What’s in Your Quesadilla?

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In this kitchen we call it a quesadillas anytime we fold one or more ingredients in a flour tortilla or between two corn tortillas, and heat until brown and crispy. Just about anything can be used to make a quesadilla, but more on that later. All in all quesadillas are so quick and easy to throw together making them perfect for a fast breakfast, lunch or supper – for one person, two people, a family or a party. They can actually be somewhat healthy depending on the ingredients you use, or more importantly – the ingredients you leave out.

So what’s in your quesadillas? Please share with us your favorite quesadilla recipe or provide a link to your favorite.  Following are two of my old stand-by quesadilla recipes.

Black Bean and Corn Quesadilla Recipe
15 mins
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Vegetarian quesadilla made with black beans and cheese and served with fresh pica de gallo.

"*" See Kitchen Notes for more information or links to special ingredients.

Course: Appetizer, Light Lunch, Vegetarian
Cuisine: Southwestern
Yields: 4 servings
Recipe Author: MJ of MJ's Kitchen
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups black beans*, drained
  • 1 cup cooked corn
  • ½ cup onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup bell pepper, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped green chile*
  • 1 cup grated cheese - cheddar or Monterey Jack
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh cilantro or basil, chopped
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • Pico de Gallo*
  • Sour cream or sour cream substitute
  1. Heat up a cast iron griddle over medium heat.
  2. Place all ingredients (except for tortillas and toppings) in a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Place a tortilla on the griddle and spread some of the filling on half of the tortilla. Fold* and cook until one side of the tortilla is toasty brown and crisp. Flip and cook the other side.
  4. Repeat with the remaining 3 tortillas.
  5. Top each bite with a little sour cream and pico de gallo.
Kitchen Notes

Recipe for cooking up a pot of black beans


Process for roasting green chile


Recipe for Pico de Gallo


To Fold or Not to Fold - Sometimes I’ll not fold the tortillas, but leave them flat and make one quesadilla with two tortillas. This works fine when you have only a few ingredients, otherwise, flipping them can be quite difficult because the filling falls out if you're not careful. Once it's cooked, I'll cut the quesadilla in half.


Ingredients – A quesadilla can be vegan, vegetarian, or a meat lover’s supreme. All it takes is about a cup of chopped vegetables and precooked meat, if desired, and a touch of cheese (to hold it all together). Of course if you are vegan, omit the cheese.


Corn tortillas or flour tortillas? It doesn’t matter –we use whatever is in the fridge and we ALWAYS have one or the other.


Toppingspico de gallo, your favorite salsa, guacamole, sour cream, or sour cream substitute, or nothing at all.


Tortilla Egg Sandwich (quesadilla) @MJsKitchen


Jamaican Jerk Egg Quesadilla Recipe (aka Tortilla Egg Sandwich) for 1
10 mins
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

This quesadilla makes a great breakfast or lunch - quick, easy, tasty and a great protein kick.

"*" See Kitchen Notes for more information or links to special ingredients.

Course: Breakfast, Light Lunch
Cuisine: Southwestern
Yields: 1 quesadilla
Recipe Author: MJ of MJ's Kitchen
  • 1 8 inch flour tortilla or 2 corn tortillas
  • 4 to 6 thin slices of cheese - cheddar, Monterey Jack, mozzarella or your choice
  • ½ tsp. Jamaican Jerk seasoning - be careful – this is HOT stuff!*
  • 1 fried egg with a broken and fully cooked yolk
  1. Heat up a cast iron griddle over a medium heat.
  2. In a small skillet, fry an egg until the yolk is cooked. I usually break the yolk – on purpose – when I crack the egg into the pan.
  3. While the egg is frying, spread the jerk seasoning evenly on the tortilla(s).
  4. Place the flour tortilla on the griddle (or one corn tortilla)  jerk paste side up. Place the 2 - 3 slices of cheese on half of the flour tortilla or across all of the corn tortilla

  5. Place the cooked egg on one half of the flour tortilla and fold in half or, on top of the cheese on a corn tortilla.

  6. If using corn tortillas, add 2 more slices of cheese on top of the egg and then the other tortilla on top of that, jerk side down.

  7. Cook until toasted and crispy. Flip and cook the other side until toasted and crispy. Serve.
Kitchen Notes

Corn tortillas or flour tortillas? It doesn’t matter –we use whatever is in the fridge and we ALWAYS have one or the other.


Jamaican Jerk Seasoning – My favorites are Walkerswood and Carib – oh so HOT, but oh so GOOD. Both are "pastes" so they are easy to spread and not runny.


Substitutions of Jamaican Jerk - chopped green chile, 1 Tbsp. aji Panca chile paste, New Mexico Red Chile paste, 1 Tbsp. salsa (drained) – You don’t want your spicy ingredient runny unless you want a really messy quesadilla.





A couple more quesadillas to check out:

Chile Relleno Egg Quesadilla

Egg Quesadilla with red chile and cheese

So what’s in your quesadillas?



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25 Responses to “What’s in Your Quesadilla?”

  1. Linda June 5, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    It looks good and sounds like a great breakfast.

    • Erik March 1, 2013 at 10:16 am #

      I like to use either a spinach&herb tortilla or tomato basil tortilla, chedder cheese, chicken or turkey, chopped cilantro, chopped green onion, garlic powder, cumin, oregano and red chili powder (I use Chimayo red chili powder from New Mexico). Heat them in a pan until both sides are browned, makes from some AWESOME quesadillas. Now I’m going to have to have them tonight lol!

      • mj March 1, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

        Erik, sounds like a great quesadilla!

  2. Jolene @ Yummy Inspirations May 22, 2012 at 3:58 am #

    This would be such a yummy breakfast! Thanks for sharing at Breakfast Ideas Mondays!

  3. Anna Racaza March 27, 2012 at 1:53 pm #

    I’m definitely going to try this recipe! My boyfriend loves quesadilla so thanks for the recipe 🙂

  4. Miz Helen February 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Your presentation of the Quesadilla is so pretty. This is an awesome recipe that we would just love! Hope you have a fabulous week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. Elise February 9, 2012 at 8:38 am #

    I’m so going to try the egg quesadilla! That looks like it’d make a phenomenal breakfast. 🙂
    Honestly my favorite quesadilla has always been just cheddar cheese in a tortilla fried until it’s nice and crispy and then dipped in salsa. So healthy, right? LOL.

  6. Flamingo December 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    ok…these quesadilla recipes sound fantastic!!! definitely trying them soon!

  7. bhavani@ameanderingmango August 29, 2011 at 6:25 pm #

    Looks delicious – I haven’t had a quesadilla in ages! the last one I tried was smoked salmon and dill cream cheese. I’ll have to make another one soon!

    • mj August 30, 2011 at 8:34 am #

      Smoked salmon and dill cream cheese sounds pretty darn good! 🙂

  8. Ann July 22, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    Our quesadilla recipe is very similar. I agree with you – if you put an ingredient in it and fold the tortilla over – it’s a quesadilla. However, if I’m not making it – whoever DOES make it can call it what they want!

    Here’s my link: http://www.cookinghealthyforme.com/2011/05/confetti-quesadillas-also-known-as.html

    • mj July 23, 2011 at 10:46 am #

      This looks wonderful! I have pesto in a tube, but I’ve never seen cilantro in a tube. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it. Thanks for the link!

  9. Joyti July 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm #

    Hmmm, quesadillas are so good…and its close to lunchtime here.
    I like mine with cheese inside, and with a avocado salsa on the side.

    • mj July 20, 2011 at 8:17 am #

      I’ve never put avocado “inside” a quesadilla, but looks like many of you do. I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks!

  10. natalie July 19, 2011 at 11:52 am #

    Mmm…Your black bean and corn quesadilla is pretty much my standard. Another one I really love (stolen from my local Tex-Mex place) is a flour tortilla with Monterray Jack cheese, tomatoes, and avocados. Simple and delish. 🙂

    • mj July 20, 2011 at 8:15 am #

      It’s hard to go wrong with Tex-Mex! Sounds good! Thanks!

  11. daksha July 18, 2011 at 9:07 am #

    Hi! ur Quesadillas looks fantastic!! super like thanks for stopping my space u have lovely space too. Thanks for sharing this.

    • mj July 18, 2011 at 10:09 am #

      Daksha, Thanks for stopping by and for your nice comments!

  12. mj July 17, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    Both of these recipes sound wonderful! Definitely will be giving them both a try because I LOVE quesadillas, if you haven’t figured that out already. -:) Thanks!

  13. SaraJ July 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    I got the idea from Granite City Restaurant but I make them at home all the time. Leftover (or frozen Fridays brand) spinach and artichoke dip and crab meat, a little corn and black bean and finely chopped red onion. So so delicious.

  14. Jenny @ Savour the Senses July 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    Love love love quesadillas! I have never thought of using Jamaican jerk seasoning, sounds delicious. I recent fell in love with goat’s cheese and these Mediterranean Shrimp and Goat’s Cheese quesadillas are to DIE for!– http://savourthesensesblog.com/shrimp-goat-cheese-quesadillas/


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