Cheesy quesadillas are very simple to make. They’re a great way to feed children quickly as well as offer tasty appetizers for a party. Let’s dig into this 10-minute cheesy quesadillas recipe! We’ve included some extra topping ideas and tips in the FAQ section, too, so that you can customize your quesadillas.

This recipe serves 4 people.

Ingredients

  • 4 medium flour tortillas (or make your own, see FAQs below)
  • 1 1/3 cup shredded cheese (Oaxaca, Chihuahua, Mozzarella, or Monterey Jack)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Sour cream, guacamole, or chunky tomato salsa (optional, for serving)

Method

  1. Using low to medium heat, warm up a nonstick skillet or comal. Heat your tortillas for a few seconds on each side to soften them up (they’ll fold more easily).
  2. Divide up the cheese between the tortillas and sprinkle it onto one half of each tortilla in a half-moon shape. Sprinkle a bit of salt if using.
  3. Fold each tortilla over the top of the cheese to form a half-circle.
  4. Cook the quesadillas for 1 to 2 minutes per side, or till one side is golden brown.
  5. Serve them as they are, or cut each one in half, with toppings on the side.

Cheesy Quesadillas recipe FAQs

What kind of cheeses can I use?

Lots of cheeses work in quesadillas, but the best ones are Oaxaca, Chihuahua, Monterey Jack, or Mozzarella. You can use a combination if you wish, or just one.

If you want to get the most flavor from your quesadillas, buy block cheese and shred it yourself. Shredded cheese often has additives to prevent clumping, which can impact the flavor of the cheese.

What other toppings can I use for quesadillas?

Other toppings you can try are:

  • Lean ground beef
  • Shredded chicken
  • Pulled pork
  • Carnitas (slow-cook pork)
  • Shrimp
  • Broiled fish (like tilapia)
  • Chorizo

What else can I serve with cheese quesadillas?

Lots of foods are delicious with cheese quesadillas, such as:

  • Refried beans
  • Sautéed vegetables (mushrooms, bell peppers, and onions are a good combination)
  • Soup or stew
  • Grilled corn on the cob
  • Mexican-style rice (cilantro and lime work well)
  • Any kind of salad (green salad, tomato salad, etc.)
  • Black beans
  • Mexican slaw

Do I have to have a nonstick skillet?

There is no need for a nonstick skillet: you can cook your quesadillas in butter, and they’ll be delicious. Melt one tablespoon of butter into your skillet before you heat your tortillas.

Quesadillas are best cooked on a stovetop – a microwave would make the tortilla soggy.

You could, however, cook your quesadillas in an oven. Here’s how:

  • Preheat the oven to 450 F.
  • Coat your tortillas with cooking spray (not too much, or they’ll get greasy).
  • Put the cheese inside your tortillas, then bake them for about 10 minutes.

How do I reheat leftover quesadillas?

Quesadillas are best when they’re fresh, but you can heat any leftovers in a nonstick skillet over low-medium heat for a few minutes.

Do I have to use flour tortillas? How do I make my own?

You can use either flour tortillas or corn tortillas for this recipe; both work great.

And if you want to be adventurous, it’s easy to make your own tortillas.

Here’s how to make 16 flour tortillas. All you need for the ingredients are:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil (or use shortening or lard)
  • 1 cup hot water

To make your tortillas:

  1. Combine the flour and salt with the baking powder in a large mixing bowl, then whisk to combine. Add the vegetable oil and stir till you get a texture that’s a bit like coarse crumbs.
  2. Pour in the warm water, then stir to combine and knead (coat your hands with flour) till you get a craggy dough.
  3. Divide your dough into 16 equal portions and roll each one into a ball. Flatten them a bit with your hand, then cover with a clean towel and let rest for between 15 to 60 minutes.
  4. Heat your large cast-iron skillet (or heavy-bottomed skillet) over medium-high heat. 
  5. While the skillet heats up, form your tortillas, either with a rolling pin on a floured surface or using an Uno Casa or another type of tortilla press. You want tortillas that are about 6 inches across.
  6. Cook them one at a time for 1 minute on the hot skillet (tiny bubbles will form on top). The bottom of your tortilla should become brown in places. Flip the tortilla and cook for 30 seconds on the other side.
  7. Stack your tortillas in a clean kitchen towel till you’re ready to make your quesadillas, or let them cool to use later.