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Mushroom and Cheese Quesadillas

4 to 6 Servings

30 minutes

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You’ll find quesadillas of all types in Mexico. In Mexico City, they’re often made from fresh masa and without cheese; in other parts of the country, they’re made with flour tortillas, with lots of melty Oaxaca cheese. Fillings vary from stewed or griddled meat to squash blossoms to nopales (cactus paddles). In this recipe, we stuff tortillas with a mixture of sautéed mushrooms and cheese, with a little smoky and spicy heat from a chipotle chili. Made with 4- to 5-inch flour tortillas, the quesadillas are perfect for a lunch or snack. If you can’t find queso Oaxaca, any mild melting cheese, such as mozzarella or muenster, will work. Lard is traditional for cooking these quesadillas, but for a vegetarian version, use grapeseed or another neutral oil. For best browning, cook these in a nonstick skillet.

4 to 6



Don’t use a conventional (i.e., not nonstick) skillet. The quesadillas brown best in a nonstick pan.

30 minutes


  • 4

    tablespoons lard OR neutral oil, divided

  • 1

    medium white onion, chopped


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Jason J.
September 11, 2022
Quick and Simple, Tasty and Satisfying
This recipe is great as-is or make a few simple substitutions to cut some calories and it's still great. It's a healthy win in the cooking-for-one category!
Rachel H.
October 4, 2023
Great weeknight dinner
Made a few small substitutes for what was in the house. Whole wheat tortillas, a little extra adobo sauce, cumin and coriander. For some additional protein we added a fried egg on top and served with a salad. Delish!
Victor P.

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Brady S.

The recipe looks simple, but the flavours are quite good (plus, it's super easy to make).

Michael F.

These quesadillas were great. Followed the recipe exactly. The mushrooms provided so much substance to the quesadilla. It was so satisfying. Thank you.

Jon S.

Big ups. Health issues aside, I would have happily eaten the entire batch. Used a 12-pack of Mission Street Taco tortillas and, purely due to availability, mostly cremini with a few oysters and shiitake each. Supply issues also dictated that I use Quesadilla cheese and it worked perfectly.