Air Fryer Quesadilla

Making a quesadilla in an air fryer is a quick and delicious way to enjoy a crispy, cheesy treat. The air fryer gives the tortilla a perfect golden crispness while melting the cheese inside beautifully. Here’s how to make a quesadilla in your air fryer:


Table of Contents

  • Large flour tortillas
  • Shredded cheese (cheddar, Monterey Jack, or a mix)
  • Fillings of your choice (cooked chicken, beef, vegetables, beans, etc.)
  • Olive oil or non-stick cooking spray
  • Optional: salsa, sour cream, or guacamole for serving


1. Prepare the Ingredients:

  • If using meat or vegetables, cook them beforehand. Make sure any vegetable fillings are not too moist (sautéed or grilled works well).
  • Shred your cheese if it’s not already pre-shredded. A good melting cheese is essential for a perfect quesadilla.

2. Assemble the Quesadilla:

  • Lay a tortilla flat on a cutting board.
  • Sprinkle cheese evenly over one half of the tortilla.
  • Add your chosen fillings on top of the cheese.
  • Fold the tortilla over to enclose the fillings, forming a half-moon shape.

3. Preheat the Air Fryer:

  • Preheat your air fryer to 350°F (175°C) for about 2-3 minutes.

4. Prepare for Air Frying:

  • Lightly brush the outside of the quesadilla with olive oil or spray it with a cooking spray. This helps achieve a more golden, crispy exterior.
  • Alternatively, you can also brush or spray the air fryer basket to prevent sticking.

5. Cook the Quesadilla:

  • Place the quesadilla in the air fryer basket. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook one at a time.
  • Cook for about 4-6 minutes, then carefully flip the quesadilla using a spatula and cook for another 4-6 minutes on the other side until the tortilla is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
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6. Serving:

  • Remove the quesadilla from the air fryer and let it sit for a minute before cutting into wedges.
  • Serve with salsa, sour cream, or guacamole on the side.

Tips for the Perfect Air Fryer Quesadilla:

  • Cheese Edges: Placing a little extra cheese near the edge of the tortilla where it folds can help seal the quesadilla as the cheese melts.
  • Avoid Overfilling: Don’t overload your quesadilla with too many fillings, as this can prevent it from closing properly and can cause fillings to fall out during cooking.
  • Flipping: Be gentle when flipping the quesadilla to keep everything intact.

Air fryer quesadillas are incredibly easy and fast to make, perfect for a quick lunch, dinner, or a satisfying snack. Plus, you can customize them with whatever fillings you have on hand!