12 Easy, Cheesy Quesadilla Recipes

Enjoy Them for a Snack, Appetizer, or Quick Dinner

Leftover Chicken Quesadilla

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You had us at quesadillas! Mexican-style quesadillas are one of the easier recipes to make. All you need to do is layer a few ingredients (cheese, vegetables, and/or meat) in between two tortillas (flour or corn), brush the outsides with something to help them toast up (oil or butter), and cook them quickly (by pan-toasting, grilling, frying, or oven-baking), until the filling is hot, and the tortillas are toasted. Then you serve them with your favorite toppings like salsa, sour cream, guacamole, or pico de gallo. However you like to customize your quesadillas, this essential collection of easy, cheesy quesadilla recipes has something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

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    Easy Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas

    Easy Cheesy Chicken Quesadillas

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    With only a handful of ingredients, including packaged cooked diced chicken, these easy, cheesy chicken quesadillas are budget-friendly, and simple enough for kids to assemble themselves. The recipe suggests using Colby and mozzarella cheeses, but you could also use pepper jack, cheddar, havarti, or any other favorite cheese you have on hand.

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    Vegetarian Oven-Baked Cheese and Bell Pepper Quesadillas

    Cheese and bell pepper quesadilla

    The Spruce Eats / Emily Hawkes

    Give vegetarian kids something to smile about when you serve up these sneakily healthy, colorful, oven-baked veggie quesadillas for lunch, dinner, or a hearty snack. Three kinds of bell pepper are simply stir-fried with cumin, lime juice, salt, and pepper, then layered with cheese into flour tortillas for a quick trip through the oven. Make them vegan by using vegan non-dairy cheese.

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    Squash Blossom and Mushroom Quesadillas

    Squash Blossom and Mushroom Quesadillas

    Laurel Randolph

    Squash blossoms are the beautiful, edible, golden-orange flowers of the squash plant, that are available from spring to early fall. Their delicate flavor and texture shines in this creative quesadilla recipe. It combines squash blossoms with cheese, mushrooms, onions, and garlic, inside of toasted flour tortillas. Slice them into wedges for an elegant finger-food appetizer.

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    Baked Ham and Cheese Quesadilla

    Baked Ham and Cheese Quesadilla

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    Tired of the same-old ham and cheese sandwich? Upgrade your brown bag lunch, or create more inspired school lunches, with an easy baked ham and cheese quesadilla. You can even serve it for a quick weeknight dinner, with soup or salad on the side to round out your meal.

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    Grilled Quesadillas With Turkey and Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

    Grilled quesadilla with turkey and sundried tomato pesto

    The Spruce Eats / Ulyana Verbystka

    Get ready for an inspired mash-up of Mexican and Italian cuisines! In this creative recipe, classic Mexican quesadillas made with corn tortillas are stuffed with browned ground turkey meat and cheese, and dressed with an Italian-inspired basil and sun dried tomato pesto from your food processor, before being quickly pan-toasted on your stove top.

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    Make-Ahead Frozen Breakfast Quesadillas

    Make-Ahead Frozen Breakfast Quesadillas

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    Make these meatless egg and cheese quesadillas for your freezer, for an easy, tummy-warming breakfast treat that you can warm in the microwave, and eat on-the-go. Vegetarian breakfast quesadillas are loaded with protein and nutrition from canned black beans, scrambled eggs, corn kernels, cheddar cheese, and Mexican seasonings.

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    Barbecue Chicken Quesadilla

    Barbecue Chicken Quesadilla

    Leah Maroney

    Tangy, saucy, and satisfying, barbecue chicken quesadillas are sure to be a hit with both kids and grown-ups. Follow the included recipe for marinated chicken, or save time with a rotisserie bird from the grocery store. Store-bought barbecue sauce, pre-shredded Mexican-style cheese, and sliced red onion are the other, easy ingredients that round out this yummy meal or snack.

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    Masala Chicken Quesadillas

    Masala Chicken Quesadillas

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    If you're a fan of fusion foods, you'll get a kick out of these awesome Mexican-meets-Indian style quesadillas that are made with classic ingredients from East Indian cuisine. Chunks of Indian-style masala chicken are assembled on flour tortillas with a yogurt-based, homemade mint-coriander chutney, to create an intensely savory, spicy, and flavorful snack.

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    Traditional Fried Mexican Quesadillas

    Traditional Fried Mexican Quesadillas

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    In Mexico, fried quesadillas are a popular, crunchy, cheesy street food snack that are cooked to order. Fry up a batch of these tasty treats in your kitchen, with our recipe for homemade corn tortillas, filled with fresh Mexican cheese, and fried until golden brown, melting, and crispy. Be sure to read on below the recipe, for tips and filling ideas.

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    Pumpkin Quesadillas With Onion, Corn and Poblano Peppers

    Savory pumpkin quesadilla recipe

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    Gourmet-style pumpkin quesadillas with corn and poblanos (a mild Mexican chili pepper, also known as ancho chilies) make a tasty, savory snack or meal to enjoy in the autumn months, when fresh pumpkin is readily available. Using pork lard for the stir-fry, instead of vegetable oil, imparts a classic crispiness to the warm vegetable filling.

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    Grilled Chicken and Eggplant Quesadillas

    Chicken Quesadillas

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    Grilled chicken quesadillas are always a popular appetizer at summer cookout parties. Smokey grilled eggplant and onions make a tasty complement to chicken cubes infused with the tastes of cilantro, lime, and jalapeno peppers that are added to grilled tortillas, along with gooey, melted cheese. Marinate the chicken a few hours before cooking, so you can grill it up simply when needed.

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    Leftover Chicken Quesadillas

    Leftover Chicken Quesadillas

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    Here's a tasty way to use up leftover meat from a roast chicken dinner, or you can use a rotisserie bird. Super easy chicken quesadillas with cheddar cheese take only 5 minutes on your stove top, to warm the filling and melt the cheese. Enjoy them immediately, or wrap them up for your freezer as a make-ahead weeknight dinner.