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.

This post may contain affiliate links. Read my disclosure policy.

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 Make 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.
  • Freezing- Quesadillas may be frozen once assembled. Fully thaw then sauté until filling is hot.
  • 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:

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Philly Cheesesteak Quesadilla Recipe

4.99 from 116 votes
Author: Valentina Ablaev
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.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 2 servings
  • 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

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

662kcal Calories25g Carbs36g Protein46g Fat18g Saturated Fat111mg Cholesterol974mg Sodium835mg Potassium3g Fiber6g Sugar1411IU Vitamin A66mg Vitamin C376mg Calcium4mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Philly Cheesesteak Quesadilla Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
662
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
46
g
71
%
Saturated Fat
 
18
g
113
%
Cholesterol
 
111
mg
37
%
Sodium
 
974
mg
42
%
Potassium
 
835
mg
24
%
Carbohydrates
 
25
g
8
%
Fiber
 
3
g
13
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
36
g
72
%
Vitamin A
 
1411
IU
28
%
Vitamin C
 
66
mg
80
%
Calcium
 
376
mg
38
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: quesadilla recipe
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 662

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

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!

Read more posts by Valentina

Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating




Comments

  • Rachel M Robinson
    April 4, 2024

    Oh let me tell you I made this before and again tonight. I used Colby Jack Cheese slices OMG Im trying not to get fat tonight. So delicious

    Reply

  • Lynda
    January 24, 2024

    Thank you for this easy to prepare meal. Had fun creating this for my family. They fell in love with it.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 24, 2024

      I’m so glad to hear that, Lynda!

      Reply

  • Esther Jarvis
    January 15, 2024

    These were so yum! I added a little Louisiana Hot Sauce to my Dukes mayo! yummy!
    Thank you for the recipe!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 15, 2024

      Yummy indeed! Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Esther!

      Reply

  • Lena
    October 11, 2023

    Made these on homemade sourdough wheat tortillas. Used this recipe to salvage tough steak. Out of this world amazing, not a single bite left. Everyone kept saying “mmmm” during the meal lol!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 11, 2023

      That’s great to hear, Lena!!

      Reply

  • Ana S
    October 9, 2023

    Hi Natasha, these look delicious… would the raw tortillas be best for this recipe or any tortilla would work?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 9, 2023

      Hi Ana! You can use any tortilla, just cook it first if you plan to use raw.

      Reply

As Featured On

Never Go "Hangry" Again!

Get weekly updates on new recipes, exclusive giveaways plus behind the scenes photos.