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My Pepperoni Pizza Quesadilla recipe is a tasty twist on pizza but done in minutes! Pepperoni, cheese and other toppings make this a family friendly snack or lunch idea!
Quesadillas have been a staple around our house for as long as I can remember. They’re so easy to make and my kids love them!
I originally developed this Pepperoni Pizza Quesadilla recipe several years ago when I worked on a project with several other bloggers and a cookbook author. The idea was to take a recipe in the cookbook and make a change so that it would be a new recipe.
And since my kids love quesadillas and pizza, this seemed like a natural mash up recipe to me! They’re like a tortilla pepperoni pizza with a top and a bottom.
A tasty twist on a traditional quesadillas recipe that combines the favorite flavors of pizza, they are perfect for a snack or light dinner. Pair it with a salad and you’ve got a simple, healthy meal for your family!
What Ingredients Are Needed to Make These Quesadillas?
Best Ingredients for Pizza Quesadillas
I like to use ingredients that can save me time, money and when possible, are a little better for us health-wise. I usually try to buy store brand ingredients when possible as that saves just a bit of money even if it’s only here and there.
I also prefer to buy a big block of mozzarella cheese as it’s generally less expensive than the pre-shredded type. I will use my food processor with the shredding attachment and the whole block is shredded in no time!
Then I’ll spread it out my large baking sheet, flash freeze (until frozen), then store in a labeled ziptop bag in the freezer. Saves money too!
If you never heard of or used the pizza herb blend, you can find it in the spices aisle of your grocery store. It’s super versatile and we like it in my Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Salad or even just sprinkled on popcorn for something a little different!
How To Make Quesadillas Quickly!
If you haven’t gotten the idea already, these quesadillas are so simple to make!
My kids are teenagers now, but quesadillas were one of the first meals they learned how to make on their own. Sometimes we will build the quesadilla right in the pan but you can also prep them on a cutting board so that all you need to do is move them over to the pan.
I also like to sauté the vegetables I am using to make them a little softer. Since they are cooking inside two tortillas, they will usually be a little crisper than if you sauté first. Depending on who wants what, I will sometimes sauté everything all together. Otherwise I will cook them separately.
To assemble the pizza quesadilla, first, lay out one tortilla then sprinkle on a bit of the cheese. Sprinkle on a little bit of the pizza seasoning.
From there, everyone can add what they like. My son likes them simple with just pepperoni and cheese. I like them fully loaded with all the vegetables too. My daughter will mix it up and do things differently depending on her mood and my husband will often go off on his own and add another ingredient like black olives!
To cook them, start by melting a little bit of the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. If you’ve assembled them already move the bottom tortilla layered with your ingredients. Cook on medium high heat. As the cheese begins to melt, add the top tortilla.
I usually use a spatula to “smoosh” the top and bottom tortillas together so that all the ingredients melt into each other and the quesadilla stays together.
Check the bottom of the quesadilla semi-frequently to avoid burning. Once it has a gold color, use your spatula to flip it over. You only need to cook it on the second side for a couple of minutes because the melting of all the ingredients has already been done. Basically, you’re just getting that crispy, golden color on both sides at this point.
When I was talking to my sister about recipes using pepperoni and mentioned this pepperoni pizza quesadilla recipe, she asked “where’s the sauce?” That’s the thing! The sauce is just used for dipping. You don’t actually add it to the quesadilla. You can also use something like my Slowcooker Homemade Spaghetti Sauce.
I think that the pizza flavors really pop this way! Maybe because they’re not overpowered by a bunch of sauce.
Make Ahead Tips For Easy Prep
I’ve never actually made these fully ahead of time but I will have to try that soon!
In the meantime, I can say that prepping some of the ingredients in advance will help you save time and possibly money too.
Chopping the vegetables you plan to use ahead of time will save money. Sometimes I even use the frozen onions or bell peppers from the grocery store to save even more time. I’ll often take it one step further and sauté the vegetables then store in the refrigerator until I’m ready to assemble my pepperoni quesadilla.
The same thing can be done to make the dipping sauce. Just assemble and store in the refrigerator until serving time.
HOW TO SHRED AND FREEZE MOZZARELLA CHEESE
As I mentioned earlier, I usually buy mozzarella cheese in the big blocks vs. already shredded. Not only does this save me money per ounce it also means there is no anti-caking ingredient in the cheese.
To do so, I cut it into smaller chunks then use my food processor shredding attachment to shred it all up. It literally only takes minutes! This is the food processor I have and I love it!
Then I spread the shredded cheese on a lined baking sheet. I use silicone baking mats like these but you can also use wax paper or even foil. Lining the pan makes it less likely for the cheese to stick to the pan.
Once the cheese is frozen, I will scoop it all up and store in a freezer safe bag or other container. Don’t’ forget to date and label your cheese! I love these reusable freezer-safe labels for my containers!
I almost always have a stash of shredded mozzarella cheese in my freezer ready for all kinds of recipes.
Try These Other Pizza or Quesadilla Recipes
If you’re a fan of quesadillas like we are, be sure to check out my recipes for Grilled Mango Poblano Pepper Quesadillas and Simple Mediterranean Quesadillas too! We love experimenting with new flavor combinations.
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Pepperoni Pizza Quesadilla
- 8 flour tortillas 8-inch size, may substitute whole wheat flour tortillas
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1 teaspoon pizza seasoning or substitute ½ tsp oregano, ¼ tsp. basil and ¼ tsp garlic salt
- 1 cup pepperoni sliced
- 1/2 cup onions diced
- 1/2 cup green bell peppers diced
- 1/2 cup mushrooms diced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 8 ounces tomato sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon pizza seasoning
- Heat non-stick skillet to medium-high heat.
- Place tortilla in skillet and layer cheese, pizza seasoning and toppings on one tortilla.
- Top with another tortilla and heat until crispy, about 3-4 minutes.
- Press down top tortilla into melted ingredients so it will stick together then flip over and grill another 3-4 minutes.
- Let the quesadillas sit for a minute before you slice each into six wedges and serve them with pizza sauce.
For Pizza Dipping Sauce
- In small bowl, combine tomato sauce with ½ tsp. of pizza seasoning.
- You may also use prepared pizza sauce purchased at the grocery store.
This post originally appeared here in June 2013. It was updated January 2017 with new photos and again in January 2020 with additional photos and content to make it more user friendly!