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Air Fryer Quesadillas

With these air fryer quesadillas, you’ll want to make them any day you’re short on time. 

Did you know that quesadillas are a snap to make? It’s just a matter of piling your favorite toppings onto a tortilla and folding it in half.

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The rest is up to the air fryer.

Cheesy and Appetizing Chicken Quesadillas

The air fryer makes things so much easier. It crisps up the tortillas and melts the cheese so perfectly in just 8 minutes. How awesome is that?

These air fryer quesadillas are the stuff of legends. Here, I’ll show you how they’re done.

Air Fryer Quesadillas 

Quesadillas are a classic Tex-Mex dish of crisp and tender tortillas filled with melty cheese and other tasty treats.

You can stick to my original recipe, or switch things up with your choice of fillings. Quesadillas are super versatile, so anything goes!

Homemade Quesadillas with Chicken, Cheese and Peppers

How Do I Make Crispy Quesadillas? 

First, check if your air fryer requires preheating. If it does, do it now! These quesadillas should be cooked at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the tortillas on a flat, clean surface. Spread the fried beans on one half of each tortilla, and sprinkle it with cheese. Fold the tortillas in half.

Alternatively, if you have a larger air fryer, you can spread the toppings on the entire tortilla and close it with another tortilla. 

Place the tortillas in your air fryer basket, making sure there’s space in between for the hot air to circulate. Otherwise, the quesadillas won’t cook evenly.

Place a trivet, rack, or a heavy oven-safe object on top of the quesadillas to push them down.

You can also stick toothpicks down the middle to secure them in place.

Air fry the tortillas for 8 minutes, flipping them halfway through. You’ll know they’re done when the tortillas are golden and crisp and the cheese has melted.

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Top the quesadillas with your favorite Tex-Mex toppings. I love mine with guacamole, sour cream, and salsa. 

Serve and enjoy!

Chicken Quesadillas with Cheese and Peppers

What Kind of Cheese is Best for Quesadillas? 

You can use any cheese, but be sure there’s at least one melty kind in there.

Besides its ooey-gooey goodness, the cheese also serves as the glue that adheres the tortilla to the filling. 

Here are my top choices. Feel free to mix and match them.

  • Asiago – smooth and crumbly with a strong salty flavor.
  • Brie – super milky and creamy. It’s pricey but worth it.
  • Blue cheese crumbles – extremely salty with a distinct moldy flavor.
  • Monterey jack – mildly salty and sweet. 
  • Cheddar – salty, rich, and creamy.
  • Colby – mild, buttery, and sweet.
  • American cheese – tasty and budget-friendly 
  • Provolone – rich and salty, sharp but not too strong.
  • Havarti and Manchego – salty, nutty, and buttery.
  • Mozzarella and Gruyere – stringy, ooey-gooey, melted perfection.

Can You Reheat Quesadillas in an Air Fryer?

Absolutely. 

Just pop the quesadillas in the air fryer basket and reheat at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 minutes, or until the cheese melts.

Homemade Chicken Quesadillas with Dipping Sauce

Tips for Making The Best Quesadillas 

  • This recipe works with either corn or flour tortillas. 
  • Grate the cheese yourself. Store-bought shredded cheese, while more convenient to use, contains cellulose to prevent the shreds from clumping together. It’s 100% safe, but it also reduces the cheese’s melting potential. It’s also more expensive than a block of cheese.
  • Go crazy with the fillings! Don’t feel like you need to limit it to beans and cheese. Quesadillas are a great way to repurpose leftovers, so go ahead and raid your fridge. Here are my suggestions:
    • Pulled pork 
    • Taco-seasoned ground beef
    • Shredded rotisserie chicken
    • Battered fried fish
    • Corn 
    • Jalapenos
    • More kinds of cheese
  • If you’re adding meat fillings, be sure they’re already cooked before adding them in.
  • Don’t fill the tortillas too much, though, or the upper flap will start to lift away from the filling. You’ll want the tortilla to adhere to the melted cheese for a mess-free dish.
  • For extra crispy tortillas, spritz the tops with olive oil.
  • Flip the tortillas halfway through to ensure that both sides are nice and crispy.
  • Check the tortillas now and again. If you notice the top half lifting away from the filling, use a spatula to push it down. 
  • Or, you can place a trivet or any heavy, oven-safe object on top of the tortillas so they don’t open up.
  • Here’s another technique: stick toothpicks down the middle of the tortillas to hold them down.
  • Feel free to double or triple the recipe, but be sure not to overcrowd the air fryer basket. Arrange the tortillas in a single layer and allow space in between. This will give the hot air enough room to circulate.
  • If you have an oven-style air fryer, even if it has multiple racks, I don’t recommend using up all the racks at once. It’s best to cook one rack at a time, using the middle rack, to ensure even cooking. 
  • This recipe doesn’t call for preheating the air fryer, but note that air fryers run differently from one another. Check the manual if yours needs to be preheated.
  • Depending on how powerful your air fryer is, you may need to adjust the cooking time. This is also why it’s good to flip the tortillas halfway through, so you’ll get a good gauge of how much more time is needed.
  • You’ll know the quesadillas are done when the tortillas are golden and crispy, and the cheese is melted.
  • Store leftover tortillas in an air-tight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat them in the air fryer at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 minutes. You can also use the oven toaster or the microwave.
  • Freeze the quesadillas for a longer shelf-life. Double-wrap them in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and freeze them for up to 3 months. Defrost them on the counter for 15 minutes, and reheat in the air fryer at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 minutes. You can also use the oven toaster or the microwave.
  • You can also reheat quesadillas straight from the freezer. Reheat at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 to 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.

What to Serve with Quesadillas

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Air Fryer Quesadillas

Servings

2

servings
Prep time

2

minutes
Cooking time

8

minutes
Calories

310

kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 flour tortillas

  • 4 tablespoons refried beans, more if needed

  • 1/2 cup cheese, more if needed

  • Toppings, optional:
  • Guacamole

  • Sour cream

  • Greek yogurt

  • Salsa

Directions

  • Lay the tortilla on a flat surface. Spread the refried beans on one-half of the tortilla. Sprinkle the beans with cheese.
  • Fold the tortilla in half. Repeat the steps with the remaining tortilla.
  • Place the tortillas in the air fryer basket, allowing for space in between.
  • Air fry them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 minutes, flipping them over halfway through. The tortillas should be golden and crisp, and the cheese melted.
  • Serve the quesadilla immediately on its own or topped with guacamole, sour cream, Greek yogurt, and salsa. Enjoy!
Air Fryer Quesadillas

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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