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.
25 Quesadilla Filling Ideas
1. Cheese Chicken Quesadilla Recipe
This spicy chicken quesadilla is so cheesy and creamy. With a generous helping of sharp cheddar cheese, mixed with soft cream cheese this is a cheese lovers dream come true. Get the recipe here.
2. Bacon, Egg and Cheese Quesadilla
If all you have in the fridge is bacon, eggs, and cheese you can whip up this easy quesadilla any time of the day. Get the recipe here.
3. Easy Cheesy Quesadilla Triangles
You and your kids will love these easy to handle cheesy, bite sized triangle quesadillas. You’ll love them because your kids will eat them, and your kids will love them because they are small and easy to handle. Get the recipe here.
4. Spinach and Bacon Quesadilla Recipe
You can easily sneak some veggies into your quesadillas if you want to make a healthier quesadilla. Get the recipe here.
5. Beef Quesadilla Burger
You don’t have to stick to Mexican quesadilla recipes, be creative and invent something new for your family. Unique quesadilla recipes like this beef burger, can easily be adapted to your own person flavour tastes. Get the recipe here.
6. Meatless Veggie Quesadilla Filling Ideas
Looking for something to eat on meatless Monday, try this zucchini and spinach veggie quesadilla. Get the recipe here.
7. Beans and Corn Tortilla Quesadilla Recipe
Sauteed black beans, corn, onions, garlic, and jalapenos fill these soft tortilla wraps. This quesadilla recipe has no cheese making it perfect if you don’t like cheese or are looking for a vegan or vegetarian quesadilla recipe. Get the recipe here.
8. Pizza Oven Baked Quesadillas
You don’t have to cook a quesadilla in a pan. Oven baked quesadillas are just as good. Use flour tortillas to create a tasty base for pizzas. Get the recipe here.
9. Quick Quesadilla Idea
You can make this simple quesadilla recipe well in advance, it can be frozen and reheated for those times you don’t have time to cook. Get the recipe here.
10. Avocado and Veggie Quesadilla
If you love your veggies and Asian herbs you will love this! This tortilla parcel is packed full of sautéed vegetables, pan fried until crisp and golden, then generously topped with a fresh creamy cilantro sauce. Get the recipe here.
11. Cheap Quesadilla Recipe Ideas
You can turn any seasonal vegetable into a delicious, healthy and cheap quesadilla recipe like this tomato, mozzarella and basil quesadilla. Get the recipe.
12. Corn and Cheese Quesadillas
13. Pulled Pork Carnitas With Caramelized Onions
These filling quesadillas are packed full will with tender juicy pieces of shredded pulled pork, sweet corn and cheese. Get the recipe here.
14. Baked Chicken Quesadilla Recipe
Delicious quesadilla filling ideas can be made using ready-made fajita or taco seasonings. This baked chicken quesadilla recipe uses grilled chicken breast that has been seasoned with fajita spices, then baked in the oven. Get the recipe here.
15. Easy Mexican Quesadilla Recipe
A simple Mexican style quesadilla recipe can be made at home using spicy chorizo sausages, onions, peppers and Mexican style cheese. Get the recipe here.
16. Spicy Chicken Quesadilla With Peanut Sauce
You will never wonder what to put in a quesadilla when you use left-overs. Many left-over chicken, pork, lamb or beef dishes can be used as a filling, just like the one pictured above. Get the recipe here.
17. Asian Quesadilla Filling Ideas
Quesadillas don’t need to have a Mexican flavour try Spanish, Chinese, or even Thai. Get the recipe here.
18. Rotisserie Chicken Quesadilla
Use up any left-over rotisserie chicken you may have with this low fat and healthy quesadilla recipe. Get the recipe.
19. Easy Veggie Quesadilla Recipe
These crispy quesadillas are filled with spicy, smoked mashed sweet potatoes and black beans, making them filling and healthy. Get the recipe.
20. Shrimp Quesadilla Filling Ideas
With beer marinated shrimp and spicy guacamole this one is on top of my to do list. Get the recipe.
21. Shrimp Quesadilla With Mango Salsa
These healthy quesadillas are packed with fresh vegetables and are sweet, savoury and a little spicy. Get the recipe.
22. Simple Shrimp Quesadilla
Make simple quesadillas with precooked shrimp, finely chopped pineapple, red onion and fresh coriander leaves. Get the recipe.
23. Sweet and Yummy Quesadilla Filling Ideas
What more can I say, except some more please! Get the recipe.
24. Delicious Quesadillas
Make a quick and easy delicious dessert quesadilla with chocolate and bananas. Get the recipe.
25. Delicious Dessert Quesadilla
Turn some of your favourite sandwich fillings into a yummy dessert quesadilla. Get the recipe.
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