National Quesadilla Day
About National Quesadilla Day
When is National Quesadilla Day Celebrated? This special day is always observed on September 25
Break out your quesadilla maker. Today is National Quesadilla Day, or Dia de la Quesadilla. On this September 25 holiday, we celebrate and enjoy a truly culinary treat. It’s hard to believe today, but quesadillas were largely unknown in many parts of the United States just a hundred (or less) years ago. The ancient Aztecs knew they had a good thing many centuries before Europeans stepped foot in the New World. Aztec tribes in Mexico were the first to make corn tortillas. It didn’t take them long to begin stuffing cheese and other things in between two of them. Today, almost all of us love this Mexican food staple and consume them often.
What’s for dinner tonight? Go Mexican or Tex-Mex. Make quesadillas for an appetizer, or your main course. There’s no wrong way to make them. So, bring out your quesadilla makers, and let’s eat! We just know quesadillas will have you dancing the Jarabe Tapatio, the national dance of Mexico. This dance is also called the “Mexican Hat Dance”.
We are certain you will have quesadillas today. They are popular on Cinco de Mayo, Mexican Independence Day, and many other Mexican holidays. But, people enjoy them all year long.
Did You Know? Quesadilla in English is translated to “little cheesy thing”.
Amaze your friends with your knowledge of these “cheesy little things”. Here are some facts they probably do not know:
- In Central Mexico, they contain shredded chicken, beef, pork, and other meats. And they do not contain cheese.
- Aztec cultures originally used it as a dessert.
- They are also a good source of calcium and fiber. However, for the diet conscious, they have a fair amount of carbs and fats.
- Quesadillas are on the menu at virtually every Mexican and Tex-Mex restaurant, and many other restaurants.
- Mexico is the top producer of tortillas. The United States is second.
- The most common cheeses used are Monterrey Jack, Colby Jack, and cheddar. These cheeses have a high melting point.
- It is estimated that 1 in 3 Americans eat a quesadilla on average once a week.
- Corn tortillas are gluten-free.
- Flour tortillas have more calories, fat, and carbs.
History and Evolution of Quesadillas
Ancient Aztecs in Mexico first made corn tortillas in 500 B.C. They put pumpkin, zucchini, and other vegetables inside, and baked them in clay ovens. Over time, the Aztecs put meats between the tortillas. Many centuries later, quesadillas evolved from this ancient recipe. Then, flour tortillas were created, giving the option of using corn or wheat-based tortillas. Today, the basic quesadilla ingredients are grated cheese placed between two tortillas and then heated or baked. Like any good food item, two things happened. First, quesadillas became popular all over the world. Second, people began creating variations to the recipe, adding all sorts of ingredients inside or on top of them.
Have it your way! Today there are dozens, if not hundreds, of quesadilla recipes to try. Or you can create your own recipe. You can add an amazing number of items to the basic recipe. Some of the more popular items are a variety of cheeses, chicken, beef, pork or other meats, black beans, black olives, spinach, zucchini, pumpkin, tofu, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, green chilies, and other peppers.
How to Celebrate and Participate in National Quesadilla Day
Here are some of the many ways to enjoy National Quesadilla Day or Dia de la Quesadilla:
- Eat Quesadillas!
- Go to a Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurant and order them as an appetizer or the main course of your meal.
- Make them at home. Add other ingredients and toppings in addition to cheese.
- Try adding an ingredient you’ve never used in quesadillas before.
- If you do not have a Quesadilla Maker, what are you waiting for? Buy one today.
Don’t hesitate to make a lot of quesadillas. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can have them for lunch the next day or as a nighttime snack.
“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” – – Mark Twain
History and Origin of National Quesadilla Day
In 2020, V&V Supremo Foods, Inc. announced the creation of National Quesadilla Day or Dia de la Quesadilla. Headquartered in Chicago, IL, the company manufactures and markets authentic Mexican cheese and other Mexican foods.
We did not find any documentation confirming this to be a “National” day. There are no congressional records or presidential proclamations.
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