20+ Quesadilla Recipes

With tons of filling and cheese options, these 20+ Quesadilla Recipes are sure to satisfy your Mexican food craving! Plus learn tips and tricks for the perfect quesadilla.

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Any time I’m looking for an easy meal, especially one that’s quick and with simple ingredients, a quesadilla comes to mind. They’re easy to throw together, and you can really make them with any ingredients you have on hand.

Grab some scrambled eggs, bacon and cheese to make some quick breakfast quesadillas. Throw in some pico de gallo, mexican cheese, fresh cilantro and refried beans for the ultimate Mexican quesadilla.

The options are endless, but here is a list of popular quesadilla ingredients to get you started:

  • bell peppers
  • chicken breasts
  • monterey jack cheese
  • sharp cheddar cheese
  • chihuahua cheese
  • avocado
  • steak

When it comes to the cheese in your quesadilla recipes, the best cheese to use is fresh off the block. Pre-shredded cheese has an additive that prevents the strand from sticking together; that additive also prevents the cheese from melting smoothly. Grating your own cheese ensures you will have ooey gooey cheese and the best results.

Another tip for the best quesadilla recipes is to use butter in your skillet rather than olive oil. This makes sure your grilled tortilla has the best buttery flavor, while also not sticking to the pan, but don’t let it get too hot! Remember butter burns at 350°F.

Lastly, add some sauce- you know I like it saucy! Salsa, guacamole, quesadailla sauce, mexican crema or avocado crema are all great choices!

Corn Tortillas vs Flour Tortillas

Corn tortillas are generally smaller than flour tortillas, and they are made with, well, corn. They also tend to break apart a little easier, and for that reason they are mainly used for tacos and not things like burritos or quesadillas.

Flour tortillas on the other hand are usually larger. Because of their size, they’re great for things like burritos and delicious quesadilla recipes because they have lots of room for the savory filling.

Quesadilla Recipes Toppings

Toppings for any type of food are, of course, up to personal preference. But take a quick look at this list before you hit the grocery store to get some other ideas.

  • sour cream
  • hot sauce
  • pico de gallo
  • salsa
  • avocado
  • queso
  • grated cheese

Best Quesadilla Recipes

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Chicken Sheet Pan Quesadillas

4.86 from 7 votes
With corn, black beans, chicken and loads of flavor, these EASY Quesadillas in the oven will be your new go-to weeknight meal!
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BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

4.56 from 9 votes
Made in only 10 minutes, these easy BBQ Chicken Quesadillas make for a quick and easy dinner idea! A great use for leftover BBQ chicken!
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Caprese Quesadillas

4.63 from 8 votes
Caprese Quesadillas combine homemade pesto with sun dried tomatoes and gooey mozzarella cheese. Serve for lunch, dinner or even as a party appetizer!
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Cheesy, spicy and shareable Cheesy Jalapeño Quesadillas are the gooey appetizer everyone loves. Stacked with cheddar cheese, fresh jalapeños and shredded chicken, they are ready in just 10 minutes! #cheesequesadillas www.savoryexperiments.com

Cheesy Jalapeño Quesadillas

5 from 6 votes
Cheesy, spicy and shareable Cheesy Jalapeño Quesadillas are the gooey appetizer everyone loves. Stacked with cheddar cheese, fresh jalapeños and shredded chicken, they are ready in just 10 minutes!
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Perfect Chicken Quesadilla Recipe

4.84 from 6 votes
Easy chicken quesadilla recipe with crispy tortillas, chopped vegetables and lots of cheese! Come see my tips and tricks making this recipe THE BEST!
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Air Fryer Quesadillas (Taco Bell Copycat)

This air fryer quesadilla filled with chicken and copycat Taco Bell quesadilla sauce is a quick and easy dinner idea. Making them in the air fryer leaves the tortilla perfectly crisp and the cheese nice and melty!
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Lobster Quesadillas

Take your next Mexican night up a notch with these incredible Lobster Quesadillas! Plus check out the best way to grill lobsters!
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Grilled Chicken Quesadilla Paninis

These Grilled Chicken Quesadilla Paninis are a fast and easy dinner, ready in under 20 minutes and leave you with no dishes to clean at the end!
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Waffle Iron Smoked Salmon Quesadillas

When it’s time to serve up deliciousness at your next get together crank up the flavor with these easy to make Smoked Salmon Quesadillas!
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Brisket Quesadillas

This brisket quesadilla is the ultimate way to use up brisket leftovers. Melted cheddar, red onions and smoky BBQ sauce are stuffed in a brisket filled tortilla with crispy edges and a gooey delicious center!
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Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas

These Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas are seriously delicious and a meal you can feel good about feeding your family. Packed with black beans, corn, tomatoes, cheese, and taco seasoning, these quesadillas have so much flavor. Plus you can freeze them!
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Kimchi Chicken Quesadillas

These Kimchi Chicken Quesadillas are filled with gochugaru-spiced chicken, kimchi and melted cheese in a Korean twist on a Tex-Mex classic!
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Carnitas Quesadilla

If you are a quesadilla fan and haven’t tried these Pork Carnitas Quesadillas, you need to join the party. We use slow cooker carnitas, Oaxaca cheese, and a large tortilla!
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Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas

Quick and easy pizza quesadillas loaded with pepperoni, pizza sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese. These super simple pizza quesadillas are great for a quick lunch or dinner with a side salad!
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Cheesy Chorizo Quesadillas

Cheesy chorizo quesadillas are great as an easy weeknight meal and reheated leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day! This simple recipe calls for only 7 ingredients and comes together in 30 minutes or less.
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Black Bean Quesadilla

Crispy Black Bean Quesadilla filled with Tex-Mex spiced black beans, peppers, onion, corn, and lots of cheese! How's that for a delicious and filling one-pan meal in 30 minutes!
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Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla

This Easy Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla is incredibly tasty! Buffalo chicken is a family favorite, so this recipe is a must-have that combines the flavors of buffalo chicken with lots of gooey, melted cheese all wrapped up in a crispy tortilla.
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BBQ Pulled Pork Quesadillas

A crispy flour tortilla filled with tender pulled pork, BBQ sauce and melty cheese. This easy pulled pork quesadilla is made with 5 simple ingredients in just 10 quick minutes!
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Tuna Melt Quesadilla

Quesadillas definitely rank as a comfort food – and frankly, so does a good tuna melt.  Get them both in the same dish!
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Spicy S’mores Quesadilla

Sweet-with-a-kick sweet treat, Spicy S’mores Quesadilla, quickly made from 7 simple ingredients. An outside-the-box Latin twist to a classic that will wow your family!
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