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Cheese Quesadillas (for a party)

Lots of Cheese Quesadillas
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These salty, cheese quesadillas are perfect party fare. Make ahead, reheat in 5 minutes and guaranteed to be a party pleaser!

Lots of mini Cheese Quesadillas

(This is an updated post from 2017.)

This post for cheese quesadillas is the most popular post on my blog. Perfect for enjoying while watching a game, I figured it was high time I updated this!

Cheese quesadillas are a winner with everyone and always have been. These salted tortillas filled with gooey cheese, chiles and minced onions are a real crowd pleaser.

I started making these in my college days and it seems I’ve never stopped!

Cheese Quesadillas

What is a quesadilla? Essentially, a quesadilla is a flour tortilla that is filled with cheese and then cooked on a griddle. They can be served open or folded. An assortment of veggies could be added along with other proteins, but I prefer mine just about straight up! 

There are many versions of quesadillas and I listed a few at the end of this post. Be sure to take a look at my favorite cheese quesadilla recipes!

Cheese Quesadillas

What makes these cheese quesadillas different from others?

Salt. Salt takes these quesadillas to a different dimension. Salting the quesadillas adds flavor, which when you think of it is what makes salty snacks so good. Whether it’s potato chips, or popcorn, or Fritos, salt is a key component.

And then there’s butter. Many quesadillas use oil, but I think butter adds more flavor. I use butter on my baking sheets and bake my quesadillas rather than cook them in a skillet or on a griddle. And yes, they turn out crisp!

Find 4″ street taco sized tortillas to make these perfect for a party. Even though they are small enough to serve in their entirety, I  cut them into two and serve them without salsa, which keeps things easy for entertaining.

They don’t need salsa as these cheesy quesadillas become quite crispy and with their salty exterior, they’re better than eating a crispy tortilla chip. 

Except in this case they are  filled with cheese, green chile and onion. But it’s the salt addition that  give these cheese quesadillas that extra special touch!

Mini cheese quesadillas for a party

These quesadillas are perfect party food!

Perfect for a party, these mini cheese quesadillas really don’t take long to make. I grate all the cheese in the food processor, and then stir in the onions and chilies. Please grate your own cheese. It is so much better.

My cheese quesadilla recipe can be made with any cheese, but please choose one that melts well. I prefer Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese for quesadillas, but truly use what you like.

Tortillas come 12 to a package so that makes 24 wedges after being cut in half.  Yes, I can do math! I made 4 packages, so that worked out to 96 mini cheese quesadilla crisps!

It took me an hour to make these, but I don’t think that’s so bad considering how many I made. They are easily reheated as you need them and everyone, including the kiddos, love them!

Perfect  for any occasion, you will hope for leftovers with these!

Mini Cheese quesadillas on a party tray

It isn’t often enough that one gets to welcome a baby to this world. What a fun time we had enjoying little Aiden. Before we know it he’ll be walking! But let’s backtrack a moment.

Over Labor Day one of my closest friends, who happens to be the grandma, asked if I would mind hosting a sip and see. I had never heard of a sip and see until a few years ago. An old Southern tradition I’m told, to welcome the baby; a little sip, a little see and everyone is happy! It’s not really a shower, though some did bring gifts.

Zoe and I settled on a “welcome to the world” theme. The menu was fun to plan. Our event was held from 1-3 which didn’t make it lunch, so that simplified things a bit.

The menu was fun and we gathered it from all our favorite places in Denver.

Menu for around the world sip and see

You can bet the quesadillas disappeared fast. 

Cheese Quesadillas

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Lots of Cheese Quesadillas

I love sheet pans and these got pretty good reviews. Perfect for sheet pan dinners or for baking quesadillas, I think everyone should fave a few in their kitchen.

My absolute favorite tool in the kitchen is my kitchen shears. I use them for cutting up chicken, slicing a pizza and cutting quesadillas into wedges.

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Cheese Quesadillas

Quesadilla Crisps and A Sip and See

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 45 Minutes
  • Yield: 48 Wedges 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Description

These cheesy, salty, quesadilla crisps are perfect party fare. Make ahead, reheat in 5 minutes and guaranteed to be a party pleaser!

Scale

Ingredients

  • 2 packages of “street taco” sized tortillas
  • 4 c grated cheese (I used cheddar and jalapeno jack)
  • 2 4 oz cans diced green chilies, drained
  • 1/2 c diced onion
  • 4 T melted butter
  • Coarse Kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425. In a large bowl combine cheese, chilies and onion. Mix well.
  2. Using a pastry brush, brush a large sheet pan with melted butter. Sprinkle generously with 2 t coarse salt. Place 7-8 4″ tortillas on sheet.
  3. Place 1 heaping tablespoon of cheese mixture on each tortilla. Spread over surface evenly.
  4. Bake for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted. Remove from oven and fold in half, pressing sides gently together. Remove from sheet pan and let cool if serving later. Repeat until all tortillas are used. Store in refrigerator if reheating later.
  5. If reheating, remove from fridge and let come to room temperature. Preheat oven to 350. Place quesadillas on sheet pan in a single layer. Heat for about 5 minutes. Slice in half, (I use a scissors) when removed from oven. Serve warm.

Notes

Makes 48 wedges if you cut in half.

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  • Liz
    January 24, 2020 at 11:18 am

    I love a good quesadilla and these ARE fabulous quesadillas!

    • Abbe
      January 29, 2020 at 11:56 am

      Thanks Liz. They are winners!

  • Mimi
    January 23, 2020 at 8:57 am

    Well this is fascinating! Salt! I also only use butter. There’s just no substitute. And, I love the little tortillas now available. Can’t wait to try these with salt!

    • Abbe
      January 29, 2020 at 12:04 pm

      Try the salt Mimi.You will be surprised!

  • sherry
    January 22, 2020 at 11:40 pm

    oh you’re making me drool abbe. yum! quesadillas have become a bit more of a thing here in australia in recent years. these are delicious I bet! cheers sherry

    • Abbe
      January 29, 2020 at 12:05 pm

      Definitely addicting Sherry!

  • Marcelle @ A Little Fish in the Kitchen
    November 7, 2017 at 12:02 am

    These are super cute and I just know they taste great! Terrific party food! 🙂

  • La Table De Nana
    November 6, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    BTW Zoe..the new mom and baby A are so cute:) I MISS baby days!

  • La Table De Nana
    November 6, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    I think I want to make these:)

  • mjskit
    November 6, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Know that's the way to be welcomed into the world and the family! This little boy is going to become a foodie really early with a banquet like this as his welcoming party. What great treats!!!

  • Karen (Back Road Journal)
    November 4, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I'm originally from the south but I never heard of a sip and see…what a cute idea. I can see why your mini quesadillas would be a success.

  • Gloria Baker
    November 4, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    all these looks wonderful but absolutely Im in love with quesadillas, stuning!

  • SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    November 4, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    I love the idea of a sip and see, Abbe! What a darling way to welcome a baby for the proud grandmother. Everything looks delicious and another great idea to have a world-wide menu.

  • Sue/the view from great island
    November 3, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    These look insanely good, Abbe, we are huge slaty chip fans here ~ and love the 'sip and see' sounds like a blast!

  • Tricia Buice
    November 3, 2017 at 2:44 am

    This is the perfect party food! I love your creative "baby shower" theme – so sweet and smart! Great job Abbe 🙂

  • HWC Magazine
    November 1, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Now that is a fun party! We are all about eating around the world. Love love your little mini treats but your current sharing tools will not allow me to share your long pin. Are you aware of this?

  • Angie Schneider
    November 1, 2017 at 5:15 am

    I am saving this for the family gathering! They look so delicious with melted cheddar.

  • Kitchen Riffs
    October 31, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    I've never heard of a sip and see. Although I'm probably not the traditional target audience for one. 🙂 But I'm certainly the target audience for this nifty quesadilla crisps! These look really good — fun little treat. Thanks!

  • Jeff
    October 31, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    I spent all weekend making tortillas! Bring your leftovers over!