Today I’m sharing some of my favorite easy quesadilla recipes! Whether you like them cheesy, filled with beef or chicken or even vegan, there’s a delicious quesadilla filling for everyone here.
All of the quesadillas below are super easy and you can make most, except for one, in about 10-15 minutes on the stove! You can also easily make them on the grill during summer.
How To Make Easy Quesadillas
Step 1: Prepare the filling.
I always make sure to make a filling that has a binding component and is “stable”. Be it cream cheese, or tomato paste or even mashed beans, many times I like to mash many of the ingredients together. You don’t need to always do this, but when you have ingredients like chopped vegetables or beans, I highly recommend it. Filling your tortillas this way will help keep the quesadilla together when you’re flipping it to toast on each side.
Step 2. Spread the filling on one half of the tortilla.
Step 3. Fold in half
Step 4. Toast on both sides
…until golden brown. I always like to add a little bit of oil or fat to the pan when toasting sandwiches or quesadillas (even though it’s nonstick). This makes the tortilla crispier and prevents burning.
Step 5. Serve
Serve with your favorite dipping sauce or some avocado for a healthier option.
Quesadilla Filling Ingredients
There are many options when it comes to quesadilla fillings! It basically depends on what you’re going for and what you have at home:
- Cooked meat or fish like leftover chicken, ground beef or even canned tuna
- Cooked vegetables or vegetables with low water content. You do not want to use too many fresh vegetables and juicy ingredients, as your quesadillas can get mushy.
- Legumes like cooked chickpeas, black beans or even lentils
- Spices and fresh herbs
- Cheese – I love experimenting with different types of cheeses (surprise they all work – even feta and gorgonzola as you’re about to see!)
- Sauces like sriracha, cream cheese, hummus or even tomato paste
12 Easy Quesadilla Recipes
Now, let’s get to these delicious simple quesadilla recipes!
Start your day right with some eggs, vegetables and carbs! Fill your breakfast quesadilla with eggs, sauteed spinach and zucchini for a quick and filling meal. Trust me when I say: It is so good. You can find the recipe here.
This is one of my favorite quesadillas to make when I have chicken, cream cheese and some tortillas. It’s so tasty! Spicy, flavorful, fresh, filling and cheesy at the same time. And ready in 15 minutes. The recipe is here.
Want to make something using feta cheese that isn’t feta pasta or salad? You have to try this delicious Mediterranean-inspired feta quesadilla recipe! Filled with herbs, garlic and tomatoes, it’s absolutely wonderful. You will love it, if you like feta cheese, that is. Recipe here.
If you’re craving pizza, you can make this simple recipe in about 10 minutes. Make the “sauce” using cream cheese, tomato paste and garlic, then top with some fresh mozzarella, chopped olives and herbs. You’ll be surprised! Recipe here.
This is a simple Mediterranean breakfast option, made with eggs, a few tomato slices, basil, mozzarella cheese and tortillas.You can find the recipe here.
I don’t know what to tell you. I know tuna quesadilla sounds unusual, but there are no words to describe just how good this meal is. It’s great for a quick dinner or lunch, you have to try it. The recipe is here.
Got a can of garbanzo beans in your pantry? Then you can make this easy vegan quesadilla in 15 minutes. It’s spicy, it’s filling, it tastes pretty amazing. Recipe here.
Filled with ground beef, spices, vegetables and cheese. These beef quesadillas are fairly easy to make, kinda healthy and it make a super satisfying dinner that will be ready in about 30 minutes. The recipe is here.
I know the filling for this chicken quesadilla sounds somewhat weird, but you’ve got to try this if you have all of the ingredients together. It’s filled with garlic, and spices and it tastes so wonderful. The recipe is here.
I know, gorgonzola is not that popular in the quesadilla world, but I loved creating and eating this vegetarian meal. If you love gorgonzola and randomly have some at home, you need to give it a go. It will be ready in 10 minutes. Recipe here.
Avocado, canned black beans, fresh herbs and spices all make it into the filling for this vegan quesadilla. Recipe here.
If you have canned tuna, a tomato, tomato paste, garlic and jalapeno this quesadilla is a great option for dinner. It’s super tasty and ready in about 10 minutes. Serve with some salad for a filling, healthy meal. You can find the recipe here.
More Quick and Easy Recipes To Try:
I hope you enjoyed this list of easy quesadilla recipes and make them your own! Use what you have, add some spice and you’ll be amazed. For more quick and easy recipes, check out the links below.
- 1 cup shredded chicken
- 2 Tbsp cream cheese
- 1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/3 tsp cumin
- 1/3 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 jalapeno, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped arugula
- handful basil leaves or some chopped dill
- 1/2 cup shredded cheese
- 2 flour tortillas
- In a small bowl mix the cream cheese, garlic, tomato paste, cumin, coriander and crushed red pepper, a tsp of water until smooth.
- Add the chicken, basil (or dill), chopped jalapeno and the arugula to the mix.
- Spread 1/2 of the mixture on one half of a flour tortilla and top with cheese of your choice - mine was mozzarella. Repeat for the other tortilla.
- Fold each tortilla in half and toast in a non-stick pan with olive oil until golden brown. Flip and toast on the other side as well.
- Slice in 3-4 pieces and serve like this, or with guacamole.
For more details, you can find the original recipe here.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 461Total Fat 22gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 92mgSodium 522mgCarbohydrates 34gFiber 3gSugar 3gProtein 30g
This post was originally published in October 2021 and updated with new content in October 2022.