Pigs in Ponchos: Quesadilla-Wrapped Franks and Beans

Aired July 22, 2011

8 good quality hot dogs
1 can vegetarian (lard-free) spicy refried beans
1 large poblano pepper
16 softened 8-inch flour tortillas
Salsa verde, homemade or store bought, about 1 1/2 cups
Yellow mustard, jalapeo mustard or honey mustard
2 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, about 3/4 pound
All-natural cooking spray


Heat a griddle or grill pan over medium-high heat or prepare outdoor grill.


Parboil hot dogs a few minutes in boiling water to heat through. Heat beans with a little water to thin in a small pan over medium heat or covered in microwave on high for 3 minutes


Meanwhile, char pepper evenly over an open flame on stovetop, under a hot broiler or over grill coals. Cool pepper in a bowl covered with plastic wrap, then peel, seed and slice.


To make the quesadillas, top 4 tortillas with a thin layer of salsa, a swirl of mustard, a few slices of pepper, lots of cheese and top with remaining 4 tortillas. Spread the top tortilla with some beans and set a dog at one end. Wrap and roll the quesadilla around dog; repeat with remaining ingredients. Spray with cooking spray and grill a few minutes to brown and crisp tortillas evenly on all sides, and melt the cheese.



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