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Grilled Quesadillas

Grilled Quesadillas

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 Serving
  • Category: Main Course/Appetizer
  • Method: Grill
  • Cuisine: Mexican/American


Grilled Quesadillas are the prefect family supper and a great way to use leftovers. Kids love them! Plus they are a great party appetizer. They kind of make the party!


Flour Tortillas or Corn Tortillas – I use the snack size but bigger also work.
Butter – 1-2 t per tortilla
Salt – Coarse Salt for sprinkling
Salsa or pesto – About 1-2 T per tortilla. Don’t make it to wet.
Veggies – Your choice. Cooked or not.
Chilies – I love roasted poblanos, Anaheims or jalapenos, pickled or fresh work great.
Fruit – Mangoes or cantaloupe or even peaches.
Meat – Chorizos, Italian sausage, hot dogs, left over chicken, are just a few ideas
Cheese – 1/4 to 1/3 c per quesadilla unless you are a cheese lover in which case, add more! Any melting cheese works well. I like cheddar and jalapeno, and also goat’s cheese.
Crushed tortilla chips – About 1 T per tortilla

These can also be served with guacamole or extra salsa for dipping into after grilling.


Preheat grill to medium.

Prepare your tortillas by placing a layer of salsa or pesto on the bottom of the tortilla and only on one side, unless you are doing the flipping version-in which case, cover the whole thing.

Add your choice of toppings. about 2 – 4 T total, but this depends on the size of the tortilla being used! Just don’t use too much!

Sprinkle on the crushed tortilla chips last, if you are using them. Now sprinkle the cheese on the other half of the tortilla.

Have your creations ready to go. (See notes above).

Place tortillas on grill. Close grill for about 1 minute. Fold the cheese side of the tortilla over to the other side to form a half moon. Press down carefully. Cook until bottom is golden. Flip and cook the other side for a few minutes. Watch carefully so these don’t burn.

Remove from grill when cooked and let cool for about a minute. Slice into wedges. Serve with guacamole or extra salsa for dipping.


Please read post for lots of ideas!