These deliciously crisp and cheesy Air Fryer Quesadillas are packed with colorful air-fried vegetables, mixed with classic Mexican seasonings, and melty cheese. Ready in just 13 minutes, this simple recipe is perfect for a quick lunch or an easy weeknight meal for the whole family.
One of the best things about these quesadillas is that they are a great way to add more vegetables to mealtimes.
You can easily customize these easy air fryer quesadillas with your favorite fillings.
This recipe uses onions and bell peppers, but you could add tomatoes, zucchini, and loads of other veggies!
Ready in just minutes, this easy recipe is great as a quick snack, lunch or light dinner for adults and little kids too.
In my opinion, the best part of quesadillas is the melted cheese oozing from inside the crispy tortillas. I tend to use either shredded cheddar cheese or a Mexican cheese blend in mine because they go with just about any filling, but you can get as creative as you like.
Experiment with different proteins by adding in refried beans, or black beans. Using a combination of Mexican flavors with ground beef is a creative way to enjoy tacos, like in my amazing Taco Pizza.
- Vegetables: we’re using bell peppers and onion in this Mexican quesadilla.
- Green Onions: finely chopped green onions will add a fresh tang to the cheese and veggies.
- Cheese: shredded cheese of any kind is good. I tend to use cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, or a Mexican cheese mix.
- Tortillas: use flour or corn tortillas, whichever you prefer.
- Oil: use canola oil or another neutral-flavored oil for seasoning the veggies, and a non-aerosol non-stick spray will work well for the Air Fryer as it will coat the basket evenly with a thin layer of oil.
- Seasoning: taco seasoning contains classic Mexican flavors which are perfect for these cheesy veggie quesadillas.
- Salt: enhances all the savory flavors.
How to Make Quesadillas in the Air Fryer
These homemade quesadillas are ready in just a few simple steps. Full instructions are included in the recipe card below.
- Cook the vegetables: Cook seasoned vegetables in a foil “bowl” at the bottom of the air fryer.
- Prepare air fryer and put tortilla in: Spray non-stick oil into the air fryer basket and place one tortilla in.
- Add fillings: Put some cheese on the tortilla, then add veggies, and the chopped spring onion on top.
- Top with cheese: Add more cheese on top of the fillings, then top with the second tortilla. The cheese layers will bind everything together.
Then you simply cook them until perfectly crisp, and repeat for the second quesadilla!
Air Fryer Quesadillas FAQs
It takes between 6-8 minutes to air fry a quesadilla, turning it over halfway through the cooking time to get full crispy perfection!
Cooking with oil will make the crispiest quesadillas, but you can cook with butter if you prefer a buttery taste.
To cook with oil in an Air Fryer, spray the Air Fryer basket with non-stick cooking oil and put the quesadilla in the basket. Alternatively, you can brush the outside of the quesadilla with oil before putting it in the basket to cook. Similarly, you can thinly coat the outsides of the quesadilla with butter before frying or air frying it.
Ensure your quesadillas have completely cooled to room temperature before storing them. You can put them in an airtight container, or wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
It’s best to reheat leftover quesadillas in a preheated Air Fryer (350 degrees). If your quesadilla is wrapped in foil, it’ll take about 3-5 minutes to reheat. Unwrapped, it will take around 2-3 minutes to heat through.
Tips and Notes
- Secure the top. You can secure the top tortilla to the rest of the quesadilla with a toothpick or two if you need it, as it can sometimes come loose in the air fryer as the hot air circulates quickly. You may want to do this if you are using dry fillings or not a lot of cheese.
- Flip your quesadilla. Make sure to flip your quesadilla halfway through cooking so that it cooks evenly and gets crispy on both sides.
Air Fryer Quesadilla Variations
- Mix up the veggies. Use your favorite vegetables in these quesadillas, like zucchini, black olives, tomatoes, sweetcorn, etc.
- Add some heat. Add some red pepper flakes, hot sauce, or cayenne pepper to your veggies before putting them in the tortillas.
- Try different seasonings. Try a different seasoning like Italian herbs with oregano, basil, rosemary, thyme, and marjoram.
- Change the cheese. Serve topped with some parmesan or mozzarella cheese.
- Add protein. I love quesadillas with meats. Try this Instant Pot Shredded Chicken, Alfredo Chicken Quesadillas, or use this Instant Pot Taco Ground Beef recipe. They also taste great with refried beans!
You can serve these air fryer quesadillas with my Easy Homemade Salsa, or this Fresh Taco Dip for a fuller meal. Sometimes I make quesadillas and slice them up to serve with sour cream as a snack or as part of a party table spread.
More Easy Air Fryer Recipes to Try
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Air Fryer Quesadilla
- ½ red bell pepper finely chopped
- ½ yellow or green bell pepper* finely chopped
- 1 small onion or half medium
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon sliced green onions
- 2 cups shredded cheese any kind
- 4 small to medium tortillas flour or corn
- Non-aerosol non-stick spray
- Preheat the air fryer to 350 degrees F while you prep your vegetables.
- Tear off a piece of aluminum foil about the same size as your air fryer basket. Fold the edges to make a sort of “bowl” for your vegetables to go in. Add the peppers, onions, oil, taco seasoning, and salt and gently stir.
- Cook in the air fryer for 5 minutes or until softened. Remove from the air fryer.
- Lightly grease the air fryer basket with non-aerosol non-stick spray (you could also use parchment paper and save on the mess) and place one tortilla in.
- Top the tortilla with layered toppings. Add ¼ of the cheese, ½ of the veggies, ½ of the finely sliced green onions, and then another ¼ of the cheese.
- Place the second tortilla on top and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, peeking every now and then to ensure the edges aren't lifting too much. If they are, simply press the tortilla back down onto the cheese. (OPTIONAL: you can secure the two with a couple toothpicks to help them stay put)
- Repeat with the remaining ingredients to form the second quesadilla. Remove from Air Fryer and serve hot.
- Storage: Once your cooked quesadillas have completely cooled to room temperature, you can put them in an airtight container, or wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Reheating: It’s best to reheat leftover quesadillas in a preheated Air Fryer (350 degrees). If your quesadilla is wrapped in foil, it’ll take about 3-5 minutes to reheat. Unwrapped, it will take around 2-3 minutes to heat through.
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