Jalapeno Popper Quesadilla

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 5-6 minutes
Total time: about 30 minutes
Servings: 8-12
Cuisine: American, Tex Mex
Recipe Info

Jalapeno Popper Quesadillas is an appetizer made with flour tortillas filled with a cheesy mixture, bacon, and jalapeno peppers for a little kick in every bite.

2 large flour tortillas, burrito size
4 strips bacon
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
4 ounces (½ block) cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
½ cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
salt and pepper to taste

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add bacon and cook until almost crispy. While the bacon is cooking, mix together the cream cheese, shredded cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside. In the final 2-3 minutes of cooking the bacon, add the chopped jalapenos to the skillet to cook with the bacon. When done, remove the skillet from the heat and place the bacon on a paper towel to drain. Add the jalapenos to the cream cheese mixture. When the bacon has cooled enough to touch, roughly chop it into pieces. Add the bacon to the cream cheese mixture. To the same skillet over medium heat (do not wipe out the skillet), place a tortilla. Add half of the cream cheese filling (about ½ cup) to the tortilla. You may need a spatula to help spread out the mixture. Fold the tortilla in half and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until slightly browned. Repeat with the second tortilla and filling. Cut and serve immediately.

Can I Make these Quesadillas in an Air Fryer?
Yes! To make the jalapeno popper quesadillas in an air fryer, follow the first part of the instructions. Then, spread the cream cheese mixture over one side of the tortilla. Fold it in half and spray the quesadilla with cooking spray or lightly brush with oil. (You may want to heat up the tortilla for a few seconds before filling and folding to prevent cracking.) Place the quesadilla in the basket of your air fryer and cook for about 8 minutes at 200°C/400°F.

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