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Easy Quesadilla Recipe

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 1 quesadilla 1x


This quesadilla recipe comes out crispy on the outside with perfectly melty cheese! Here are 3 few tricks for a next-level quesadilla, and loads of variations.


  • 2 6-inch flour tortillas (per 1 serving*)
  • 1/4 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded Colby jack cheese**
  • 2 tablespoons pico de gallo (aka fresh salsa)
  • 2 pinches salt
  • Olive oil, for cooking
  • Other filling items: cooked chicken, cooked ground beef (or plant-based crumbles), black beans, canned corn, avocado, green onions, chopped cilantro, etc.
  • To serve: sour cream, hot sauce, cilantro, avocado crema, lime crema, salsa, guacamole, chipotle sauce, etc.


  1. Place half the shredded cheese, pico de gallo, and 1 pinch salt in half of a tortilla, along with any other filling items (be careful not to overstuff). Fold it over to make a half circle. Repeat with the other tortilla. 
  2. Heat a stainless steel or cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil to lightly coat the pan. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes per side until browned and crisp, pressing gently with a spatula while cooking. 
  3. Slice into 4 or 6 wedges and serve immediately with dipping sauces. 


*Want to make 8 quesadillas at once? Try our Baked Quesadillas

**Other cheese ideas: Oaxacan and Chihuahua cheese are most traditional for a Mexican quesadilla. Or, try Mexican blend cheese, or substituting the Colby jack with smoked mozzarella.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Tex Mex
  • Diet: Vegetarian