These easy-peasy pizza quesadillas are guaranteed to be a hit with the pizza lovers in your house. It’s a super simple recipe, too, so it’s perfect for a quick lunch or busy weeknight dinner.
Sometimes the most delicious creations come from unexpected combinations. One such delightful fusion is the pizza quesadilla—a mouthwatering mash-up of Italian and Mexican flavors.
I’m not sure exactly how we started making these, but they’ve been on repeat at our house for almost a year now. And my boys don’t show any signs of slowing down anytime soon.
So easy kids can make them
What I love most a about this simple recipe is that it’s easy enough that my two older kids (9 and 11) can make it completely on their own (although we’re still working on the remembering to clean up part…ahem). Still, it’s been awesome that all summer long they’ve been making lunch for themselves most days. Hooray for raising capable kids!
Even if your kids are too young to use the stove on their own, they can still help you assemble the quesadillas. Young kids often beg to get involved in the kitchen, and this is an easy recipe you can say “YES” to their requests to help. Have them sprinkle the cheese, arrange the toppings, and help you judge when the cheese is melted to perfection.
What to put in pizza quesadillas
The sky is the limit with toppings for your pizza quesadilla. Whatever you like on your traditional pizza will likely work perfectly well in quesadilla form as well. Just keep in mind that super bulky toppings might make it harder for the melting cheese to effectively “glue” the two halves together.
Here are a few of our favorite variations:
- pepperoni and olive
- ham and pineapple
- BBQ chicken (use bbq sauce instead of marinara)
Want to try pizza quesadillas with your kids? Here’s how to make them!
- 2 large flour tortillas
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup pizza sauce
- Pizza toppings of your choice (pepperoni, olives, peppers, ham, pineapple, etc.)
- Preheat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat.
- Place one tortilla on a clean surface or cutting board.
- Spread a thin layer of pizza sauce evenly over the tortilla, leaving a small border around the edges.
- Sprinkle half of the shredded mozzarella cheese on top of the sauce.
- Arrange the pepperoni slices and any other desired toppings evenly over the cheese. Then sprinkle the remaining cheese over the toppings.
- Place the second tortilla on top to cover the filling, pressing down lightly.
- Transfer the quesadilla to the preheated skillet or griddle. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until the bottom tortilla is golden brown and crispy.
- Carefully flip the quesadilla over and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes on the other side, until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is golden brown.
- Remove the quesadilla from the skillet and let it cool for a minute
- Cut the quesadilla into wedges using a pizza cutter or a sharp knife, and enjoy!
This recipe is highly adaptable to your own tastes. You can add more or less of the sauce or cheese, experiment with different toppings, and more. Make it your own!
Enjoy your delicious pizza quesadilla! Feel free to customize it with your favorite pizza toppings or add a side of fruit and veggies for a complete meal.
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