Quesadillas make a delicious and fast family-friendly meal or snack. While quesadillas can be eaten on their own, they're even better served with sides! Make a delicious quesadilla meal by adding an easy sauce, dip, side, or Mexican-inspired drink. Here are 22 easy and delicious dishes to serve with quesadillas.
What are quesadillas?
A quesadilla is a savory Mexican dish made of tortilla filled with cheese. Sometimes other toppings, like beans, vegetables, or meat are added inside. Quesadillas are a popular street food. They're typically cooked to order on a griddle ("comal") . Corn tortillas are traditionally used. And, it's often a single tortilla folded in half.
In Mexico City, quesadillas are made a bit differently than other areas in Mexico. Quesadillas aren't always made with cheese in Mexico City. Instead, you need to request it ("con queso").
Quesadillas are a dish that has been adopted all over the world. There are now countless fillings and flavor combinations used for "quesadillas". In America, quesadillas are often made with flour tortillas instead of corn tortillas.
Best quesadilla recipe
We've eaten a lot of quesadillas. And, this easy 4 Ingredient Quesadilla recipe is our favorite to make at home! It has crispy cheesy edges, a gooey cheesy center, and a "secret" pantry ingredient that makes all the difference.
This recipe is more of an American-style quesadilla. It only takes minutes to make and uses easy-to-find ingredients.
Dip and sauce pairings
Dip or sauce makes quesadillas even more delicious. And, you can make a double batch of sauce for other meals during the week. Here are some of the best dips and sauces to serve with quesadillas.
2. Chipotle Mayo
3. Jalapeno Ranch Dip
4. Greek Yogurt Buffalo Sauce
5. Sriracha Aioli
6. Sour Cream
Quesadillas are often paired with sour cream. Sour cream is cooling, so it's really good to serve with spicy quesadillas for balance. A full-fat sour cream will provide the best flavor and texture. But, you could substitute a low-fat sour cream instead. And, grocery stores stock vegan/dairy-free sour cream options if needed.
Side dishes—like fresh salsa, pickled onions, and beans—add flavor to your quesadillas. And, they also add more veggies and protein to the meal. These are our favorite sides to pair with quesadillas.
7. Peach Mango Salsa
8. Pico De Gallo
Quesadillas are often served with Pico de Gallo (or salsa). You can buy some in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store—or make your own at home. Tomatoes are the main ingredient in pico de gallo. So, use ripe and juicy tomatoes if you're making it yourself.
9. Pita Chips
10. Quick Pickled Onions
11. Quick Pickled Jalapenos
Quick Pickled Jalapenos are an easy and delicious way to add spice to your quesadillas. You can add them inside the quesadillas—or simply serve them on the side. This recipe for Quick Pickled Onions and Jalapenos uses the same brine for both. So, you don't need to choose one or the other!
12. Crispy Avocado Fries
13. Spicy Cauliflower "Nachos"
14. Avocado "Ceviche" and Chips
15. Pickled Cabbage
16. Refried Beans
Refried beans are a great way to add protein to your quesadilla meal. You can spread the refried beans inside the quesadillas or serve them on the side. Refried beans are in the Mexican section of the grocery store. Or, if you have the time, you could make them yourself.
17. Brothy Beans
Serve quesadillas with a refreshing Mexican-inspired cocktail or mocktail. These are our top 5 drink recipes to pair with quesadillas.