How to Make Quesadillas with Your Kids

Looking for an easy recipe to try with your little ones? Start by teaching your kids how to make quesadillas! This fun, kid-approved food makes a great beginner recipe.

Including your kids when it’s time to whip up a meal exposes them to new ingredients, making cooking a wonderful way to help develop their palates and healthy eating habits. Plus, they’ll be more likely to eat what they make. Hooray!

Teaching your kids how to make quesadillas is also a clever way to let them flex their creativity as budding chefs (something my nephews love). Start with a basic cheese quesadilla. Once they have a handle on the essentials, your kiddos can customize their meal.

Why It’s Important to Cook with Kids

There are so many reasons to cook with kids. It provides you with bonding time—how many of us have fond memories of lending a hand to a loved one in the kitchen?

Cooking is also a great way to teach your kids about their cultural heritage, and other cultures as well. As the child of an immigrant, cooking side-by-side with my dad gave me a meaningful way to learn about my heritage, although I burnt a lot of rice in the process.

At the end of the day, cooking is one of those essential skills everyone should know, so it’s best to start your kids on the basics from an early age.

How to Make Quesadillas

You can also make quesadillas under the broiler.

Ingredients

  • 4 flour tortillas, warmed
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1/2 cup salsa

Directions

Step 1: Assemble the quesadillas

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To create a kid-friendly workspace, place the tortillas on a baking sheet, then have your MasterChef Junior sprinkle the cheese and salsa across one tortilla. You can top with another tortilla right now, or plan to make a half quesadilla and fold it over later. Then, gently transfer the tortilla to a nonstick frying pan over medium heat.

For older kids, pop a tortilla directly in a nonstick frying pan, then sprinkle on the cheese.

Step 2: Watch carefully

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Together, keep an eye on the quesadilla. You want to know when the cheese starts to melt, so you can use a spatula to check the underside of the tortilla. (This is a task for the grown-ups.) Once the tortilla is golden brown, it’s time to fold or flip.

Fold: If you’re making a half quesadilla, use the spatula to fold your quesadilla in half, sandwiching all the melty cheese goodness in the middle.

Flip: If you’re making a whole quesadilla, now’s the time to flip. Using a spatula, flip the whole quesadilla. Cook until the other side is golden brown, too.

Step 3: Slice into wedges

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Transfer the quesadillas to a cutting board. Cut them into wedges and plate them. Older kids can do this step themselves with a pizza cutter. Of course, they’ll be hot, so make sure your chefs wait a minute before diving in!

More Ideas for Quesadilla Fillings

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The beauty of the humble quesadilla is that there are endless variations. Here are a couple of our go-to combos:

  • Pack some protein in with shredded chicken breast. It’s a terrific way to use leftovers.
  • Pop in some pepperoni for the ultimate pizza-dilla hybrid.
  • If you have a can of beans in the pantry, this recipe for Bean & Cheese Quesadillas is perfect for picky eaters.
  • Make breakfast for dinner with Cheesy Egg Quesadillas.

How to Serve Your Quesadillas

There are so many fabulous sides you can serve up with quesadillas. You can stick with the theme and opt for Mexican side dishes like elotes (Mexican street corn), chiles rellenos or homemade guacamole. Rice and beans are never out of place when quesadillas are on the menu. If your quesadillas are heavy on the meat and cheese, get in some greens with a simple salad. You can keep it light with a simple soup, too. Tomato is always a winner!

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Camille Berry
Part of the third generation in a family of restaurateurs, Camille was born with a passion for cooking and food. She embarked on a career in hospitality where she excelled as a sommelier and wine director. This hospitality experience has given her a wealth of first-hand knowledge about how to pair all manner of drinks with food—plus some serious kitchen skills. These days, she's hung up her wine key in favor of a pen and covers all aspects of food and drink.