Corn Tortilla Quesadilla Recipe: A Quick Meal

Sometimes the best recipes come from those nights when I realize that something is about to go bad if I don’t use it. This forces me to get creative with what I can find on hand. A while ago, I realized that the mushrooms, baby zucchinis, and corn tortillas that I’d used for various other meals were going to have to be thrown away if they didn’t get used. I dug around and found some pepper jack cheese, onion, and red pepper and realized that I had the makings for a great meal.

corn tortilla quesadilla with pepper jack cheese, zucchini, onion, mushrooms, and red bell pepper

Quesadillas are traditionally made with flour tortillas, but when I found the corn tortillas in my fridge I figured it was worth experimenting. I’m glad I did! These corn tortilla quesadillas were delicious, warm and spicy with that distinctive crunch of a fried corn tortilla. Perfect! It turns out people do use corn tortillas for quesadillas sometimes, I’d just never had the pleasure of trying one.

Corn Tortilla Quesadilla Recipe
serves as many as you want to make


  • corn tortillas
  • cheese *
  • baby zucchini
  • baby bella mushrooms (or white mushrooms)
  • onion
  • red bell pepper
  • jalapeno (optional)

* I used pepper jack cheese, but if you want something milder, use Monterey Jack or Mozerella.

Feel free to substitute your favorite vegetables for any of those above!

Toppings (all optional):

  • salsa
  • sour cream
  • guacamole

Preparation Instructions:

1). Prepare your vegetables, using as much as you want to make for the amount of people you will be feeding. Wash the zucchini, mushrooms, red bell pepper, and jalapeno if you are using it. Slice the zucchini and jalapeno into rounds, the mushroom into bite-sized slices, and the red pepper into thin strips. Peel the onion and cut it into thin strips.

2). Grate your cheese, enough to cover as many quesadillas as you plan to make.

3). Add some butter or margarine to a cast iron skillet or non-stick pan and heat over medium (medium-low on a gas range) until the butter has melted.

4). Take one corn tortilla and cover it lightly in grated cheese. Place various vegetables across it, and then sprinkle a little more cheese over those. Cover in another corn tortilla, then carefully transfer it to the skillet.

5). Once the cheese has started to melt and the bottom has turned golden brown, flip the quesadilla to the other side until it too is golden brown. Remove from the skillet.

6). Cut into quarters and serve! These taste excellent with a little salsa dribbled over them. You can also add sour cream and guacamole if you want to.

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