Recipe Overview

Why you’ll love it: This pizza quesadilla recipe is a kid-friendly lunch or dinner option filled with melty mozzarella, pizza sauce, and pepperoni. It’s easy to make, ready to be devoured in just 10 minutes. Everyone loves these!

How long it takes: 10 minutes
Equipment you’ll need: large skillet
Servings: 1 (or as many as you like)

Pizza quesadilla, cut into four wedges.
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Kids love pizza but whipping up pizza dough from scratch isn’t on the agenda most nights. You know what’s a great swap for pizza crust? A tortilla. And that’s how these pizza quesadillas were born.

Basically, they’re a mashup of pizza and another kid-friendly classic, the cheese quesadilla. I came up with this recipe for the picky eater in my house and since I know I’m not the only one fighting this battle every night, this pizza recipe is here to save you, too!

You can fill them with anything you’d top a normal pizza with. I keep it classic for my kids with pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, and pizza sauce but if your kids are the pineapple and olive type, feel free to keep it weird for them. The possibilities are limitless!

About This Pizza Quesadilla Recipe

  • Practically effortless. Sauce, cheese, pepperoni; fold and cook. The ease of this recipe also makes it a great lunch for older kids to cook for themselves.
  • Picky eater approved (but you’ll love it too). Why should picky eaters get all the fun? You deserve to have a pepperoni pizza quesadilla for dinner now and then, too! This is a fantastic option for those nights when you have to squeeze your family dinner between softball practice and homework time.
  • Customizable. If your kids love assembling their own tacos or loading up their air fryer hot dogs, they’ll love putting together their own pizza quesadillas. Make a topping bar with little bowls of cooked sausage, pepperoni, olives, and cheese and let everyone choose their own adventure.

Cooking Tip

If you’re making this as an alternative dinner for your kiddo, you can switch the cooking method to avoid washing extra dishes. Cooking chicken on a sheet pan? Bake the pizza quesadilla on the corner of the pan or on a sheet of foil! Grilling burgers? You can grill these quesadillas too!
Pizza quesadilla being dipped into pizza sauce.

Ingredient Notes

  • Tortilla: I use a burrito-size flour tortilla to get a fairly large pizza quesadilla, but you can use smaller tortillas and adjust the amount of fillings. Whole grain tortillas are totally fine, too. This recipe is flexible!
  • Pizza Sauce: Prepared pizza sauce comes in a jar or can. You can find it on your grocery shelves. This homemade pizza sauce recipe is also great for making and freezing for whenever you need it.
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese: Can’t have pizza without cheese, right? Other types of cheese work fine but this is the classic pizza cheese.
  • Sliced Pepperoni: I like to use the thin pepperoni slices for pizza quesadillas.
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How To Make Easy Pizza Quesadillas

Preheat the pan. Place a large heavy skillet over medium heat. I find that a cast iron pan works especially well if you’re making multiple quesadillas because the pan holds the heat well once it’s warmed up. If you’ve made quesadillas before, you know that a preheated pan is essential, otherwise your quesadilla will take forever to get done.

Assemble the quesadillas. Spread the pizza sauce evenly over half of the tortilla.

Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the sauce, then arrange the pepperoni slices on the cheese.

Fold in half. Fold the tortilla over, pressing down lightly. 

Grease the pan. Spray the heated skillet with olive oil or add approximately 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the pan. 

Fry the quesadilla. Cook the quesadilla for 2 to 3 minutes on one side, or until browned; carefully flip and cook 1 to 2 minutes more, or until golden brown. 

Golden brown quesadilla being cooked on a griddle.

Cool and slice. Remove the pizza quesadilla from the pan, let it cool for 1 to 2 minutes. Cut it into quarters and serve. A pizza cutter works well to cut quesadillas, or a large sharp knife.

Pizza quesadilla cut into four wedges.

FAQs

Can I use marinara sauce instead of pizza sauce?

Pizza sauce is thicker than marinara sauce, which is nice for this pizza quesadilla recipe because it won’t make the tortilla soggy. That said, marinara absolutely works too, especially one that’s on the thicker side.

Can I cook a pizza quesadilla in the air fryer?

Yes! Spray both sides with oil or cooking spray, then place the quesadilla in the air fryer basket and cook at 375ºF for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the outside is crispy and the cheese melts.

Personalize Your Pizza Quesadillas

  • Swap out the sauce: Like pesto on your pizza? Use that! BBQ sauce? That works too! You can also skip putting the sauce on the quesadilla and serve it alongside your pizza quesadilla for dipping.
  • Use another meat: Sausage, ham, bacon, chicken, seasoned and cooked ground beef, whatever you like. Your favorite vegetarian meat will work too.
  • Add veggies: If you don’t want raw vegetables in your quesadilla, give them a quick sauté to soften them and release moisture.
  • Make more than one: Make as many quesadillas as you like, cooking them individually. Once the pan is hot, they cook pretty quickly. 
Slice of pizza quesadilla with pepperoni next to it.

Make Ahead Ideas

You can assemble a big batch of these pizza quesadillas to freeze. Wrap them individually in plastic wrap, and put them in a large freezer bag. Let them thaw in the fridge or thaw them in the microwave, then cook in a skillet until they’re crispy and the cheese melts.

Storage & Reheating

It’s unlikely that you’ll have extra pizza quesadillas since they are made to order. If you do happen to have leftovers, place them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat the quesadillas in a skillet or in the microwave.

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Recipe

Pizza Quesadilla

5 from 3 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
This pizza quesadilla recipe is every busy parents' dream! A kid-friendly lunch or dinner option filled with melty mozzarella, pizza sauce, and pepperoni, this easy recipe is ready to be devoured in just 10 minutes.
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Ingredients 

  • 1 (10-inch) tortilla (burrito size)
  • 2 tablespoons pizza sauce, more for dipping, if desired
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 10 pepperoni slices, more as desired
  • oil for frying

Instructions 

  • Preheat large skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, prepare quesadilla. Spread pizza sauce evenly over half of the tortilla. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese evenly over sauce, arrange pepperoni slices on cheese. Fold tortilla over, pressing down lightly.
    1 (10-inch) tortilla, 2 tablespoons pizza sauce, more for dipping, if desired, ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese, 10 pepperoni slices, more as desired
  • Spray heated skillet with olive oil spray or add approximately 1 teaspoon olive oil to the pan. Carefully transfer quesadilla to the hot pan. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on one side, or until browned; carefully flip over, and cook 1 to 2 minutes longer, until golden brown.
  • Remove from pan, let quesadilla cool for 1 to 2 minutes before cutting into quarters.

Notes

  • Make as many quesadillas as you like. Cook them individually. Once the pan is hot, the quesadillas cook pretty quickly.
  • Change them up. You can add any pizza fillings you like! If you don’t want raw vegetables in your quesadilla, give them a quick sauté in a pan to soften and release moisture.
  • Air fryer quesadillas: Spray both sides with oil or cooking spray, then place the quesadilla in the air fryer basket and cook at 375ºF for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the outside is crispy and the cheese melts.
  • Recipe card updated 2/2024. Previously posted as a grilled quesadilla. If you prefer, prepare the quesadilla as directed above. Quesadillas can be cooked on a preheated grill for a couple of minutes each side or until cheese melts and tortillas are golden.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1quesadilla, Calories: 460kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 22g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 1251mg, Potassium: 261mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 508IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 378mg, Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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3 Comments

  1. Noemi says:

    I think my kids might like this! And anyway you can vary the recipe in a thousand ways. Thank you for sharing :)

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      I hope they love it! You’re right, it’s a very flexible recipe!

  2. denise says:

    love that pizza take on quesadillas