How about breakfast for dinner tonight? I’m so excited to share these simple breakfast quesadillas with you, finally! They’re way more fresh than standard diner fare, but just as satisfying.
These breakfast quesadillas are stuffed with fluffy scrambled eggs, melt-in-your-mouth pinto beans, fresh herbs and gooey cheddar cheese, all of which contrasts so nicely with the crisp, golden exterior. These delicious high-protein quesadillas come together in about 25 minutes.
As much as I love the flavor combination shown here, I should mention that this recipe is quite flexible. If you’re in a big hurry, you can skip the herbs. If you’re looking for a lighter meal, I think you could get by without the cheese. Want to switch cuisines? I like the idea of mozzarella, basil and marinara instead of salsa.
If you’re sticking with the flavors shown here, don’t forget to serve these quesadillas with salsa (here’s my all-time favorite salsa and classic pico de gallo). Homemade guacamole wouldn’t be a bad idea, either. (Is guac ever a bad idea? Trick question.)
Please let me know how this recipe turns out for you in the comments! You can also share your results with me on Instagram with the hashtag #cookieandkate—I can’t wait to see!
Craving more savory Mexican recipes with eggs? I have more than a few for you: vegetarian breakfast burritos, huevos rancheros, Austin-style migas, chilaquiles verdes, and spinach and black bean breakfast quesadillas. Enjoy!
Simple Breakfast Quesadillas
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 1 quesadilla
- Category: Entree
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: Mexican
This easy breakfast quesadilla recipe is so delicious! Serve these protein-rich quesadillas stuffed with scrambled eggs, beans and herbs for breakfast, brunch or dinner. Recipe as written yields 1 folded quesadilla; multiply as necessary. You can make 2 at once in a large skillet.
- 2 eggs
- Hot sauce, like Cholula
- Pinch of salt
- ⅓ cup cooked pinto beans or black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 teaspoons butter or extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
- 1 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeño (optional)
- 1 medium (8″) whole grain tortilla
- ½ cup (packed) grated sharp cheddar cheese
- Salsa or additional hot sauce, for serving
To prepare the eggs: In a bowl, whisk the eggs with the hot sauce and salt until they are well blended. Add the beans and set aside.
To cook the eggs: Melt the butter in a medium-sized skillet (either well-seasoned cast iron or nonstick) over medium heat until it’s bubbling. Pour in the egg mixture and cook, stirring often, until the eggs are just set, about 1 to 3 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl to pause the cooking process (the eggs will finish cooking in the quesadilla). Stir in the green onion, cilantro and jalapeño.
- To cook the quesadilla: In a separate, large skillet, warm the tortilla over medium heat, flipping occasionally. Once the pan and tortilla are warm, sprinkle one-half of the cheese over one-half of the tortilla. Top the cheese with scrambled eggs, then top the scrambled eggs with the remaining cheese.
- Press the empty tortilla halve over the toppings. Let the quesadilla cook until golden and crispy on the bottom (don’t stop cooking too soon!), about 1 to 2 minutes, reducing the heat if necessary to prevent burning the tortilla. Flip it and cook until the second side is golden and crispy.
Immediately remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the quesadilla to a cutting board. Let it cool for a few minutes to give it time to set, then slice each quesadilla into 2 slices with a very sharp knife. Serve immediately, with your favorite salsa and/or hot sauce on the side.
Make it dairy free: Use olive oil instead of butter and omit the cheese.
Make it gluten free: Use gluten-free tortillas.
Tortilla recommendation: My favorite brand is Stacey’s Organic, which is available at Whole Foods, Natural Grocer’s and my local health food store (I store them in the refrigerator or freeze them if I know I won’t be able to eat them within a couple of weeks).