If you thought that quesadillas were just cheese in tortillas then think again. Here are the best and most beautiful examples of quesadilla recipes, and how creative you can get with them.
Here’s a list to get those creative juices flowing, and help inspire you to your next kitchen adventure!
Sheet Pan Quesadillas
Some of the best dishes are ones that are simple and quick to put together, yet can go a really long way in feeding a large group of people. This sheet pan recipe is just that. It has just five ingredients (tortillas, cheese, black beans, peppers, and salsa verde) and only takes 10-15 minutes to rustle together.
It’s packed full of cheese and vegetables, but can easily be modified to contain meat if you want. Leftover pork or chicken fajita mix works great in them. In fact, Kylie even lists it as a great ‘clean out your fridge’ recipe. So if you feel like it will work, then it probably will.
Keto Chicken Quesadillas
This keto and gluten-free chicken quesadilla recipe doesn’t lose any of the charm of quesadillas, with it tasting just like the traditional Mexican style of the dish.
It takes just 20 minutes to throw together, can easily be reheated, and can make for a great party snack or a proper dinner.
What I especially like is that it’s cheese-on-cheese. Not only does it have cheddar, but it has a good helping of mozzarella on top too.
A lot of people make the assumption that people on keto or gluten-free diets don’t ever want to have anything unhealthy. This dish hopefully shows that they like a bit of decadence in their food too.
Copycat Taco Bell Quesadillas
Why bother going to Taco Bell when you can perfectly replicate (translation: improve) their recipe from the comfort of your own home. Plus, you can double up on portions at a fraction of the cost.
This recipe beautifully replicates Taco Bell’s quesadilla sauce, using mayo, garlic and cayenne pepper, while it also has plenty of pickled jalapeños and sour cream to make the whole thing packed full of flavor.
Avocado Black Bean Quesadillas
Avocado and melted cheese isn’t always a combination that springs to mind when I think of Mexican food, but something about just makes sense.
This recipe mixes the two together, along with a fantastic helping of black beans, sautéed onions, and bell pepper. The entire mix makes for a mix of flavors, all satisfying as heck to eat.
Bacon & Eggs
I said earlier that even people on specific diets want to have dirty comfort food from time to time. So it’s great that even something so traditionally cheese-filled can be adapted to suit people on something as strict as a vegan diet.
Some people are split on vegan cheese (even vegans) but I think it goes great in the right recipe. This is that recipe.
This recipe is obviously dairy-free, but as well as that it’s great for people on either a gluten-free or nut-free diet.
Like a lot of recipes on this list can be rustled up in no time at all, and this is no different. You can get creative by adding some of your favorite ingredients as well, like mushroom, sweetcorn, black beans, or bell peppers.
Another quesadilla, another vegan option. This recipe uses onion, mushroom and bell pepper to stuff it full of veggie goodness, but most importantly without skimping on the vegan cheese.
What I like about this recipe is it calls for a blender to dice up all the ingredients. This helps make a really smooth and rich filling, giving you a satisfying and gooey quesadilla. Who says that meat eaters have all the fun?
From a vegan option to a very… not… vegan option. This chicken filling is made by marinating it in vinegar, chilli and garlic, mixed in with cheese and onions, and all housed in beautiful flour tortillas.
I’ve often just gone ahed with cooking chicken fresh, but having it marinating first really does make all the difference. It matches brilliantly with the melted cheese and crisp onions.
This keto-friendly take on the Mexican dish has a cheese and spinach filling, and a homemade low-carb tortilla. You can make these from scratch using coconut flour, egg whites, and cream cheese.
The tortillas need to be made ahead of time and to be refrigerated for a couple of days to help them form, but the results are well worth it.
Simple Breakfast Quesadillas
I love breakfast/ I love breakfast for dinner, and now I love… dinner for breakfast.
Truth be told, these are intended as a dinner option, but I think they work great as a brunch option too. They’re made with fluffy scrambled eggs, pinto beans, and cheddar cheese (side note: if you haven’t had melted cheddar on top of scrambled eggs before then you are missing out big time).
These beauties can be quickly whipped up in a skillet, and have herbs and hot sauce mixed in to guarantee a fantastic kick of flavor.
Turkey Cranberry Quesadillas
For a completely different twist, this Thanksgiving quesadilla recipe is a must try. If you’ve ever been clueless on how best to use your leftover turkey or cranberry, stuffing them into a quesadilla might not sound like the most logical thing to do with them but it just works.
Keto Chicken Quesadillas
This keto-friendly recipe uses homemade tortillas, made from scratch using low carb pizza crust and cheese (although you can buy your own pre-made if you prefer). It then stuffs in chicken, cheese, pepper, and green onions to produce that unmistakable quesadilla filling.
Keto Cheese and Chicken Quesadillas
Cheddar, Gouda, and mozzarella are all great keto-friendly cheeses, and this recipe doesn’t skimp on it. It’s then stuffed with chicken and parsley to create a simple but delicious dish.
BBQ Chicken Quesadillas
I love a BBQ version of practically anything. Burgers, pizza, and now quesadillas. It makes the perfect comfort food.
Taking just 20 minutes to put together, this recipe has chicken, BBQ sauce, gluten-free tortillas, and cheddar. Four simple ingredients, one delicious taste.
Pimento Cheese Chicken
These quesadillas are packed with heat and spicy flavors, thanks to the pimento cheese and an extra kick from pickled jalapenos. Pimento cheese, a Southern cheese dip, forms the creamy, cheesy base.
You can buy pimento cheese from the store or make your own by combining cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, pimento peppers, and mayonnaise. Stir pre-cooked, shredded chicken and pickled jalapenos into the pimento cheese, place into a tortilla, then fry until crispy.
Bacon, Egg & Cheese
This riff on a classic breakfast sandwich is the best way to start the day off strong. Crispy bacon, fluffy scrambled eggs, and savory, shredded cheese combine for a breakfast quesadilla that’s packed with comforting flavors.
To make bacon, egg, and cheese quesadillas, start by scrambling the eggs and frying the bacon. Then, combine all of the ingredients and place on a tortilla. Fold the tortilla in half and fry until crispy.
This heat-packed recipe uses spicy chorizo sausage to add extra protein and flavor to your quesadillas. Spicy ranchero sauce on the side adds extra flavor.
To make the quesadilla filling, combine crispy potatoes, Mexican chorizo, plenty of shredded cheese, and seasonings such as onion, garlic, and hot paprika. Once you fry the quesadillas, serve with ranchero sauce, a combination of hot sauce, cream cheese, lime, and shredded cheese.
Cheesy Zucchini Spinach
This vegetable-packed quesadilla feels healthy even as it tastes completely indulgent. The melted cheese envelops spinach and zucchini so even picky eaters will be happy to eat their veggies.
To make this recipe, cook sliced squash and garlic until softened. Brown one tortilla, then cover with a layer of cooked zucchini, shredded cheese, and baby spinach. Top with another tortilla and pan-fry until crispy.
Vegan Black Bean Corn
You may think that quesadillas, which by definition have lots of cheese, are impossible to make vegan. However, this recipe combines all your favorite quesadilla flavors with a dairy-free cheese alternative.
You can buy vegan cheese at the store or make your own vegan nacho cheese spread with soaked cashews, nutritional yeast, tapioca starch, and miso paste. Sauté black beans, corn, onions, garlic, and jalapeños add to a tortilla, then top with the cheese sauce and fry.
This fusion recipe adds a twist to the traditional quesadilla without messing with the iconic combination of chicken and cheese. A Thai-inspired sauce of rice vinegar, coconut milk, garlic, peanut butter, and ginger coats the quesadilla with tangy, spicy flavor.
Besides chicken breast, you will need peanuts, cilantro, onion, carrots, and Napa cabbage. Cook the vegetables and chicken. Then, shred pepper jack cheese, place on a tortilla, and top with the chicken filling and Thai sauce. Put a second tortilla on top and cook until crispy.
Forget everything you’ve learned about seafood and cheese—sweet shrimp and savory cheese were made to go together in this quesadilla. This fresh, vibrant take on a classic is a great way to get reluctant eaters to try some seafood.
To make these quesadillas, combine a mild shredded cheese such as Monterey Jack with precooked shrimp tossed in Caribbean seasoning. Top with pineapple, red onion, and cilantro for a burst of freshness. Finally, top with a second tortilla and cook on a grill until crispy.
Cheesy Ground Beef
This recipe combines the best flavors of a cheeseburger in quesadilla form for the ultimate comfort meal. The method and ingredients are simple: all you need is ground beef, grated cheese, tortillas, and seasonings.
First, cook the ground beef until fully cooked through. Be sure to season and add tomato sauce or broth so it doesn’t stick to the pan. Then, add to a tortilla and top with shredded cheese. Fold the tortilla into a semicircle and cook on both sides until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is crispy.
Crispy Cheese & Mushroom
This healthy twist on a quesadilla helps you get your daily serving of vegetables while serving up comforting flavors. Earthy mushrooms pair well with savory cheese.
Start this recipe by cooking sliced mushrooms with garlic and scallions until they release moisture and take on some of the flavor of the aromatics. Assemble the quesadillas with the mushrooms and shredded cheese, top with a second tortilla, and cook until both sides are crispy.