Basic Quesadilla


A quesadilla is like a grilled cheese sandwich, but you use a folded tortilla instead of two pieces of bread. It makes a good, quick lunch, or you can serve it with a salad for dinner. You can add any type of beans or fresh vegetables you like to the filling.

kitchen gear

  • Large plate
  • Measuring cup
  • Grater
  • Measuring spoons
  • Skillet
  • Heatproof spatula
  • Pot holders
  • Serving plate



  • 2 (10-inch) whole-grain tortillas
  • 1⁄2 cup shredded cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Mexican-blend cheese
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • Salsa, hot sauce, and/or plain yogurt for serving (if you like)



  • Put one tortilla on the large plate and sprinkle 1/4 cup shredded cheese over half of it. Try not to get the cheese too close to the edge of the tortilla.
  • Fold the tortilla over to make a half-moon shape.
  • Put the skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium. When the skillet is hot, add 1 teaspoon oil.
  • Carefully, add the filled tortilla to the hot skillet and cook until the bottom is lightly browned and the cheese is gooey, about 2 minutes. Using the spatula, turn the tortilla over and cook another 2 minutes. Move the cooked tortilla to the serving plate.
  • Repeat with the remaining tortilla, cheese, and oil. Serve right away.



Add any or all of these (1⁄4 cup total) to each tortilla when you add the cheese:

  • Canned or cooked black beans
  • Corn kernels
  • Diced tomatoes or bell peppers
  • Sliced or shredded cooked chicken
  • Leftover cooked zucchini, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, or potatoes
  • Baby spinach or kale

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