25 quesadilla filling ideas for quick and easy dinners or lunches. They are tasty, delicious and can be made in next to no time. You will find a variety of filling ideas, from light and healthy, to rich and hearty, and savoury or sweet. You can make these quickly using store bought wrappers, or make them from scratch using homemade tortilla wrappers.
Tips And Ideas For Cooking Quesadillas
Best Tortillas For Quesadillas
It comes to personal taste, you can either use fresh flour tortillas or corn tortillas.
For me flour tortillas are the best for quesadillas. I just think that they taste better especially when homemade.
Try making your own soft flour tortillas, like the one pictured below. You won’t be disappointed! These taste so much better than the bought ones. You can try my soft flour tortilla recipe here.
What Cheese To Use For Quesadillas?
You can use just about any type of cheese use including, mozzarella, cream cheeses, ricotta, cheddar, Colby, and more, it really depends on the type of fillings you are using, and the type of cheese you enjoy.
If you want a traditional Mexican style quesadilla use Queso De Oaxaca (or something similar). It’s a type of Mexican mozzarella style cheese or “stringy” cheese.
Sometimes you may not even use a cheese. For instance, if you are making an Asian style filling, using a cheese might not be appropriate because it could ruin the taste.
How To Cook Quesadillas?
There are many recipes will say use oil or butter to fry quesadillas, this is something that we don’t do.
I like to place the filled tortillas between two piece of baking paper in a sandwich press. This way I don’t use oil or butter, and never have any trouble flipping it. The sandwich press will also make them crispy, crunchy and golden brown.
If you are pan frying the tortilla, use one tortilla folded over with a filling inside. When turning the tortilla, gently push down on the top with a spatula to press everything together, then flip over on the folded edge.
Another thing that I do, is microwave the filled tortilla for up to a minute before cooking. This will warm up the filling and start the cheese melting. However, don’t microwave for too long, otherwise your tortilla will go soggy.
It’s best to eat quesadillas when hot. However, with some fillings they do taste great at room temperature too.
If you need them to cool down for your kids, place the hot quesadilla on a wire rack. This will allow the quesadilla to cool, without getting soggy and wet on the bottom.
Quesadillas For The Lunch Box
- You can make quesadillas for lunch boxes on the day. Just remember to stick with “dryish” fillings like chicken, ham, cheese, fried eggs (yolks must be cooked) and bacon.
- If you want to use tomatoes, remove the seeds and pat the tomato slices dry with absorbent paper before placing into the tortilla. Place the slices of tomato in the middle between the other fillings, this will also stop it from going soggy.
- Allow the cooked quesadilla to cool on wire rack, before cutting and wrapping in greaseproof paper for the lunch box.