The fastest way to make a breakfast quesadilla recipe using small flour tortillas and whole eggs. It is the best breakfast with kids or busy moms as it’s all done in one pan and served in minutes! You can ensure every serving gets the protein it needs as this quesadilla makes the perfect individual size!

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! 

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Need more Breakfast Recipes? Our Healthy Breakfast Quesadillas are made with whole wheat tortillas and Scrambled Eggs or make our Cheesy Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole, and breakfast potatoes by trying our Taco Bell Potatoes

Breakfast Quesadillas

Breakfast in America has become a fast-food meal as many Americans are on the go. However, you don’t have to eat drive-thru food to enjoy a fast American breakfast, I’m telling you that the breakfast table can be set faster than driving to a breakfast Restaurant with these homemade quesadillas! So skip the Taco Bell breakfast burrito and pull out your skillet!

All you need is 4 simple ingredients that can be customized towards a hearty quesadilla or something healthier and light like a veggie breakfast quesadilla! The good thing about a Mexican-style breakfast like this is that you can make it low-carb or weight watcher friendly by selecting just about any kind of healthy tortillas, there are so many options nowadays from gluten-free to whole wheat tortillas!

We love crispy egg quesadillas with bacon and cheese because its the most convenient ingredients to have on hand in our household. It just doesn’t get easier than this as you can use a griddle or large pan to make enough for a crowd fast!

Crispiest and Meltiest Quesadillas?

What’s the secret to the crispiest and gooey melted cheese quesadilla? Use oil when toasting the quesadillas on the skillet and pack each tortilla with freshly grated cheese. We found that freshly grated cheddar cheese goes best with bacon but you can use Monterey Jack and Colby cheese which is our second best cheese option. Block cheeses melt beautifully and don’t have cellulose powder (ingredient to prevent cheese from caking.) So, take out the box grater and use ANY cheese, including mozzarella cheese which my friend uses.

If you’re concerned about calories, use a healthy oil like avocado or sunflower oil when toasting these in the skillet–oil makes the crispiest quesadillas! For optimum quesadilla flavor, use bacon bits as pork meat is salty and it makes any breakfast taste better. I love this recipe so much that it’s on my top list of breakfast favorites aside from pancakes and sausage links!

Breakfast Tacos vs Breakfast Quesadilla

Breakfast tacos are typically made with small flour tortillas (or a corn tortilla) and breakfast toppings like scrambled eggs, avocados, and black beans. Since a taco is usually piled high with different toppings I thought this recipe wouldn’t fit that criterion, besides quesadillas are grilled (toasted) which leads me to my next thought.

A breakfast quesadilla is generally sandwiched between a top and bottom tortilla (which I did by simply folding the tortilla in half) and then grilled or fried in a skillet to get a crispy crust. So, does it matter what sized-tortilla is used for quesadillas? No, the concept remains the same as it would for a large flour tortilla or small!

Further ado, I named it breakfast quesadillas because it’s prepared like an egg quesadilla, only with a major shortcut and lesser mess since you don’t even scramble the eggs! Is this a breakfast quesadilla hack? Absolutely! Less equipment to use with outstanding flavor!

Ingredients For Egg Breakfast Quesadillas:

Homemade quesadillas at our house typically consist of bacon, eggs, and cheese. That’s simply because I always try to keep a stash of my Freezer Bacon on hand or a bag of frozen bacon bits stored in my freezer door (cooked bacon doesn’t freeze solid thanks to its fat content!) Then when breakfast rolls around, I can throw frozen bacon right into the tortillas and it reheats in seconds! Further ado, any meat of choice like leftover chicken, chorizo, breakfast sausage, and deli ham slices can be used or go vegetarian!

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

Remember you can make a basic egg quesadilla by using egg and cheese, however, we like it with a little extra protein for a more filling breakfast, plus it’s more flavorful this way!

  • Flour tortillas- use small flour tortillas (about 6-inches) for individual quesadillas.
  • Eggs- you can scramble the eggs if you wish but I always make fried eggs for these toasted quesadillas.
  • Bacon- use 2 tablespoons of bacon bits or a slice of chopped bacon for each quesadilla. Are you in need of a high-protein breakfast? Use leftover grilled chicken breasts or other cooked meats that you may have sitting in your fridge.
  • Oil For Crispy Quesadillas (Optional)- I used sunflower oil but any mildly flavored oil will work including bacon grease.
  • Mexican Cheese- or Cheddar cheese are my favorites. I will use Monterey Jack Colby cheese when I have neither and my friend makes these with mozzarella cheese.

Note:  Breakfast sausages come in sausage links, sausage patties, or packaged breakfast sausage rolls (also known as pork sausage.) When using sausage links remove the casings before cooking.

 

 

Q&A

What Is A Breakfast Quesadilla?

A quesadilla is a Mexican dish made with flour or corn tortilla, and then filled with cheese, sometimes meat, and spices. It is then finished on a griddle or pan to crisp up the outside and melt the cheese. You can call it a Mexican Sandwich!

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 the two layers. A single tortilla is usually filled with cheese and folded in half into a half-moon shape, such as 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.

Are Quesadillas A Breakfast or Dinner Food?

Quesadillas are Mexican sandwiches made from tortillas. For more of a breakfast meal make egg quesadillas using eggs and if you want breakfast for dinner, simply add meat for extra protein to make a heartier meal for dinner. There is nothing wrong with serving eggs in the evening, its all a matter of how filling your meal can be.

Can I Make Scrambled Eggs?

For every 6-inch flour tortilla use, 1 egg either scrambled or fried whole. When scrambling eggs for a breakfast quesadilla, try to add a splash of milk for a fluffy egg filling.

Originally, my friend made this breakfast quesadilla recipe with whole fried eggs. Scrambled eggs can be sort of sloppy to work with as they fall apart. Beng the size of a taco these breakfast quesadillas are on the smaller side so a whole egg works better.

For an 8-inch flour tortilla use 2 eggs and for every 12-inch tortilla use 4 eggs.

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?

Like baked chimichangas, breakfast quesadillas can be baked in the oven or cooked in an air fryer with crisp results!

  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 in a 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 on 180°C / 350°F for 8 minutes, or until the quesadillas are crispy and golden, flipping once in between.

What To Serve With Breakfast Quesadillas?

Our favorite way to serve breakfast quesadillas is with sour cream, Pico de Gallo, homemade salsa, or Simple Guacamole. Using fresh toppings makes this cooked dish taste so good! Garnish with chives or green onions and pair a quesadilla with a dipping sauce like this Taco Bell Creamy Jalapeno Sauce. I also love a good hot sauce like Cholula or Tobasco for a little extra kick.

If you have dried Mexican oregano you can sprinkle some over the fried eggs. Feel free to put a bag of tortilla chips and salsa on the breakfast table for a Mexican vibe.

Aside from dipping sauces serve breakfast quesadillas with breakfast fruit like berries or orange juice.

What Size Pan?

I like to use a 12-inch skillet when making these for my family. I’ll usually fry all my eggs first, then warm my tortillas in the same pan and toast each side with the filling. You can also use an 8-inch non-stick skillet and fry 2 eggs at a time for 2 single servings.

Feel free to use other equipment like a large griddle, panini grill press, or a frying pan to make breakfast quesadillas. I’ve noticed that the smaller the frying pan the more oil it holds for a crispier taco shell. Choose cooking equipment that will best suit your cooking needs such as using an air fryer or dry skillet for minimal grease.

We like extra crispy quesadillas so, I will use grease or some kind of oil as that helps the crispiness.

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 Breakfast Quesadillas Be Frozen?

Freezing quesadillas is a great meal prep option! If you have ever wondered how to freeze quesadillas, my friend Susanna knows how to make ahead these quesadillas in a very easy way!

How To Freeze Quesadillas: wrap each uncooked Quesadilla in aluminum foil and place it inside a gallon-sized freezer bag. To wrap freezer breakfast quesadillas cut out 11-inch sheets for every quesadilla.

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.

Best Cheese For Quesadillas?

The best cheese for making breakfast quesadillas is a Mexican blend cheese or Monetary Jack and Colby cheese. I also love how medium sharp cheddar pairs with salty bacon bits! If using mozzarella cheese, quesadillas can tend to run on the saltier side as mozzarella is salted well, so, just add black pepper and omit the salt when frying the eggs.

Breakfast Quesadilla Variations:

Wondering what to put in a breakfast quesadilla? A bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast quesadilla isn’t the only way to go! You can make breakfast quesadillas in many easy ways!

  • Tomato, Egg, and Parsley: use 1 oz of cheese, 1/2 of a diced Roma tomato, and 1 tsp of dried parsley for every egg quesadilla.
  • Sausage Breakfast Quesadilla: add 4 oz of cooked and crumbled breakfast sausage for every flour tortilla.
  • Breakfast Quesadilla with Hashbrowns or Potatoes: use 2 oz of cooked hashbrowns for every 6-inch flour quesadilla.
  • Ham Egg and Cheese: Add 1 egg, 1 slice of luncheon deli ham, per quesadilla, and 1 oz of grated cheese. You can also use leftover Christmas baked ham for the ham slices.
  • Healthy Breakfast Quesadillas: smart ones breakfast quesadillas come frozen made with have egg whites, southwestern veggies like sweet bell peppers, turkey bacon, and cheese. To make egg white breakfast quesadillas use 1 egg white for every 6-inch tortilla.
  • Mexican Breakfast Quesadilla: fry 4 oz of pork Chorizo, and add 2 Tbsp of black beans and 1/2 ounce of cooked Chorizo meat for every tortilla. Use Queso Fresco cheese or Monterey Jack cheese.
  • Chicken or Steak: for a high protein, breakfast add 1 oz of cooked steak slices or chicken meat. Making quesadillas with meat is filling enough to serve for lunch or dinner.
  • Breakfast Quesadilla Without Eggs: use your favorite veggies, vegan cheese, and hash browns to make a vegan-style breakfast quesadilla!
  • Simple Breakfast Quesadillas: spread 2 Tbsp of refried beans over each tortilla and top with 1 egg and 1/2 cup of cheese.
  • Spicy Breakfast Quesadillas: drizzle in 1 Tbsp of your favorite hot sauce before serving or dip into a spicy dipping sauce. You can also sprinkle cayenne pepper or red chili flakes on top of the fried egg for an extra kick.

Note: this Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce would make a delicious breakfast quesadilla dipping sauce!

Can I Make Gluten-Free Quesadillas?

Breakfast quesadillas can be made with grain-free tortillas such as almond flour, tapioca, or rice flour blend flours. So, to make gluten-free quesadillas use a gluten-free tortilla of choice.

 

Best Quesadilla Tips:

  1. 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.
  2. For extra crispy quesadillas, fry the quesadillas in oil to crisp up the tortillas.
  3. Breakfast for dinner? These breakfast quesadillas are filling enough for lunch or dinner meals!
  4. Make Scrambled Eggs or leave eggs whole to make breakfast quesadillas. Whole eggs are much easier to cook.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.)
  7. Can’t decide between a Taco Bell Breakfast Burrito and a hot breakfast sandwich? Make this recipe for breakfast quesadillas! They won’t disappoint!
  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!

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Breakfast Quesadilla Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 quesadillas
Author: Alyona Demyanchuk
The fastest way to make a Breakfast Quesadilla Recipe using small flour tortillas and whole eggs. It is the best breakfast with kids or busy moms as it's all done in one pan and served in minutes! You can ensure every serving gets the protein it needs as this quesadilla makes the perfect individual size!

Equipment

  • 1 12-inch non-stick skillet

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 flour tortillas (6-inch)
  • 2 slices bacon (or 4 Tbsp Bacon Bits, divided)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 4 TBSP canola oil (divided)

Instructions

How to make Breakfast Quesadillas:

  • Preheat 2 TBSP of oil in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Crack in two eggs and fry eggs for 1 minute on each side or until done to your preference. Remove and set aside.
  • In the same skillet add 2 Tbsp of oil and heat the flour tortillas. Flip and top the toasted side with 1/4 cup cheese, 1 Tbsp bacon bits, and egg.
  • Fold the tortilla in half and toast on each side until cheese melts (about 30 seconds per side.)
  • Serve with salsa and sour cream.

Notes

  • Cut each quesadilla in half to make 2 wedges. 
  • Use grated mozzarella, Monetary Jack, or white cheddar cheese. I find it best with orange sharp cheddar cheese. 

Nutrition per serving

Serving: 1breakfast quesadillaSodium: 765mgCalcium: 465mgVitamin A: 812IUSugar: 2gFiber: 1gPotassium: 206mgCholesterol: 238mgCalories: 720kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 30gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 19gFat: 62gProtein: 25gCarbohydrates: 17gIron: 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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