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Crispy Mini Cheese Quesadillas – Easy Party Recipe

These salty mini cheese quesadillas are perfect party fare. They can be made ahead and reheated in 5 minutes and are guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser!

mini cheesy quesadilla crisps.
(This is an updated post from 2017.)

This post for mini cheese quesadillas is the most popular post on my blog.

Perfect for enjoying on game day, 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, green chiles, and minced onions are a real crowd-pleaser.

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

What Makes These Mini Cheese Quesadillas So Amazing

  • Perfect party food
  • Deliciously salty and crisp
  • Easy to feed a crowd
  • No eating utensils are required
  • Did I mention the cheese?!
Mini Cheese quesadillas on a party tray

What is a Quesadilla?

Essentially, a quesadilla is a flour tortilla filled with cheese and then cooked on a griddle.

You could also use corn tortillas but we prefer flour.

They can be served open or folded.

An assortment of veggies and other proteins like rotisserie chicken could be added, but I prefer mine just about straight up! 

There are many versions of quesadillas, and I have listed a few at the end of this post.

Be sure to take a look at my favorite cheese quesadilla recipe!

Cheese Quesadillas

What Makes These Different from Other Mini Quesadillas?

Salt. Salt takes these quesadillas to a different dimension.

Salting the quesadillas adds flavor, which, when you think about it, is what makes salty snacks so good. Whether it’s potato chips, 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 griddle.

And yes, they turn out crisp!

What Size of Tortilla Should Be Used?

Find 4″ street taco-sized tortillas or mini 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. With their salty exterior, they’re better than eating a crispy tortilla chip. 

In this case, they are filled with cheese, green chile, and onion. But the salt addition gives these cheese quesadillas that extra special touch!

Mini cheese quesadillas for a party

These Mini Cheese Quesadillas are Perfect Party Food!

These mini cheese quesadillas are perfect for a party and don’t take long to make.

I grate all the cheese in the food processor and then stir in the onions and chilies, but use pre-shredded cheese if you want to make it simple.

My cheese quesadilla crisps recipe can be made with any cheese, but choose a good melting cheese. I prefer shredded Cheddar cheese and Monterey pepper jack cheese for quesadillas, but use what you like.

Tortillas come 12 to a package, making 24 wedges after being cut in half.  I made four packages, which worked out to 96 mini cheese quesadilla crisps!

Bake them on parchment paper and you don’t even have to wash the baking sheet.

It took me an hour to make these, but that’s not bad, considering how many I made.

They are easily reheated as needed, make a perfect light lunch and everyone, including the kiddos, loves them!

Perfect for any occasion, you will hope for leftovers with these! Add in another appetizer or two to round out the party menu.

Want to make it more of a quesadilla bar?

Add some dips and favorite toppings. Refried beans or black beans and sour cream, along with pico de gallo and fresh cilantro are perfect additions.

Mini cheese quesadillas turn golden brown and are a great way to keep the crowd happy.

Even Perfect for a Sip-and-See Party

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 seeing.

I had never heard of a sip-and-see until a few years ago.

I’m told it’s an old Southern tradition 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; we gathered it from all our favorite places in Denver.

Menu for around the world sip and see

You can bet the mini cheese quesadillas disappeared fast and may become your family’s favorite quesadilla recipe!

Cheese Quesadillas

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Cheese Quesadillas

Mini Cheese Quesadillas

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  • 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!

Ingredients

Units Scale

2 packages of “street taco” sized flour 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

Preheat oven to 425. In a large bowl combine cheese, chilies and onion. Mix well.

Using a pastry brush, brush a large baking sheet with melted butter. Sprinkle generously with 2 t coarse salt. Place 7-8 4″ tortillas on sheet.

Place 1 heaping tablespoon of cheese mixture on each tortilla. Spread over surface evenly.

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.

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.

Recipe rating 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

Sue

Wednesday 8th of June 2022

These were fantastic! I had many requests for the recipe which I shared can these be frozen?

Abbe

Wednesday 8th of June 2022

I have never tried freezing them! Ususally they all get eaten! I would try freezing individual pieces and then placing them in an airtight container. To bake, preheat oven to 325 and place frozen individual quesadillas on a nonstick baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes until they are crisp and melty. Let me know how it goes!

Liz

Friday 24th of January 2020

I love a good quesadilla and these ARE fabulous quesadillas!

Abbe

Wednesday 29th of January 2020

Thanks Liz. They are winners!

Mimi

Thursday 23rd of January 2020

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

Wednesday 29th of January 2020

Try the salt Mimi.You will be surprised!

sherry

Wednesday 22nd of January 2020

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

Wednesday 29th of January 2020

Definitely addicting Sherry!

Marcelle @ A Little Fish in the Kitchen

Tuesday 7th of November 2017

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