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.

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Hands-on time: 15   |    Total time: 15   |    Makes: 2 Servings


Large plate
Measuring cup
Measuring spoons
Heatproof spatula
Pot holders
Serving plate


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


Wash your hands with soap and water, then gather all your equipment and ingredients and put them on a counter.

  1. 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.
  2. Fold the tortilla over to make a half-moon shape.
  3. Put the skillet on the stove and turn the heat to medium. When the skillet is hot, add 1 teaspoon oil.
  4. 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.
  5. 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