Up your quesadilla game.

Open-Face Four-Cheese Quesadillas
Credit: © Con Poulos

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.

Smoked Gouda and Cheddar Quinoa Quesadillas

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

2. Open-face.

Open-Face Four-Cheese Quesadillas

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

3. Extra-Healthy.


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

4. Indian-style.

Curried Potato Quesadillas

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

5. Breakfast-style.

Breakfast Quesadillas

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

6. Highbrow.

Crab Quesadillas with Pickled Jalapenos
Credit: © Lucy Schaeffer

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

7. Hawaiian-style.

Hawaiian Quesadillas
Credit: © Molly Yeh

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.