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Grilled Kale + Cheese Stuffed Tortillas

Simplicity is a funny thing when it comes to food blogging.

Sometimes it kind of feels like quick and easy recipes aren’t legit enough to post and talk about.  But not everything has to be complicated to be worth mentioning.  Quite the opposite, I think, and I often forget this. 

grilled kale + cheese stuffed tortillas | edible perspective

You know those days where it’s a feat just to get a meal on the table?  There have been a lot of those around here lately.  But even on those days when life is a little crazy, taste does not have to be compromised and to-go orders can be avoided.

grilled kale + cheese stuffed tortillas | edible perspective

As I’ve mentioned a few times we’ve been eating out a LOT the past month or so due to all of the moving chaos and renovations.  However, the past week or so I’ve been able to cook almost all of our meals [breakfast, lunch, and dinner!] at home.  Dinner may not happen until 9pm and it may be extremely basic, but it has felt great to be cooking again and not spending on dinners out.

I’ve found myself making some of these basic meals time + time again and decided I had to share.

Totally legit.  Promise.

grilled kale + cheese stuffed tortillas | edible perspective

First, the kale is tossed with a few ingredients then grilled until just starting to crisp. 

Yes, kale chips can be made right on your grill!

grilled kale + cheese stuffed tortillas | edible perspective

Right before the kale finishes cooking a small handful of fresh herbs is thrown in the mix to liven things up.

grilled kale + cheese stuffed tortillas | edible perspective

Tortillas are then crisped on both sides, sprinkled with freshly grated cheese, and topped with the grilled kale chips.

grilled kale + cheese stuffed tortillas | edible perspective

After about 1 minute of letting everything melt together you’re left with a hearty, flavorful, and comforting meal. 

grilled kale + cheese stuffed tortillas | edible perspective

From start to finish this was a definite 20 minute meal.  You can prep the kale mixture while the grill is pre-heating and then cook everything in about 12 minutes.

grilled kale + cheese stuffed tortillas | edible perspective

There are a million other things you could stuff in between these tortillas, but the kale + cheese are really all you need.

grilled kale + cheese stuffed tortillas | edible perspective

grilled kale + cheese stuffed tortillas | edible perspective

Print this!

Grilled Kale + Cheese Stuffed Tortillas gluten-free // yields 2 servings

  • 1 large head lacinato/dinosaur kale, curly kale will also work
  • 2-3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ⅛-¼  teaspoon salt + pepper
  • small handful fresh herbs, chopped or torn – I used basil, oregano, chives, and parsley
  • 4 gluten-free tortillas, or other
  • ~1 cup finely grated sharp cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat your grill to medium—about 350*– and place a grilling pan or grate on the grill.
  2. Tear kale from the stem and place all pieces in a bowl.
  3. Tear kale a bit more and add the olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  4. Massage the oil and seasonings into the kale until evenly coated.
  5. Pour evenly onto your grill pan and grill for about 7-10 minutes, turning about 3 times, until partially crisped and starting to brown.
  6. In the last minute of cooking throw your torn herbs over the kale and mix in.
  7. Place kale on a plate and place 4 tortillas on the grill for about 1 minute to toast the first side.
  8. Flip each and evenly distribute cheese on all 4 tortillas, letting melt for about 30 seconds.
  9. Place an even amount of kale on 2 of the tortillas and top with the other two cheesy tortillas.
  10. Flip and grill the other side for about 1 minute, or until golden brown and crisped.
  11. Remove from the grill, slice, and eat.

additional filling options: sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, mashed beans, over-easy eggs, baked tempeh

grilled kale + cheese stuffed tortillas | edible perspective

Simple is good.

So good.


Reader Comments (30)

Now this is my kind of meal. I'm obsessed with kale and you make it look so sexy (?) on the grill. I completely agree that simplicity is good. Plus, I think your average reader might be intimidated if it's too complicated.
Obsessing over the idea of grilled kale chips with herbs! Now that school has started again, I need simple meals like this to keep me going between work and studying.
I love simple recipes like this - who has time to cook fancy dinner every night and so often when I'm pressed for time, I am totally devoid of inspiration! This looks so tasty.
August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKathryn
Simple is good and I too need to remember this when developing recipes! Sometimes I go a little overboard!

This is one awesome tortilla and I LOVE the grilled kale!
August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTieghan
I adore the simplicity of this. I will be trying soon. Thanks for the recipe!
yum! looks amaaaaazing!
August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLivi
I LOVE Kale...this is a fun way to use it. I dont have a grill but typically use my grill pan on the stove instead. I wonder if that would work for the kale....
This looks great! I love a good tortilla for dinner--I tend to do the whole refried bean version, but I love this one as well. And I totally agree with all your thoughts, simple recipes can sometimes be the most intimidating ones to post. Silly, though :)

Glad to hear that you're getting settled and can do more cooking, it's the little things.
I am allll about the simple meals. Keep them coming!
August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
This is brilliant. Plus, I have some dinosaur kale left in my fridge at the moment. Simplicity is really where it's at sometimes!
August 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterchar eats greens
YUM! Would love to have this for lunch!
August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie @ Little Kitchie
These look so delicious and easy. I should make quesadillas more often...
August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTammela
I love how simple this recipe is - and kale + cheese is a great combo! Will definitely be giving this a try.
August 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterallie@sweetpotatobites
I think simplicity is best when there is one interesting ingredient, and grilled kale certainly qualifies! Never thought of cooking kale this way but I can't wait to try!
August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRachael@AnAvocadoADay
yes, simple is good! esp when cheese is involved...what more do you need? ;)
so glad you guys are getting settled!!
August 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commenternatalie@thesweetslife
I've never thought of grilling kale before. But I bet it brings out some really great flavors in it! And by chance...I have a giant bunch of toscano kale in my fridge. Might just be what's for dinner!
August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaria Tadic
Simple is SO good. I've been on a major kale kick lately, so I'm pretty sure these will be happening in my kitchen in no time.
I absolutely love the simplicity of this quesadilla and that it is on the grill too...FABULOUS! I'm such a huge fan of quesadillas, you can never really make a bad combo. ;)
August 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShe Rocks Fitness
You're so creative. Wish I had some kale tonight.
August 28, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermichelle
I love putting together a complicated recipe, but now and then you crave simplicity! Thanks
Loved these! It was a perfect way to use the kale from our CSA share. Thanks! Posted some pictures here:
August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn
I prefer simple, practical recipes over fussy ones and not to mention cleaning dishes. These are wonderful.
This remind me somewhat of a grilled cheese I recently prepared using kale as well. I love the idea of tossing it on the grill and throwing in a few fresh herbs. I love simple recipes like these.
August 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMegan @ MegGoesNomNom
Kale on the grill? Genius! I've been boycotting my oven for the past few months and I'm starting to run out of fresh grilling ideas. Thanks for the inspiration.
August 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKatie (A Fork in Hand)
Simplicity is always good! I've been making so many '5 minute meals' recently! The other great thing about simple meals is that you can always use them as a side and add other things if you want something a bit more involved....options are always a good thing!
August 31, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjo @ including cake
Yum! My husband works 5 nights/wk, so I often try to make quick healthy easy meals for myself. This is right up my ally! What kind of tortillas do you like to use being GF? I generally have Ezekiel around. And it is so satisfying when you really really want to order food/go out and end up making something so delicious and satisfying at home.
August 31, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
These recipes are great .....Please add herbs like garlic, ginger, cinnimon, onions part of your daily diet, .visit for more details......Cheers
September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRexton
Looks amazing! I'll definitely be giving this a try. Your pesto looks so yummy too!
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVoucher Discount
Hi there! I wanted to let you know that I absolutely loved this post -- the grilled kale in the tortillas looks incredible -- and I've featured the post in my blog's Weekend Wrap-Up. I've included the link in case you're interested. Thanks for another fantastic recipe!
September 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJess S. @ Floptimism
I found this recipe through Pinterest and it looks so yummy! thanks for sharing.
March 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

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