The Secrets to the BEST Quesadilla

The secrets to the best quesadilla are quite simple and possibly crazy to post about but totally necessary as they are so good!


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How silly is this post? The secrets to the BEST quesadilla? Does anyone really have to make a post on a food blog about a tortilla and cheese? Why yes, this girl does and I’ll tell you why — because you’ve been doing it ALL wrong.

Making restaurant-style quesadillas is a fine art, and although this is a super easy quesadilla recipe there are a few things you must always do when making homemade cheese quesadillas. Follow the recipe below exactly as written, and you’ll be making the world’s best cheese quesadillas in no time! 

Cheese Quesadillas Ingredients

To make the best homemade quesadillas EVER, you’ll need three simple ingredients: fresh tortillas, shredded cheese, and butter. No really, that’s all you need! 

What makes this quesadilla recipe so good are the fresh quesadillas. You need to look for fresh, uncooked quesadillas at your grocery store, or you can make them yourself. Tortilla Land makes fantastic uncooked tortillas as well! 

What’s the Best Cheese for Quesadillas? 

When making homemade cheese quesadillas, you need to buy flavorful cheeses that melt well. You may want to consider blending different cheeses to amp up the flavor. A Mexican cheese blend would work perfectly in these quesadillas, as would a sharp cheddar. Avoid using Mozzarella, as it’s too mild in flavor to be the star of your quesadilla. 


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How to Make Quesadillas 

Homemade quesadillas couldn’t be any easier to make! The basic steps for making cheese quesadillas are as follows: 

  1. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook the fresh tortillas.
  2. Remove tortilla from pan and add cheese to one half of it. 
  3. Add a little butter to your pan (be careful not to add too much!) and plop the tortilla with cheese back into the buttery pan. 
  4. Cook the quesadilla on each side until golden and the center is gooey.

Quesadilla Fillings We Love

Once you’ve mastered making plain cheese quesadillas, you’re ready to move onto filled quesadillas. Pretty much everything pairs well with cheese and tortillas, so you can throw whatever you want into a quesadilla! A few of our favorite quesadilla fillings include: 

  • Beans (any kind)
  • Sliced onions and peppers
  • Shredded meat
  • Shrimp
  • Cooked rice or quinoa 
  • Grilled corn
  • BBQ sauce 
  • Sausage 
  • Thinly sliced apples 
  • Leafy greens 

You can put literally anything you want into your cheese quesadillas! They’re a great clean out the fridge meal, and you can also transform your quesadilla into an open-faced sandwich of sorts if desired (although then it won’t be a true quesadilla, but who cares?). 


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What to Serve with Quesadillas 

As much as I wish cheese quesadillas were considered a well-balanced meal, they’re not. If you’re looking to round out your meal with some filling, easy sides, here’s what I recommend making: 

Or keep things super simple with steamed veggies or fruit salad. The whole point of making quesadillas is that they’re so easy to make, so don’t stress about making a fancy side. 

Tips for Making the Best Quesadillas

It’s so important that you preheat your skillet before cooking the quesadilla. I say this because I know not everyone will be able to find fresh tortillas, so you may not have to cook your tortillas before adding the cheese. If this is the case, make sure your skillet is hot. If it’s not, your tortilla will soak up the butter in the pan and might not crisp up correctly. 

If you decide to add extra fillings to your cheese quesadilla, be careful not to overfill it. I know it’s tempting to really load up your quesadilla, but if you have too much filling the quesadilla won’t get heated through all the way and it’ll be difficult to remove from the pan. 

Lastly, homemade quesadillas are best enjoyed immediately after they’re made. They don’t reheat very well, so eat them while they’re fresh! 



The Secrets to the BEST Quesadilla

The secrets to the best quesadilla
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The Secrets to the BEST Quesadilla

Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time2 mins
Total Time4 mins
Course: 300 + Back to School Recipes Every Kid Loves
Keyword: mexican, quesadilla, tortilla, vegetarian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 69kcal
Author: Sweet Basil


  • 6 Fresh Tortillas uncooked
  • Sharp or Mexican Cheese Shredded
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter


  • Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat and cook each tortilla on each side until just cooked.
  • Remove the tortillas from the pan, add cheese to half of each tortilla and fold in half.
  • Add a little butter to the pan and fry the quesadilla on each side, repeating with each tortilla.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.7g | Protein: 1.4g | Cholesterol: 5.1mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 0.2g
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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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3 comments on “The Secrets to the BEST Quesadilla”

  1. Love the bean quesadillas and look forward to trying more of your recipes

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