Huitlacoche Quesadilla Recipe

Huitlacoche quesadilla is a tasty, earthy, and nutritious Mexican appetizer made with Mexican truffles and melty cheese sandwiched in a soft blue corn tortilla.

Three huitlacoche quesadilla served on a plate with pico de gallo and pickled onions on top and salsa on the side.

What is huitlacoche quesadilla?

A quesadilla is a tortilla folded in half and stuffed with cheese and a variety of ingredients. The one we sharing in this post is made with cheese and a mixture of corn mushrooms (huitlacoche) and vegetables.

The recipe I am about to introduce you to is new and old.

Going by its indigenous name, huitlacoche (pronounced Hoo-eet- la- ko-che) and adding the Spanish word quesadilla, it isn’t likely to be found on the menu on even the most authentic Mexican restaurants outside of Mexico. It is an up-and-coming addition to real Mexican fare around the world.

Huitlacoche quesadilla close-up in melty cheese and filling.

What Is Huitlacoche?

Huitlacoche, also known as Cuitlacoche is a type of fungus (think mushroom) that is found growing on corn in the field. Most corn farmers outside of Mexico consider it a nuisance and discard it. In Mexico, however, it is considered a delicacy with many nutritional benefits.

A recent study carried out by the Autonomous University of Mexico revealed that huitlacoche was consumed in colonial Mexico and was shunned by many tribes who considered it a waste product.

Fresh huitlacoche attached to the corn plant.

But when indigenous people, driven by famine discovered its nutritional properties, plus its delicious taste, it gained popularity and widespread consumption ensued.

Nowadays, this delicious mushroom is consumed in soups, moles, crêpes, tacos, and even in drinks such as Oaxacan esmoloc.

However, the huitlacoche quesadilla is by far the most popular form of consumption, especially in central and south Mexico.

Where to buy huitlacoche?

If you live in Mexico, some farmer’s markets sell this delicacy by weight. You won’t find it easily in northern states, but most likely in center and south states. Some supermarkets sell it fresh too, look for it at the fresh produce aisles.

If you don’t live in Mexico, your best option is to buy it canned. There are many brands that sell this product, and you will find them mostly at Mexican food stores or in some supermarkets in the international food aisle.

Amazon also carries canned huitlacoche. A 7,5 oz (215 gr) can is enough to make our huitlacoche quesadilla recipe.

A small can of huitlacoche.

What type of tortillas to use

There are more than 60 kinds of corn grown in Mexico. Most of them are suitable for preparing tortillas. If you include flour and low-carb tortillas, you have loads of options to make this recipe.

Corn tortillas are a healthier choice than flour tortillas, but of course, you can use also those. In Central Mexico the most common tortillas used for quesadillas are:

  • Blue tortillas, which are the ones used in our recipe. It is made from blue corn masa which is more nutritious and with a different flavor. This type of masa dough is used mostly when making quesadillas, sopes, and tlacoyos.
  • White or yellow corn tortillas – commonly used for quesadillas and tacos – are the best choice if blue corn tortillas aren’t available.

 What type of cheese to use

Quesillo, also known as Oaxaca cheese is the most popular choice to make this huitlacoche quesadilla recipe.

However, other types of melty cheese can also be a good option, such as mozzarella, asadero, cheddar, or your favorite brand of Mexican blend cheese. 

Health Benefits

  • Combining blue corn tortillas, cheese and huitlacoche make a healthy, tasty treat.
  • The blue corn masa used to make this type of tortillas contains antioxidant compounds, plus it has more fiber, vitamins, and easily digestible carbohydrates, making it more nutritious than other types of tortillas.
  • Research on huitlacoche indicates its lysine content promotes calcium absorption and collagen formation.
  • It also contains antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C and essential fatty acids such as oleic and linoleic, sources of omega 3 and 6.
  • All of these properties help maintain proper blood glucose levels. It is also a natural laxative and aids digestion.

How To Make Quesadillas de Huitlacoche

Dice tomatoes, chop onions and finely chop the jalapeño peppers. Set aside.

Tomatoes, onions, and jalapeño chilies chopped and diced on a cutting board.

Heat the oil over medium heat in a sauté pan. Add first the onions and cook for 2 minutes, then add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add jalapeños and tomatoes, then cook while stirring constantly until vegetables are slightly soft.

Tomatoes, onions, and chilies cooked on a small pan.

Now, add the huitlacoche and season with salt and epazote. I am using dried epazote in this recipe, but feel free to use fresh if you have it, just chop it as you do with cilantro.

Cook for a couple of minutes, if you use fresh huitlacoche you might need to add a little bit of water to finish the cooking. Adjust salt to taste and set aside.

Huitlacoche mixture cooked on a pan.

Heat a cast-iron skillet or comal until smoky hot over medium heat. Place a corn tortilla and add a handful of shredded cheese on one side.

A blue corn tortilla with cheese placed on a cast-iron pan.

Now, add about 2 tablespoons of the huitlacoche mixture on top, making sure everything is on one side of the tortilla.

A blue corn tortilla on a cast-iron pan with cheese and huitlacoche mixture on top.

Carefully and using a spatula, fold the tortilla into a half-moon. Press a little bit with the spatula to make the cheese stick to the tortilla. Cook until cheese has melted nicely.

Huitlacoche quesadilla cooking on a cast iron pan.

Transfer the huitlacoche quesadilla to a serving plate and cover it with a kitchen towel to keep it warm.

Repeat the steps until all ingredients are used. Serve as suggested below.

How To Serve

Serve huitlacoche quesadillas with salsa bandera, pickled onions on top, and avocado slices on the side. Then drizzle with your favorite Mexican salsa (I love chile de arbol salsa).

For drinking, I recommend this refreshing Tamarind drink or Tepache, both options pair perfectly with this recipe.

Quesadillas de huitlacoche on a plate with various sides. Seen from above.

How To Keep Quesadillas Warm

If you want to make this huitlacoche quesadilla recipe for a crowd, follow those steps to keep them warm:

  • Line an aluminium pan with a large kitchen towel.
  • Now place a layer of foil in the bottom, touching the kitchen towel.
  • Next, place two layers of paper kitchen towels on top of the foil (this will absorb any moisture from quesadillas).
  • As you make the quesadillas, layer them on the paper towels.
  • Cover first with a layer of paper towels, then with foil, and last use the cotton kitchen towel to wrap them nicely.

More quesadillas recipes

Huitlacoche quesadilla recipe.

Huitlacoche Quesadilla

author Maricruz
8 quesadillas
Delicious, nutritious, and super easy to make. Those quesadillas with huitlacoche are some of the most authentic Mexican food out there.
prep 10 minutes
cook 15 minutes
total 25 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 can huitlacoche (7 oz)
  • 8 blue corn tortillas (or 4 large flour tortillas)
  • 2 cups Shredded Mexican cheese (Oaxaca, Chihuahua, or Asadero)
  • 2 medium tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper (chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried epazote (optional)
  • salt (to taste)

Instructions
 

Make the huitlacoche mixture

  • Heat the oil over medium heat in a pan. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  • Add jalapeños and tomatoes, cook while stirring constantly until vegetables are slightly soft.
  • Mix in the huitlacoche, dried epazote, and season with salt.
  • Cook for about 3 minutes, then set aside.

Make the quesadillas

  • Heat a cast-iron skillet or comal until smoky hot over medium heat.
  • Place a tortilla and add a handful of shredded cheese on one side.
  • Add about 2 tablespoons of the huitlacoche mixture on top.
  • Carefully and using a spatula, fold the tortilla into a half-moon.
  • Cook, flipping the quesadilla one or two times, until cheese has melted nicely.
  • Transfer the quesadilla to a serving plate and cover it with a kitchen towel to keep it warm.
  • Repeat the steps until all ingredients are gone and serve.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 230kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 163mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 468IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 212mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I am discovering lots of recipes I wanna make from this blog! We are vegetarians and I was looking for recipes to make with a few cans of huitlacoche I was gifted, but then one recipe lead to another and now I am bookmarking lots of them to make for my family :)

  2. 5 stars
    Never heard of such ingredient. I’m really curious to try it so thanks for the recipe, I’ll buy a few cans in Amazon and let you know :)