Breakfast quesadillas are a simple combination of tortillas, scrambled eggs, and shredded cheese, with many different variations. It’s an easy meal that’s perfect for those busy mornings.
These quesadillas are such a great breakfast idea; you can make them your own by changing up the protein, adding a different type of cheese, adding a few vegetables, or just having them with scrambled eggs and cheese. It makes it nice if you have people that are specific about their tastes; you can still have what you want and everyone can be happy.
Ingredients Needed for Breakfast Quesadilla
- Flour Tortillas I like to use an already-cooked tortilla; there are a variety of types you can use, like corn, whole wheat, ancient grains, or flavors like spinach, cheese, or sundried tomato.
- Cheese I recommend using your own box grater and shredding your own cheese; I just find the per-shredded cheese doesn’t melt quite as well. And the cheese can be a variety or one kind. I like to use marble farmer cheese, mozzarella, or Colby Jack.
- Eggs I like to use organic or free-range eggs but that’s just a personal preference.
- Bacon what I love about this recipe is how you can switch up the protein I like to use bacon but you could chop up some ham or put in some breakfast sausage.
- Topping I think the most important part of a quesadilla is the sauces you dip it into; sour cream, guacamole, and salsa are always the best.
Cooking your Bacon
In my opinion, there are really only two ways to cook bacon: in a skillet or by baking it in the oven. My preference is the oven; I just find that it’s easier to clean up, but both are great.
Instructions for baking your bacon.
- Preheat oven to 400°F.
- Place bacon on a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Bake until bacon reaches the desired level of crispiness which takes about 20 minutes.
- Remove bacon from the pan & place it on paper towels to drain the grease
Instructions for cooking bacon on the stovetop
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat
- Add the bacon to the skillet, you can leave it in the slices or chop it before hand.
- Cook until bacon has reached desired crispiness
- Remove the bacon from the skillet and place in a bowl with a paper towel to help absorb the grease.
How to make Breakfast Quesadillas
- Cook the bacon There are two ways I suggest cooking your bacon: in the oven or in a skillet. See above for how to cook your bacon.
- Prepare Egg Mixture In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs together with milk, salt, and pepper.
- Prepare skillet to preheat medium-sized skillet over medium heat and a tablespoon of butter and then pour your egg mixture into your skillet and scramble the eggs until desired doneness.
- Assemble the tortilla cover half of your tortilla with a thin layer of shredded cheese. Top with some scrambled eggs and bacon. Top with some more shredded cheese.
- Cook carefully Set the quesadilla in a pan over medium heat or place it in the oven on a baking sheet (I like to do it in the oven if I’m making it for a crowd). Cook until the cheese begins to melt slightly. Remove and serve with salsa, sour cream, and guacamole.
The best cheese for quesadillas
This recipe is great because the cheese is so versatile. If you have a good melting cheese, go ahead and use it because as long as it melts, it will be fantastic. These are my favorites:
- Sharp cheddar
- Monterey jack
Tips and Variations
- Change up the meat If you don’t want bacon, you can try another protein like ground sausage, ham, or left-over steak, or instead of meat, you could add veggies.
- Add vegetables If you’re not wanting the meat or want to add a few vegetables to your quesadilla, try onions, peppers, black beans, or corn.
- Don’t overcook the eggs You want to slightly undercook your scrambled eggs because they will continue to cook in the quesadilla. So you want to try not to overcook the eggs for this reason.
- Plan to serve right away Once the cheese starts to cool down, it turns rubbery quickly instead of staying melty and gooier. So plan to serve quesadillas fresh out of the pan or the oven.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you keep quesadillas from getting too soggy?
To keep quesadillas from turning soggy, you want to try two things: make sure that if you’re using vegetables, they won’t give off a lot of moisture. And if you’re frying them, only use a small amount of butter; too much butter will turn your tortilla oily and soggy.
Is this gluten-free?
If you use gluten-free tortillas, this recipe contains no gluten.
How can I make these quesadillas vegetarian?
To make this recipe vegetarian, skip the bacon or use a soy based bacon. Another great option would be to use some soy chorizo crumbles in place of the bacon.
Easy Breakfast Quesadilla
- 6 slices bacon diced, cooked, and removed from fat
- 6 large eggs
- 1-2 cups cheese shredded
- 1 splash milk
- 8 large tortillas
- sour cream
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Chop the bacon and add to the skillet, cooking until crisp. Remove and place in a bowl with a paper towel to help absorb some of the grease
- Crack the eggs into a bowl and add a splash of milk. Whisk until smooth.
- preheat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat and a tablespoon of butter and then pour your egg mixture into your skillet and scramble the eggs until desired doneness.
- Cover half of your tortilla with a thin layer of shredded cheese. Top with some of the scrambled eggs and bacon. Top with some more shredded cheese and fold over and press down gently
- Carefully set the quesadilla in a pan over medium heat or place it in the oven on a baking sheet (I like to do it in the oven if I’m making it for a crowd). Cook until the cheese begins to melt slightly.
- Slice and serve warm with salsa, sour cream and guacamole