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.
Hot sauce, like Cholula
Pinch of salt
1/3 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
1/2 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).
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