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15 Badass Vegetarian Quesadilla Recipes: Who’s hungry?

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When I think of my favourite vegetarian quesadilla recipes I think of adding my favorite veggies or dream about melted cheese oozing out of a grilled tortilla, don’t you?

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A delicious quesadilla is such an easy meal to make and prepare for lunch or dinner.

I love quesadillas that much I’ve pulled together a badass list of my favourite recipes just for you – I’m already hungry!

There are a lot of debates online about why it is called a quesadilla, but one interesting thing to note, which you may not know, is in Mexico at least, they don’t come with cheese as standard.

You may think ‘quesa’ must be linked to ‘queso’, or the Spanish word for cheese, but many people in Mexico have their quesadillas without cheese.

So it’s best to ask for a quesadilla with cheese if you want that melty satisfaction.

So dive into this amazing collection of recipes that are full of inspiration. From vegetarian quesadillas that are a bit different to cheesy vegan quesadillas, we’ve got the recipe for you!

Tasty Vegetarian Quesadillas

The great thing about any vegetarian quesadillas recipe is that you can add a little bit of whatever you fancy, especially if it’s oozing with melty cheese!

Spinach Tomato Quesadilla

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4.55 from 22 votes
Protein: 28g
Calories: 458kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: ready in just 15 minutes

Treat yourself right – easy recipe to make tomato, cheese, spinach, and pesto quesadillas. Ready in just a few minutes – what are you waiting for?

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Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Kale Quesadillas

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Protein: 14g
Calories: 344 kcal
Ready in: 30 minutes
Recipe by: CookNourishBliss
Bonus: stuffed with superfoods

Mashed sweet potatoes make the base for the vegetable filling, with bites of black beans and kale, along with plenty of spices.

Freshly grated cheese rounds these out, making a great option for lunch or dinner.

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Greek Quesadillas with Tzatziki

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Protein: 25g
Calories: 413 kcal
Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: ScrummyLane
Bonus: high in protein: feel fuller for longer

Have you ever tried Greek ‘spanakopita’ or spinach and feta cheese pie? If you have, you’ll know how delicious it is.

Try this lighter Greek-Mex version, served with a traditional side dish of fresh and tangy tzatziki sauce.

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Healthy Veggie Quesadillas – Santa Fe Style

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Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: TaylorMadeMarket
Bonus: a Mexican-style meal for the whole family

This recipe is healthy, fresh, full of veggies & protein, and loaded with flavor. Making totally delicious veggie quesadillas.

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Broccoli Quesadilla with Avocado, Garlic, and Dill

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Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: MountainMamaCooks
Bonus: super healthy with loads of veggies on wholewheat tortillas

Sautéed broccoli and garlic, sharp cheddar cheese, smashed avocado, and fresh dill makes for a mean quesadilla filling.

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“Kale”sadilla

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Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: SimplyRecipes
Bonus: a nutritious lunch in 20 minutes

We all love quesadillas, and we could all use more leafy greens in our diet, so let’s add some shredded kale to our gooey cheese and crispy tortillas and call it a “kale”sadilla!

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Spanakopita Quesadilla

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Ready in: 28 minutes
Calories: 229 kcal
Protein: 9g
Recipe by: CookToria
Bonus: eggs and feta what’s not to love

Fast and easy veggie quesadilla recipe. Inspired by Greek traditional pie called Spanakopita.

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Chipotle Sweet Potato Quesadilla with Cilantro Gremolata

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Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: NaturallyElla
Bonus: hearty and healthy

The sweet potatoes are cooked in a mixture of chipotles, lime juice, and honey which makes it the perfect spicy/sweet combination for this delicious vegetarian quesadilla recipe.

Easy Veggie Quesadillas with Melted Mozzarella and Cheddar

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4.78 from 76 votes
Protein: 25g
Calories: 469kcal
Ready in:30 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: simple but so good

Easy veggie quesadillas with melted mozzarella and cheddar combo. A few clever steps and you’ll be chowing down on gooey, crispy quesadillas in no time!

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time:15 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes
Servings:4 Quesadillas
Calories:469kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 small cherry tomatoes
  • 1 onion
  • ½ bell pepper, red (your fave colour)
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 4 tbsp red pesto (check the notes, if you want to make your own)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella
  • 4 wholegrain tortillas (check the notes, if you want to make them homemade)

Optional

  • Sliced chilies for a kick!

Instructions

  • Wash the tomatoes and pepper, peel the onions and cut them all into thin slices – the cheese too.
    8 small cherry tomatoes, 1 onion, ½ bell pepper, red
  • Wash the spinach and let it drain in a sieve.
    2 cups spinach
  • Grab a tortilla and spread a layer of pesto over half of it. A tablespoon works well.
    4 wholegrain tortillas, 4 tbsp red pesto
  • Add a light layer of cheese on top and a quarter of the tomato, pepper and onion, followed by a few spinach leaves.
    1 cup cheddar cheese
  • Top it with another layer of cheese.
    2 cups mozzarella, Sliced chilies for a kick!
  • Then fold the other half of the tortilla on top and place in a large frying pan (nonstick).
  • Heat for 2-3 minutes. Flip and heat for another 2-3 minutes until the cheese has melted – a good indicator is a little running out the side.
  • Pro Tip: place a heavy pot on top of the quesadilla so that it flattens nicely and cooks more evenly – this will also stop the insides escaping! If you don’t like the thought of putting a pot directly on your quesadillas then put a plate between the two.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
15 Badass Vegetarian Quesadilla Recipes: Who’s hungry?
Serving Size
 
337 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
469
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
27
g
42
%
Saturated Fat
 
14
g
88
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Cholesterol
 
74
mg
25
%
Sodium
 
977
mg
42
%
Potassium
 
294
mg
8
%
Carbohydrates
 
32
g
11
%
Fiber
 
5
g
21
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Protein
 
25
g
50
%
Vitamin A
 
2797
IU
56
%
Vitamin C
 
34
mg
41
%
Calcium
 
605
mg
61
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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At less than 500 calories and 25 g of protein, our easy veggie quesadillas are a great option for lunch or dinner, especially if you’re watching those calories.

Having a high protein meal means you should feel fuller for longer and less likely to snack in between.

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Delicious Vegan Quesadillas

A vegan recipe for quesadillas doesn’t have to be boring! With loads of delicious filling ingredients to choose from you can still have the taste of a traditional quesadilla without any of the guilt.

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Guacamole Quesadillas

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Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: Ceara’sKitchen
Bonus: if you love guacamole you’ll love these

These guacamole quesadillas make the perfect appetizer, main or side! Serve them warm from the pan for the best results.

Freshly grilled and oozing with warm avocado-packed guacamole.

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Chipotle Quesadillas with Minty Mango Salsa

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Ready in: 15 minutes
Recipe by: Spabettie
Bonus: sweet and spicy

Chipotle quesadillas with minty mango salsa – crispy buttery quesadillas with mildly spicy chipotle flavors and creamy avocado – game day or any day these will be in regular rotation for sure!

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Pumpkin, Apple, and Caramelized Onion Quesadilla

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Ready in: 45 minutes
Calories: 161 kcal
Protein: 3g
Recipe by: VeggieInspiredJourney
Bonus: a sweet and savory treat

A little creamy, a little crispy, a little sweet, a little smoky, and even a little spicy if desired, this vegan quesadilla recipe is a little piece of fall heaven.

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Kimchi Quesadillas

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Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: WellandFull
Bonus: a Korean and Mexican infusion

These kimchi vegetable quesadillas are game-changing – made with crunchy, gluten-free tortillas, a mouth-watering black bean spread, and peppery arugula.

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Southwestern Tofu Breakfast Quesadillas

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Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: ForkandBeans
Bonus: a tasty breakfast alternative

Bring the first meal of the day back to life with these easy-to-make Southwestern Tofu Breakfast Quesadillas (that happen to be gluten-free as well).

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Triple-Stacked Quesadilla, Fresh Lime Fruit Salad, Jicama Slaw!

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Ready in: 35 minutes
Recipe by: LunchBoxBunch
Bonus: crammed with a delicious filling

Triple-stacked quesadilla breakfast. Fresh tropical fruit salad on the side – a Mexican-spiced hot soy mocha on the second side.

You’ll want to get the detailed instructions on this yummy feast – it’s fit for AM or PM!..

Quesadilla Recipe FAQs

Are veggie quesadillas healthy?

Yes, veggie quesadillas can be really healthy (so can vegan ones!), especially as they’re packed with nutritious vegetables.

Using a whole grain tortilla would also bump up that health meter, and go easy on the cheesy!

They’re going to give you loads of health benefits compared to a meaty version, and they’re packed with fiber which is going to be great for keeping you full.

If you add beans or cheese there will also be a good level of protein so that will also help with weight loss and muscle gain.

If you use white tortillas, and tons of cheese however, be prepared for that health meter to go down and the calories to go up!

Which cheese is best for quesadillas?

In my opinion, any cheese that gives a good stretch when you lift up is best for quesadillas. Try mozzarella or cheddar, or go authentic with Mexican cheese like Oaxaca and Chihuahua cheese.

How do you make a quesadilla?

Each recipe is different, but the basic steps are,

  • Take a hot pan and add around a teaspoon of oil.
  • Add a tortilla to the frying pan, you could use flour tortillas, corn tortillas, or even whole wheat tortillas.
  • Next, add your filling. You could add anything from sweet corn to green bell pepper, taco seasoning, or lots of cheese. I bet you could come up with some great combinations.
  • Fold the tortilla or even add a second tortilla on top and make sure the filling doesn’t come outside of the tortillas.
  • Give it a few minutes and then flip to grill the other side. You want it to look golden and crispy on the outside.

If you’ve never made quesadillas, you’re sure to be in with a treat when it comes to trying out some of these recipes. Each one is different so see which is your favourite!

For more meal ideas take a look at this collection of 50 Mexican Vegan Recipes

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18 comments
  1. I LOVE quesadillas! Such a great way to use up leftovers. Thanks for including mine! Sharing!

  2. I’ve had a major craving for quesadillas lately and have been thinking of making some! Perfect inspiration!

    1. Then I hope one of these hits the spot Rebecca! So many awesome recipes to pick from…

  3. i just had a big dinner but this is making me hungry!!! what a delicious roundup.

    1. I think so too Dixya! And I haven’t had dinner yet, so looking at the pics as I write this comment is making me reeeallllyyyyy hungry!!

  4. I’m drooling. I’ve never seen such a gorgeous collection of quesadillas.

    1. Beautiful aren’t they?? Don’t know where to start 🙂

  5. My kids likes quesadillas. Got many collections here.:) Thanks!

  6. Quesadillas are my favorite comfort food! There’s something about the crispy tortillas with a ooey gooey center sandwiched between them 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Now these recipes are truly badass! Amazing round up!!

  8. You’re not kidding, these are some seriously badass quesadillas! EXCELLENT round up, but I’m mad at you because now I’m totally hungry.

    1. Hahaha I know the feeling well Gin, I think I ate a quesadilla each time I wrote the word in the last couple of weeks…

  9. Oh what an awesome roundup!! They all look amazing! 🙂

    1. Thanks Sina! Each one made (and still does actually) my stomach growl…

  10. Quesadillas are my go-to fast and easy dinner. I can’t wait to add some of your tasty ideas into my dinner rotation.

    1. Let us know how it goes! Always love to hear about good dinners 🙂

  11. Thanks for including my Caprese Quesadilla! 🙂

    1. You’re very welcome, Melissa! :-)))