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Stack of ground beef quesadillas with tomato topping.

Cheesy Ground Beef Quesadilla Recipe


This ground beef quesadilla recipe is the ultimate comfort food with multiple cheesy layers! Made with simple ingredients and ready in 20 minutes, too!


Units Scale
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 12 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 large tortillas (burrito size)
  • Fresh toppings: lettuce, cilantro, salsa/tomato, sour cream, etc.


  1. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and cook 3-4 minutes, breaking up with a spoon.
  2. Add tomato paste, sea salt, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and onion powder to skillet and mix everything well. (Depending on fat content, add a splash of water if it’s dry.)
  3. Turn the heat down to low and cook for 3-4 more minutes, stirring frequently, until ground beef is cooked through. Set aside.
  4. Assemble quesadillas. In large skillet over medium heat, layer 1/3 cup shredded cheese on one half of the tortilla. Top with 1/2 cup ground beef mixture and another 1/3 cup shredded cheese.
  5. Fold over top and cook for about 2-3 minutes, and when cheese starts to melt, carefully flip over with large flipper and cook for another 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Repeat with remaining 3 quesadillas.
  6. Cut into wedges and serve with toppings. (See topping ideas in post or below)

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