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Easiest Quesadilla

Quesadillas are one of the easiest and most delicious snacks around. They also make an excellent light lunch or dinner, particularly if you add one of the many options listed below.
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins


  • 2 (10-inch) whole-grain tortillas
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar, Monterey Jack, or Mexican-blend cheese, divided
  • 2 tsp olive or vegetable oil, divided  
  • Salsa, hot sauce, and/or plain yogurt, for serving (optional)


  • Put one tortilla on a large plate and sprinkle half of the shredded cheese over half of it, leaving about a ¼-inch border. Fold the tortilla over to make a half-moon shape.
  • Put a large skillet on the stove, turn the heat to medium, and add 1 teaspoon of the oil.
  • When the oil is hot, put the filled tortilla in the skillet and cook until the bottom is lightly browned and the cheese is gooey, about 2 minutes. Using a heatproof spatula or tongs, turn the quesadilla over and cook for another 2 minutes. Transfer the cooked quesadilla to a plate.
  • Repeat with the remaining tortilla, cheese, and oil. Cut the quesadillas into quarters, if you like, and serve with your choice of dipping sauce. 


Or You Could
Add any or all of these (¼ 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
  • Chopped or sliced cooked zucchini, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, mushrooms, or potatoes
  • Baby spinach or kale