Shrimp Quesadilla

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


2 servings

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
Quick and simple enough for any weekday, these shrimp quesadillas boast a refreshing flavor special enough for guests. Serve with salsa on the side and a frosty smoothie, if you like. —Tiffany Bryson-San Antonio, Texas
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  • 4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno pepper
  • 1/2 pound uncooked shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped tomato
  • 4 flour tortillas (6 inches)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend


  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add onion and jalapeno. Cook and stir until tender, 3-5 minutes. Add shrimp, cumin and pepper; cook and stir until shrimp turn pink, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in tomato.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon oil to the same skillet; add 1 tortilla. Top with half the cheese, half the shrimp mixture and 1 tortilla. Cook over medium heat until lightly browned, 2-3 minutes on each side; remove. Repeat with remaining 1 teaspoon oil, tortillas, cheese and shrimp mixture. Cut into wedges.

Shrimp Quesadillas Tips

What other kinds of cheese can you use for these quesadillas?

Some U.S. grocery stores sell "queso quesadilla," a blend that includes Oaxaca, Chihuahua and cotija cheeses, which melts beautifully in a quesadilla. Or try buying these cheeses separately if you can't find a shredded mixture.

What can you serve with shrimp quesadillas?

Serve these with classic?refried beans, rice or a?Mexican-inspired salad. Street corn, or elote,?is always a great side dish, too.

Can you use cooked shrimp in these shrimp quesadillas?

Of course! In fact, the recipe calls for cooked shrimp, making these quesadillas extra convenient.

Elizabeth Harris, Taste of Home contributing writer
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Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutrition Facts

1 quesadilla: 523 calories, 27g fat (8g saturated fat), 163mg cholesterol, 707mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 30g protein.