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10 Quesadilla Recipes that Are Anything But Basic

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Quesadillas are the ultimate quick dinner, but plain cheese is a bit boring so I’m always on the lookout for ways I can add a bit more nutrition AND flavor to a plain ol’ cheese quesadilla. You’ll love that these recipes are loaded with delicious flavor, are super simple to throw together on busy weeknights, and have sneaky nutrition and flavor added into each recipe with extra protein, vegetables and sauces.

1. Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Stack of buffalo chicken quesadillas.
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

Love buffalo chicken? Then you’re going to love this mash up quesadilla. Tender chicken breast is seasoned with buffalo sauce and layered with sautéed peppers and onions and lots of cheese for cheesy buffalo chicken flavor. Serve with ranch.

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2. Shrimp Quesadillas

Stack of quesadillas with shrimp..
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

Here we have lightly spiced honey shrimp that is folded in between cheesy layers for a nutritious and delicious meal that is ready in just 20 minutes and made with pantry staples. Serve with plenty of fresh toppings like shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, and sour cream.

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3. Ground Beef Quesadillas

Stack of ground beef quesadillas with tomato topping.
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

This is definitely the most popular quesadilla at our house and there’s a lot to love – this beef quesadilla recipe is comforting and delicious; easy and ready in 20 minutes. The ground beef is seasoned with a homemade taco seasoning and is sandwiched between delicious layers of cheddar cheese and tortillas.

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4. Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

Fajita quesadilla on a plate with fresh toppings
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

This chicken fajita meets quesadilla is an amazing weeknight dinner. We’ve got vegetables, protein, carbs, and FLAVOR just like a traditional fajita, but it’s wrapped up cheese! Serve with hot sauce if you like a little heat.

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5. Steak Quesadillas

steak quesadillas recipe with toppings
Photo Credit: My Everyday Table.

These satisfying steak quesadillas can be made with thinly shaved beef steak, flank steak, or even leftover steak. Similar to the chicken fajita quesadilla, this steak and cheese quesadilla recipe has layers of cheese, sautéed peppers and onions, steak, and more cheese for a filling dinner the whole family will love.

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6. Black Bean Quesarito

Black bean quesarito with lettuce and tomato garnish
Photo Credit: Loren Runion for My Everyday Table.

This isn’t just a quesadilla, it’s a quesadilla WITH a burrito inside it for nights when you’re feeling like you want a little something more. We have a black bean burrito with layers of rice, queso, and sour cream that is wrapped with a cheese quesadilla. It’s as delicious as it sounds.

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7. Hummus Quesadilla

Photo Credit: My Pure Plants.

These hummus quesadillas are packed with mushroom, red bell pepper, and onion slices seasoned with fajita spice blend, black beans, and avocado. No cheese is needed, as hummus will be your sticky binder. It is easy to make and so flavorful.

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8. Birria Quesadillas

Photo Credit: Corrie Cooks.

is recipe takes the traditional Mexican birria and transforms it. Succulent beef, seasoned with aromatic spices, is shredded and tucked inside corn tortillas alongside gooey cheese. The quesadillas are then pan-fried to golden perfection, creating a crispy exterior and a deliciously cheesy interior. 

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9. Black Bean Quesadillas

Photo Credit: Piping Pot Curry.

Loaded black beans quesadillas are packed with beans, sautéed onions, bell pepper, spinach, and a generous amount of cheese. They are hearty and make a quick and easy weeknight meal that can be customized to your taste!

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10. Chicken Quesadillas

Photo Credit: This Mom is on Fire.

These easy chicken quesadillas utilize rotisserie chicken as a quick shortcut to get this balanced meal on the table fast!

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