12 Recipes That Take Quesadillas to the Next Level
The basic cheese quesadilla is about to get an upgrade
Published Jan 21, 2017 5:00 AM
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There are few things on Earth that can top a well-executed quesadilla. The melted cheese, the perfectly browned tortilla, and the limitless filling options make it one heck of a dinner. Now, if you’re tired of the usual cheese version, we rounded up plenty of tasty varieties including rustic veggies, exotic flavors, and even seasonal fruit to take it to the next level. Here are 12 quesadilla recipes that will make you love quesadillas even more.
Brussel Sprouts, Bacon, and Beans
Now, here’s a hearty game day appetizer to keep in your recipe arsenal. The combination of the three B’s along with melted mozzarella is an absolute winner in this quesadilla.
When buffalo chicken and melted cheese come together, it’s nothing short of heavenly. Indulge by using both blue cheese and a Mexican cheese blend to really make these quesadillas epic.
Smashed White Bean and Kale
Don’t you just love recipes that are both healthy and fast? In just 20 minutes you can enjoy this guilt-free quesadilla, which includes the soft texture of cannellini beans and fresh kale. This is proof you can really get creative with leftover items in the fridge, and still make a tasty, balanced meal.
Macaroni and Cheese
As if you needed another excuse to enjoy mac n’ cheese. Give your usual cheese quesadilla a kid-friendly upgrade with a macaroni and cheese filling. Even adults won’t be able to resist.
Brie, Apple, and Arugula
If you aren’t convinced apples belong in a quesadilla, we urge you to give this recipe a try. Once the apples are slightly cooked, they add a touch of unexpected sweetness to offset the rich flavor of melted brie. This blend of savory and sweet will give your weeknight dinner a much needed touch of sophistication.
Pumpkin with Lime-Jalapeno Yogurt
Here’s one way to hold onto a Fall favorite. Pairing pumpkin and melted queso is nothing short of genius, and the zesty yogurt topping is a must.
Thai Peanut Quesadilla
If Mexican fajitas and Pad Thai had a baby, we think it would look a lot like this. The peanut sauce drizzle on top adds a decadent Thai flavor that somehow seems right at home on a tortilla.
Spicy Pork Al Pastor with Roasted Tomatillo Salsa
If you like your ‘dillas with a little spice, this one’s for you. The pork gives you plenty of protein while the tomatillo salsa (with pineapple and soy sauce!) creates a unique one-of-a-kind topping. Another helpful tip? Use your waffle maker for perfectly heated quesadillas, every time.
Spinach and Artichoke
The classic duo of spinach and artichoke is always a hit. Try your favorite dip flavor inside a flour tortilla for a perfect girls’ night appetizer.
Pear, Brie, and Caramelized Onions
Accompany seasonal fruit with savory ingredients to make a decadent dish that’s versatile enough for a fancy appetizer. It also makes for a weeknight dinner your family will love.
Turkey, Cranberry, and Brie
Thanksgiving may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t whip up this dish any day of the week. The best part of this quesadilla? It only takes 15 minutes to make.
A medley of roasted red peppers, olives, and feta cheese dazzle the taste buds, and will instantly transport you to the Mediterranean. Light and healthy, but still chock-full of hearty ingredients.