A breakfast quesadilla is a tortilla filled with egg, cheese, and bacon pieces then toasted on each side for crispy and gooey quesadillas. It’s the best way to make breakfast quesadillas EASY! I have been making this breakfast quesadilla recipe for years and anyone who has tried these egg quesadillas has been hooked! They are the perfect individual size and cooked and heated all in one pan!
A quick and easy Breakfast Quesadilla Recipe that my friend made casually one morning–I turned it into a breakfast recipe for moms searching for easy breakfast ideas! The whole family loves these breakfast quesadillas! Our all-time favorite is bacon, egg, and cheese quesadillas that you make ahead and freeze for other busy mornings!
I fell in love with this recipe for quesadillas long before Tiktok hack videos were a thing! It’s the breakfast quesadillas everyone seems to love and that includes kids! This quesadilla recipe came from a friend who casually made this taco quesadilla as we were talking. It’s silly to think I would post such an easy quesadilla recipe but it’s really the best!
This breakfast quesadilla is so easy to make and my friend will even make ahead and freeze these! She would then reheat them in the oven, which I will include all the reheating tips below. I love that this breakfast quesadilla recipe is made with fried whole eggs and that each serving includes a whole egg for maximum nutrition. The mini size is perfect for a single serving of egg and you can cook and eat these cheesy tortillas in just minutes!
Best Cheese For Quesadillas?
Cheddar is the most popular choice for breakfast cheese. Another popular choice of cheese for quesadillas is a Mexican blend of Monterey Jack, cheddar, Queso Quesadilla, and Asadero. We prefer a mild-flavored cheese that melts easily like Monterey Jack and Colby cheese or even mozzarella if you are limited to options. Quesadilla cheese shouldn’t be overpowering or too aged.
Quesadilla’s recipe isn’t complete without cheese and a tortilla! Fully cooked and ready-to-serve bacon pieces make it super easy to prep the quesadillas and eliminate the time to chop or cook any protein! Here’s what you’ll need for a single serving of egg quesadilla;
- 6-inch flour tortilla: typically come in family packs and are perfect for a single serving of fried egg.
- Egg: cook one large egg in a pan to doneness.
- Bacon: can be cooked and chopped or use bacon bits or pieces already prepared and ready to use.
- Cheese: I like to grate a block of cheddar cheese.
- Oil For Crispy Quesadillas (Optional)- I used sunflower oil but any mildly flavored oil will work including bacon grease.
Note: you don’t have to use bacon! Add any protein of choice or go vegetarian and sautee a mixture of your favorite veggies! Some favorites include cooked breakfast sausage, deli ham, chorizo, or leftover steak!
Want to make your own tortillas? Try this recipe for Homemade Flour Tortillas.
How To Make a Quesadilla:
This is how to make an egg quesadilla on the stove. Start with a non-stick pan (an 8-inch pan for 2 eggs or a 12-inch pan for 2 or more eggs.) Use any frying pan or griddle available to you. I love the quick prep and fast cooking for this pan quesadilla!
- Heat a 12-inch frying pan with oil over medium heat.
- Crack in eggs and fry on each side to desired doneness (about 1 minute per side.) Remove with a spatula and set aside.
- In the same pan add tortillas. Heat and flip then top with cheese, egg, and bacon.
- Fold tortilla in half and cook on each side until golden brown. Adding oil will help the outside of the tortilla crisp up.
What To Serve with Breakfast Quesadillas?
Quesadilla sauce is a tasty way to make any taco or burrito stand out! Try our Chipotle Southwest Sauce to make a chipotle quesadilla or our Creamy Jalapeno Sauce which is the same sauce used for a Taco bell Quesadilla! Serve quesadillas with fresh a Pico De Gallo Recipe, Simple Guacamole Recipe, or plain sour cream. We love quesadillas with canned salsa and sour cream! I also love a good hot sauce like Cholula or Tobasco for a little extra kick.
Quesadilla Ideas and Varitions:
A homemade quesadilla can be made in lots of easy ways! You can change up a cheese quesadilla with your favorite breakfast meats or add extra protein from black beans. Here are breakfast ideas to make meal prep fun or healthy!
- Breakfast Black Bean Quesadilla: add 2 Tbsp of cooked and drained beans to each tortilla.
- Scrambled Egg Quesadilla: scramble 2 eggs, with 1 tbsp of milk and salt and pepper to taste. Use that instead of the whole egg.
- Breakfast Potato Quesadilla: add 1/4 cup of baked Taco Bell Fiesta Potatoes
- Spicy Chipotle Avocado and Egg Quesadilla: drizzle 11/2 tsp of chipotle sauce, then add 1/4 of avocado (sliced), and 1 fried egg to a tortilla.
- Chorizo Quesadilla: chorizo is a Spanish sausage, sautee 8 oz of your favorite ground chorizo (casings removed.)
- Mushroom Quesadilla: add 4 oz of drained and cooked mushrooms to every four tortillas.
Tips: incorporate any veggies, meats, or cheeses when making quesadillas.
Make-Ahead and Freezing Quesadillas:
To freeze quesadillas, prepare and assemble tortillas as instructed only do not toast in a skillet. Wrap each breakfast quesadilla with aluminum foil. Place into a gallon freezer bag and keep frozen for up to 3 months.
To reheat- place frozen and wrapped quesadillas into a 350°F oven for 10-15 minutes. If reheating thawed quesadillas, then bake for 7-8 minutes at 350°F.
Note: If you’d like to get the crispiness back in the tortilla, then toast the quesadillas in a buttered skillet after the oven, or remove the foil and bake uncovered until crisp.
What Is A Quesadilla?
A quesadilla is a tortilla filled with cheese and sometimes meat then heated until the cheese melts.
To see how I make a full quesadilla check out my Breakfast Quesadilla made with two tortillas that hold the filling and cheese together between two flour tortillas. A single tortilla is usually filled with cheese and folded in half to make a half-moon shape, as in this quesadilla recipe.
The difference between a single quesadilla and a full quesadilla is that a single quesadilla is typically made with a single tortilla that serves one person, whereas a full quesadilla can be cut into 4 triangle wedges and serves up to 4 servings.
How Many Eggs to Cook For Every Size Tortilla?
- Small 6-inch flour or corn tortillas: cook 1 egg for every small tortilla.
- Medium 8-inch flour tortilla: cook 2 eggs for every medium-sized tortilla.
- Large 10-inch flour tortilla: use 3-4 eggs for every 10-inch tortilla.
- Extra Large Tortillas: Grande tortillas can use up to 6 cooked eggs.
Note: depending on how many fillings you’re adding, eggs may need to be reduced.
How To Make Breakfast Quesadillas:
Wondering how to make a delicious breakfast quesadilla easy? This breakfast quesadilla recipe is all made with minimal prep using one pan! If you need to make quesadillas for a crowd simply use a griddle to get a lot of quesadillas cooking at one time! This is how to cook a breakfast quesadilla.
One quesadilla serves one serving! Cut each quesadilla in half to make a small kid-friendly wedge serving.
- Pre-heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Crack open eggs and fry eggs on both sides to desired doneness (about 1 minute per side.) Remove and set aside.
- In the same skillet add 2 more Tablespoons of oil and heat the tortillas for 30 seconds over medium heat. Flip and top the fried side with an egg, shredded cheese, and bacon bits.
- Fold the tortilla in half and toast on each side until golden and the cheese melts.
- Cut each quesadilla in half for wedges or serve whole.
- Serve with sour cream and salsa. Perfect Mexican Breakfast!
Can I Bake Breakfast Quesadillas?
Baked quesadillas can be made in the oven, like chimichangas, breakfast quesadillas can be baked in the oven or cooked in an air fryer with crisp results! I prefer a fried quesadilla for the quick cooking time but if you are feeding a crowd, sheet pan quesadillas are the way to go.
- To bake Egg Quesadillas, place filled and folded tortillas onto a large silicone-lined baking sheet. Brush the tops with oil or melted butter and bake 425°F for 8-10 minutes flipping over once in between.
To use an air fryer place quesadillas into the air fryer basket and cook at 180°C / 350°F for 8 minutes, or until the quesadillas are crispy and golden, flipping once in between.
Leftover quesadillas can keep well in the fridge for up to 3 days. Note, if you have spread the quesadillas with a dipping sauce or added salsa to the filling the quesadillas will get soggy quickly. Always try to serve breakfast quesadillas with sauces on the side so they don’t get soggy.
Can I Make Gluten-Free Quesadillas?
Breakfast quesadillas can be made with grain-free tortillas, use a gluten-free tortilla of choice.
Best Quesadilla Tips:
- The cheese will make the tortilla stick to the egg so, do start assembling the tortilla with cheese first.
- To prevent a soggy quesadilla serve dipping sauces like sour cream, salsa, and hot sauce on the side. Filling the tortillas with wet sauces will soften the tortillas much faster.
- For extra crispy quesadillas, fry the quesadillas in oil to crisp up the tortillas.
- Breakfast for dinner? These breakfast quesadillas are filling enough for lunch or dinner meals!
- Make Scrambled Eggs or leave eggs whole to make breakfast quesadillas. Whole eggs are much easier to cook.
- Bacon bits are a huge time-saver for a quick and easy breakfast! I also like to keep a stash of my Freezer Bacon, that I can quickly dice frozen for recipes like these and you don’t have to thaw them!
- Tortillas freeze very well so you can easily freeze a family pack of tortillas until you want to make quesadillas. (Go to my freezer instructions to assemble and freeze quesadillas for a make-ahead breakfast.)
- For the Best breakfast quesadillas load up your tortillas with 1 oz of cheese 2 heaping Tbsp of bacon bits, and 1 fried egg. This makes gooey cheesy quesadillas!
- Reheat a quesadilla in the oven, microwave, or skillet. For the crispiest results use an oven or pan.
More Breakfast Recipes:
- Breakfast Pizza Recipe with Sausage Gravy
- Sausage Breakfast Casserole
- Sheet-Pan Breakfast Pizza- easy breakfast idea with eggs that don’t need to be cooked before assembling.
- Freezer Breakfast Sandwich (McDonald’s Egg McMuffin Copycat)
- Chick Fil A Chicken Sandwich (Copycat)– turn it into a Chick Fil A, Breakfast, (The Chicken Biscuit Sandwich) by using homemade biscuits instead of hamburger buns.
How To Make A Breakfast Quesadilla:
Breakfast Quesadilla Recipe
- 1 12-inch non-stick skillet
- 1 spatula turner
- 4 eggs
- 4 small flour tortillas (6-inch)
- 4 slices bacon (or 4 Tbsp Bacon Bits, divided)
- 1 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
- 8 TBSP canola oil (divided)
How to make Breakfast Quesadillas:
- Heat 4 TBSP of oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Crack in 4 eggs and fry eggs for about 1 minute on each side or until done to your preference. Remove and set aside.
- In the same skillet add 2-4 Tbsp of oil and heat two of the flour tortillas.
- Flip and top each toasted side with 1/4 cup cheese, 1 heaping Tbsp of bacon bits, and 1 egg.
- Fold the tortilla in half and toast on each side until cheese melts (about 30 seconds per side.) Repeat with 2 more tortillas.
- Serve with salsa and sour cream.
- You can cut this recipe in half and fry two eggs in a small 8-inch skillet. Then cook each tortilla one at a time.
- Cut each quesadilla in half to make 2 wedges.