You have probably tried the common and refreshing Mexican drink Agua de Jamaica on your visit to Puerto Vallarta.
It is a natural drink made from Hibiscus Flowers! It can be distinguished by its rich dark red color and has a bit of a tarty flavor that is sweetened with sugar or honey.
One day after making some agua de jamaica (pronounced ha-MY-kah) I thought to myself I bet these hibiscus petals would be great in a quesadilla. So the next day I got creative in the kitchen working with these flowers and some other ingredients I had in the fridge and came up with this wonderful new recipe with a twist on a vegetarian quesadilla.
A year later and a couple more attempts at making quesadillas with flowers I found the perfect combination of ingredients to make these delightful vegetarian quesadillas that are sure to impress. Try out this recipe and see for yourself.
1. Carrot Peeled
1. Cup of Hibiscus Flowers – cooked and drained
1/2 Onion- finely chopped
1.TBSP Coconut oil
1.tsp dried Cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
6-8 Tortillas and cheese of your liking. I like to use Queso Oaxaca
In a large skillet heat up the coconut oil over medium heat and then add the hibiscus. Let this cook for a minute or two to soften up the hibiscus even more and let the juices they have retained start to simmer. Next throw in the carrot, onion, cumin, salt n pepper. Let this mix of colors and flavors simmer on low heat for another 5- 10 minutes and until all the ingredients are tender.
While the hibiscus mix is simmering get your quesadillas going. For this recipe I actually make my quesadillas in the toaster oven. Next scoop a decent amount of the vegetable mix into the quesadillas and top with sliced avocado. Ta-da all set ENJOY!