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Taco Quesadillas

Two of your favorite Mexican-inspired meals come together in one delicious and easy dinner recipe -- cheesy ground beef Taco Quesadillas!
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword ground beef quesadillas, taco quesadillas
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 3 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 6 quesadillas
Calories 343kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 (1 ounce) packet taco seasoning (such as Old El Paso brand)
  • cup water
  • 6 (8-inch) flour tortillas (“burrito size”)
  • 3 cups grated cheddar or Mexican-blend cheese
  • Optional, for serving: sour cream, guacamole, salsa, diced red onion, sliced green onion


  • Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain and return to skillet. Stir in taco seasoning and ⅔ cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer uncovered for 3-4 minutes (stirring often), until thickened.
  • Preheat a flat griddle or a large skillet over medium heat.
  • To prepare one quesadilla: Spread ¼ cup of cheese on half of a tortilla. Sprinkle with about ¼ - ½ cup of the taco meat. Add another layer of cheddar on top of the meat.
  • Fold tortilla over. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make additional quesadillas.
  • Grease a griddle or large skillet and cook quesadillas over medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
  • Remove to a cutting board and allow the quesadilla to cool for a few minutes. Cut into triangles and serve.


For the Microwave:
Assemble the quesadillas as instructed. Place on a microwave-safe plate and cook on HIGH until the cheese is melted (about 1 minute).
In the Oven:
Assemble the quesadillas as instructed. Brush each side with olive oil (or spritz with olive oil spray) -- this will help it get crispy and golden brown in the oven. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake the quesadillas at 450 degrees F for about 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and tortillas are golden brown.


Serving: 1quesadilla | Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 790mg | Potassium: 317mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1009IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 414mg | Iron: 3mg