Quesadillas Recipe

A favorite five-minute quesadilla - corn tortilla, egg, a bit of cheese, fresh herbs, and a dollop lemon-zested Greek yogurt or creme fraiche. The egg helps make it more substantial and extra good.


This is what I've been making for lunch lately. My five-minute lunch. Literally. It's also a great, quick dinner. I thought it would make sense to share it, in part, because it's ridiculous how often I make it. Or some slight riff on it. It's a quesadilla - sort of. I don't really like all-cheese, white tortilla quesadillas, so this is my take. Corn tortilla - unda style, a bit of cheese, fresh herbs, and a dollop lemon-zested greek yogurt or creme fraiche. The egg helps make it more substantial and extra good.

Quesadilla Recipe

It's occurring to me that you might not know what unda-style means. I didn't until a couple years back. But there's a kati roll place nearby that makes kati rolls "unda-style" - which means, for an extra dollar, they throw a beaten egg down on the grill and top it with buttery-flaky roti bread. It sets, they fill and roll it. We joke around the house that I make everything unda-style now - crepes, quesadillas, anything flat and round.

Quesadilla Recipe

The best part about this style of quesadilla is that you can skip the cheese-fest. A little cheese? Great. But I'm guessing a number of you will agree with me - lots of quesadillas are just overkill in that regard. Instead, I try to work in a bit of creaminess through something like the yogurt. Or a smear of avocado. I made another version last week with a handful of smashed beans, avocado, a bit of grated cheddar, and roasted tomato salsa. But I like this version in particular, the crunchy, toasty capers and cream are nice, and a tad bit unexpected.

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This recipe makes a single quesadilla, feel free to scale it depending on how many you'd like to make.

zest of one small lemon
a generous dollop of creme fraiche, sour cream or Greek yogurt
fine grain sea salt

2 heaping tablespoons capers
small splash of olive oil

1 small egg
1 corn tortilla, room temperature
a bit of freshly shaved Parmesan
chopped fresh chives or marjoram

Whisk the lemon zest, yogurt, and a pinch of salt together in a small bowl. Set aside.

Now, take the capers, rinse them, pat them dry with a paper towel, and pan fry them over medium-high heat in a small splash of oil until browned and crinkly. Remove from pan and set aside. The should get a bit crunchy as they cool.

Beat the egg and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Beat the egg really well, so it's uniform in color.

In your smallest skillet, over medium heat, add a tiny splash of oil. Let it heat, then add the egg to the pan let it set for just 10-15 seconds. Place the corn tortilla on top of the egg, the top of the egg should still be a bit runny, so it should attach itself to the tortilla as it sets. When you feel like the egg has set enough not to run, flip everything. Sprinkle with Parmesan, and some of the fresh herbs if you like. Cook until the cheese is melted and the tortilla is nicely browned.

Fold the tortilla in half, top with the yogurt, the capers and more herbs.

Serves 1.

Prep time: 2 minutes - Cook time: 3 minutes

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I put chevre goat cheese instead of parmesan and it is so creamy and good! I think I'm going to try it with scallions instead of chives...


I just made these quesadillas today for a group of friends (along with your Green Soup with Ginger) and we are IN LOVE! What a genius idea with the egg -- and the lemon sour cream is so good I could (and did?) it eat with a spoon. This will be a regular recipe for us for sure!!


Yummy yum yum, yum yum... I made this for breakfast and it was super quick, easy, and tasty. Thank you so much for posting this and all your recipes. I think I'll make the Oat Soda Bread next. Thanks again.


2002-2003 was one of the best years of my life. The whole family traveled to Mexico to visit my sister. And of course, there's always Quesadilla! Thank you for posting your recipe. Brings back such beautiful memories!


I make similar ones with 'Rotis'...the Indian equivalent of a tortilla, made with wheat flour. I break the egg in a small bowl, fork-beat it with a pinch of garlic salt and chilli powder and put it in the pan. When the egg starts cooking I add few chopped onions, tomatoes (very few or it can get watery), diced green chillies and cilantro before sticking the roti on top. When done, I smear a bit of yogurt and roll it up. Perfect breakfast/brunch/snack. If you are adding any fillings, variations can be endless...and can make it dinner.


Hey! Can anyone recommend a corn tortilla brand that doesn't have any impossible-to-pronounce ingredients? I'm in NYC, and turned over every tortilla pack at the grocery store yesterday, trying to find one that didn't contain preservatives, acids, etc. I'm now addicted to these unda-style quesadillas- so I'd really appreciate your help!

Charlotte au Chocolat

Just wanted to say that I made this for the first time four days ago, and have proceeded to make it for lunch for the past three days, as well as dinner on the first night! just awesome. thank you.

Charlotte au Chocolat

This is straight up GENIUS! So quick and so good. I used cheddar cheese, and added a little guajillo chile hot sauce. Amazing. And I love some of the other ideas posted here in the comments -- adding avocado slices sounds like heaven!


This is awesome - everything about it! It's endlessly versatile, super quick and easy, and delicious. Thank you for sharing this one. It's great with a sprouted corn tortilla. Heidi, I love your blog and your recipes always turn out so well and tasty, but I do have a suggestion. I notice that when you provide a link to a cookbook you are referencing, it always goes to Amazon. In the spirit of supporting independent bookstores and regional local economies, I recommend IndieBound as way to link to the books you showcase. Just a thought! Again, thanks for the food inspiration.

Saro Calewarts

just made this for lunch! loved it! easy and delicious :) I'll definitely be making this often. thank you!

Charlotte Au Chocolat

This was delicious, easy and super satisfying. I used roti for the wrap. Definitely a new favorite in my house.


This was SUCH a great idea, and we use it as a basis for a variety of fillings on top of the eggs for breakfast or lunch....just had it a again yesterday with peppers, onions, a bit of chopped ham, and a bit of pepper jack, using a salsa tortilla. Yum....no matter how I fix it, it's delicious. Thanks for a great idea!

D Annie

have been craving this since I saw the post 6 weeks ago. finally got some tortillas and had this for breakfast this morning (didn't get too creative as I had your suggested combination of ingredients in the house). SO GOOD! And such an easy GF breakfast idea for me. thank you!


This has served as a great brunch for me several times since I first saw the recipe. Although I like capers, I had some other ingredients I needed to use up and so I once substituted the capers for oven roasted yellow cherry tomatoes, and once for left-over serrano-cilantro sauce from your frittata recipe. Both were delicious. I have also been experimenting with different cheeses...gruyere was great


what a simple, creative twist for quesadillas! i'll be trying these soon, maybe with some green onions or mushrooms too, delish! thanks for sharing :)

jess @veggiepotluck

I had to pop back in and tell you that I made tehse for a super fast lunch yesterday an dthey were fantastic! I added a bit of spinach, which was nice, but I am now hooked on unda-style! I love love the egg here!


Great Post! Yes, I really love traditional corn tortillas the best in a quesadilla. :)

Quesadilla Maker

I've not too long ago started a blog, the information you provide on this web site has helped me tremendously. Thanks for your entire time & work.

Alfreda Cohn

I just made one of these with an egg w/ 1/4 of the yolk (I'm a yolk-hater). I flipped it, topped with some cotija cheese, avocado and a bit of salt and pepper. I'm shocked by how tasty this is/was! I would have never thought to "unda-style" a quesadilla and I can affirmatively say I will be making these QUITE frequently.


I've been making these regularly since reading this recipe. Sooooo good! I also put a little butter on the tortilla, to give it some delicious buttery flavor. My favorite part is to pile on spinach on top of the egg, before the tortilla. It gives me protein and greens all in one quick meal. Seriously, love this!


I have been making these at least once a day since you posted them! I love them, they work great with any fillings, laying around. I usually just sprinkle some Parmesan cheese and some sliced green onion.


I can not tell you enough how much I LOVE your site. My aunt sent me a link to it around Thanksgiving, and since then I have been addicted! You have made me into a better vegetarian, eating healthy more complete meals. This recipe is no different and I would have never thought to make a quesadilla like this. It was so easy and delicious. Thank you Heidi!!!!!

Kelly K

This was so satisfying to eat. In my enthusiasm to try this recipe, I unintentially mixed the sour cream, lemon zest and fresh oregano in with the egg. The result was wonderful. Thank you for the inspiration!


This is the variation I've been using: Use olive oil in the pan. Lay down the egg, pop in the corn tortilla, then add a sliver of butter on top of the tortilla. When the butter is melted, it's time to flip - butter ends up on the bottom adding amazing flavor and color. Inside: grated parmesan cheese On top: salsa from finely chopped chives and tomatoes, drizzle with lemon juice before plopping on top of the quesadilla, cracked pepper on top with a little more parmesan. Another alternative is to replace tomatoes and lemon with avocado and lime... or even all four flavors... like a deconstructed guacamole.


hi Heidi! these rock my world. thank you for this. this method also works awesomely on large flat pasta sheets, or crepes! pass the Parm. fried capers for the win!


This is amazing! It's so much fun to think up new twists on easy dishes like quesadillas, grilled cheese, and omelets. Love the thought of cooking eggs into the tortilla!


This look delicious and very easy to follow. I never knew before how to make it. Thank you


This method of cooking the egg with the tortilla on top is ingenious. Thanks for sharing-- it's a truly new technique to me!


Long time lurker surfacing to say this made an outstanding dinner tonight! Made it pretty much as written, and added in a little fresh basil as I had some leftover from another dish. A new go-to dish added to the repertoire! And your new book was on my doorstep when I got home from work, too! Excellent antidote to a Monday!


This takes quesadillas to a whole new level! And fried capers- never would have thought of that! It really changes the flavor, mellows it out a bit. Wonderful recipe. I am waiting for your new book to arrive on my doorstep. Any day now! Bought 2 extras for gifts. As a registered dietitian, I love your creative use of unique whole grains. Thanks for keeping my inspired to use the variety of grains that I have in my pantry in new ways. On a side note- the grocers that you list in your new book in the back- are most of them local to SF? Like the places that you buy olive oil, wheatberries, and brown rice?


Made this, sort of, but accommodating my lack of a lemon. And used flour tortilla. It really was good. Alas, I must be a slo-mo cook (kook?) as it was for me an 11-minute recipe.


Heidi, Always a huge thanks. I can't tell you how many times your recipes save the day - what will I make for dinner? This one was not only quick but a huge success. Success defined by an 11 year old boy - cleaning his plate. Mom -1, Finicky Kid -0.


Heidi, Always a huge thanks. I can't tell you how many times your recipes save the day - what will I make for dinner? This one was not only quick but a huge success. Success defined by an 11 year old boy - cleaning his plate. Mom -1, Finicky Kid -0.


Heidi, Always a huge thanks. I can't tell you how many times your recipes save the day - what will I make for dinner? This one was not only quick but a huge success. Success defined by an 11 year old boy - cleaning his plate. Mom -1, Finicky Kid -0.


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