Zucchini Quesadillas

A quesadilla is a tortilla typically filled with beans and shredded cheese then folded before being toasted or fried. Our version features cheese and cooked vegetables. Sour cream, shredded lettuce, sliced avocado, and bottled salsa make great accompaniments to quesadillas, so serve them on the side.

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  • Servings: 4
Zucchini Quesadillas

Source: Everyday Food, March/April 2003


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • Salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium zucchini (about 1 pound), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels (4 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • 4 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 cups grated pepper jack cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add onion and 1 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook 1 minute more.

  2. Add zucchini and frozen corn kernels; cook, stirring occasionally, until zucchini is soft and corn is tender, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro, if using.

  3. Brush one side of all tortillas with remaining tablespoon oil; lay 2 tortillas, oiled side down, on a baking sheet. Place half of the filling on each, and sprinkle with half the cheese. Place remaining 2 tortillas on top, oiled side up; press down gently with a spatula to seal.

  4. Bake until cheese has melted and tortillas are golden brown, turning once, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool slightly. To serve, slice each quesadilla into wedges.


Shredded cooked chicken or sauteed shrimp are also delicious variations in quesadillas, as are roasted red peppers; peppers packed in oil have the best flavor.


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