Cooking up quesadillas has never been this easy! My air fryer quesadilla recipe is bursting with two types of yummy cheeses, and they come together in under 15 minutes! Plus, clean-up is an absolute breeze!
Mexican-inspired meals are always a hit in my house! My family just can’t get enough of dishes like these Mexican air fryer sweet potatoes, chicken fajita wraps, leftover steak fajitas, and my famous carne asada quesadilla.
While I love this steak- and veggie-filled quesadilla option, I wanted to share something a bit more classic — and easy to prepare thanks to my favorite kitchen appliance!
All you’ll need to create my air fryer quesadilla is four simple ingredients and, of course, an air fryer. Serve it up as an afternoon snack or a light lunch, or you can pair it with some other yummy Mexican dishes for dinner. I’ll also share some other filling ideas so that you can make this recipe your own!
Here’s what I’m going to teach you in this post:
- The simple ingredients you’ll need to prepare my air fryer cheese quesadilla recipe (Hint: You only need four!)
- Tips on how to get crispy air fryer quesadillas
- Some filling ideas to help you get creative in the kitchen, and ways to turn this recipe into a full meal!
Whether you want to whip up my air fryer cheese quesadilla for yourself or for your whole family, I’m sharing everything you need to know about making them yourself. Read on!
I made this recipe using the 5.8 QT Cosori Air Fryer. Its square basket makes it the perfect size for our family of 4.
How to Make Air Fryer Quesadilla
A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.
STEP ONE: Place one tortilla on a flat surface such as a countertop or cutting board. Sprinkle ½ a cup of cheese on half of the tortilla, then add the cumin and pepper. Fold the empty half of the tortilla so that it covers the side with the cheese. Repeat the same process with each tortilla.
STEP TWO: Be sure not to overcrowd your air fryer basket! Place the tortillas inside and spray lightly with cooking spray. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes at 350 degrees F.
Flip at around 3 minutes and press the top of each quesadilla with a spatula. You’ll know they’re finished once they’re golden brown and crispy.
STEP THREE: Take the air fryer quesadillas out of the basket and cut them into thirds. Serve with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream!
Tips for Getting a Crispy Quesadilla in the Air Fryer
- Make sure to spray your air fryer quesadillas with cooking spray before you get started.
- Don’t overcrowd your air fryer basket! Cook your quesadillas in batches instead.
- Pay close attention to the cooking time. If you find that your quesadillas aren’t crispy and golden brown, let them cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute longer.
Other Filling Ideas for Air Fryer Quesadilla
- Chicken and cheese
- Steak and cheese
- Ground beef and cheese
- Veggie quesadilla with black beans, peppers, tomatoes, corn, and cheese
- Feta, spinach, and olives
- Bacon, egg, and cheese for breakfast air fryer quesadillas!
What is the Best Cheese For Quesadillas?
You want to use a cheese that melts easily. I recommend that you use a Mexican cheese blend for this air fryer cheese quesadilla recipe. You can also use Monterey Jack, mozzarella, or Oaxaca cheese. Choose your preference!
How Do I Keep the Top Tortilla From Moving When Air Frying?
As you make your cheese quesadilla in the air fryer, you may notice the top tortilla unfolding. This is because your air fryer uses air circulation to cook your food. This hot air can sometimes cause a bit of movement.
You can place an air fryer rack on top to prevent this from happening. You can also use toothpicks! Remove the rack or toothpicks once the cheese has melted enough to keep the tortilla from moving.
Can I Use a Full Tortilla in the Air Fryer Instead?
Yes! My Cosori Air Fryer allows a full 8-inch tortilla to lay in the air fryer. Just double the filling amount and place the other tortilla on top!
If doing this, you must use an air fryer rack or toothpicks until the cheese melts or the top tortilla will fly up into the heating element and burn. I know this from experience.
How to Reheat a Quesadilla in the Air Fryer
You can definitely reheat your cheese quesadilla in the air fryer! Simply set your air fryer to 350 degrees F and place your cheese quesadillas inside. It should only take between 2 to 3 minutes to reheat.
How to Cook a Frozen Quesadilla in the Air Fryer
If you made a big batch of air fryer quesadillas and decided to freeze them, you can use your air fryer to cook them when you’re ready to eat.
Set your air fryer to 370 degrees F — it needs to be a bit higher for frozen — and place your quesadillas inside the basket. Cook for 3 to 6 minutes, or until fully heated through.
Other Air Fryer Recipes You’ll Love:
- Air Fryer Skirt Steak (Carne Asada)
- Thick Pork Chops in the Air Fryer (Chili Lime Flavor)
- Air Fryer Frozen Taquitos
- 2 large flour tortillas
- 1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese
- ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
- Pinch black pepper
- Spray the basket of an air fryer with cooking spray.
- Place one tortilla on a flat surface. Spread ½ cup of cheese on half of the tortilla in an even layer, sprinkle with cumin and pepper, then fold the empty half of the tortilla over the cheese. Repeat with the remaining tortilla.
- Place the tortillas in the air fryer basket, spray lightly with cooking spray, and cook for 5 to 6 minutes at 350 degrees F. After 3 minutes of cooking, flip and press the top of each quesadilla down with a spatula, until they are golden and crispy.
- Remove the quesadillas, cut in thirds, and serve with your favorite toppings.
How to Reheat a Quesadilla in the Air Fryer
- Set your air fryer to 350 degrees F.
- Place your cheese quesadillas inside.
- Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 361Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 424mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 18g
This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.