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Awesome 10-Minute Gluten Free Mini Quesadilla

Updated on October 9, 2015

Welcome to Parenthood

As a father, one of the things that caught me off-guard early on was a child's necessity to eat... frequently! And they don't warn you when they're getting hungry. All of a sudden, they blind-side you with grumpiness, a frowny face, and "Daddy, I'm hungry." So, you have to feed them, right then and there.

The question suddenly shifts from when to feed them to what to feed them. One thing I've learned about kids from my own experience is that they love cheese. Sure, this won't apply to every child, but it applies to a vast majority of children I've been in contact with. Could we ever tell why they love it so much? Probably not... But they do, so take advantage of this magical substance while you can.

Stuff you'll need.

You'll need just a few things: some small tortillas (two per quesadilla), some cheese, and a cheese grater.  Don't forget a pan and spatula for cooking.
You'll need just a few things: some small tortillas (two per quesadilla), some cheese, and a cheese grater. Don't forget a pan and spatula for cooking.

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: One mini-quesadilla


  • 2 corn tortillas, small
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese

There's no science here, just use your judgement on the amount of ingredients to use. How many kids will you feed? How many quesadillas will they each eat?

  • Scale the ingredients list to fit your MO.

Don't worry about grating too much cheese, any excess can be stored for future use.
Don't worry about grating too much cheese, any excess can be stored for future use.

Good cheese comes from happy cows.

First thing's first... a good quesadilla has to be made with good queso. Can you get away with the cheap stuff? Sure. But if you wanted to feed your kids junk, you would hand them a bag of Cheetos instead of making a fresh quesadilla, right? We like to buy 2lb blocks of Lucerne brand cheese in our household... choose something that you'll be satisfied with.

The "preparation" step is quite simple - cut a chunk of cheese off the block and grate it. I like to grate straight into a bowl to keep the cheese contained. Can you grate too much? Well, if you ask my kids, there is no such thing as "too much cheese." But we adults know better. So, if you end up with excess, toss it into a bag or tupperware to keep for future use. Obviously, if you buy pre-grated cheese, you'll save yourself a couple minutes of prep time.

Quick Cooking


  1. Cooking a quesadilla is one of the simplest things in the world (as long as you don't burn it). Pre-heat your pan of choice on high for a minute or two, then turn the heat to medium. As an optional bonus, you can drop a little butter onto the pan to make the tortillas crisp faster. Again, it's optional, choose what's best for your kids.
  2. For assembly, lay a tortilla onto the pan, sprinkle some of your freshly grated cheese onto the tortilla, cover with a second tortilla, and give it a gentle squeeze downward with your spatula. The cheese should start to melt almost immediately. Don't be surprised to see some of it ooze onto the pan. This shouldn't take much more than a minute.
  3. Check the bottom of the quesadilla for discoloration by gently lifting one side with your spatula. As the tortilla crisps up, it'll brown a bit. Take care to catch it while it's in the browning stages of cooking... a couple black spots here and there won't matter. (But, if the entire tortilla has blackened, it's generally not fit for consumption.) Once the bottom tortilla has browned and crisped slightly, it's time to flip.
  4. Take care to flip the quesadilla quickly but gently. There's nothing like melted cheese being splashed around the kitchen to cause a serious mess and nasty burns.
  5. Once both sides have browned slightly, take the quesadilla off the heat and, preferably, off the pan. A cutting board works best for cooling since you'll want to quarter the quesadilla before serving it. Don't rush it onto your kid's plate! If it's too hot for you to pick up, it's too hot to eat.

Of mice and men.

After cooling and quartering, transfer the quesadilla onto a plate and serve. You'll watch your children transform from hungry, grumpy munchkins to happy, cheese chomping little mice.

There you have it... ready to eat in all its cheesy goodness.
There you have it... ready to eat in all its cheesy goodness.

Nutritional Info

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 mini-quesadilla
Calories 155
Calories from Fat54
% Daily Value *
Fat 6 g9%
Saturated fat 3 g15%
Carbohydrates 20 g7%
Sugar 2 g
Fiber 3 g12%
Protein 6 g12%
Cholesterol 13 mg4%
Sodium 90 mg4%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

"Expert" Tip

Are you one of those people that leaves dishes in the sink until there are enough for one whole dishwasher load? Admittedly, I am. I urge you to do yourself a favor once the kids have been fed... wash the cheese grater immediately.

Cheese has a tendency to dry on the grater and make the cleaning ten times harder if you wait. Think your dishwasher is going to remove all that crusted cheese? Nope. It'll just cook the cheese onto the grater like cement.

Good luck peeling it off after that!

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