15 Quick Quesadilla Recipes Ideal for Snack or Dinner
What's not to love about Mexican-style quesadillas? Melted cheese, crunchy vegetables, and flavorful meat are sandwiched between two crisp warm tortillas. They're a delicious comfort food that comes together in a flash and can offer satisfying portions of protein, vitamin-rich vegetables, and plenty of ooey-gooey cheese. Plus, the possibilities for flavor combinations are endless. From fontina to mozzarella, chicken to beef, and mild bell peppers to spicy jalapeños, quesadillas are completely customizable. Vegetarian? Check. Meat-lovers? Bring it on.
Here we're sharing 15 of our favorite quick and easy quesadilla recipes. There are basic quesadilla recipes that are essential to master, such as our Steak Quesadillas. This recipe calls for inexpensive strip steak, which has lots of texture and flavor; the quesadillas also feature sliced red onions and spicy pepper jack cheese. Served alongside a black-bean salsa with big chunks of plum tomatoes and avocado, it's a family-friendly meal that can be made on a weeknight.
There are plenty of vegetarian quesadilla recipes here, too. Goat Cheese and Mango Quesadillas are a little sweet, a little tangy, a little spicy, and entirely delicious. Our all-star Butternut Squash Quesadilla recipe is perfect to make in fall and winter, when this squash is at its peak. If you have leftover roasted butternut squash after Thanksgiving, put it to good use in this filling. Another genius use of Thanksgiving leftovers is Quesadillas with Chutney and Brie, which uses our savory Cranberry Chutney in the filling, but any cranberry sauce will do.
Grab a skillet or a baking sheet, a handful of cheese, and plenty of tortillas—we're positive you'll make our quesadilla recipes again and again.
Butternut Squash Quesadilla
Adobo-Marinated Chicken Quesadillas
Collard Greens and White Beans Quesadilla
Pork and Roasted Vegetable Quesadillas
Prosciutto and Mushroom Quesadillas
Button mushrooms sautéed with onion and garlic and finished with lemon juice are combined with salty prosciutto, nutty Gruyère, and peppery arugula in these perfectly balanced quesadillas.
Goat Cheese and Mango Quesadillas
For a tropical twist on the classic quesadilla, add slices of ripe mango. The fruit works surprisingly well with the goat cheese, red onion, jalapeño, and cilantro in this sweet-and-savory recipe.
Black Bean and Goat Cheese Quesadillas
How do you take steak-and-cheese quesadillas from good to great? Serve them alongside a zesty homemade salsa made with black beans, cilantro, tomatoes, avocado, lime juice, and cayenne.
Fresh Vegetable Quesadillas with Corn Relish
Whole-Wheat Quesadillas with Black Beans and Spinach
Healthy and ready in a flash! Whole-wheat tortillas are spread with mashed black beans and topped with spinach, pepper Jack cheese, and fresh salsa.
Quesadillas with Chutney and Brie
Take a simple cheese quesadilla to the next level by cutting the top tortilla into an intricate snowflake.
Muenster, Turkey, and Apple Quesadillas
Gussy up ordinary sandwich fixings like turkey and Muenster by layering them in a flour tortilla along with honey mustard and thin slices of Granny Smith apples. Serve with our carrot-and-raisin salad for the ultimate kid-friendly meal.
Chorizo and Red Pepper Quesadillas
Red bell pepper adds crunch and subtle sweetness to these cheesy, smoky quesadillas. Serve with your favorite green salsa.
Salami, Mushroom, and Fontina Quesadilla
Arugula dressed with lemon juice cuts the richness of this quesadilla stuffed with savory sautéed mushrooms, spicy salami, and gooey Fontina cheese.