelly
  17. Jess @ OnSugarMountain February 14, 2013 at 12:09 pm #
    A Bappy Balemtime's Bay to you as well! teehee I wonder how my bf would react if I said that to him today...these quesadillas though - holy chipotle Batman! Lovin 'em ;)
  18. windykitchen February 14, 2013 at 12:23 pm #
    I'm Leo/Virgo cusp, too! (8/23) I don't think I've ever stuck scallions up my nose, though. IS THAT A TREND NOW? Because I don't want to be left out. BRB off to find some scallions
    • Bev Weidner February 14, 2013 at 12:39 pm #
      I'm August 23rd too! Bday twinsies! (sorry I just said twinsies)
  19. Laurie {Simply Scratch} February 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm #
    I'll take 1,423 of these here quesadillas {pronounced: kay-sah-dill-eeyas} purrrty please!
  20. Wendy February 14, 2013 at 1:50 pm #
    Though we eat very little beef, I am on my way to the supermarket now to buy flank steak for this recipe. The quesadillas look great! Thanks for the recipe.
  21. Michelle February 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm #
    Happy Valentine's Day! I'm always looking for new ways to do meat in the slow cooker... ways that have already been tested so I (hopefully) won't mess it up! Thanks!
  22. Katie February 14, 2013 at 3:13 pm #
    Now I want to watch John Cusack movies and eat quesadillas for the rest of the day. Think my husband would mind if I was doing that very thing (in sweats) when he got home from work on Valentine's Day?
  23. Cassie | Bake Your Day February 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm #
    I would take your valentine's day food ANY DAY.
  24. kim February 14, 2013 at 3:41 pm #
    R.E.M.! These sound fab, thanks!
  25. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) February 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm #
    Ok....that's it, I really need a slow cooker!
  26. Kathryn February 14, 2013 at 4:34 pm #
  27. Katriel February 14, 2013 at 4:42 pm #
    Question...where does one find adobo sauce? I'm a virgin to flavorful cooking and have no idea what adobo sauce is, though it keeps being an ingredient in super awesome recipes that I want to try. When I read "Adobo" I immediately think of adobe bricks, so I assume the sauce must be a reddish brown. Unfortunately grocery stores aren't typically organized by color so that assumption is double unhelpful. Help?
    • Bev Weidner February 14, 2013 at 4:55 pm #
      Sure! Okay, you know those little cans of chipotle peppers? And there's that sauce that they come in? That's adobo sauce! It's a one-stop ordeal. And you get the peppers on the Mexican isle next to canned chiles. The brand I use is San Marcos. Hope this helps! (It will say "chipotle peppers in adobo sauce")
  28. Sharla February 14, 2013 at 5:34 pm #
    I love using the slow cooker - and my husband will thank you for something with red meat :)
  29. Cheryl B. February 14, 2013 at 7:48 pm #
    These sound so yummy! But what I really like is gettin' all "willy-nilly"- it's one of my favorite things to do, Thanks Bev!
  30. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl February 15, 2013 at 7:21 am #
    Is there anything better than shredding meat in a slow cooker? I vote no.
  31. Brian @ A Thought For Food February 15, 2013 at 8:01 am #
    Ok... so I don't eat meat. But we do a pulled brisket taco and it's done in the slow cooker and lord it makes our house smell good. That's the only time, for a brief moment, that I consider giving up being a pescatarian. And usually I have a little nibble of it just to satisfy my craving.
  32. JulieD February 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm #
    I'm in total love. Love love that this is done in the slow cooker!!
  33. Megan @ MegGoesNomNom February 17, 2013 at 10:12 am #
    I've got the flank steak cookin' low and slow in my crock pot right now! Can't wait.
  34. lpinkie February 19, 2013 at 11:24 am #
    Made these yesterday. They were absolutely delicious. So mad at myself for forgetting to bring leftovers to work today!
    • Bev Weidner February 19, 2013 at 11:44 am #
      Ahhh I'm so glad to hear it! The delicious part. Not the leaving leftovers at home part. ;)
  35. Jackie February 23, 2013 at 9:40 am #
    How spicy is this recipe? I know the adobe sauce adds flavor and spice but my 6 year old can handle the heat and I'm wondering if I could cut it back and still get the flavor. I'm not very good with seasoning so any help will be appreciated!
    • Bev Weidner February 23, 2013 at 11:40 am #
      It's honestly not that spicy! You may want to cut back the heat a smidge if you're concerned, but it's not too crazy!
      • Jackie February 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm #
        Thanks so much, ill try that. We have an experimental dinner every Sunday so this is on the menu! Can't wait to try it.
        • Stacy March 22, 2013 at 8:09 pm #
          wow maybe I picked up the wrong can of Adobo sauce but wowzers they were spicy!! I love spicy foods but I thought they were pretty hot and not suitable for kids!
          • Bev Weidner March 23, 2013 at 8:06 am #
            Oh I'm so sorry! Yes, they're pretty hot. And a little goes a long way. I guess maybe just one pepper next time? Or even half? (for the kids) Thanks for letting me know!
  36. cameron February 25, 2013 at 6:41 pm #
    Seriously so good! Just had them for dinner and YUM! My flank steak came out super juicy with lots of sauce. Thank you for this recipe!
  37. Kevin @ Closet Cooking February 27, 2013 at 9:12 am #
    Just look at that wonderful stack of tasty looking quesadillas!
  38. christy March 27, 2013 at 8:17 am #
    These look incredible! I want to make them, but my crockpot only has low and high program settings, or I can use the probe thermometer with a set temperature. Any idea how I could use my crockpot to cook the same as 4-5 hrs on medium high?
  39. Rachel @ Following In My Shoes March 31, 2013 at 6:54 pm #
    And these just OFFICIALLY went on this week's meal plan. By the way, I found this via Pinterest but from a pin leading to a spam. They've taken your photo ... linking to you but still. Over 1K pins to THEIR page for it and not yours. Here's the link if you want to address it with them:
  40. Mikki April 14, 2013 at 8:18 pm #
    Hey! My slow cooker only has a low and a high setting. How long would I cook the meat on low for? Thanks:)
  41. Tracey @ Cooking with Love May 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm #
    Beautiful photos! This is perfect for the work week!! Thanks for sharing. :)
  42. Marisa R. May 30, 2013 at 10:04 pm #
    These were amazing! I accidentally bought a london broil but it worked though! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe! :)
  43. Alice C. July 24, 2013 at 10:14 am #
    These are so delicious and super easy! Thanks for sharing!
  44. Jenny October 21, 2013 at 9:30 am #
    I found this recipe on pinterest and it has become a staple in my house. Seriously, these are AMAZING!! Thank you so much!
  45. Vanessa January 15, 2014 at 9:55 am #
    This looks sloop good. I am definitely going to try it. How many does this serve?
    • Vanessa January 15, 2014 at 9:56 am #
      Sorry meant sooooo good. Lol! Darn kindle
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  51. Rachael May 8, 2015 at 8:37 am #
    Love your sense of humor! Going to try these quesidillas for dinner tonight. Have crock pot out and ready to go. :) Cannot wait!
  52. Donna May 25, 2015 at 10:14 am #
    Had this pinned. Finally tried. Husband LOVED it! Thank you :-)
  53. Maria June 25, 2015 at 11:53 am #
    I have made this twice now, we devoured it, such a treat!! Have you ever made it with chicken?, beef is quite pricey these days. The last steak was $19 and it went fast. Thank you for sharing this great recipe.
  54. Ross July 19, 2015 at 10:35 am #
    This looks so goo can't wait to try it. But one question I live on Long Island ny and I know i can find adobo sauce but finding raw chipotle peppers is very hard. Not sure if I can find them do I need them? Is there anything I can use as a substitute if I can't find them ??? Help please
    • Bev Weidner July 19, 2015 at 7:40 pm #
      Hey! If you have the canned chipotle peppers in their adobo sauce, that's all ya need! Does that help?
  55. Rachel August 31, 2015 at 2:50 pm #
    I would like to make these using stew cubes I have on hand. I'm not familiar with using a slow cooker. Would I adjust the cooking time or leave the same? Thx!
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      It's right inside the recipe box! Hope you enjoy. :)
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  60. JC July 4, 2018 at 10:28 am #
    the recipe sounds great, but i have 2 questions to ask before i make it. 1) why does your meat look grillled ? 2) my crock pot only has a low and high cook level. not meduim. Bev, hoping you will respond. I am not the first person in the comment section to ask about what temp to cook this and for how long > Many thanks !! JC
    • Bev Weidner July 5, 2018 at 7:15 am #
      Hey! Hmmm the meat was definitely not grilled. It sat in that pot for hours, so it's just a little charred. No grilling! 2) If you have two settings, it's really up to you. Low all day for 7-8 hours, if you have the time. Or high for 3-4 hours. Just depends on how much time you have. Either works! Hope you love!
  61. Tammy August 18, 2018 at 8:57 am #
    This was delicious! I made it for dinner last night and the whole family loved it. I made a few changes which were good, but I'm sure it would be fabulous as is too! I added sliced onion and bell pepper (1 lg onion, 2 lg peppers) to the bottom of the slow cooker and a couple cloves of minced garlic. I also used the whole can of chipotle peppers and adobo sauce. It was very spicy, which is perfect for my family - we have very spicy palates! Thank you so much for this awesome recipe!


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