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Philly Cheesesteak Quesadilla Recipe

Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas are filled with beef and melted cheese in a soft tortilla that is toasted on a skillet until crisp. This quesadilla recipe is great for a hearty lunch or easy dinner in under 30 minutes.

Loaded Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas cut and stacked on a serving platter topped with greens.

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We love the classic Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich, and putting those flavors into a quesadilla is brilliant and even easier. Quesadillas freeze well and leftovers can also be reheated, so it is a great make-ahead recipe and perfect for your meal prep. We love serving quesadillas with Taco Soup and of course topped with Pico de Gallo.

Hey, hey! Valentina with Valentina’s Corner sharing our homemade Quesadilla Recipe.

What is a Quesadilla?

A quesadilla is a Mexican dish. It is a tortilla is filled with cheese, spices of choice, meats, beans, and vegetables and cooked on a skillet. A simpler way to describe quesadillas would be a flat loaded taco!

For this recipe, we used Philly Cheesesteak inspired ingredients consisting of cubed beef, peppers, mushrooms, onions and loaded with cheese; then cooked until tortilla is crispy and filling is hot.

Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas cut into triangles on cutting board

Ingredients for Quesadillas-

Quesadillas are so versatile and can be filled with just about anything or a combination of ingredients. Today we share our beef quesadilla recipe.

  • Flour Tortilla- Medium burrito size tortillas are typical. Smaller tortillas may be used which will result in more quesadillas. Buy quesadillas that fit the base of your skillet.
  • Meat- Use good quality beef. Ribeye is the best choice for a Philly Quesadilla. You can also use top sirloin or steak of choice if you’re looking for a less expensive option. TIP: The meat may be cut into cubes or thinly sliced.
  • Cheese- A mild provolone works best (avoid aged provolone). American cheese can also be used as a substitute. TIP: Shredded or sliced cheese will work in quesadillas though shredded cheese will melt faster.
  • Vegetables- A mixture of red and green peppers, onion and mushrooms. You can omit the bell peppers for a classic Philly combination.
  • Seasoning- Salt, pepper, and freshly minced garlic are all you need. 

All the ingredients for a quesadilla on a cutting board.

How to Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas:

  1. Cook meat. Heat 2 tsp oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add finely cubed meat and season with salt and pepper. Cook just until meat is fully cooked, stirring as needed. Remove meat from skillet and cover to keep warm.
  2. Saute vegetables. While the meat is cooking, cube the peppers, onions, and mushrooms. Add to the same skillet with an additional teaspoon of oil and cook until vegetables are tender, cook over medium/high heat. Add the meat and minced garlic to the vegetables and cook until meat is reheated.
  3. Assemble the quesadilla. Spread a thin layer of mayo on 1 side of tortillas. TIP: You can skip the mayo for a lighter taste. Add half of the mixture to one side of the quesadilla and top with cheese. Close the tortilla.
  4. Cook. Add both tortillas to a clean non-stick skillet and cook until tortillas are golden brown. Flip and cook until cheese completely melts. TIP: You can grease the pan with butter and/or oil for a crispier tortilla.

Step by step collage how to make a quesadilla recipe at home.

TIPS for the Best Quesadillas:

Though quesadillas are pretty easy to prepare, here are some tips to ensure success!

To Make Them Spicy- If you love spicy food, add some hot sauce or sriracha to the mayo when spreading over the tortillas.

Tortilla Sizes- You can use any tortilla sizes and fill with as much filling as desired. A smaller tortilla requires less filling added and will give you more quesadillas.

Griddle- A griddle may also be used instead of a skillet to cook the quesadillas.

Heat- Be sure to keep the heat at a medium. If you turn the heat up too high, the tortilla will burn and cheese won’t melt.

Cutting tortillas- It’s easiest to cut the quesadillas with a pizza cutter, though a sharp knife will also work.

Freeze quesadillas- Quesadillas may be frozen once assembled. Fully thaw then sautee until filling is hot.

Reheat quesadillas- To reheat quesadillas, cook over low heat until reheated, flipping once.

Loaded cheese quesadilla with beef and vegetables

I hope this hearty loaded homemade quesadilla recipe will become a hit with the family. We love sharing new ways of enjoying the timeless flavors of Philly Cheesesteak.

More Delicious Ways to Use Tortillas:

Philly Cheesesteak Quesadilla Recipe

5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Philly Cheesesteak Quesadillas cut and stacked

Homemade quesadilla recipe ready in under 30 minutes. Flour tortillas filled with beef, peppers, onions and mushrooms and loaded with cheese, then cooked until tortillas are crispy.

Author: Valentina Ablaev
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $5-$9
Keyword: quesadilla recipe
Cuisine: Mexican
Course: Chicken, Main Course
Calories: 662 kcal
Servings: 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 flour tortillas medium/ burrito-sized
  • 1/2 lb beef (ribeye or top round), thinly sliced or diced
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper diced
  • 1/2 green pepper diced
  • 6 oz mushrooms diced
  • 3 slices provolone cheese (avoid aged cheese), sliced in half
  • 1 Tbsp light olive oil divided
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • ¼ tsp sea salt or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper or to taste
  • 2 tsp mayo optional

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat 2 tsp oil, once hot add the chopped meat. Season with salt and pepper and cook until meat is fully cooked. Remove from skillet and cover to keep warm.

  2. Meanwhile, finely chop the onion, dice the mushrooms, and peppers. Sautee vegetables in the same skillet until tender, adding another teaspoon of oil if needed.

  3. Add the beef back to the skillet with minced garlic, stir and cook until meat is reheated.

  4. Spread mayo (if using) on the tortillas. Divide the filling between the tortillas, adding them to one side of the tortilla. Top the filling with sliced cheese and close the tortilla

  5. Heat a skillet over med heat. For a crisper tortilla, add a little oil to the pan. Place the tortilla in the hot pan and sautee until the cheese is melted and the outside is golden and crisp, flipping once. Slice and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Philly Cheesesteak Quesadilla Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 662 Calories from Fat 414
% Daily Value*
Fat 46g71%
Saturated Fat 18g113%
Cholesterol 111mg37%
Sodium 974mg42%
Potassium 835mg24%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 1411IU28%
Vitamin C 66mg80%
Calcium 376mg38%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Valentina Ablaev

I am Valentina, the creator behind the food blog Valentina’s Corner where I share our family’s favorite recipes. When I am not in the kitchen, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and 5 children. We invite you to join us on our blogging journey!

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  • Meghan
    March 24, 2020

    Can’t wait to make these! My husband will love them! Question— the Mayo is on the inside of the quesadilla, right? Just want to make sure I’m reading it right! I know people make grilled cheese with mayo on the outside (the skillet side), so I could see it going either way… Thanks! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 24, 2020

      That is right, Meghan! We add that on the inside. I hope you love this recipe. Reply

  • Mimi
    March 9, 2020

    Looks really good, but I miss the video. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 9, 2020

      Hi Mimi, I don’t have a video for this recipe just yet but I’ll add it to my list. I hope you love this recipe. Reply

  • Debra Bain
    March 9, 2020

    Fantastic. I used low carb tortillas and did the same for my Keto Diet. If I only had one word, it would be Yummy! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 9, 2020

      That’s just awesome!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Debra! Reply

  • Melissa Anderson
    March 9, 2020

    These are absolutely the best!! They are delicious and so easy to make. I have been making weekly for past 6 weeks!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 9, 2020

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite! Reply

  • Antonina
    February 20, 2020

    Omg this is SO GOOD. It’s great for both lunch and dinner. I am constantly craving this and whenever I make it I get 3-4 meals out of it. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 20, 2020

      Sounds like you found a new favorite Antonina! Thank you for that awesome feedback. Reply

  • Becky
    February 17, 2020

    I cheated and used hamburger as that is what I had had handy last night. Worked great. But I promise I will use the ‘real thing’ next time! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      February 17, 2020

      I’m so glad you liked it with the hamburger! I can’t to hear how you like it the original way! Reply

  • Natalia
    January 27, 2020

    Really really good. Simple to make too Reply

  • Jada
    January 21, 2020

    I made these for dinner last night and I felt like they were really lacking the flavour. I followed the recipe to a T but the flavour still wasn’t there. Reply

    • Natasha
      January 21, 2020

      Hi Jada, these have all the classic flavors of Philly cheesesteak. You might just need to season the steak more with salt and pepper – under seasoning could be the culprit. If you didn’t add it, you’d probably enjoy the mayo for added flavor. Reply

  • Charlotte
    January 20, 2020

    These turned out great..and so easy…love the step by step instructions!!! A hit at my house!! Thank you!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 20, 2020

      Aww that’s the best! Thank you for sharing that with me, Charlotte! Reply

  • Joseph
    January 19, 2020

    tip to those using a top sirloin slice thin after semi freezing ,meaning slightly frozen ,this allows for thin slices then bring to room temp sear quickly on high in a preheated skillet lightly oiled if left in chunks like Rib Eye or Fillet it Witt be tough Reply

    • Gloria
      March 8, 2020

      Thanks for the good tip, Joseph! Makes a lot of sense. 😉 Reply

  • Anganie Roach
    January 17, 2020

    Hi Natasha, I see response to almost every comment made on your recipes, is this accurate? If so then that is so commendable for you to take the time to answer every commenter, hats off to you Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 18, 2020

      Thank you for noticing, Anganie! We do our best to reply to every single one. Thank you for stopping by! Reply

  • Jenna
    January 16, 2020

    Sounds delish! Pulled pork quesadillas are my favorite way to use up pulled pork. Add some Monterey Jack shreddded cheese and Dip in sour cream with coleslaw on the side! Yummmm! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 16, 2020

      That sounds delicious, Jenna! Thank you for that amazing feedback. Reply

  • Makos - The Hungry Bites
    January 15, 2020

    I am already drooling, just by looking at these quesadillas  Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 15, 2020

      I hope you give them a try soon! Thank you for stopping by! Reply

  • Anna
    January 14, 2020

    Little tip!
    If you have Trader Joe’s near by, you can purchase already thinly sliced beef steak! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 14, 2020

      Thank you for that great tip! Reply

      • Carolyn
        January 15, 2020

        If you live in Toronto, Canada, you can also buy thinly sliced beef at TNT Supermarket.
        These look delicious, I am saving make soon! Reply

        • Natasha
          January 15, 2020

          That’s a great time-saving tip! Thanks Carolyn. I hope you love these Quesadillas! Reply

  • Erin
    January 14, 2020

    I love peppers and onions, so this recipe was perrrrfect! Thanks! The flavor was wonderful. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 14, 2020

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for that wonderful review, Erin! Reply

  • Natalie
    January 14, 2020

    Tastiest quesadilla ever!! Great idea to make it into a quesadilla. These would be perfect as an appetizer or your main meal. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 14, 2020

      That is a genius idea, Natalie! Reply

  • Stephanie
    January 14, 2020

    These were amazing! All of the delicious flavors of a cheesesteak but without the mess! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 14, 2020

      Isn’t the flavor amazing! Thank you for stopping by and leaving that amazing review, Stephanie! Reply

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