Learn how to make Air Fryer Quesadillas to hot, crispy perfection with this recipe. Gooey stretchy cheese, delicious insides, perfect for enjoying plain or dunking in some guacamole or salsa.
These are great year round. We love them especially during the summertime. They are quick and easy, and my kids can make them by themselves and it doesn't heat up the house to make them.
- refried beans
Optional for serving:
- plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
- pico de gallo or red salsa
- green salsa
- chopped tomatoes
See recipe card for quantities.
1. If you love using raw tortillas like we do, start by cooking your tortillas. Preheat air fryer to 400*F. Place cooked tortilla on a work surface and top half of it with shredded cheese. If your basket is big enough, feel free to use the entire tortilla. Don't use anything that is too big for your basket.
2. Place refried beans on top of cheese. I like to drop it down in little plops and press it into the cheese. Top with another layer of cheese. Alternatively, you can smear the beans on one side then top with the cheese. We just like the way they taste when the beans are encased in cheese.
3. Fold plain tortilla half over the half with the cheese and beans. Place in the air fryer basket.
4. Cook for 45 seconds then open air fryer. the top of the tortilla likes to come up! Press it into the melting cheese then flip the quesadilla over. Cook for one more minute then enjoy!
Hint: For an easier cleanup, lightly coat air fryer basket in avocado oil or another oil with a high smoke point (see food safety recommendations at the bottom of the post)
- Corn Tortillas/ Gluten Free - instead of flour tortillas, feel free to use corn for gluten free air fryer quesadillas.
- Cheese - use whatever cheese you'd like! A Mexican blend, only cheddar, colby jack, it doesn't matter. We also like to add some cotija cheese when we have it on hand.
- Spicy - add jalapenos or other spicy pepper or just chili pepper flakes in between the beans and cheese for a spicy kick.
- Deluxe - top with guacamole, chopped tomatoes and fresh pico de gallo.
- Kid friendly -skip the beans and make them plain cheese!
- Chicken Fajita Quesadillas - use about 2 ounces shredded chicken and ¼ teaspoon fajita mix seasoning per quesadilla for a fun and delicious easy variation. You can also make full on fajita mix with peppers and onions etc and use it to replace the beans.
- Ground Beef Quesadillas - use about 2 ounces cooked ground beef and ¼ teaspoon taco mix per fajita. Add on top of (or instead of) the beans.
- Air Fryer- we use the Ninja Foodi grill and air fryer
We recommend eating them hot and fresh. You can store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheat in the air fryer at 400*F. for about 2 minutes.
You may store leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator then reheat as directed above.
Make sure to open the air fryer at 45 seconds and push down the top half of the quesadilla!
Not really. To make them healthier use corn or whole grain tortillas and less cheese.
for a good stretchy cheese, use monterrey jack and mozzarella. We like to add a sharp cheddar and/or pepperjack in for flavor.
Guacamole, greek yogurt, salsa, pico de gallo, limes, cilantro, beans of all kinds.
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds