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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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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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.
03 of 09
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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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.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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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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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.
07 of 09
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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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.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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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.