Find out how to make a Taco Bell Quesadilla right at home! Taco Bell Quesadilla sauce is the key ingredient to making those chicken quesadillas everyone favors and I have the Creamy Jalapeno Sauce recipe that tastes like the real thing to make it happen!
One of my favorite sauces that I’ve recreated has got to be the Creamy Jalapeno Sauce from Taco Bell along with Subway’s Chipotle Southwest Sauce! I literally inspected the ingredient list off of Taco Bell’s website and did lots of research before I took the task of recreating it with the real sauce beside me. Long story short it was a complete success! I cannot rave enough about this sauce and make it regularly! It tastes just like the quesadilla sauce you’d order when eating chicken quesadillas! You NEED to try it because chicken quesadillas won’t taste like Taco Bell’s without it!
Taco Bell Quesadilla
Chicken Quesadillas are one of the quickest tortilla dinners to make, but it’s Taco Bell that stands out from the others because who can resist that spicy orange sauce they drizzle over cheese and chicken pieces wrapped inside a grilled tortilla? So, indeed it’s very crucial you make the sauce first because that is the main ingredient along with cheese and tortillas of course.
Once you have the sauce made, assembling the chicken quesadillas comes into play easily. I mean if Taco Bell can get customers out of the drive-thru in minutes they have a pretty fast-paced cooking environment so it has to be easy to assemble a quesadilla, am I right? So, prep all of your ingredients together, and by all means buy grilled chicken breast strips if you have to, it will speed up the process. But hey, nothing wrong with making your own freezer grilled chicken breast strips too in case you want homemade chicken for lunches to come.
And to make it complete, buy Grande-size tortillas along with a Mexican-blend cheese or something like Monterey Jack Cheese and Colby. Taco Bell uses a 3 cheese blend for their Chicken quesadillas so you want to replicate the mild factor in those cheeses. However, I’ve had moments when I used a blend of Mozzarella and cheddar cheese with fantastic results too! That being said, make the Quesadilla Sauce first then make the chicken quesadillas you’ve been craving!
How To Make a Taco Bell Quesadilla:
What Ingredients are in the Taco Bell Quesadilla?
A Taco Bell Chicken Quesadilla has 4 main ingredients. It’s simply chicken, creamy jalapeno sauce, a 3-cheese blend, and Grande soft flour tortillas.
For the Sauce:
- Homemade Creamy Jalapeno Sauce (Taco Bell Copycat Sauce)
For the Assembly:
- Chicken- can use grilled chicken, fried, slow cooker chicken, or any other favorite cooked chicken recipes. Spice things up and season chicken breasts with a taco seasoning packet or make your own Taco Seasoning Mix.
- Tortillas- since quesadillas are folded in half before they are cooked it’s ideal to use large burrito size flour tortillas or Grande flour tortillas like I’ve used.
- Cheese- Mexican blend cheeses or Monterey Jack and Colby are best!
- Sauce- you need to make the Creamy Jalapeno Sauce for this! It won’t be the same without it!
Do you have to cook Quesadillas in oil?
Never! Unless you want a chalupa! Quesadillas are toasted only and although Taco Bell uses commercial equipment you can create the same crisp shell without oil! Oil tends to create a deep-fried texture which is totally different from the quesadillas you’d order.
How to Make Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce?
I have a full how-to make Creamy Jalapeno Sauce post, so be sure to check that out. However, Taco Bell’s quesadilla sauce is very easy to make! It’s all blended together to create the spicy orange sauce you can drizzle over your chicken quesadillas!
How do you Assemble a Quesadilla?
- To assemble a quesadilla, place a tortilla on a plate or working surface (like a tabletop.)
- On the bottom half of a tortilla, top with cheese, chicken pieces, and drizzle a spicy sauce. Always try to cover and start your tortilla surface with cheese as that helps the quesadilla stick together later and protects the tortilla from sogging quickly.
- Fold the tortilla in half.
- Place into a pre-heated griddle or skillet. If you have a panini press that can work too.
- Toast each side of the tortilla until cheeses melt and hot.
How do you heat up a Quesadilla?
Have leftovers? No problem! The cheese helps the quesadilla stick together and if your chicken was cooked without water you shouldn’t have a soggy quesadilla.
To Reheat Quesadillas:
- Re-toast on a griddle or skillet.
- Toaster Oven.
- Microwaving a chicken quesadilla only softens the flour tortillas.
Is the Sauce Too Spicy?
When eating the Creamy Jalapeno Sauce alone it will be spicy. However, when it’s hidden under the cheese and a tortilla it’s much less intense and quite enjoyable. My children have even come to eat this sauce with our Taco Dinners! So, it’s tolerable!
What Cheese is best?
The best cheeses for quesadillas are Mexican-inspired cheeses like:
- Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
- Queso Quesadilla
- Asadero Cheese
How do you make crispy Quesadilla?
Never use oil unless you want a chalupa or empanada! Quesadilla’s get a crispy crust from toasting both sides in a griddle or skillet. After assembling a chicken quesadilla, I like to pop the quesadilla into the microwave for 15-30 seconds to give it a head start in melting with cheeses. Then I finish toasting both sides until they’re crisp.
Tips for Chicken Quesadillas:
- Microwave assembled quesadillas for 15-30 seconds to give it a head start in melting with cheeses. Then finish toasting both sides until crisp.
- Make Creamy Jalapeno Sauce!
- Use Mexican-Style Cheeses.
- Buy pre-cooked chicken breast strips for a quicker meal!
Taco Bell Quesadilla Recipe
- 12-inch non-stick skillet
- 6 Flour Tortillas (Grande size)
- 3 cups cooked chicken breast strips
- 5 cups Colby and Monterey Jack Cheese (Or Mexican Blend Cheese)
- 9 Tbsp Creamy Jalapeno Sauce
How To Make Chicken Quesadillas:
- Preheat skillet over medium heat.
- Meanwhile, place 3/4 cup of cheese over the bottom half of a tortilla. Top with 1/2 cup of chicken strips and 1 1/2 Tbsp of Creamy Jalapeno Sauce.
- Fold in half and toast each side until cheese melts. Slice into fours and serve.
- Grilling/Toasting: I like to microwave my assembled quesadilla for 30 seconds before toasting in the skillet. It'll toast and heat through the quesadilla much quicker without drying out the tortillas.
- Creamy Jalapeno Sauce is a must for Taco Bell's Chicken Quesadillas.