Quesadilla: fast, simple, yum!


Quesadillas are quick and tasty snacks that are nice on their own, or make a Mexican starter, lunch or dinner, with guacamole, salsa and sour cream. One or two with salad is a perfectly acceptable lunch or dinner. They also make a nice side with a salsa-flavoured tomato soup.

Serves 1. Prep: 3 minutes. Cooking: 5 minutes.
Stores: Nope. It doesn’t. Eat at once.


  • Frying pan
  • Chopping board (optional)
  • Cheese grater/knife


  • 1 tortilla
  • A handful of cheese (up to 20 grams)


  1. Heat the pan on a medium heat.
  2. Put the tortilla on a chopping board or other clean surface.
  3. Sprinkle it with the cheese, leaving a good inch at the edge free to avoid it running out when it melts.
  4. Fold the tortilla double, and then fold in half.
  5. Put the triangle into the frying pan and fry on each side until crispy and brown (but ideally not black), three-four minutes usually does it.


  • Mix a table spoon each of chopped red pepper and sweet corn to the cheese.
  • Sprinkle mild, finely chopped chillies and coriander onto the cheese before folding and cooking.
  • Don’t bother with cheese at all but put in a tablespoon of leftover chilli, re-fried beans or vegetable stew.
  • If making several, put in an oven dish, and cook on high heat (200C) in the oven for 15 minutes.

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