Cheese Quesadilla


Quesadillas are quick, easily adaptable and, above all, completely delicious. A quesadilla is like a Mexican grilled cheese sandwich, but instead of using slices of bread, it uses corn or flour tortillas with melted cheese in the middle. This recipe is for a basic cheese quesadilla, but try some of our filling suggestions for even more flavor!

kitchen gear

  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife (adult needed)
  • Large plate
  • Measuring cup
  • Skillet
  • Spatula



  • 2 8-inch whole-wheat tortillas
  • 1⁄2 cup grated Monterey Jack or cheddar cheese



  • Put 1 tortilla on the plate and sprinkle 1/4 cup grated cheese on one side of the tortilla. Try not to get the cheese too close to the edge.
  • Put the skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium.
  • Put the tortilla on the hot skillet cheese side up and cook until the bottom is lightly browned and the cheese is gooey, about 2 minutes. Using the spatula, fold one half of the tortilla over the other half, to make a moon shape. Cook another 30 seconds. Return to the plate.
  • Repeat with the remaining tortilla and cheese.
  • Cut both tortillas into wedges.



Want to pack more protein and vegetables into your quesadillas? Here are some fillings to make them even more delicious:

  • 1/4 cup cooked or canned black beans
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1/4 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup cooked or canned kidney beans
  • 1 scrambled egg (for a breakfast quesadilla)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato salsa 

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