In our family we all love quesadillas. My grandkids would eat it everyday! I mean what’s not to love? It’s crunchy on the outside and gooey cheese on the inside. Not to mention you can garnish it with guacamole, pico de gallo, salsa, cheese, sour cream, or whatever your heart desires.
But have you ever tried making quesadillas for the entire family? I know it’s pretty easy, just like making a grilled cheese sandwich. But even grilled cheese sandwiches take time to make and someone, usually me, always ends up eating last. So if you’re aiming for a family meal together grilled cheese sandwiches and individual quesadillas are probably not the way to go.
That’s why I love Baking Sheet Quesadillas. It’s easy, delicious, can be put together in advance, and best of all the whole family can share the meal together!
Really you can stuff this quesadilla with just about anything you want then pop it in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes and you’re done. But one of my favorite stuffing is taco meat and cheese, you can’t go wrong with that combination!
I usually make my taco filling without packaged taco seasoning, but you can definitely use a packet when making yours. I use ground beef, but it can be made with ground turkey or chicken or ground impossible meat for a plant based option.
Here’s my recipe, feel free to adapt it to your tastes! By the way you will need 2 baking sheets each about 1″ deep with sides to make this recipe. I use 11×9 baking sheets because I bake it in my Breville Smart Oven Air Fryer, but you can use a larger sheet and bake it in your regular oven.
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Baking Sheet Quesadilla
1 Tbs. Olive Oil
1 lb. ground beef (or the meat of your choice)
1 Tbs. Onion Powder
1 1/2 Tbs. Garlic Powder
1/2 Tbs. Ground Cumin
2 Tbs. Chili Powder
1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro chopped
1 Package Flour Tortillas
1 Cup Shredded Cheddar and Jack Cheese Mix
1/2 cup Salsa
Cooking Spray (I use avocado oil)
Toppings: Cilantro, Sour Cream, Guacamole, Salsa, Shredded Cheese, etc. (all optional)
Heat Olive Oil in a skillet.
Add Ground meat and cook until it starts to brown.
Add powdered spices and mix well.
Cook until meat is crumbly.
Stir in 1/2 of the chopped cilantro.
Spray 1 baking sheet with cooking spray
Arrange 1 layer of tortillas on the sheet – they must over lap and half of each tortilla must hang over the sides of the sheet. Place tortillas in the middle so that the bottom of the sheet is completely covered.
Evenly spread taco meat over the tortilla layer.
Sprinkle shredded cheese over meat.
Spread salsa over all.
Fold the hanging portions of tortillas over the filling using more tortillas to cover the middle. Make sure there are no gaps or holes on the top.
Place second baking sheet over the tortillas with the bottom of the pan directly on top of the folded tortillas.
Bake in a pre-heated 425° oven for 20-30 minutes or until the tortillas are brown and crispy. Do not burn.
Remove from oven and cut into squares.
Serve hot with toppings so everyone can top it with their favorites.