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Create Your Own Quesadilla Recipes

Updated on August 31, 2007

Quesadillas are among my favorite foods. They are great for appetizers, as well as for lunch or dinner. As long as you have flour tortillas and cheese on hand, you have the basic building block for a great quesadilla. I keep both of these items in my refrigerator at all times, so many evenings when I am in search of a quick fix for dinner, I create my own quesadillas.

Quesadillas are basically grilled cheese sandwiches made with tortillas and various types of fillings. As a matter of fact, quesadillas are a great way to create an interesting meal from just about any type of leftover meats or vegetables.


  • Lay a flour tortilla flat on a tray.
  • Sprinkle a think layer of your favorite flavor shredded cheese on the tortilla.
  • Add the toppings of your choice (ideas detailed below) to half the tortilla.
  • Fold the tortilla in half
  • You're ready to cook!

Cooking Instructions

Heat a non-stick pan over a medium heat. Spray with Pam or lightly brush with extra-virgin olive oil. Make sure the pan is hot before you add the quesadilla, because it won't brown properly if the pan isn't warm. Sprinkle a few drops of water in the pan to test the temperature. When the water sizzles, the pan is hot enough.

Place the quesadilla in the pan. Once the first side is browned (just a few minutes), flip the it over. Once both sides are browned to your liking, you have a delicious quesadilla for dining or snacking.

Filling Suggestions

Some of my favorite quesadilla recipes include:

  • Shaved deli ham (best with Swiss or Monterey Jack Cheese)
  • Veggie quesadilla - cooked spinach with sautéed onions, bell peppers, and mushrooms
  • Leftover spinach and artichoke dip with grilled chicken strips
  • Shredded chicken (I usually use roasted chicken from my local supermarket deli)
  • Taco Meat (either by itself or with refried beans.
  • Sliced meatballs with Marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese

Even though quesadillas are traditionally considered a Mexican dish, it's easy to vary the flavors based on the filling. For example, The sliced meatball, mozzarella sauce, and mozzarella cheese quesadilla filling is more Italian than Mexican. It actually tastes very much like a calzone.

Use your imagination when it comes to coming up with innovative quesadilla fillings. Tortillas are really just thin bread, so anything that you would eat in a traditional sandwich is likely to make an excellent quesadilla filling.

Serving Suggestion

Serve warm. If desired, top with sour cream and/or salsa.


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  • JewelieDee profile image

    JewelieDee 6 years ago from Delaware, USA

    Yep, baking in a frying pan is the best, and quickest way, to make a quesadilla. I tried microwave, regular oven, broiler, but this is the way to go. Thanks for the ideas!

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    DIY Backlinks 6 years ago

    This one sounds good, I am going to try it as a football food snack :)