Thursday, June 29th, 2017

Haggis Quesadillas? Yes, They Exist.


Haggis is the quintessential Scottish food.  And it sounds pretty scary.

According to Wikipedia:

Haggis is a dish containing sheep’s ‘pluck’ (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally simmered in the animal’s stomach for approximately three hours.

Yeah…I know.

Despite the description, lots of people seem to really enjoy haggis — even non-Scots.  And I couldn’t live with myself if I went to Scotland without at least trying it!

So we did something different.  Kash suggested we go to Illegal Jack’s, a cute casual southwestern joint in Edinburgh.  The menu is pretty typical, featuring burritos, tacos and quesadillas made with chicken, beef and pork.

And it just so happens that you can get haggis in any one of them.

So our group of travel bloggers — consisting of Kash the Budget Traveller, Anthony of Man vs. Clock, Nathan and Sofia of As We Travel, and me — decided to go for the quesadillas.

They arrived freshly grilled, dripping with cheese and served with salsa.

I expected it to come out in a sheep’s stomach (and haggis purists insist that you need to try it that way), but seeing it as just a ground meat made it far less intimidating than it sounded.

And it was delicious.  Seriously.  It tasted like spicy ground meat — spicier than regular ground beef.  Like ground lamb, but with something more — which makes sense, as that’s exactly what it is.

The verdict?  Haggis, like many other strange foods, tastes good if you don’t think about what’s actually in it.

Check out the video of the five of us trying haggis:

Worth a visit?  Most definitely!  For the delicious factor as well as the weird factor, you’ve got to come to Illegal Jack’s. You can get a great meal with a beer for under 10 pounds. And all five of us, being bloggers, appreciated the free WiFi!

So tell me, dear readers…would YOU try haggis quesadillas?

I received a complimentary meal from Illegal Jack’s.  All opinions, as always, are my own.

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25 Responses to “Haggis Quesadillas? Yes, They Exist.”
  1. I’ve had the traditional sheep-stomach haggis, and it was OK. Not as bad as you’re led to believe, but not something I’d want to eat regularly. I’d much rather try it in quesadilla form, though.

  2. Amanda says:

    I don’t know if I could try the traditional haggis… But I’d be willing to give it a go in a taco or quesadilla!

  3. Megan says:

    ok is it bad that when you described the ingredients that most people probably went “ew” and i became hungry?! im pretty convinced i love the most obscure foods and i probably would have devoured these!

  4. Anthony says:

    Hahahahahahahahaha. Thanks for capturing one of my most hyper moments and culinary delights 🙂

  5. I think I liked it better when I didn’t exactly know what Haggis was. I mean I would try it but man thats a lot to swallow.

  6. Put enough salsa and hot sauce on anything and it instantly becomes edible. 🙂

  7. Matt says:

    Brilliant! I so SO miss haggis. When I lived in Edinburgh I would often eat haggis two times a day – once on a breakfast role and then for my dinner … occasionally, a third portion would be consumed deep fried from the chippy after a few too many pints.

  8. Alright. Mystery meat does exist!

  9. If it can be deep-fried, I’ll eat it 😉

  10. Jaclyn says:

    I couldn’t eat it out of a sheep stomach but I would definitely try it in a taco or quesadilla! I have a hard time not thinking about what I am eating. I wish I wasn’t so squeamish so I try hard to try everything at least once.

  11. Nasstaja says:

    I would try it. Sometimes the description sound a bit odd, but the taste can be oddly delicious too…

  12. Elysse says:

    Absolutely I would try it! I think everyone should experience new foods in new countries. Besides, you only have to try and if you hate it you don’t have to eat it again!

  13. I love Quesadillas, so I suppose having them with haggis makes sense. When I first tried haggis I also did it differently, on a pizza, which was actually pretty good. But haggis quesadillas sound even better!

  14. Alex says:

    Trying haggis was one of my biggest fears about visiting Scotland (I’m more or less the pickiest eater on earth). Especially as I was visiting my boyfriends family and I had a reoccurring nightmare where they prepared a special welcome meal of haggis and I was the guest of honor! So glad that I was able to scrape by just tasting it off someone else’s plate at a restaurant. Not a fan.

    I do love me some quesadillas, though.

  15. I think I would try haggis. I am not a big fan of Mexican food though so not sure I would combine the two!

  16. We’ve tried Haggis before – it wasn’t too bad. It was actually rather tasty!!!

  17. Mira says:

    I love haggis!! I lived in Scotland for 7 years and I try have at least one “Haggis Supper” when I go back. Haggis, Neeps n Tatties and swimming in Whiskey gravy – get in my face! I live in China now and after scouring all the expat supermarkets to no avail I’ve even contemplated making my own. However I don’t know how I would describe “stomach” let alone “pluck” to the butcher with my dodgy mandarin!

  18. I tried Haggis for the first time several years ago and found it absolutely delicious! I can understand why those who read the description of it may be put off, but I’ve also seen people avoiding sushi because of the raw fish aspect. I saw dive in head first and if you really don’t like it you don’t need to take another bite 🙂

  19. ayngelina says:

    Oh yeah I would totally eat that!

  20. Kristin says:

    I would definitely try them — I had traditional haggis when I was pretty young, and after I got past the whole stomach thing I actually really enjoyed it. Plus, Mexican is pretty much my favourite food and I’ll try any variation on it, especially being here in Australia with so little choice.

  21. Anna says:

    I definitely would. In fact I think I have already tried something similar in Moscow, but of Caucasian/Central Asian origin. It was very hearty and flavorful! Plus, with a proper pint of lager I would try almost anything 🙂


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