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How To Make A Quesadilla

Updated on August 2, 2011

A quesadilla is a Mexican dish mainly composed of queso (cheese) and one or more tortillas (flat bread made from flour or corn maize). Quesadillas are easy to make, and can be ready in as little as 3 minutes.There are several ways to serve a quesadilla (folded in half, rolled, etc.), but the most common way to make one is by melting cheese between two tortillas. Quesadillas are often served as a side dish to a meal, or as a snack, but they can also be the main course if made with meats, peppers, vegetables, or other toppings. To make a quesadilla, you will need:

1 (or more) Flour or Corn Tortilla(s)

Cheddar, Monterey or Pepperjack Cheese, thinly sliced or shredded (for a more authentic taste, there are a variety of Mexican cheeses that can enhance this dish's flavor)

Strips of Chicken, Pork or Beef, or other meat filling (optional)

Vegetable, such as jalapeños, cilantro, avocado, tomato, etc. (optional)

Hot Sauce (optional)

First, preheat the stove to about medium heat (can also be cooked in microwave, but cooking on the stove gives an extra crispiness to the tortilla). Place a tortilla on a plate and distribute cheese and any additional toppings. Cover with a second tortilla or fold in half and place on a non-stick skillet or flat pan over burner. Flip over quesadilla with a spatula every 25 seconds or so (with more experience, it will be easier to determine when quesadilla is perfectly crispy and ready to flip over) until both sides are speckled with a light golden brown and cheese is completely melted. Remove from pan and let set until cooled. (Note: if using slices of cheese, it may be desirable to microwave quesadilla for 10 to 15 seconds before cooking on stove to ensure cheese is fully melted by the time the tortilla is crispy)

If you have a large appetite, you can cook a double layered quesadilla by adding an additional tortilla in the center. Simply layer cheese on one side of a tortilla, and take a second tortilla and cook it on the stove until it gets slightly crispy. Then, take the crispy tortilla and place it on the cheese, then add another layer of cheese on top and cover it with a third tortilla. It may be necessary to microvave the double layered quesadilla for a few seconds, since it will be much heavier and more likely to come apart while flipping it over. Cook it on both sides until fully crispy and enjoy! For an additional touch, you can also add a dollip of homemade or store brought guacamole to garnish the top of the quesadilla.


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      8 years ago

      Put butter on the tortilla and then place the butter side on the skillet, this prevents it from burning and gives it flavor!!! Soooo good!!!

    • Sith Penguin profile imageAUTHOR

      Sith Penguin 

      8 years ago

      Yes, it is difficult to determine exactly how long to grill one so it doesn't burn, but it gets easier with experience. Flipping it every now and then while cooking on medium heat is easiest for me, although I'm sure there are other methods. Thanks for the comment.

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      8 years ago

      i already have made alot but they always turn out burnt thatnks for this great article

    • linjingjing profile image


      9 years ago

      How To Make A Quesadilla

      Good article


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