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How to make quesadillas on the grill

This is my go to meal when we have leftover beer can chicken. Grilling quesadillas is quick and easy and only requires 3 ingredients, tortilla's, shredded cheese and some kind of fully cooked meat in this case chicken. You can experiment with different meats and cheeses for a completely different experience this is just a very basic how to.

You will need 2 tortillas for each quesadilla you plan on grilling. We prefer to use the Mexican cheese blend of shredded cheese for this.

Shred the chicken. This is best done with a couple of forks or your bare hands, just pull the meat apart. You can use cut chicken but it will leave lumps.

Preheat the grill to medium heat (to hot and you will burn the tortillas).

quesadilla on the grill

Place 2 tortillas directly over the heat and rotate after minute. This step is for warming the inside so the cheese will melt more evenly.

Flip one of the tortillas over and evenly distribute your cheese from the center out. Do not place a lot of cheese on the outer edge as it may fall out when flipped.

Add your chicken, spread it out evenly as best you can, so that you can get some chicken in every bite.

quesadilla cooked on the grill

Place the other tortilla hot side down on top of the first and rotate.

Let cook for another minute and rotate again. The cheese should have already started to melt by now. Let cook for another minute.

At this point the bottom should be brown and crisp. If it isn't keep going with the cook for a minute and rotate until it is. Then gently lift the top layer to be sure the cheese has begun to melt. This is important because it will hold the quesadilla together when flipped.

Once the bottom has crisped it is ready to be flipped. Get your spatula all the way under the quesadilla and hold the top with your hand and quickly flip it over.

Let it cook for a minute and rotate. Repeat this as many times as you did for the bottom. Typically grill time is about 3 minutes per side.

If you are making more than 1 quesadilla slid it off the heat to the side so that it stays warm and grill the next one.

grilled quesadilla cut

Slice each quesadilla with a pizza cutter add a small side of salsa and serve.

About the author: Mike is the owner of, a Certified Food Safety Professional, KCBS member and was once assaulted by a hobo.

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