Easy, Cheesy Tex-Mex Quiche

This crustless quiche is a great throw-together kind of weeknight dinner. Adapted from this recipe (Tasty Kitchen–no surprises there), it’s gooey and wonderful and (best of all) requires minimal effort for the tired cook in the family. Next time there’s a potluck and I’m dragging my feet about cooking, I called upon my husband to remind me to make this quiche and quit my whinin’. Not that there have been any potlucks in my life recently . . . and not that I’ve whined about any of them. It’s just a hypothetical situation, of course.


(Serves 5)

5 eggs
1/2 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 TBS melted butter
12 oz small curd cottage cheese
2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese
1 4.5 oz can chopped green chilies

Preheat the oven to 400 F.

In a medium sized bowl, crack open them there eggs.

Give them a good beating. Anyone seen that Bill Cosby stand-up routine? Let the beatings begin!

It’s all about how children are brain-damaged beings, and it’s darkly funny. All you need to do is read yesterday’s post to confirm that children are, indeed, not exactly a shrine of innocence and purity.

Add the flour . . .

. . . the baking powder . . .

. . . and that golden stream of melted butter.

Beat it all again until well combined.

Grate up a nice slab of Monterey Jack cheese.

Stir the grated cheese, chilies, and cottage cheese into the egg mixture until it’s nice and uniform.

Okay, this doesn’t exactly look delicious. But patience, my friends! I hear it’s a virtue . . . right? Yeah, that rings a bell.

Grease a 9 inch pie plate or spray it down with baking spray . . .

(please don’t tell me what’s in that spray) . . . and pour in the egg mixture.

Bake it for 10 minutes, then turn down the oven temperature to 350 F and continue to bake for 30-35 more minutes, until the sides and top are a golden brown.

In the meantime, you can make some kind of accompaniment for the quiche. We chose breakfast sausage, but in retrospect a salad might have been a nicer pairing. Sausage + eggs + lotsa cheese can get a little heavy.

When you remove the quiche from the oven it will look something like this:

Nicely puffed, lovely and golden. Mmmm. Start singing Tonight’s gonna be a good night and get your groove on, baby. Take it down, spin it around, and shake that thang!

Then do a quick check around to make sure no one witnessed your little ‘episode’.

Let it cool for a few minutes, and then serve!

The quiche is very cheesy and rich–here’s a picture to illustrate. Um, my mouth is watering.

After we had finished dinner it came to light that the quiche contains cottage cheese.

“Cottage cheese!?” exclaimed my husband. “That’s gross!” The funny thing is, he had never actually tried cottage cheese–I guess the lumpy look of it wigged him out. But the point is, if you have manly cottage cheese haters in your family, they will be none the wiser unless you choose to personally drop the bomb.

I chose to personally drop the bomb, but that’s just how I roll.

The best part: the crusty brown sides and bottom.

My pale Scandinavian roots indicate that I will never have toasty brown sides, or a lovely tanned bottom. Dang it! It’s the raw cottage cheese look all the way.

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21 Responses to Easy, Cheesy Tex-Mex Quiche

  1. myblogject says:

    Awesome and so simple… Think i’d call it am omlette rather than quiche though…

  2. I too was a little worried about the cottage cheese, my thought was gross as well. But this looks delicious and I love easy meals for the work nights! Love that Cosby routine!!
    Thanks- Paulie

  3. You had me at crustless!!

  4. Yum! I love a tex mex spin on anything, but I’ve never tried it in a quiche before. It looks delicious.

  5. giselle says:

    yummy.. hrm, my boyfriend doesn’t like peppers though. I wonder what I could put in there for flavor that isn’t a pepper. Oh wise one, what would you suggest? Spinach? Asparagus? Blueberries??

    • Jenna says:

      Ooh, asparagus! I would chop it up and give it a little pan-fry first so that it’s nice and caramelized. You could also toss in spinach and I’m sure it would be fabulous.

  6. NanaBread says:

    Wow. Your timing is perfect! I have all the things to make this, and I have leftover grilled chicken from fajitas last night. I’m thinking a chicken fajita chili cheese quiche with a salad might just be my dinner!

  7. Joanne says:

    I love personally dropping the bomb about things like this. I usually like to have a polaroid camera and snap photos of people’s expressions. It’s very candid camera of me.

    Well, I love cottage cheese so I’m sure I’d love this!

  8. Veronica says:

    It’s almost noon and all I’ve had is a banana. I’d almost kill for a slice of that!

  9. Erica says:

    Mmmmm. Yummers. Ha! Totally just used a “mom” word. Oh dear.
    I promise, except for the purpose of humor, to not EVER use that word about anything ever again. Ever ever ever.
    How does this do for leftovers? It looks super delish.

    • Jenna says:

      It’s great–the proof is that Adam had the leftovers no less than 3 times. He heated it up in the oven again and loved it. =) Just don’t try to eat it cold, because the cheese has a very congealed-like texture straight out of the fridge.

    • Twinky says:

      ….careful!!! What goes around comes around, so even if you don’t use MY words, you will develop some as a mother yourself that YOUR kids will one day want to avoid….. bwahahaha!! By the way, when are you heading this way?

  10. claire says:

    um… my mouth is watering!

    love the tex mex twist- not to mention the addition of sausages and green chiles!


  11. Kathy says:

    This looks so easy and delicious! Love cheesy quiches! The added kick of the peppers would definitely appeal to my husband,

  12. Tracy says:

    Sounds delicious and I love that it is crustless. Not that it would really help calorie-wise since I’d probably eat the whole thing myself. ;-)

  13. giselle says:

    Ok so normally I follow your recipes much more closely than barely at all. :P

    The ‘quiche’ is currently in the oven, but I had a few ingredient problems (ahem, I just assumed I had everything I needed without checking). So currently there are eggs, flour, cheddar cheese, sauteed onions, tomatoes, and spinach all baking in my oven. I don’t even know if this will turn out or just be a gloppy mess. LOL will let you know.

    Aww man! I forgot to add the butter!!

    • giselle says:

      Ok I’m back! It’s.. pretty good. Nathan loves it. I think it’s got a bit of a strong, kind of bitter (maybe??) flavor.. I think maybe the sharp cheddar was just too sharp, a lighter cheese would’ve been better. But it’s pretty good. I think had I made it the right way it would be awesome! :D

  14. JulieD says:

    That looks so good, thanks so much for sharing!

  15. Yummy!!! I’d eat this any day! :) For anyone with a thing about the clumpiness/chunkiness of cottage cheese, you could just put it in the blender and puree it.

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