Ultimate Easy Quesadilla Recipe

Making a really good quesadilla is a life skill that everyone should have. This recipe is simple—seasoned ground beef + melty Monterey jack + avocado—and almost every element can be substituted or skipped.


vegetable oil 1 tbsp. 

onion, finely chopped1 lb. 

ground beef1/2 tsp. 

ground chili powder1/2 tsp. 

ground paprika1/2 tsp. 

ground cumin

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper8 

medium flour tortillas1 1/2 c. 

Monterey Jack, shredded1 

avocado, sliced2 tbsp. 

chopped cilantro


  1. In a large pan over medium heat, heat oil. Cook onion until soft, 5 minutes. Add ground beef and spices, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, and season with salt and pepper. Stir occasionally and cook until the meat cooked through and no longer pink, about 8 minutes. Remove pan from heat and drain excess fat. Season mixture with salt and pepper to taste. Clean pan and return over medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, assembly quesadillas: Divide cheese between 4 tortillas. Top with beef mixture, avocado, and cilantro then top each tortilla with a second tortilla.
  3. Working one at a time, transfer quesadillas to hot pan and cook until golden-brown underneath, about 3 minutes. When ready to flip, cover the pan with a large plate. Invert pan to transfer the quesadilla onto the plate, then slide the quesadilla back onto the pan (golden side up). Cook until golden-brown on other side. 
  4. Slice into wedges before serving. 

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