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Pepper Jack and Jalapeño Quesadillas

Pepper Jack and Jalapeño Quesadillas are a type of quesadilla that typically includes pepper jack cheese and jalapeño peppers. The cheese is usually melted between two tortillas, along with other ingredients such as chicken, black beans, onions, and peppers. The jalapeño peppers add a spicy kick to the quesadillas, while the cheese provides a creamy and tangy flavor. 

The quesadillas can be served with a variety of toppings, such as salsa, guacamole, and sour cream. They are a quick and easy meal that can be customized to taste by adjusting the amount of cheese or adding different types of vegetables or meats.

Key Takeaways

  • Who This Meal Appeals To: Spice lovers, cheese fans, and anyone looking for a quesadilla with a zesty twist.
  • Estimated Duration: 25 minutes.
  • Nutrition Facts: Approximately 300-350 calories per serving, 12g protein, 30g carbs, 18g fat.

About This Recipe

If you crave a quesadilla that packs a punch, this one’s for you. The heat of the jalapeños beautifully complements the spicy, creamy Pepper Jack cheese.

Equipment Required

  • Non-stick skillet or griddle
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula


  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 1.5 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese
  • 2 jalapeños, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil for cooking
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon lime zest for garnish
  • Salt to taste


  1. Prep Jalapeños: Thinly slice jalapeños, remove seeds if you want less heat.
  2. Cheese Ready: Make sure Pepper Jack is shredded.
  3. Mix it Up: Combine sliced jalapeños and shredded Pepper Jack in a bowl.
  4. Tortilla Setup: Lay each tortilla flat on the cutting board.
  5. Fill ’em Up: Distribute jalapeño and cheese mixture on one half of each tortilla.
  6. Fold and Cook: Fold tortillas in half. Heat olive oil in a skillet, add folded tortillas.
  7. Golden Brown: Fry until each side is golden and cheese is melted.
  8. Finish: Optionally add lime zest, let cool a minute, then slice into wedges.

Side Dishes

  • Sour cream to balance the heat
  • Freshly made guacamole
  • Pico de gallo

Storage Options

Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat in a skillet for best texture and flavor.

Ingredient Substitutes

  • Use Monterey Jack if Pepper Jack is too spicy for you.
  • Serrano peppers can replace jalapeños for more heat.
  • If no lime zest, consider a sprinkle of paprika for color.

Alternatives to This Meal

  • Pepper Jack and Jalapeño Stuffed Peppers
  • Jalapeño and Pepper Jack Cheese Dip
  • Pepper Jack and Jalapeño Grilled Cheese Sandwich

If you are interested in reading more about Cheese Quesadilla Ideas, please take a look at these related articles: Monterey Jack and Chicken Quesadillas or Classic Cheese Quesadillas.


Pepper Jack and Jalapeño Quesadillas are the perfect way to add some excitement to your mealtime. They’re quick to make, full of flavor, and sure to be a hit with anyone who enjoys a bit of spice. When it comes to jazzing up your quesadilla game, this recipe is your go-to!