7 Ways to Elevate a Quesadilla

Open-Face Four-Cheese Quesadillas © Con Poulos
By F&W Editors Posted April 12, 2016

Up your quesadilla game.

It doesn't get much better than a warm, crispy, gooey, cheese-filled quesadilla—or does it? From a breakfast-style quesadilla packed with scrambled egg and sausage, to a sweet-savory version filled with pineapple and bacon, here are seven ways to upgrade the classic Mexican dish.

1. Smoky.

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For incredible depth of flavor mix smoked cheese, like cheddar or Gouda, into your quesadilla filling.

2. Open-face.

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Chef Josh Capon upgrades the traditional quesadilla, serving it with four cheeses and topping it with roasted poblanos and tomatoes

3. Extra-Healthy.

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Make healthier quesadillas by adding vegetables like carrots and leeks, or even protein-packed quinoa.

4. Indian-style.

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Curried potatoes add an Indian twist to this quick and easy quesadilla.

5. Breakfast-style.

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The classic breakfast sandwich goes South of the border with these sausage, egg and cheese quesadillas.

6. Highbrow.

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Instead of your usual grilled chicken, try adding duck confit or crab.

7. Hawaiian-style.

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Pineapple and Canadian bacon aren't just for pizza! The wonderful combination of sweet and savory, bound together with fresh Mozzarella makes an amazing quesadilla.

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