Air Fryer Quesadillas

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Air Fryer Quesadillas – a super quick and easy dinner you can make any night of the week. Super crispy quesadillas that you can fill with whatever you want come together in just minutes!

One dinner my family always likes is quesadillas. And part of the reason why, is because how versatile they are. You can fill them with just about anything, and everyone gets to make their own. They are our go-to when we have leftover Smoked Pork Butt!

And one trick I learned is how fast and crispy they get in the air fryer. I usually have an electric griddle that I bring out, but it takes a really long time to get the cheese all the way melted and the tortillas to really be crispy. The air fryer does it in just minutes!

cooked quesadillas on a cutting board

 

This is one of those recipes that you will find yourself making over and over again. It is great for a quick last minute lunch as well.

What You’ll Need

That is really up to you! You can fill them with just about anything. But here is the base of what you need to get started.

  • Tortillas – you can use flour or corn
  • Cheese – I like to use cheddar, but based on your fillings you could use Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Swiss or just about anything.
  • Oil – you want to brush the tortillas with just a little bit of oil. Vegetable, Canola, Avocado, or Olive Oil are all good choices.

Then the fillings is where you can get creative.

  • Protein – any leftover meat you have works great, rotisserie chicken, taco meat, or you can use tofu or beans to make it vegetarian.
  • Vegetables – So many different options. Fajita Veggies is one of my favorites if you have them on hand. Or you can use diced tomatoes, black olive, jalapenos, onions, bell peppers etc. So many options.
sliced air fryer quesadillas on a white plate with bowl of salsa

What To Dip Quesadillas In

And you can dip them to make them even more exciting!

filling quesadilla on a cutting board

How To Make Air Fryer Quesadillas

  1. Start by arranging the tortillas in front of you on a cutting board or plate. Then load them up!
  2. Put a little bit of cheese over on half, and then layer your toppings over the cheese. Finish with just a little bit more cheese, so as it melts it gets “glued” together.
  3. Brush the outside of the tortillas with just a little bit of oil, and arrange in your air fryer basket. Depending on the size of your tortillas, you can probably fit 2 in there at a time.
  4. If you have and Instant Pot, and the little metal trivet that came it with, it is great to put on top of the tortillas, to help them stay closed. Depending on how full you got them, they do have a tendency to puff up and open a little. This isn’t necessary, it can just help a little.
  5. Cook at 400º for 5 minutes, then flip the quesadillas (you don’t need the trivet on the 2nd side) and cook for an additional 4 minutes until they are nice and golden and crispy.
  6. Remove from the air fryer and slice them to serve.
quesadillas in air fryer ready to cook

What To Serve With Quesadillas

These Air Fryer quesadillas are such a simple dinner you can really make at anytime. You can mix up the flavors like this Chicken, Bacon Avocado Quesadilla or even go crazy with this Pizza Quesadilla. The options are endless, but the technique will be your go-to.

To make this recipe I used a Cosori 5.8 Qt Air Fryer. It is big enough that you can fit plenty of food in, and the basket comes out so you can easily shake, stir, or flip whatever you are making.

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4.75 from 4 votes

Air Fryer Quesadillas

By Erin
Air Fryer Quesadillas – a super quick and easy dinner you can make any night of the week. Super crispy quesadillas that you can fill with whatever you want come together in just minutes!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients 

  • 2 tortillas
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 oz cooked chicken or other protein
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Instructions 

  • Arrange tortillas in front of you on a cutting board or a plate
  • Put a little bit of cheese over half of each tortilla. Layer whatever protein and veggies you are using over the cheese. Finish with just a little bit more cheese and fold the tortilla in half.
  • Brush a little bit of oil over the outside of the tortilla and arrange in your air fryer basket.
  • Cook at 400º for 5 minutes. Flip the quesadilla and cook for an additional 4 minutes until they are golden and crispy.
  • Remove from air fryer and slice to serve.

Notes

If you have and Instant Pot, and the little metal trivet that came it with, it is great to put on top of the tortillas as it cooks on the first side, to help them stay closed. Depending on how full you get them, they do have a tendency to puff up and open a little. This isn't necessary, it can just help a little.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 435kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 421mg | Fiber: 2g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Calories: 435
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