Beef Quesadillas Recipe

I always enjoy a good Mexican recipe and these beef quesadillas made a simple and delicious dinner.   I actually prefer using ground beef in quesadillas because it is a little easier than using chicken or steak. These quesadillas use a burrito-style filling which consists of taco seasoned ground beef, refried beans, and green chilies.  You can use whatever type of cheese you like but I prefer Mexican cheese blend. These quesadillas go great served with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream. If you are looking for a dinner that is very easy to prepare, this is the one!  Enjoy.

1lb ground beef
½ cup refried beans
1 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies (drained)
½ teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons chili powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 (8 inch) flour tortillas
Butter (for spreading)
2 cups Mexican cheese blend

Cooking Instructions:

Step 1: In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain any excess grease. Stir in fried beans, green chilies, oregano, cumin, chili powder, and salt. Cook over medium-low heat for 3-4 minutes or until heated through.
Step 2: Heat another skillet to medium-low heat. Brush one side of a tortilla with butter, place butter side down into the pan. Evenly sprinkle cheese over the top of the entire tortilla. On one half on top of the tortilla, add some of the meat mixture. Cook until the bottom has browned and the cheese has melted. With a spatula fold the half of the tortilla without the meat mixture over the half with the meat mixture and press down. Remove from the pan. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
Step 3: Cut into wedges and serve.
(Makes 4 Servings)


20 Responses to “Beef Quesadillas Recipe”

  1. Mary — April 20, 2012 @ 8:02 pm

    I’m not a big fan of quesadillas, BUT these look so delicious I might change my mind!!!! I can’t wait to get all the ingedients and make these bad boys!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!!!!!!

  2. Mary — April 20, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

    I’m not a big fan of quesadillas, BUT these look so delicious I might change my mind!!!! I can’t wait to get all the ingredients and make these bad boys!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!!!!!!

  3. Karenc — April 21, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    These sound wonderful and something I know everyone in my family would enjoy! Wonderful recipe for something nice and comforting!

  4. Tina — April 27, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    Somebody in my family is going to love this. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Kate — April 27, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    You know what? I think I’d prefer ground taco beef filling inside my quesadilla over strips of meat, too. Great idea, thanks.

  6. Liz — May 3, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

    Thanks so much for the great recipe. What great comfort food!

  7. Jake — May 14, 2012 @ 5:44 pm

    Been cooking blog chef recipes for awhile. They’re all good, but this is one of the better ones. Interesting mix. Great taste.

  8. TheJoyfulSoul — July 16, 2012 @ 2:35 am

    We made this recently, it was lovely. Quick and easy to make. We’ve posted our adaptation of the recipe, with a link back to your site, over at Thank you for sharing the recipe with us!

  9. Nathan — November 6, 2012 @ 4:59 am

    I just made these for dinner & they were really , thanks for the recipe !! People who never tried it , you should!! Its really good.

  10. Suzy — February 8, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    I needed a quick recipe tonight, and an easy one.
    These were GREAT!!!!!!
    (I didn’t have the chopped green chilies, so I put the entire can of refried beans in.)
    My boyfriend was very happy! I can’t believe how easy and fast it was.
    Thank you!

  11. Coleen @ The Redhead Baker — May 5, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    I found your recipe through a Google search. I made these for dinner tonight, following the recipe exactly, and they were fantastic!

  12. Jill — July 19, 2013 @ 4:15 pm

    Do you think taco seasoning might could be used and get the same taste or close to it? I have a pkg of taco seasoning but not the other spices you mentioned.

    Thanks so much!

  13. Bobby — July 19, 2013 @ 9:11 pm

    Jill – Yes, taco seasoning could be used in place of the spices.

  14. Sophia — September 17, 2013 @ 2:06 am

    I found these on Pinterest, made them and they were great. My husband doesn’t really like ground beef recipes, but he did love these.

  15. J.Leon — November 13, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

    This was delicious! I usually cook my beans in bacon so that’s the only thing I changed!

  16. E. Ruiz — October 16, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

    I was looking for something quick and kid friendly. These were devoured at the dinner table and the family was begging for more. Thanks!

  17. Ashley — May 15, 2016 @ 4:29 pm

    These are so easy and very good! One thing I can make and all 6 people in my family love this!! Its wonderful!!

  18. Leigha — June 3, 2016 @ 4:47 pm

    I have very picky eaters in my family but these are a favorite! I like the fact that no pre-packaged mixes are used. These are easy to make and very flavorful! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  19. Farida — January 26, 2017 @ 4:34 am

    Your recipe looks so delicious, I have seen many videos of quesadillas but in videos their mince came out from tortilla your ones looks perfect so plz upload the video of quesadilla….

  20. JEN — March 29, 2017 @ 5:25 pm

    This recipe is a favorite at our house of 4 (picky eaters included). It’s our go-to for any recipe requiring taco meat, too. The flavor is much better than purchased taco seasoning could ever hope to be! Thanks for a winner.

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