Try This Amazing Quesadilla Rustica from NYC Hot Spot Bodega Negra!

Warm, melty queso? Sign us up! This Quesadilla Rustica from NYC's newly opened Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown is everything you could want and more from a quesdilla. Rustica cheese mix? Check. Mexican crema? Check. Habenero and jalapeño peppers? Double check. Plus it's entirely open-faced!

Make this restaurant-style quesadilla and you'll feel like you're at Bodega Negra eating Executive Chef Michael Armstrong's delicious creation in-house. Yum!

Bodega Negra Quesadilla Rustica
Tanya Blum
Country of Origin
Preparation time
  • 1           12" flour tortilla
  • 4oz       Rustica cheese mix (equal parts grated Oaxaca, Chihuahua, Cotija)
  • 1 oz      Goat cheese
  • ½ tsp    Dried epazote, ground
  • 2 tsp     Minced fresh Habanero
  • 6-8        Cherry tomatoes, charred under broiler
  • 2           Tbsp Chimichurri
  • 1           Jalapeños, thinly sliced
  • 2           Tbsp Mexican crema (or crème fraiche)
  • 2           Tbsp Cilantro, chiffonade

1. Toast tortilla on a lightly oiled griddle until charred on each side, let cool to room temperature; tortilla should be crisp and dry
2. Top evenly with cheese mix, then add goat cheese and tomatoes
3. Cook in a hot oven until cheese is melted and finish under a broiler to crisp up the edges
4. Remove and season with epazote and habaneros
5. Slice with a pizza cutter in 6 even pieces, place on round 12" plate, and finish with chimichurri, sliced jalapeno, drizzle crema and garnish with cilantro