Healthy Breakfast Quesadilla

This Healthy Breakfast Quesadilla recipe is always gooey, cheesy and so delicious! It’s also filled with fluffy eggs, bacon, sausage, peppers, and onions. Then, put this between two crispy tortillas and you have the perfect breakfast. It’s an easy meal that’s also freezer-friendly!

Breakfast is often hailed as the most important meal of the day. And what better way to start your morning than with a delicious and hearty breakfast quesadilla?

This mouthwatering combination of crispy bacon, sausage, fluffy eggs, and gooey cheese nestled between warm tortillas is a surefire way to kick-start your day. In this article, we’ll explore the wonders of the healthy breakfast quesadilla. We’ll explore everything from its humble origins to tips on crafting the perfect one in your own kitchen.

Origins of the Quesadilla

The quesadilla, a traditional Mexican dish, has a rich history that dates back centuries. In the central and southern regions of Mexico, a quesadilla is a flat circle of cooked corn masa, called a tortilla, warmed to soften it enough to be folded in half, and then filled. Originally a simple combination of tortillas filled with cheese, the quesadilla has evolved over time. It has adapted to various regional tastes and as a result is filled with diverse ingredients.

The fusion of Mexican cuisine with American breakfast staples like bacon and eggs gave rise to something truly delicious.

Ingredients:

  • Ground Sausage
  • Crispy Bacon
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Shredded Cheese (Monterey Jack or a blend)
  • Optional toppings: diced tomatoes, sliced avocado, salsa, or sour cream

Creating the Perfect Healthy Breakfast Quesadilla

healthy breakfast quesadilla on cutting board

Cooking the Healthy Breakfast Quesadilla

Cook the Bacon: Start by cooking the bacon until it’s crispy and golden brown. This step adds a smoky and savory flavor to your quesadilla.

Scramble the Eggs: In a separate pan, scramble the eggs until they’re light and fluffy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Assemble the Quesadilla: Lay a tortilla on a flat surface and layer it with shredded cheese, scrambled eggs, and crispy bacon. Add any optional toppings you desire.

Top with Another Tortilla: Place a second tortilla on top, creating a sandwich-like structure.

Cook on a Griddle or Pan: Cook the quesadilla on a griddle or pan over medium heat until the cheese melts, and the tortillas become golden and slightly crispy. Flip it halfway through to ensure even cooking.

Slice and Serve: Once cooked to perfection, transfer the quesadilla to a cutting board and slice it into wedges. Serve hot with your favorite condiments.

Traditional Ingredients

A classic Mexican quesadilla consists of a few simple yet delicious ingredients. The tortilla, the cheese and the filling. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Tortillas: Quesadillas use corn tortillas, as well as flour tortillas. The tortillas should be thin and slightly crispy.

Cheese: As the name suggests, cheese is the star of the show. Oaxaca cheese, queso fresco, and Chihuahua cheese are popular choices. But Mozzarella and Mexican blends are also just as good. The cheese melts to perfection, thus, creating a gooey and savory filling.

Proteins and Fillings: While cheese is the primary filling, you can find a variety of proteins and other fillings in quesadillas.

Cooking Techniques

Quesadillas can be cooked in various ways, but the two most common methods are:

Comal or Griddle: The traditional method involves placing the tortilla on a comal, a flat, round griddle, and adding the cheese and other fillings on one half. Once the cheese melts and the tortilla turns slightly crispy, it’s folded over, creating the iconic half-moon shape.

Using two tortillas for one quesadilla: This method involves placing the entire tortilla on the comal or griddle and covering the tortilla with cheese. As the cheese is melting, add meats or filling of choice. Flip the quesadilla to the opposite side, so that your quesadilla browns evenly on both sides.

Another option is frying: In some regions, quesadillas are deep-fried until they achieve a golden brown, crispy exterior. This method results in a crunchy delight, quite distinct from the griddled version.

Variations and Customizations

The beauty of the healthy breakfast quesadilla lies in its versatility. Feel free to experiment with various cheeses. But don’t be afraid to also add sautéed vegetables or different salsas for an extra kick. For a healthier twist, consider using whole wheat tortillas. Spinach and mushrooms can also be added to the mix.

Grilled or Roasted Chicken, carne asada, and Beans are some traditional options. Since quesadillas can be stuffed with what YOU like to eat, only you can decide how long this list should be.

Salsas and Toppings for Healthy Breakfast Quesadilla

No quesadilla is complete without the perfect salsa or topping. You’ll often find a variety of choices, from tangy (green salsa) to spicy (red salsa), along with toppings like crema (Mexican sour cream), avocado, and pickled red onions.

Some even prefer to use no additions at all! There’s really no way to ruin this recipe. It really does not get any easier than this.

Conclusion

The Healthy Breakfast Quesadilla combines the best of Mexican and American flavors. With its crispy bacon, sausage, fluffy eggs, and melty cheese, this dish is also a satisfying and indulgent way to start your day.

Whether you enjoy it as a quick and easy breakfast at home or serve it at brunch gatherings, the quesadilla is sure to become a favorite morning treat. Try making it yourself and experience the joy of savoring this delicious combo of flavors!

Now, go treat yourself to a hot, gooey, delicious quesadilla. Your taste buds will thank you!

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healthy breakfast quesadilla on cutting board

Breakfast Quesadilla

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Breakfast Quesadillas are filled with fluffy, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage peppers, onions, and cheese, in between two crispy tortillas. It's an easy meal that's also freezer friendly!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1/4 pound ground sausage
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheese Your choice
  • 1/2 Medium Avocado chopped optional
  • 8 flour or corn tortillas

For Salsa

  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1 Serano pepper diced
  • cilantro chopped
  • Lime Wedges

Instructions
 

  • Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot.
  • Place tortilla on hot grill, add about 4 Tablespoons of cheese.
  • When cheese starts to melt add cooked sausage, bacon and eggs.
  • Flip tortila to other side, allow to evenly brown on both sides.
  • Enjoy Plain or with salsas and extras of your choice.

Salsa

  • Combine diced tomatoes, serrano pepper, onion and cilantro. Squeeze on lemon juice and add to prepared quesadilla if desired.

Notes

Serving: 1gCalories: 845kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 44gFat: 66gSaturated Fat: 30gPolyunsaturated Fat: 30gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 443mgSodium: 1571mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8g
Keyword heealthy breakfast quesadilla, quesadilla

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