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!

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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! 

Quesadilla recipes make life so much easier! Try our Taco Bell Chicken Quesadilla Recipe, Chicken Fajita Quesadilla, Shrimp Quesadilla, and Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce!

Breakfast Quesadilla

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 Ingredients:

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!

 

all the ingredients for a breakfast quesadilla recipe made with bacon, egg, and cheese. Use small flour tortillas and large eggs

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!

  1. Heat a 12-inch frying pan with oil over medium heat.
  2. Crack in eggs and fry on each side to desired doneness (about 1 minute per side.) Remove with a spatula and set aside.
  3. In the same pan add tortillas. Heat and flip then top with cheese, egg, and bacon.
  4. 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.

 

Q&A

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.

how to make a breakfast quesadilla recipe step-by-step

  1. Pre-heat oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Crack open eggs and fry eggs on both sides to desired doneness (about 1 minute per side.) Remove and set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. Fold the tortilla in half and toast on each side until golden and the cheese melts.
  5. Cut each quesadilla in half for wedges or serve whole.
  6. 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.

  1. 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.

Storing Quesadillas?

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:

  1. The cheese will make the tortilla stick to the egg so, do start assembling the tortilla with cheese first.
  2. 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.
  3. For extra crispy quesadillas, fry the quesadillas in oil to crisp up the tortillas.
  4. Breakfast for dinner? These breakfast quesadillas are filling enough for lunch or dinner meals!
  5. Make Scrambled Eggs or leave eggs whole to make breakfast quesadillas. Whole eggs are much easier to cook.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.)
  8. 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!
  9. Reheat a quesadilla in the oven, microwave, or skillet. For the crispiest results use an oven or pan.

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Breakfast Quesadilla Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 quesadillas
Author: Alyona Demyanchuk
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!

Equipment

  • 1 12-inch non-stick skillet
  • 1 spatula turner

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

How to make Breakfast Quesadillas:

  • how to fry eggs in pan for quesadilla
    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.

Notes

  • 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. 

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1breakfast quesadillaCalories: 609kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 17gFat: 53gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gMonounsaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 206mgSodium: 614mgPotassium: 164mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 529IUCalcium: 269mgIron: 2mg

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16 comments

    • Sarah Knight

    Great, healthy, delicious idea for your Quesadillas I give you 2 thumbs Up, Bravo

    • Enza

    I take it you use pre cooked bacon slices here, or pre cooked frozen bacon bits as you call them?

      • Alyona

      Hi,
      yes, either will work just fine.

    • Michael

    Awesome!!

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Good to hear, Michael.

    • Tash

    Love this recipe! Is the calories based on one tortilla or two? (:

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Hi Tash, The calorie count is for one prepared Quesadilla.

    • Terry B

    Can these be frozen? If so, how long do you heat up in microwave?

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Yes, wrap and individually freeze in foil. Thaw overnight and bake in the morning at 350°F for 10-15 minutes. Then uncover and bake until crisp or pan fry in a skillet to revive the crispiness.

    • Brian Fitzpatrick

    These breakfast quesadillas are quick and easy to make but I came up with a little twist on it just for simplicity’s sake…let me know what you think:
    whip your 2 eggs up in a small bowl with a 1/4 cup of milk like you are making scrambled eggs
    then add in a handful of bacon bits/pieces and another handful of shredded cheese (your favorite kind)
    now pour your mixture into a lightly greased skillet and cook until one side is done (2 minutes is good) and then flip to cook the other side
    Now scoop up enuf to half way fill a folded tortilla (or split open one of the pocket ones and stuff it) and then lightly brown on both sides.
    I call it a “Scrambled Bacon & Cheese Taco”

      • Alyona’s Cooking

      Good title, Brian, it was probably much fluffier scrambled!

        • Brian

        Hey Alyona, yeah they are real fluffy and I’ve even made them with sausage instead of bacon and they taste great. While in the past I use to just buy frozen breakfast sandwiches because they were a quick & easy, but now I’ve found that theres all kind of ways to make great breakfast’s (and lunches) ahead of time, like in a muffin tin with a mix of ingredients.
        But now I’ve gotten my hands on Absolutely “The Greatest Kitchen Appliance in the World”…….an AIR FRYER ….OMG you can make dang near anything in them, mines a 6qt Magic Chef and I’m in love with it…plus its such a better way of cooking…no Grease or Oil…which is a lot healthier too.plus there is no mess to cleanup…I use these parchment papers and cut them into circles to fit in the basket but leave the corners long so it makes 4 handles in the corners so it easy to pull my food out of the Basket.
        I bet you have one too…breakfast/lunch/dinner Quesadillas are super easy and quick too..

          • Alyona’s Cooking

          Hi Brian, I do not own an air fryer but heard of them. Good to know they were fluffy and tasted great with the alternations!

            • Brian

            Lordy girl where you been living ? in the woods ? Stop slaving over that hot stove/oven and get yourself an Air Fryer !! Amazon sells them cheap, as does Walmart, My Magic Chef 5.6qt one was $89 at Walmart. Just make sure you get one thats at least over the 5qt size, You’ll want the size so you can cook for more than just one person…and they even make them bigger with dual racks..like 21 qt..which is huge.
            I reckon there are some things you can’t cook in them, like a big Turkey or Ham, but other wise I’m not sure…
            I mainly love mine so much because it doesn’t make a mess when ever I use it and if has pretty much eliminated oil and grease from my diet.

      • Al

      Thise came out amazing! They are perfect for light breakfast. Thank you!

        • Alyona’s Cooking

        Thank you, enjoy!

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