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How to Make Oven Quesadillas

Oven quesadillas are a variation of quesadillas that are prepared by assembling the fillings between two tortillas and baking them in the oven instead of cooking them on a stovetop.

The fillings typically include shredded cheese, various meats or beans, vegetables, and spices, sandwiched between two tortillas. They are baked until the tortillas are crispy, the cheese melts, and the fillings are heated through, resulting in a convenient and delicious batch of quesadillas.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Busy families, meal preppers, and large gatherings.
  • Estimated Duration: 25-30 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Varies depending on ingredients; generally high in protein and calcium.

About This Recipe

Oven quesadillas give you the flexibility to prepare multiple quesadillas at once, freeing up your time and stovetop. They are equally cheesy, crispy, and delicious as their skillet-cooked counterparts.

Equipment Required

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper or silicone mat
  • Knife
  • Cutting board


  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (of your choice)
  • Optional fillings: cooked chicken, sautéed vegetables, beans
  • Cooking spray or melted butter


  1. Preheat Oven: Heat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Prep Sheet: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  3. Cheese It: Sprinkle cheese on half of each tortilla.
  4. Add Fillings: Distribute optional fillings over the cheese.
  5. Fold: Fold the tortillas in half.
  6. Arrange: Place the folded quesadillas on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Spray or Brush: Lightly coat the tops with cooking spray or melted butter for crispiness.
  8. Bake: Put in the oven for 10-15 minutes, flipping halfway, until both sides are golden and crispy.

Side Dishes

  • Oven-baked sweet potato fries
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Fresh salad

Storage Options

  • Fridge: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • Freezer: Wrap individually and freeze; reheat in an oven or microwave.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Flour Tortillas: Corn or whole wheat tortillas can be used.
  • Cheese: Feel free to mix and match cheeses like cheddar, Monterey Jack, or mozzarella.

Alternatives to this Meal

  • Oven Tacos: Use the same fillings and bake open-faced tacos.
  • Quesadilla Casserole: Layer tortillas and fillings in a baking dish and bake until bubbly.
  • Oven Fajitas: Sauté fajita ingredients, then assemble into quesadillas and bake.


Oven Quesadillas offer a hands-off approach to a classic favorite, making it easier than ever to serve up this cheesy goodness. Perfect for busy weekdays or when hosting a gathering. Dig in!