Blackberry-Chipotle BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

The blackberry bushes around my house are finally starting to slow down their production of luscious little fruits. The season is coming to a halt. Or I have simply picked every single blackberry within a 4 mile radius. My purple fingers would probably suggest the latter…..

But judging by the look of things, I think this might be my last blackberry recipe for the summer of 2014. Although there is always that little stash that I tucked safely away in my freezer….

Given my multitude of blackberry recipes here on Floating Kitchen, I thought it might be a fun way to try out a social app that I’ve recently become obsessed with called Steller. If you are all ready on Steller, then lets connect, share and hang out! You can find me here and this is my first story. If not, I highly recommend checking it out. It’s an elegant, fun and crazy addicting way to stitch together photos, videos and text. I’m really excited to explore the app more (i.e. procrastinate) and see what creative stories I can come up with!

So let’s talk BBQ sauce. I have to admit I’m not really a condiment person. I detest mayonnaise and relish. And I’m on the fence about mustard and ketchup. Yes, I’m a weirdo. But I do heart BBQ sauce. It can be sweet, smoky, spicy or vinegary. It’s all good to me. Slather some on and let’s go!

So I decided to turn my last precious haul of blackberries into a BBQ sauce. And I’m really happy with how well balanced it turned out. It’s got just the right amount of sweet, tangy and smoky flavors. It would be perfect smeared on some grilled steak or ribs.

But today I decided to mix it up with some shredded chicken, black beans and corn to make one heck of a flavorful quesadilla. Because quesadillas are like summers comfort food.

Still thinking about grilled steak and ribs? Yeah, me too. Lucky for us the recipe below makes an extra cup of the BBQ sauce. So you can enjoy these quesadillas AND have leftover sauce to put on whatever else pleases you. Enjoy!



Blackberry-Chipotle BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

Yield: Makes six 8-inch round quesadillas

Blackberry-Chipotle BBQ Chicken Quesadillas


  • For the BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chipotle chili in adobo sauce, minced
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • For the Quesadillas
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
  • 12 (8-inch) soft flour tortillas
  • 3 cups Fontina cheese, shredded
  • 4 tablespoons cilantro, roughly chopped


  1. Make the BBQ sauce. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add the brown sugar, vinegar, chipotle chili, blackberries and tomato sauce. Cook, stirring frequently, until the blackberries are broken down and the sauce has thickened, about 10-15 minutes. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and the salt. Take the skillet off the heat and carefully remove about 1 cup of the BBQ sauce and transfer it to a clean container (you won’t need it for this recipe, so refrigerate it and use it later in the week!).
  2. Return the skillet to the heat and add the shredded chicken, black beans and corn to the remaining BBQ sauce, tossing to coat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the filling is warmed through. Remove from the heat and cover to keep warm.
  3. Assemble the quesadillas. Heat a second skillet over medium heat and spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Place one flour tortilla in the skillet and spread a scant 3/4 cups of filling evenly on the tortilla. Sprinkle 1/2 cup Fontina cheese and about 2 tsp. of chopped cilantro on top of the filling. Cover with a second flour tortilla. Let the quesadilla cook about 2-3 minutes, or until the tortilla starts to brown, and then flip it and cook on the second side for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  4. Remove the quesadilla from the skillet and repeat the process with the remaining filling and tortillas. You can place the cooked quesadillas in an oven set to low to keep warm.
  5. Cut the quesadillas into four wedges before serving.

36 comments on “Blackberry-Chipotle BBQ Chicken Quesadillas”

  1. These look incredible!

  2. I wish I had some blackberries at the back of my house 🙂 This quesadilla looks amazing!!

  3. Oh, yes! So many of my favorite flavors in one meal. I love the combination of the sweet and sour blackberries with the chipotle bbq sauce. This looks like the perfect lunch!

  4. These quesadillas look delish! Love the BBQ chicken, so delicious and perfect for Summer!

  5. These quesadillas are beautiful, Liz! I can’t get over how delicious the flavors sound. Love this creative meal!

  6. Blackberries are my favorite! I love everything about this! I am trying soon!

  7. I am madly jealous of your blackberry supply! Barbecue sauce is such a creative and tasty way to use them. Great dinner!

  8. Wow. The flavours in this are so great! Love the addition of blackberries to your BBQ sauce.

  9. This is such a creative recipe. Swoon!

  10. BBQ sauce sweetened with Blackberries! What a fantastic, delicious idea. I’m totally trying this out before the season ends 🙂

  11. Holy smokes Liz!! Blackberry bbq?? Dude. These quesadillas look killer, and how come I never put bbq sauce on quesadillas? What’s wrong with me? PS I’m majorly jealous of your purple fingers. Majorly.

    • Thanks, Karen! Yes, purple fingers are a great “side-effect” of living in the PNW! If you try it, let me know what you think! XO

  12. I am intrigued by this recipe! I would love to try these quesadillas

  13. Love that you added blackberries to your bbq sauce, very creative, bet this was delicious!

  14. Oh, blackberry bushes? Lucky you! I’m jealous 😛

    This sounds delicious 🙂

  15. We have blackberry bushes in our backyard too and I think they’re done producing for this year. But wow what a great idea! Never thought to put them in quesadillas.
    Happy Wednesday!

  16. I absolutely love the sound of this BBQ sauce — what a fun way to spice up a quesadilla! I’m a huge fan of sweet and savory, so this is right up my alley. 🙂

  17. I just discovered BBQ Sauce with fruit this year, and now I’m hooked on the sweet, savory, tangy goodness. Must make this!!

  18. :O Homagosh. YUM. This looks amazing and seeing as were coming into summer I am super excited to get fresh berries for this recipe.
    Bec x

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *