It’s hard to go wrong with a warm, gooey cheese quesadilla. If you’re used to the classic recipe, here are a few simple ways to elevate your quesadilla making (and sneak some vegetables in there too!). Consider it the perfect quick weeknight dinner, with a comfort food twist.

1. Chipotle Pork Quesadillas


Kick your quesadillas up a notch. We use spicy and smoky chipotle chiles to create a rich tomato-based sauce for savory pork. Fresh cilantro brightens up dish. The filling makes for excellent leftovers for lunch the next day. Get our Chipotle Pork Quesadillas recipe.

2. Tequila Shrimp and Asadero Quesadillas


Skip the cocktail and put your booze in your dinner tonight. This gooey, toasty quesadilla combines asadero, a mild Mexican cheese that melts beautifully, with tequila-soaked shrimp. Make it for your next potluck or game day and prepare to get some serious compliments. Get our Tequila Shrimp and Asadero Quesadillas recipe.

3. Ham and Cheese Quesadillas


Turn your basic ham and cheese sandwich into a toasty and warm quesadilla. Chopped ham combines with mild melting cheese in this simple three-ingredient recipe. Use the freshest, best quality corn tortillas you can find. Get our Ham and Cheese Quesadillas recipe.

4. Mushroom and Chorizo Quesadillas

Earthy mushrooms and spicy chorizo turn your average quesadilla into a power lunch. Use cremini mushrooms to get a fuller mushroom flavor, and choose a soft and mild melting cheese like Oaxaca. With only 5 ingredients, this recipe is simple enough to whip up at any time of day. Get our Mushroom and Chorizo Quesadillas recipe.

5. Crunchy Quesadilla Stack

Why eat one quesadilla when you can make an entire stack? This dish hits all the high notes: crunchy, spicy, cheesy, and creamy. Layer refried beans with avocado, diced tomatoes, cheese, onions, tostadas, and tortillas for a truly epic quesadilla experience. Get our Crunchy Quesadilla Stack recipe.

6. Pork Chicharron Quesadillas


Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best ones. With only three ingredients, you can have a crisp, melted cheese quesadilla for dinner. You’ll need corn tortillas, pork chicharron, and a mild cheese like Asadero or Monterey jack. If you want to get fancy, find some spicy salsa or hot sauce for dipping. Get our Pork Chicharron Quesadillas recipe.

7. Grilled Steak Quesadillas


Your steak dinner just got a serious upgrade. Sandwich smoky chipotle steak slices between two crisp tortillas, and add plenty of cheese. The result is a quick and easy twist on a steak sandwich that’s satisfying, warm, and easy to make. That’s a lunchtime meal we can get behind. Get our Grilled Steak Quesadillas recipe.

8. Poblano Quesadillas


Vegetarians, your perfect quesadilla is here. In this meatless take on a quesadilla, mild roasted poblano peppers are paired with gooey mild cheese inside two crunchy tortillas. This is quick but sophisticated cooking at it’s finest: four ingredients, six steps, tons of flavor. Get our Poblano Quesadillas recipe.

9. Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas

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Can’t decide between pizza and Mexican food tonight? We feel you, and here’s the ultimate solution: pizza quesadillas. The technique couldn’t be simpler; layer pepperoni, mozzarella, and pizza sauce between two tortillas and cook until crisp. If you want to get creative, add in your favorite toppings, like black olives or mushrooms. Get the recipe here.

Header image: Mushroom and Chorizo Quesadillas from CHOW

Posie Harwood is a New York City-based writer and photographer. She grew up on a farm and likes raw milk, warm bread with butter, and plenty of fresh air. Follow her on Instagram, and her blog 600 Acres.
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