Sheet pan beef quesadillas are the perfect go-to meal for busy weeknights or lazy weekends. These easy quesadillas come together in one sheet pan. The combination of flavorful ground beef with melty cheese and crispy tortillas is sure to please everyone in the family. Plus, with minimal prep time and cleanup required, you won't have to worry about spending hours in the kitchen.
Why You'll Love these Sheet Pan Beef Quesadillas
These sheet pan beef quesadillas are easy to make and packed with flavor. The beef is flavored with garlic, onions, tomatoes, fresh cilantro, taco seasoning, and chili flakes. The beef mixture is then surrounded by melted cheese and layered tortillas.
Use lean ground beef to keep the fat content lower. Adding the vegetables, such as tomatoes, onion, garlic, and cilantro as well as olive oil makes the dish healthier by adding more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Serve the quesadillas with your favorite toppings like guacamole, salsa, or sour cream. And by using one sheet pan for cooking, you will save time on clean up.
How to Make Sheet Pan Beef Quesadillas
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Peel and finely dice the onion. Peel and smash or mince the garlic cloves. Chop the fresh cilantro.
- Heat the olive oil in a pan. Cook the minced garlic and onion with a bit of the salt and seasonings. Cook until soft, golden, and fragrant.
- Add the ground beef and remaining seasonings to the pan. Cook the meat until browned, breaking up any lumps that might form.
- Add the canned tomatoes and chopped cilantro. Cook for 10 minutes on medium heat.
- Cover the sheet pan with the flour tortillas, overlapping them but also leaving enough hanging over the sides of the sheet pan to close over the quesadillas when filled.
- Add a layer of shredded cheddar cheese in the center of the tortilla "crust."
- Add a layer of the beef mixture and spread it out evenly.
- Add another layer of shredded cheddar cheese.
- Close the quesadilla by folding the flour tortillas over the filling.
- Cook in the preheated oven for 10 minutes.
- Cut into serving squares and serve with guacamole if desired.
Tips & Variations for Sheet Pan Beef Quesadillas
Follow these tips and try these variations for the best sheet pan beef quesadillas:
- Use the freshest ingredients you can find. This will ensure that your dish tastes as delicious as possible.
- Substitute ground chicken or turkey for the ground beef if desired.
- Sprinkle some cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, or smoked paprika over the beef before cooking it for added flavor.
- If you're feeling adventurous, add some jalapenos for an extra kick.
- Try adding bell peppers, mushrooms, or other vegetables to your beef mixture for more flavor, texture, and nutrition.
- Add in black beans or pinto beans for extra protein and fiber.
- Try different types of cheese, such as mozzarella, Monterey jack, pepper jack, or any combination.
- Serve the quesadillas with classic sides, such as sour cream, salsa, guacamole, avocado slices, or pico de gallo.
- For a heartier meal, serve them with refried beans or Mexican rice.
- If you're looking for something lighter to balance out the heavier flavors of your quesadillas, try serving them with a green salad topped with cilantro and lime vinaigrette.
More Mexican-Inspired Recipes
- Black Bean Quesadillas
- Authentic Mexican Ceviche
- Taco Meatloaf
- Healthy Green Chile Mexican Breakfast Casserole
Sheet Pan Beef Quesadillas FAQs
No, they don't require any special ingredients. The basics are tortillas, shredded cheese, and cooked ground beef. Then you can add diced onions, garlic, and seasonings for more flavor.
The only ingredient that contains gluten is the flour tortillas. Also check the taco seasoning to make sure yours is gluten free. You can make these beef quesadillas gluten-free by swapping out the traditional flour tortilla for a gluten-free alternative. Some brands make tortillas with rice flour, and corn tortillas are also a great substitute.
The sheet pan beef quesadillas are best eaten right after you make them. But if you have leftovers, you can store them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
This sheet pan beef quesadillas recipe is a great way to make a delicious and filling meal without spending too much time in the kitchen. And cleanup is a breeze. It's also versatile, so you can customize it with different ingredients and seasonings for a twist on the traditional recipe.Print
Sheet Pan Beef Quesadillas
Easy and super delicious sheet pan beef quesadillas. Juicy, full of flavor, and of course super cheesy!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: Main meals
- Cuisine: Mexican-American
1 pound ground beef
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup canned diced tomatoes.
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 white onion
a bunch of fresh cilantro
2 garlic cloves
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon taco seasoning
1 teaspoon chili flakes
8 flour tortillas
Peel and dice finely the onion. Peel and smash or mince the garlic cloves.
In a pan, add the olive oil and cook the garlic cloves and the onion with a bit of salt and seasonings. Cook until soft, golden, and fragrant.
Add the minced meat to the pan and add the seasonings. Cook until it gets evenly browned breaking any big lumps it might form.
Add the canned tomatoes and the fresh cilantro (chopped) and let cook for 10 minutes on medium heat.
Cover the sheet pan with the flour tortillas overlapping them but also leave enough of them to flap and close the quesadillas when filled.
Put a layer of shredded cheddar cheese, ad the cooked filling on top, and distribute it evenly.
Add another layer of shredded cheddar cheese.
Close the quesadilla folding the flour tortillas.
Cook in the oven (preheated) at 374 for 10 minutes.
Portion and serve alongside some guacamole.
This recipe can be done as well with chicken or turkey meat, also, feel free to change the cheese and use the one of your choice.
This sheet pan beef quesadillas are better eaten right after being made but if there would be any leftovers, store them in the fridge in a closed container for up to 5 days.