At Journey Latin America we use cookies to give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on our website.
Find out more

2013 and earlier


Quesadillas are a Mexican classic: delicious cheese turnovers that can be filled with almost anything you like, allowing for plenty of experimentation.

  • Prep: 5 minutes
  • Cook: 5 minutes
  • Total time: 10 minutes
  • Recipe serves: 4-5


  • 250g 'hard' cheese - we suggest mature cheddar
  • 200g 'crumbly' cheese, e.g. feta (or requesón if you can get it)
  • 8-10 wheat-flour tortillas
  • 1 pepper, roasted and cut into long thing strips
  • 1/2 a medium chilli, finely chopped, or a teaspoon of chilli flakes
  • 1 bunch coriander, finely chopped


  1. Heat a spoonful of olive oil in a large frying pan.
  2. Mix the cheeses, pepper strips, chilli and coriander together thoroughly then top each tortilla with a roughly equal amount of the mixture, leaving a wide margin around the edge.
  3. Fold the first tortilla in half and carefully transfer to the frying pan.
  4. Fry for about 2-3 minutes on each side, until the filling has melted, then move to a plate covered with kitchen paper to absorb any extra oil.
  5. Repeat steps 3-4 with the remaining tortillas.
  6. Cut each folded tortilla in half and serve.

Suggested variations:

The beauty of the quesadilla is that the range of possible fillings is almost unlimited. We recommend the following:

  • Refried beans, sour cream, guacamole and cheddar.
  • Green pesto, mozzarella, parmesan and sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Caesar salad dressing, chicken, rocket and extra-mature cheddar.
  • Whatever else you fancy!

Journey with the UK's NO1 specialist in travel to latin america

The Leading Specialists

  • Since 1980
  • The original pioneers in travel to Latin America - the first and still the best
  • Award-winning holidays, crafted with care
  • Nobody knows Latin America better

Travel with the Experts

  • All our staff are in-depth Latin America specialists
  • Our team shares  a unique insight into Central and South America
  • Get the inside track with expert advice based on first-hand experience

Choice and Flexibility

  • The widest range of options
  • No limitations on how you can travel
  • A genuinely personal service geared to understanding your needs
  • The journey you'll love, in a style to suit you

Wanderlust Reader's Travel Awards - Top Ten Tour Operator 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015

Latin American Travel Association – Award for Customer Service 2012

Sunday Times Travel Magazine – Specialist Tour Operator 2012

Sunday Times Travel Magazine – Best Value Tour Operator 2011

Sunday Times Travel Magazine - Editor's Award2013

British Travel Awards – Best Small Tour Operator Central & South America 2011, 2012

Condé Nast Traveller – Top Ten Specialist Tour Operator: 2010, 2011, 2012

Guardian and Observer Travel Awards– Top Ten Small Tour Operator: 2009, 2010, 2012

Page Full Path: /sitecore/content/JLA/Home/travel-inspiration/food-and-drink/quesadillas

Page ID: {56425847-BD0D-4DC5-A73E-4CC3F04C8B65}

Page Name: quesadillas

Page Display Name: Quesadillas

Page Template Name: T027-Recipe

Page Template ID: {E95BC9BC-C28D-478C-8A17-9189F2E4BDBA}

Parent ID: {7F1A77A3-15A4-459E-BFDE-E4C0A0C461A5}

Parent Name: food-and-drink

Parent Display Name: Food & Drink

Parent Template Name: T029-PapagaioCategoryListing

Parent Template ID: {4D163066-ED7E-48E6-AF31-34B6C47536CD}