Pizza Quesadillas

This past weekend it was my birthday. My husband and I took a little getaway to Newport Beach for some fun and relaxation. My friend Heather from Made Famous By was a fabulous host. The weekend was a whirlwind of biking, kayaking, a Segway tour and a whole lot of eating. We hit some great restaurants like The Cannery sandwiched in between In-n-Out Burger runs and lots of Sprinkles and non-Sprinkles cupcakes.
I made these Pizza Quesadillas for my kids and I don’t think we’ll ever do regular quesadillas again. They’re so simple but so good. I still can’t believe that I didn’t ever think of this combination. Most of my favorite dishes are a cross between Mexican and Italian food like this Taco Pasta and these Mexican Stuffed Shells. Warm cheese and pepperonis sandwiched in between buttery tortillas and dipped in pizza sauce is really a hands down hit any way you fix it.
Here’s a slice of our weekend. And yes, I tasted all of the cupcakes.

Pizza Quesadillas

Ingredients

  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 8 ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 6 ounces sliced pepperoni
  • 1 (16-ounce) jar of pizza sauce
  • butter for pan

Instructions

  1. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and fry the pepperoni until crisp. Transfer onto a paper towel to drain.
  2. Brush each tortilla with a thin layer of pizza sauce. You want the layer so thin that if you turned it over, none would drip.
  3. Sprinkle cheese on top of the sauce on the bottom tortilla. Top with pepperoni and other toppings, if desired. Sprinkle with another layer of cheese and place the other tortilla on top (sauce side in).
  4. Preheat a medium cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add a little butter if desired and melt.
  5. Gently place quesadilla in the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side, until cheese is melted and tortillas are crispy.
  6. Slice into quarters and serve with a little bowl of warm pizza sauce for dipping.

Notes

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  1. Happy Belated Birthday!! Mine was on the 8th – when was yours? :o)
    This will be a ‘kiddos in the kitchen’ recipe. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Saw this, ran to fridge, jumped in excitement to have all the ingredients, made it, DELICIOUS!!! A favorite!!!!

  3. Yum! I love fusion foods. Italian can be merged into so many cuisines. And who doesn’t love pizza. heh

  4. Looks wonderful!

  5. Looks and sounds delicious, i might experiment with this mixing in some of my other fav pizza toppings seeing as how I’m not a huge just pepperoni fan

  6. Looks amazing!!!
    Happy Birthday!

  7. Happy belated birthday, Christy! It looks like a fantastic, fun weekend! I have a fun weekend coming up and I can’t wait!

    Pizza quesadillas combine two of my absolute favorites into one EASY meal. I don’t think I would’ve ever though of this! Look incredible.

  8. Such a good idea! I love pizza, but I hate how bready it is around here.

  9. Love this idea. :)

    I made some Avocado Hummus, come check it out!
    http://www.becauseofmadalene.com/2012/07/avocado-hummus.html

    Christina

  10. I’m always muxingrit up….favorite is jack cheese ( or combo with Cheddar)
    bacon, green onions and tomatoes

  11. I’m always muxingrit up….favorite is jack cheese ( or combo with Cheddar)
    bacon, green onions and tomatoes

  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

  13. You’re such a doll, Christy! Happy belated birthday :) I need to make these quesadillas asap. My kids would love these!

  14. My kids take something like this (we just call it a Pepperoni Rollup – we just use one tortilla and roll it like a burrito)at least once a week for lunch!

  15. This is SUPER SIMILAR to “tortilla pizzas” which I grew up eating! I’ve never seen anyone else do it! My mom would put the mozzarella AND sauce the tortillas and microwave it. Wala. Done. She even sent them to school with my brother in his lunch (like cold pizza). Awesome.

  16. This looks yummy! Can’t wait to try it!!

  17. It would have been just plain wrong not to try all the cupcakes! It sounds (and looks) like you had a rockin’ birthday! :) I can’t wait to try these!! I bet your boys would love pizza grilled cheese as much as me and my husband do!

  18. Happy Birthday – mini getaways are so fun – love the pictures! (And my kids are going to dig these pizza quesadillas…)

  19. I love quesadillas and make them in my Cuisinart Griddler…works wonderful…any panini maker would work! I haven’t made pizza ones but i will now!!!

  20. Happy late birthday! Looks like you had a fun trip! Love these pizza quesadillas, all the flavors of pizza with very little work!

  21. Happy birthday!

    I love how many things you can put in quesedillas. Those pizza ones look great!

  22. I think I’ve got a problem–I just found your site and am now pinning EVERYTHING from it–and want to make it all too! Thanks for sharing such great recipes…

  23. Yes!!! My kids love these but we call them Pizzadillas!

  24. how have i never had pizzadillas before? happy bday!

  25. Ooh, my kids would love these. And, okay, I would too!

    Thanks for linking to me! :)

  26. Italian and Mexican are my most favourite cuisines. And I have combined both dishes in more than one occasion. Quesadilla being somewhat similar to pizza even crossed my mind before but I have never thought of making pizza-quesadillas.

  27. As I’m reading this I’m thinking “da, why have I never thought of this.” So simply and quick. We are having these for supper tonight! Happy Birthday!

  28. How fun, my family will LOVE this!

  29. Looks YUMMY! When we make quesadillas, I use the George Foreman grill – cooks both sides at once, no turning, nice and toasty! PERFECT! Can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks!

  30. Beautiful family … Mine adores your recipes …

  31. We love your meals thank you for all of your fun stories and awesome recipes!

  32. Such a great, fun idea! My kids would love this too. Looks like you had a fantastic time at Newport Beach.

  33. I just made these for my grandkids – 13, 11, and 9 – and they loved them! Even Papaw loved them. ;) Thanks for sharing.

  34. Can’t wait to try this tomorrow. I needed something quick and easy to make for lunch that wouldn’t cost much (broke college student). This is going to be awesome.

  35. Would you mind sharing the name of the company you used for your Segway tour? What area/areas did you tour?

  36. @Anonymous,
    Sure. It was called Newport Fun Tours and we just drove along the bay and then along the boardwalk and beach. Loved it!

  37. Awww, super cute pics!

  38. I’ve been making these for years!! People always thought I was crazy but they are amazing although I do not use any sauce.

  39. another yummy one!! pinned it and plan on making, thanks!
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  41. That look so yummy…I love pizza and I love them more when they were made of many ingredients!

  42. We’ve made these for a quite a while now. They’re a no brainer, huh?! We call them PIZZADILLAS!

  43. What a great and easy idea. For those counting calories, you could just add a side salad.