10-Minute Quesadillas (2022)

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It’s about time you met my go-to meal, the quesadilla. When I’m feeling too lazy to make a proper meal, when my fridge is bare, when I come home from the grocery store hangry—I throw together a quesadilla in under ten minutes flat.

How have I not shared my basic quesadilla recipe, in all these years of food blogging? I’m righting this situation today by sharing my favorite quesadilla, lots of quesadilla-making tips, and fun ways to change up your quesadillas.

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First up, a brief history lesson! Quesadillas came to be when Spaniards brought dairy products (not to mention, cows) to Mexico in the 1500s. Mexicans combined cheese (queso) with tortillas and created a number of delicious combinations, including the quesadilla.

In its most basic form, a quesadilla is simply a grilled tortilla with melted cheese inside. It’s the Mexican grilled cheese, if you will, and you can add additional fillings if you’d like. My favorite quesadillas, however, are not the super buttery, ooey-gooey quesadillas that you might have ordered at a Tex-Mex restaurant and later regretted.

These quesadillas are packed with veggies and some beans for protein. I make them with whole-grain tortillas for some nutritional bonus points and add enough cheese to make sure they’re both enticing and delicious. That’s why I generally make a quesadilla instead of ordering pizza—they’re quicker and hit the spot.

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How to Make the Best Quesadilla

Here are a few tips to ensure the best end result:

Use one tortilla per quesadilla. Then fold it over on itself to create a half-moon shape. You can make two quesadillas at once this way, nestled in the pan with their folded sides next to each other. Giant, round quesadillas made with two tortillas are too tricky to flip and slice.

Choose your cheese carefully. Freshly grated cheese (as opposed to pre-shredded cheese) melts best. I prefer cheddar cheese to Monterey Jack, since cheddar is less gooey and produces a more firm, easy-to-slice quesadilla. If you want to go the traditional route and can find it, use Oaxaca cheese!

Use a medium-to-large skillet. Be sure your pan is large enough to accommodate the quesadilla lengthwise, so it can get nice and toasty from end to end.

Don’t crank up the heat too high. You want a moderate heat that will slowly melt the cheese and crisp the tortillas without scorching them. Reduce the heat as necessary and then make sure to cook each side long enough that they get deeply golden and crisp. Crispiness is key.

Oil/butter is optional. I often cook my tortillas in a cast iron pan without any oil at all—they’re less likely to burn that way. Just barely frying the outsides with a light brush of oil or melted butter is a nice touch (I included instructions for how to incorporate oil/butter in the recipe below, but you can certainly skip it).

Add beans. I like to include cooked beans as a protein-rich filler that lightens up the cheesy-carby elements. It seems like a more well-balanced, full meal that way.

Chop up your fillings. You can’t sandwich large hunks of ingredients in a quesadilla—they’ll fall out, and you’ll end up with hot cheese dripping down your chin. Awkward. Chop them up small!

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Bonus Tip (if you dare)

For a cheesy flavor explosion, sprinkle a little bit of cheese on the outside of the quesadilla, let it melt, and then flip it so the cheese fries against the quesadilla. Repeat with the other side if you’d like.

This works best on non-stick surfaces and might make a delicious mess regardless (this is also a great trick for grilled cheese sandwiches). You can find more detailed instructions in my crispy mushroom, spinach and avocado quesadillas recipe.

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Quesadilla Serving Suggestions

Quesadillas are a quick meal on their own right. I love to serve them with fresh salads, black beans or pinto beans, and Mexican soups. Here are some ideas:

  • Fresh Black Bean Salad
  • Green Salad with Jalapeño-Cilantro Dressing (or a simplified version of it)
  • Herbed Avocado Salad
  • Homemade Black Beans
  • Pinto Posole
  • Spicy Black Bean Soup

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  • Author: Cookie and Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 quesadilla 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican

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Quesadillas are the perfect quick meal. Enjoy this vegetarian quesadilla recipe in under 10 minutes! Recipe yields 1 quesadilla (3 slices), so multiply as necessary.

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Ingredients

Per quesadilla

  • 1 whole-grain flour tortilla (about 8″ diameter)
  • ½ cup freshly grated cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup cooked black beans or pinto beans,rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red bell pepper or jarred roasted bell pepper or a few thinly sliced cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon choppedred onion or green onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeño (if you like heat)
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil, melted butter or extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
  • Any of the following, for serving: Salsa, pico de gallo,guacamole or strips of avocado, sour cream, hot sauce, chopped fresh cilantro…

Instructions

  1. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Warm your tortilla for about 30 seconds, flipping halfway. Flip once more, then sprinkle one-half of the tortilla with about half of the cheese. Cover the cheese evenly with the remaining fillings: beans, bell pepper, onion and jalapeño (if using).
  2. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the fillings, and fold over the empty side of the tortilla to enclose the fillings. Quickly brush the top of the quesadilla with a light coating of oil, then carefully flip it with a spatula.
  3. Let the quesadilla cook until golden and crispy on the bottom, about 1 to 2 minutes, reducing the heat if necessary to prevent burning the tortilla. Brush the top with a light coating of oil, then flip it and cook until the second side is golden and crispy.
  4. Immediately remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the quesadilla to a cutting board. Let it cool for a minute to give the cheese time to set, then use a chef’s knife to slice it into 3 pieces. Serve promptly, with any sauces or garnishes that you’d like.

Notes

Change it up:Replace the fillings I used here with a handful of any of these options: raw or cooked chopped vegetables, sautéed greens, fresh leafy herbs, chopped olives or pepperoncini peppers, you name it.

Cheese notes: You can substitute any melty cheese (Monterey Jack, mozzarella, traditional Oaxaca—no need to grate the Oaxaca cheese) for the cheddar. You could also add crumbled feta or goat cheese, if you’d like.

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Favorite tortilla brand: I love Stacey’s Organic, which doesn’t contain any crazy preservatives. I usually store them in the freezer so they last longer, and defrost individual tortillas as necessary.

Make a basic cheese quesadilla: Just skip all of the other fillings listed!

Make it gluten free: Use a certified gluten-free tortilla.

Make it vegan:Omit the cheese and spread ¼ cup cashew sour cream (see my cookbook, page 217) or hummus over the tortilla (check out these hummus quesadillas), and use oil instead of butter for brushing.

Storage suggestions: These quesadillas are at their crisp best right after making, but they will keep well for about 4 days in the refrigerator, covered. Gently reheat in the microwave or oven before serving, if desired.

If you love this recipe: I havemore quesadilla recipesand Mexican recipes for you! Don’t miss the greens and beans quesadillas or everyday red salsa in Love Real Food—they are epic.

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FAQs

How long do you wait to flip a quesadilla? ›

Bake the quesadillas for 5 minutes, then carefully flip the tortillas with a large spatula and bake for another 8 to 10 minutes, until the top is browned and crispy.

What do you put inside a quesadilla? ›

What toppings go in a quesadilla?
  1. Southwestern: Fill your quesadilla with black beans, chopped onions, peppers, tomatoes, corn, cilantro and pepper jack cheese. ...
  2. Mediterranean: Load your quesadilla up with a blend of chopped spinach, red onions, Kalamata olives, feta cheese crumbles and mozzarella cheese.
13 Jun 2022

What is the best melting cheese for quesadillas? ›

Shredded cheese – Using Mexican cheese will make your quesadillas taste the best. Oaxaca and Chihuahua cheese are ideal because they melt easily and have a luxurious stretch. If you can't find them near you, I recommend using a combination of mozzarella and Monterey Jack.

How do I make quesadillas? ›

When the time comes to flip the quesadilla, slide a spatula (fish spatulas work particularly well here) under the open side, then flip the quesadilla over on the fold. A quesadilla is better when you keep it on the lighter side. Only use about two heaping tablespoons of filling per large tortilla.

Should I use butter or oil for quesadillas? ›

I opt for butter over oil whenever possible, but this is one case where oil is better: Butter contains water, which means that your quesadillas will turn out damp and floppy. Oil is pure fat, so it browns tortillas impeccably, resulting in pleasantly crispy spots on the outside of your quesadilla.

How do you seal the edges of quesadillas? ›

Brush the edges of the tortillas with water. Fold the tortillas over the filling and press the edges to seal. Bake for 5 minutes or until the filling is hot. Cut the quesadillas into wedges and serve with the salsa.

What cheese do Mexican restaurants use for quesadillas? ›

Mexican restaurants use a cheese called “Asadero.” This is creamy and smooth and melts really well in quesadillas and other Mexican-inspired dishes. However, this does not mean you cannot use other types. The best cheeses to use here would be freshly grated cheese.

What are the best tortillas for quesadillas? ›

Traditionally in Mexico quesadillas are made with corn tortillas, not wheat flour tortillas, and a melty, white cheese. Here in the states though, because of how close we are to the Sonoran area of northern Mexico, quesadillas are more often made with flour tortillas.

What is the difference between a tortilla and a quesadilla? ›

Difference Between Tortilla & Quesadilla - YouTube

How many tortillas are in a quesadilla? ›

A full quesadilla is made with two tortillas that hold a layer of cheese between them. A half is a single tortilla that has been filled with cheese and folded into a half-moon shape.

How do you make quesadillas crispy? ›

Preparation
  1. Place a medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, then add the oil. ...
  2. Place the tortilla in the skillet and sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top. ...
  3. Flip the quesadilla over and let cook on the other side for another 1 to 2 minutes, until the cheese is crisp and golden.

What goes good with quesadillas? ›

What To Serve With Quesadillas
  • Guacamole.
  • Refried Black Beans.
  • Cilantro Lime Rice.
  • Corn Fries.
  • Roasted Salsa Roja.
  • Restaurant Style Mexican Rice.
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup.
  • Air Fryer Tortilla Chips.

How do you make quesadillas taste better? ›

Choose a cheese that will melt nicely. I tend towards slightly milder cheeses so that they don't overpower the fillings, but you do you. Cheddar, Monterey jack, goat cheese, or Oaxaca cheese are all good options—choose one, or combine two for a creamy, melty mashup.

Is a quesadilla healthy? ›

They're not the healthiest choice when you're dining out. Those globs of glorious melted cheese are full fat and the fillings may be glistening from the oil they're sautéed in. But if you make your own quesadillas, you can keep the delicious taste while you jettison most of the fat calories.

How do you fold a quesadilla? ›

Lay a tortilla flat and make a cut from the outside edge to the middle. Place the meat, cheese, sour cream and pico de gallo into quarter sections on the tortilla. Fold the quarters together. Cook the quesadillas for there minutes on each side in a hot skillet.

Do you spray the pan when making quesadilla? ›

Heat a large heavy-bottomed frying pan over a medium heat. Add a little oil spray to lightly grease the pan. Add the quesadilla and cook until it's golden and crisp (approximately 1-2 minutes).

Do you need cooking spray for a quesadilla? ›

How To Make Cheese Quesadillas. Cheese quesadillas need just 2 ingredients – flour tortillas and shredded cheese! Well, the third ingredient is oil, but that doesn't really count, does it? :) Plus you can always use non-stick cooking spray instead.

Do you put butter in pan when making quesadilla? ›

Melt 1/2 teaspoon butter or oil in the skillet.

Ironically, the key to a crispy quesadilla is less fat in the pan, not more. Too much fat will make your quesadilla soggy instead of crispy. Use just enough to coat the bottom of your skillet — about 1/2 teaspoon of butter or oil.

Do you use two tortillas for quesadillas? ›

Use one tortilla per quesadilla.

Then fold it over on itself to create a half-moon shape. You can make two quesadillas at once this way, nestled in the pan with their folded sides next to each other. Giant, round quesadillas made with two tortillas are too tricky to flip and slice.

Can you prepare quesadillas in advance? ›

You can do this ahead of time. It also freezes great. To make the quesadillas, place a tortilla on the baking sheet and fill one size with a sprinkling of cheese, the turkey, black beans, salsa, pico and another sprinkling of cheese. Fold over the tortilla and brush the top side with olive oil.

How do you keep quesadillas warm and crispy? ›

If you are feeding a large group, keep the quesadillas warm in a 300-degree oven on a baking sheet until ready to serve.

What is the best Mexican melting cheese? ›

Queso asadero is Mexican cheese that's great for melting. It is soft, white and creamy with a mild taste, and is often used to make pizzas, quesadillas and queso fundido. The last cheese on this list is actually a cream.

What is the white Mexican cheese called? ›

Queso Fresco translates to “fresh cheese.” It's similar to feta in that it's a fresh, crumbly, and white Mexican cheese. You can find both salty and non-salty versions. It's often used as a topping for dips (like guacamole) or other appetizers.

What is the white cheese on Mexican food? ›

Queso Blanco

Translated to “white cheese,” this option is yet another crumbly cheese for Mexican food. It's softer than Cotija, making it a more subtle option for refried beans, salads, and enchiladas. Queso Blanco is unique in that it melts well without melting completely.

What size tortillas do you use in a quesadilla maker? ›

Quesadilla Size

Most quesadilla makers fit 8-inch, 10-inch, or 11-inch tortillas.

What does quesadilla stand for? ›

Well, queso means cheese in Spanish, and Dilla means a slang term for a dude. So quesadilla translates into “cheese-dude.” This little cheese thing was originated in the northern and central Mexico back in the 16th century. Fun Facts About Quesadillas: This dish can be served with a modest corn or flour tortillas.

What are the big tortillas called? ›

Burritos: 10-inch (or larger) flour tortillas. Quesadillas: 10-inch tortillas. Enchiladas: 10-inch flour or corn tortillas.

What is a quesadilla without cheese called? ›

Interestingly, Anais points out that a quesadilla without cheese in Oaxaca is called an 'empanada', which could be a surprise for people used to baked or fried hand pies with filling.

Is enchilada seasoning the same as fajita? ›

There are many similarities between fajita and enchilada seasoning, but there are also some key differences. Both seasonings typically contain chili powder, cumin, garlic, and salt, but enchilada seasoning will also usually have oregano, while fajita seasoning may have paprika or other spices.

Why is it called quesadilla? ›

It's from the indigenous Nahuatl word quesaditzin, meaning “folded tortilla.” It was a gag, but many took it seriously.

Do you use oil to make quesadillas? ›

You will need only about ½ teaspoon of butter or oil; avoid using too much, or your quesadilla will become too soggy. If using oil, try going for a lighter oil, such as canola or vegetable oil; olive oil will give the quesadilla too strong of a flavor. Place the tortilla on the skillet once the butter has melted.

What is the difference between burrito and quesadilla? ›

Burritos are more cylindrical and have more stuff and less cheese (usually). Quesadillas are mostly cheese and are usually flat and grilled/pressed - like a Mexican grilled cheese or panini.

Is quesadilla a Mexican food? ›

Like so many items on our menu, quesadillas originated in central and northern parts of Mexico but the food item rapidly spread to all regions of the country. The literal meaning of quesadilla is “little cheesy thing”.

How do you make crispy tortillas on the stove? ›

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add 2-3 tablespoons of oil. Once the oil is smoking hot, use tongs to carefully add a tortilla to the hot oil. Cook for 5-10 seconds until golden brown, then flip and fry another 5-10 seconds.

Can you use corn tortillas in a quesadilla maker? ›

Use flour or corn tortillas, stuff them with whatever you like, and cook for 2 to 4 minutes in a quesadilla maker. Don't forget the cheese!

How do you heat up a quesadilla in the oven? ›

Oven or Toaster oven: Put the quesadilla on the tray and bake at about 325 to 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. If you cover with aluminum foil, keep it loose so the tortillas stay crispy.

What is quesadilla sauce made of? ›

How to Make Quesadilla Sauce. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, jalapeño juice, ground cumin, garlic powder, salt, and chili powder. Mix well until creamy. Serve with a quesadilla - or anything you want - and enjoy!

What should you serve with enchiladas? ›

Enchiladas Are Best Served With:
  • Mexican Green Beans.
  • Corn Ribs with Macha Mayo.
  • Mexican Bean Salad.
  • BBQ Corn.
  • Black Beans and Rice.
  • Lime and Coriander Rice.
  • Chips and Salsa.
  • Pico de Gallo.

How do you flip a quesadilla with a plate? ›

Flip a quesadilla with no Mess - YouTube

How do you fold a quesadilla? ›

Lay a tortilla flat and make a cut from the outside edge to the middle. Place the meat, cheese, sour cream and pico de gallo into quarter sections on the tortilla. Fold the quarters together. Cook the quesadillas for there minutes on each side in a hot skillet.

Do you use two tortillas for quesadillas? ›

Use one tortilla per quesadilla.

Then fold it over on itself to create a half-moon shape. You can make two quesadillas at once this way, nestled in the pan with their folded sides next to each other. Giant, round quesadillas made with two tortillas are too tricky to flip and slice.

Is a quesadilla two tortillas? ›

A full quesadilla is made with two tortillas that hold a layer of cheese between them. A half is a single tortilla that has been filled with cheese and folded into a half-moon shape.

How do you cut quesadillas to make tortillas? ›

How to Make a Tortilla Wrap
  1. Make a slit from the one edge to the middle of a large tortilla. ...
  2. Add something creamy or saucy to the next two quarters to help flavor the protein in the first.
  3. Finish it off with some cheese. ...
  4. Fold the first quarter over the second one.
  5. Fold the second quarter over the third quarter.
29 Jan 2021

Can I use wrap for quesadilla? ›

The tortilla trend shows a new way to enjoy a sandwich wrap or homemade quesadilla with a strategically placed cut that allows you to fold the tortilla wrap in on itself to create three or four layers of fillings, making for easy eating and less filling 'spillage'.

How do you make a triangle quesadilla? ›

Ultimate Quesadilla (TikTok Tortilla Hack) - YouTube

What is the tortilla trend? ›

TikTok users are going viral by participating in the latest bizarre challenge, the Tortilla Trend, which sees people attempt to slap each other in the face with tortillas while their mouths are filled with water.

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