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20 Scrumptious Quesadillas That Are Calling Your Name

You’ll make these recipes again and again.

<p>Antonis Achilleos</p>

Antonis Achilleos

Quesadillas are the perfect weeknight dinner. They’re endlessly customizable, easy to make, and (more often than not) filled with melty, gooey cheese. In this roundup of mouthwatering quesadilla recipes, we’ve got classic favorites such as Grilled Chicken and Spinach Quesadillas and Corn and Zucchini Quesadillas, but we also have interesting offerings like Reuben Quesadillas and Spinach Pie Quesadillas. Not a fan of cheese? We’ve got you covered, too. Keep reading for a collection of quesadilla recipes that doesn’t disappoint.

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Quesadillas Poblano

Jen Causey
Jen Causey

Poblano chiles are mild and hearty, making them a stellar quesadilla ingredient. In this recipe, the green vegetable is paired with onion, pinto beans, and shredded Monterey Jack cheese for a tasty yet simple quesadilla that comes together in just 30 minutes. Top with radish and avocado slices and a squirt of fresh lime juice for even more flavor and texture.

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Apple-Cheddar Quesadillas

Antonis Achilleos
Antonis Achilleos

If you’ve ever snacked on apple slices with some Cheddar cheese, this sweet and savory quesadilla is the one for you. Here, thin slices of sweet-tart apple rest on a bed of melty Cheddar cheese, but the real MVP is the dollop of tangy honey mustard spread inside the flour tortilla. Each bite of this quesadilla is sweet, a little bit spicy, and downright delicious.

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Cheeseburger Quesadillas With Romaine Wedge Salad

Jennifer Causey
Jennifer Causey

Though you likely won’t find this quesadilla variation on a menu in Mexico, we promise it’s worth making at home at least once. This kid-friendly dish includes ground sirloin, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickle chips, and plenty of shredded cheese. The quesadilla is served alongside a simple salad, which helps ensure that the entire meal is on the table in under 35 minutes.

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Reuben Quesadillas

Antonis Achilleos
Antonis Achilleos

For further proof that you can transform just about anything into a quesadilla, look no further than this recipe. Here, Thousand Island dressing, corned beef, a heap of sauerkraut, and shredded Swiss cheese join forces to create a meal that doesn’t disappoint. When grocery shopping for this beauty, opt for refrigerated sauerkraut so you can enjoy all of the gut-friendly benefits the fermented food offers.

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Grilled Chicken and Spinach Quesadillas

Alex Farnum
Alex Farnum

Some people don’t love grilled chicken because it often isn’t the most flavorful thing to eat. However, if you stick the lean protein in a quesadilla, you may be pleasantly surprised. In this recipe, grilled chicken is joined by fresh spinach and Monterey Jack cheese. Serve with salsa and avocado slices for even more flavor. And if you don’t feel like grilling chicken, use leftover  rotisserie chicken instead.

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Quesadilla Breakfast Tacos

<p>The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga</p>

The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

Part taco, part quesadilla, it doesn’t get much better than this loaded breakfast that’s ready in 15 minutes. Each serving includes plenty of scrambled eggs, shredded Cheddar cheese, and a topping of Greek yogurt, fresh cherry tomatoes, and cilantro,

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Sweet Corn and Goat Cheese Quesadillas

Alison Conklin
Alison Conklin

What separates a good quesadilla from a great quesadilla is balance. Here, sweet corn kernels are paired with creamy, tangy goat cheese. You’ll also find diced zucchini, fresh basil leaves, and pungent scallions that add plenty of flavor.

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Spinach Pie Quesadilla

Josh Shaub
Josh Shaub

If you’re a fan of spanakopita, you’re going to love this savory quesadilla. A tortilla takes the place of phyllo dough, but those beloved Greek flavors remain thanks to thyme, Greek yogurt, and crumbled feta cheese. We love whipping this up for a healthy, protein-packed breakfast.

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Shrimp Quesadilla

<p>The Spruce Eats / Cara Cormack</p>

The Spruce Eats / Cara Cormack

Chicken and beef are two of the most popular quesadilla fillings, but if you’re not also making shrimp quesadillas, you’re missing out. In this recipe, shrimp are joined by peppers, onions, and melty Monterey Jack cheese, and the shrimp and veggies are seasoned with onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, and cumin, for plenty of flavor.

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Related: 16 Healthy Fish and Shrimp Recipes for Any Night of the Week

Squash-and-Charred-Poblano Quesadillas

Nico Schinco
Nico Schinco

Quesadillas are typically viewed as a casual meal, but this recipe is proof that they can be elevated easily, based on the ingredients you use. In this recipe, Monterey Jack cheese quickly melds the tortillas together as they crisp in the skillet. Then, the tortillas are topped with cumin-spiced roasted squash and blistered poblanos. The result is a simple take on a quesadilla that’s dinner party-worthy.

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Corn and Zucchini Quesadillas

Photograph and video: J. Kenji López-Alt
Photograph and video: J. Kenji López-Alt

If you’re a vegetarian, or are just trying to cut back on the amount of meat you eat, this is the quesadilla recipe for you. This meat-free dish is made with shredded Jack cheese, finely diced zucchini, fresh corn kernels, a minced jalapeno pepper, and plenty of cilantro. The trick here is to mix the cheese in with the fillings so everything gets distributed evenly. This will also ensure that the quesadilla fillings stay intact instead of falling out.

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Crispy Cheese and Mushroom Quesadillas

Sally Vargas
Sally Vargas

This vegetarian quesadilla recipe comes together in just 20 minutes, and calls for a handful of ingredients, including many you likely already have at home. The filling is a simple cheese and mushroom combo, but feel free to add more veggies if you’re really hungry. You can also serve this quesadilla with a soup and salad for a complete meal.

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Traditional Fried Mexican Quesadillas

<p>The Spruce / Abbey Littlejohn</p>

The Spruce / Abbey Littlejohn

This fried quesadilla is not what you might be used to, but we promise it’s absolutely delicious. It starts with an uncooked corn tortilla filled with cheese and/or other ingredients. The tortillas are then fried until crisp and golden brown. For the best results, purchase fresh masa to make the tortillas. You can find this ingredient at Hispanic and Mexican markets.

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Turkey and Brussels Sprout Quesadillas

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

Turkey is not a popular quesadilla filling, but it’s one to consider if you’re looking for an alternative to chicken and beef. In this recipe, the turkey is paired with Brussels sprouts, chopped pickled jalapeños, and shredded Jack cheese. Sure, you can make this quesadilla with Thanksgiving leftovers, but it’s scrumptious no matter what time of year it is.

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Loaded Sheet Pan Quesadillas

<p>Simply Recipes / Nick Evans</p>

Simply Recipes / Nick Evans

Who says you can’t make quesadillas for a crowd? This classic recipe that includes ground beef, cheese, beans, and vegetables, yields 15 quesadilla pieces and is ready in an hour. Make this sheet pan meal for gameday, a kid’s birthday party, or any other occasion with a bunch of hungry people.

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Grilled Chicken Quesadilla

<p>The Spruce / Christine Ma</p>

The Spruce / Christine Ma

For an elevated take on a chicken quesadilla that still tastes familiar, this is the dish to make. Each quesadilla is packed with  herb-marinated chicken tenders lying on top of tangy, creamy cheese topped with grilled vegetables. While the chicken does need to marinate for several hours for the best results, we promise it’s well worth the wait.

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Chorizo Quesadillas With Radish and Fennel Salsa

Matthew and Emily Clifton
Matthew and Emily Clifton

Cured chorizo is the main ingredient in these quesadillas, alongside plenty of grated cheese. The real star, however, is the homemade radish and fennel salsa that also includes scallions, cilantro leaves, a finely chopped jalapeño, and fresh lime juice.

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Masala Chicken Quesadillas

<p>Paul Brighton/Dreamstime.com</p>

Paul Brighton/Dreamstime.com

This flavorful recipe is a fusion between Mexican and Indian cuisines. Here, masala chicken is packed in a quesadilla and sandwiched between homemade mint-coriander chutney and grated cheese. You’ll also make your own yogurt dip that is the perfect quesadilla accompaniment.

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Oven-Baked Cheese and Bell Pepper Quesadillas

<p>The Spruce/Emily Hawkes</p>

The Spruce/Emily Hawkes

This kid-friendly quesadilla recipe somehow manages to be tasty and healthy, and we can guarantee it’ll be a hit with the rest of the family as well. The pepper-and-cheese-filled quesadillas are baked in the oven instead of being pan-fried, and once they’re done you can serve ‘em with sour cream, guacamole, and salsa.

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Cheese-Free Sweet Potato Quesadillas

Serious Eats
Serious Eats

Cheese is found in most quesadilla recipes, but it’s not actually a requirement. In this cheese-free recipe, mashed sweet potato is combined with cilantro, pickled jalapeños, and scallions for the filling. Serve with your favorite salsa and enjoy

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