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Breakfast Quesadilla Recipes (4 Easy Ways!)

If you tell me it's too early for a quesadilla, I'll make you one of these easy, delicious breakfast quesadilla recipes and change your mind! Now that's a good morning.

This is a platter of breakfast quesadillas. There are 4 quesadillas, each cut into 4 pieces. There's a small white bowl filled with salsa. There's also cut limes and chopped cilantro sprinkled on top of the quesadillas as well. One of the quesadilla pieces is sitting in the bowl of salsa.

Easy breakfast quesadilla

When I lived in Texas, the breakfast taco was the undisputed champion of breakfast items. While the filling certainly varied from city to city, there was no question about the item itself.

In the midwest (big generalization!), I see an even split between breakfast tacos and breakfast burritos.

And who can blame people for loving a nice warm tortilla with delicious ingredients in the morning? I know I definitely love a good breakfast taco, but sometimes I'm looking for a different flavor and texture profile.

For me, that's the breakfast quesadilla. Each slice is like a giant stuffed nacho with a crispy exterior and melty goodness waiting inside. Mouth watering? I'll show you how to get things going!

Breakfast Quesadilla (4 ways)

Although there are more possibilities than I could hope to count, I'm giving you four breakfast quesadilla recipes that sum up some of my go-to filling combinations.

Are these the only way to make breakfast quesadillas? Obviously not! But this is my blog, so I'm posting my faves. Let me know which ones you like!

This is a platter of breakfast quesadillas. There are 4 quesadillas, each cut into 4 pieces. There's a small white bowl filled with salsa. There's also cut limes and chopped cilantro sprinkled on top of the quesadillas as well.

How to make a breakfast quesadilla

Here's the step by step process for making these quesadillas:

  • Gather ingredients for the kind of breakfast quesadilla you plan to make.
  • If meat is not yet cooked, start by heating a skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking grease and cook meat (bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey sausage, etc) until cooked through. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Use a paper towel to wipe off the skillet and heat over low-medium heat. One heated, spray with cooking grease.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together 2 eggs with salt & pepper (optional: hot sauce for a little extra kick).
  • Pour the eggs into the skillet. Cook on low until the eggs are cooked through. (My favorite method of cooking eggs is to use a spatula to gently push the outside of the eggs to the center, repeating until eggs are cooked). While the eggs are cooking, assemble your quesadillas.
  • To assemble the quesadillas, start by laying down one tortilla. Sprinkle with part of the cheese, add the cooked meat (or beans), cooked eggs, then more cheese. Place the second quesadilla on top.
  • Spray the heated skillet with cooking grease. Add the quesadilla. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on both sides, or until cheese is melted & tortillas are crispy.
  • When it's finished cooking, remove from heat. Use a pizza cutter, scissors, or knife to cut into 4 pieces.
  • Serve with cilantro, sliced avocado, and salsa.
  • Repeat the process for as many quesadillas as you'd like!
  • Enjoy!

What can I put inside a quesadilla?

Obviously, quesadillas are not (and should not be!) limited to breakfast only. However, when thinking about that first meal of the day, these are some staple ingredients I keep in mind:

  • eggs
  • pork sausage
  • turkey sausage
  • bacon
  • turkey bacon
  • refried beans
  • cheese (mexican, cheddar, pepperjack)
  • jalapenos
  • green chiles
  • hot sauce

What can you put on quesadillas?

Of course, you're not limited only to what you can put inside of the quesadillas. They're also perfect vehicles for dipping, topping, spreading—you name it. With that in mind, here's what I think about:

  • avocado
  • guacamole
  • plain greek yogurt
  • sour cream
  • salsa
  • cilantro
  • jalapenos

Healthy breakfast quesadilla

So, what's the deal with these quesadillas from a health standpoint? Are they good for you?

Everyone has different nutritional needs, but I'd say it's more than possible to fit these quesadillas into a healthy meal plan. And that's not just limited to the "macro-friendly" version, either!

Here's the breakdown of these breakfast quesadilla recipes:

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Quesadilla:  460 calories, 27 carbs, 31 protein, 27 fat 

This is a hand holding up the bacon and egg quesadilla. There are 3 slices of quesadilla with melted cheese, egg, and bacon cooked together. Cilantro is sprinkled on top and there's a bowl of salsa in the back.

Sausage, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Quesadilla: 530 calories, 28 carbs, 39 protein, 31 fat 

This is a stack of cheese & sausage quesadillas. There are 3 slices of quesadilla with melted cheese, eggs, and sausage. The slices are stacked on a cutting board. There's a bowl of salsa and chopped cilantro as well.

Bean, Cheese, & Egg Breakfast Quesadilla: 430 calories, 36 carbs, 29 protein, 21 fat 

This is a hand holding up 3 slices of bean and cheese quesadilla. There are slices of quesadilla with melted cheese, refried beans, and eggs. A small bowl of salsa is in the back.

*Macro Friendly* Breakfast Quesadilla: 363 calories, 30 carbs, 36 protein, 18 fat 

This is a picture of the macro friendly breakfast quesadilla. There's a hand holding up 3 slices of quesadilla. The quesadilla has layers of melted cheese, cooked egg whites, and turkey sausage.

What is the best cheese for quesadillas?

The answer here is probably going to be predictable: whatever you like most!

That said, most varieties of shredded cheese (cheddar, monterrey jack, pepper jack, etc.) are going to work well here, though I probably wouldn't go for mozzarella in this application. Save that for the pizza!

How long are quesadillas good in the fridge?

I'd keep these in an airtight container for up to three days. That said, these are best right off of the griddle! Don't believe me? Give them a go!

Looking for more recipes?

Why not try one of these Jordo's World staples?

This is a platter of breakfast quesadillas. There are 4 quesadillas, each cut into 4 pieces. There's a small white bowl filled with salsa. There's also cut limes and chopped cilantro sprinkled on top of the quesadillas as well. One of the quesadilla pieces is sitting in the bowl of salsa.
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Breakfast Quesadillas (4 Easy Ways!)

If you tell me it's too early for a quesadilla, I'll make you one of these easy, delicious breakfast quesadilla recipes and change your mind! Now that's a good morning.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: breakfast quesadilla, quesadilla
Servings: 1 quesadilla
Calories: 363kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • skillet
  • small bowl

Ingredients

Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Quesadilla

  • 2 tortillas (I use Mission carb balance tortillas)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 slices bacon cooked
  • ¼ cup shredded cheese cheddar, pepperjack, or mexican
  • salt & pepper
  • toppings: cilantro, avocado, & salsa

Sausage, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Quesadilla

  • 2 tortillas (I use Mission carb balance tortillas)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 oz breakfast sausage cooked
  • ¼ cup shredded cheese cheddar, pepperjack, or mexican
  • salt & pepper
  • toppings: cilantro, avocado, & salsa

Bean, Cheese, & Egg Breakfast Quesadilla

  • 2 tortillas (I use Mission carb balance tortillas)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 oz refried beans
  • ¼ cup shredded cheese cheddar, pepperjack, or mexican
  • salt & pepper
  • toppings: cilantro, avocado, & salsa

*Macro-Friendly* Breakfast Quesadilla

  • 2 tortillas (I use Mission carb balance tortillas)
  • ½ cup egg whites
  • ¼ cup turkey sausage cooked (I use Jimmy Dean brand)
  • ¼ cup low-fat shredded cheese cheddar, pepperjack, or mexican
  • salt & pepper
  • toppings: cilantro, avocado, & salsa

*Note: Nutrition information for each version is in the "Notes" section of the recipe card

    Instructions

    • Gather ingredients for the kind of breakfast quesadilla you plan to make.
    • If meat is not yet cooked, start by heating a skillet over medium heat. Spray with cooking grease and cook meat (bacon, breakfast sausage, turkey sausage, etc) until cooked through. Set aside until ready to use.
    • Use a paper towel to wipe off the skillet and heat over low-medium heat. One heated, spray with cooking grease.
    • In a small bowl, whisk together 2 eggs with salt & pepper (optional: hot sauce for a little extra kick).
    • Pour the eggs into the skillet. Cook on low until the eggs are cooked through. (My favorite method of cooking eggs is to use a spatula to gently push the outside of the eggs to the center, repeating until eggs are cooked). While the eggs are cooking, assemble your quesadillas.
    • To assemble the quesadillas, start by laying down one tortilla. Sprinkle with part of the cheese, add the cooked meat (or beans), cooked eggs, then more cheese. Place the second quesadilla on top.
    • Spray the heated skillet with cooking grease. Add the quesadilla. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on both sides, or until cheese is melted & tortillas are crispy.
    • When it's finished cooking, remove from heat. Use a pizza cutter, scissors, or knife to cut into 4 pieces.
    • Serve with cilantro, sliced avocado, and salsa.
    • Repeat the process for as many quesadillas as you'd like!
    • Enjoy!

    Notes

    *Nutrition information is for the macro-friendly version. The nutrition of the other variations are below & in the blog post. 
    Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Quesadilla:  
    460 calories, 27 carbs, 31 protein, 27 fat 
    Sausage, Egg, & Cheese Breakfast Quesadilla: 
    530 calories, 28 carbs, 39 protein, 31 fat 
    Bean, Cheese, & Egg Breakfast Quesadilla: 
    430 calories, 36 carbs, 29 protein, 21 fat 
    *Macro Friendly* Breakfast Quesadilla: 
    363 calories, 30 carbs, 36 protein, 18 fat 
    *Each of these searchable in MyFitnessPal. Search Jordo's World + Quesadilla Name*
    *I use Mission low-carb tortillas, reduced fat mexican cheese, & Jimmy Dean turkey sausage 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 18g

    Recipe Rating




    Michelle H

    Friday 17th of June 2022

    I love the variations- the sausage one is my favorite, the macro friendly version comes in clutch, and I’ll be trying the bean one next!

    Kylie Wood

    Friday 17th of June 2022

    Haven’t tried the macro-friendly version yet but these are great. Plus freezer friendly especially if you reheat in the air fryer

    Loren

    Friday 17th of June 2022

    These quesadillas are so delicious. I love the versatility and options! Easy and quick to make!

    Jasmyn

    Friday 17th of June 2022

    Genius idea to have a quesadilla for breakfast

    Allison R

    Wednesday 6th of April 2022

    This is easily one of the best breakfast ideas ever! I typically think of biscuits for breakfast but a quesadilla is brilliant for a more health conscious choice. The kids also enjoyed the new breakfast creation. Totally recommend!