Learn how to make Air Fryer Quesadillas to hot, crispy perfection with this recipe. Gooey stretchy cheese and delicious insides are 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.
This was inspired by our Air Fryer Chicken Tacos, Air Fryer Turkey Meatballs, and Air Fryer Taquitos. It goes great with our amazing Air Fryer Frozen Sweet Potato Fries and pairs well with our Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salad. You can even add our Chicken Taco Seasoning.
These are made with just a few simple ingredients. See out tips on each ingredient below.
- tortillas - our favorite tortillas are the raw Tortillaland, but you do have the extra step of cooking them. We found through recipe testing that we and all of our taste testers preferred raw tortillas over pre-made. Any tortilla works here, including corn.
- cheese - we love a good Mexican blend of cheese! Use any kind of cheese you'd like here.
- refried beans- totally optional, but absolutely delicious! We used canned or homemade if I have them on hand.
Optional for serving:
- guacamole - we love our homemade Cilantro Lime Guac, but chopped avocados or store bought guacamole are also great.
- plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
- pico de gallo or red salsa - to make homemade pico de gallo, simply chop equal amounts of tomato and onion, then add chopped cilantro, lemon juice and salt to taste!
- green salsa
- beans - use your favorite type of bean here.
- chopped tomatoes - we love the flavor and texture of roma tomatoes, but any kind works great.
- cilantro - fresh is best!
- limes- fresh squeezed
See recipe card for quantities.
How to Make Quesadillas in the Air Fryer
Use these process shots to help get the results you are wanting. The pictures can help with texture and be a visual guide for best results.
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)
Substitutions and Variations
We love switching things up when we're in the kitchen. Try any of these variations for something a little different.
- Corn Tortillas/ Gluten Free - instead of flour tortillas, feel free to use corn for gluten free air fryer quesadillas. If using corn, we recommend using 2 corn tortillas, rather than one folded in half.
- 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 jalapeños 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, sour cream and fresh pico de gallo.
- Kid friendly -skip the beans and make them plain cheese! Kids can be picky and often just like plain old quesadillas.
- 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.
Looking for a fun flavor try these buffalo chicken bacon ranch quesadillas.
How to Serve
Serve these with all the fixings! We recommend, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, hot sauce and anything else you can think of. These are a great simple meal or snack that can be turned into something much more by the toppings you add.
Storing Air Fryer Quesadillas
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! If you don't, you'll have an open quesadilla with melted cheese on one side.
Use whatever you have on hand. Make these with different types of cheese, beans and meat.
During recipe testing, all of our taste testers preferred them made with raw tortillas. You can use whatever tortillas you want, we just found that raw tortillas made the biggest taste difference.
Not really. To make them better for you, use corn or whole grain tortillas and less cheese. Top with plain Greek yogurt for some protein and probiotics.
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.
Preheat air fryer to 400° F. Place cheese and beans(if desired) on half of a tortilla. Close and place in the air fryer and let cook for 45 seconds. The tortilla will have opened up and the cheese will be melty. Close the quesadilla and flip over- it will now stay closed! Cook another 1-2 minutes until desired crispness is achieved.
Air Fryer Quesadillas
- 2 flour tortillas see notes below
- ½ cup cheese of choice. We like cheddar and monterrey jack
- ⅓ cup refried beans
optional for serving:
- plain Greek yogurt or sour cream
- pico de gallo or red salsa
- green salsa
- chopped tomatoes
- If using raw tortillas, cook first. Preheat air fryer to 400*F. Place tortilla on a work surface and cover half of it in cheese. Place a layer of beans on top, then top with more cheese. Alternatively, smear beans on one side then top with cheese. We like the way they taste with the beans encased in cheese. Close tortilla.
- Cook for 45 seconds then open air fryer. The top layer of tortilla will likely be curled up. Flatten back on top of the rest of the tortilla then flip it over. Cook one more minute and enjoy!! For extra crispy flip again then cook 1-2 more minutes until desired crispness is achieved.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the air fryer at 400*F, flipping every minute until desired crispness and melty-ness is achieved.
- You can freeze these. Thaw in the refrigerator then reheat in the air fryer according to directions above.
- You can use any tortilla for these quesadillas, we even tested the recipe with tostadas! During testing we found that all of our taste testers preferred raw tortillas over any other kind of tortilla. It made the biggest difference in taste compared to any other change.
- Make sure to close the tortilla around 45 seconds or you'll end up with an open tortilla with cheese on one side, and it'll be crispy so you'll be unable to close it.