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Surprise-Ingredient Cheese Quesadillas

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  • Prep Time: 1 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving


These magical Oaxacan Cheese Quesadillas only take about 3 minutes to make, and are made with 3 surprise ingredients that pack in some BIG delicious flavors.  Feel free to include any of the extra add-ins below as well!


  • butter or oil
  • corn (or small flour) tortillas
  • Oaxaca cheese*
  • fresh epazote leaves
  • your favorite fresh salsa, for serving


  1. Heat 1 teaspoon butter or oil in a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Lay the tortilla flat in the pan, and place a chunk of Oaxaca cheese (I use about a 2-inch long strip) on one half of the tortilla, topped with an epazote leaf or two.
  3. Sauté for 30 seconds or so, until the cheese begins to melt.  Then fold the (non-cheese) half of the tortilla over to form a little folded pocket.  Sauté for an extra 30 seconds or so per side, flipping once, until the tortilla is lightly browned and the cheese is completely melted.  (
  4. Transfer to a serving plate and serve immediately with your favorite salsa.


Some optional add-ins could include any mix of the following:

  • cooked protein (shrimp, chicken, beef, carnitas, etc.)
  • sautéed or roasted veggies (poblano peppers, mushrooms, corn, squash, cauliflower, etc.)
  • raw veggies (sliced avocado, diced red onion, chopped fresh cilantro, etc.)
  • beans (black, pinto, etc.)
  • I also like sprinkling on a tiny pinch of sea salt to the melted cheese for extra flavor

*I highly recommend using Oaxaca cheese for these quesadillas.  (I’m usually able to make 7-10 quesadillas per package.)  But if it’s not available at your grocery store, fresh pepperjack or mozzarella would also be delicious.