Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quesadillas

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You must be here because you love quesadillas as much as I do! I’m glad you stopped by! These Breakfast Quesadilla’s are what my kids get for breakfast as they are heading out the door on extra busy mornings. I love how quickly I can make them and the boys love how customize-able they are! You are quickly going to fall in love!

Breakfast Quesadillas! Deviled eggs and ham make these look perfect for using up Easter leftovers! Little Dairy on the Prairie

My grass is starting to get green, tulips are trying to poke through the ground and my trees are getting ready to bud! That means Easter is right around the corner. I’m guessing we are all getting ready to dye Easter eggs and cook up the perfect ham! If you are like me you will probably make way more ham and eggs than you will need, just to make sure you don’t run out. Aren’t we all afraid of running out of food when we entertain?

Yum! I'm always looking for a fast breakfast because who has extra time in the morning You could add anything else you wanted to these breakfast quesadilla's! Little Dairy on the Prairie

I created these Ham and Egg Breakfast Quesadillas which turns out to be a scrumptious way to use of some of that leftover Easter dinner. Quesadillas are one of my favorite things in the world. They are sneaky little places to add veggies and leftovers. You know why it works so well? The whole thing is layered with lots of cheese inside two crispy, buttery tortillas. Pretty much can’t go wrong with that.

If you have ever read my blog before you know I like to prep as many of the next day’s breakfast ingredients the day before. I diced my ham and eggs and grated my cheese before I went to bed. The next morning all I had to do was assemble and brown the quesadillas. (Anybody else feel frantically overwhelmed every morning?)


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Amy Engberson About Amy Engberson

I live on a dairy with my husband and three boys. Although we are in the business of raising cattle, we really are in the business of raising boys. I am passionate about catching up with each other at meal times. My love language is food. And I hope that my men feel the love in every bite.


  1. Elaine Duckett says:

    Leftovers never looked so good. Being prepared the night before does make the morning goes so much smoother, and it sure beats having to eat a bowl of cold cereal for breakfast.

    • My boys rarely “get” cold cereal for breakfast. When they do, they rant and rave like I’m the best mom on Earth. Every mom needs a few easy pleasing meals, like cold cereal, in the pantry!

    • Debra Bootier says:

      I use a divided omelet pan (top and bottom with a hinge), Cut the tortillas in half if you wish. I just fold and make a “breakfast calzone” using tortillas! You can make scrambled eggs, if you prefer, warmed in the microwave from the night before,,,then add ingredients as wanted.

  2. How about doing it on one of those sandwich toasters. That way you do both sides at the same time.

    • I’m sure that would work great Amanda. Unfortunately, I don’t have a sandwich toaster in my enormous collection of kitchen appliances! Good luck with it!

      • catrina says:

        I just put mine on the grates in the oven and turn it on boil done in 3 min (healthier to no butter )

        • Catrina, I love eating healthy foods but, I’m also a dairy farmer so I have no problem eating lots of butter 🙂 Your method would be fun to try though!

          • I have a panini maker but get lazy. So I fill my tortillas, fold them in half like a taco and set in a hot skillet. Once everything starts to melt, a large spatula will flip it over to brown the other side. To prevent spillage, I make TWO quesadillas.

          • I’ve done this before too and it works great. If I wouldn’t overfill them I don’t think I would have a problem at all!

        • David Dampier says:

          I’m not sure just how that would work. It seems to me the filling would all fall out between the grates. The Martha Stewart trick seems easier to me. Although if you allow the cheese to melt adequately between the tortillas without burning the undersides there should not be any fallout out when it is being flipped The other possibility is that there is far too much filing for the tortillas. Cut back on your fillings and it would won’t be necessary to scrape up bit and pieces that have fallen out.
          Again, make sure the cheese is adequately melted to fuse both skies together and you won’t have any problems.

          • It’s true David, if I can contain myself and not add too many fillings to my quesadilla it works just fine. Of course I always use lots of cheese to “glue” the quesadilla together. I just get too carried away with my fillings. Oh well, I never minded snacking on the pieces that fell out anyway!

  3. I learned this trick a few years ago from Martha Stewart: when one side of the quesadilla is cooked, invert a plate on top of the quesadilla, lift skillet and turn it over (quesadilla is now on the plate), then slide the quesadilla back into the skillet and cook until 2nd side is browned.

    • Jeanine that is genius! Thanks for sharing a tip that is going to make my life so much easier!

      • I put all of the stuffing on 1/2 of the tortilla, let it get a bit melted and fold the other half on top. When it gets brown on that side, I just flip it toward the fold and brown the other side. I get the same yield but I end up with 2 semi-circle tortillas instead of 1 round one. Also, I use cooking spray instead of butter when I’m trying to cut down on the fat.

        • I have used the half quesadilla method before too! If I don’t stuff my quesadilla with too much yummy fillings I don’t end up with a mess. But, who could resist all the yummy fillings? Cooking spray is always an easy option, but since I live on a dairy farm I have to say real butter is still the best!!:)

          • I make sure I start and end with cheese and use a lid to cover so while the bottom is browning the heat is causing the top layer of cheese to melt to create a “glue” so flipping is alittle easier.

          • Agreed! Every quesadilla must begin and end with cheese. Using a top lid is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

        • That is how I do it too. Easy and no mess because the cheese does melt and keep it all together. I also use Pam instead of butter.

  4. Debbie Bryant says:

    can you make these ahead and freeze them?

    • Debbie, I have never tried making these ahead of time and freezing them. I’m a huge fan of anything that can be made ahead so let me know how it goes if you try it!

  5. I like the plate flip idea … But I made them by heating, filling and folding, so the flipping part is easy lol and the filling stays in and its perfect size for kids lol 🙂

    • That’s a great idea Berta! If I’m only making a quesadilla for one I make a half and fold it over too!

      • Melody avena says:

        I am working as a maid.everyday I try to make something new for my employer. Making breakfast is very hard for me.it makes my day full of stress.thinking what would be their breakfast for their everyday living.but when I see this menu really it makes me feel good bcoz they like it.thank you.thank you


  7. Margaret says:

    Hi, first time visitor here, I found this recipe on Pinterest. Had to tell you how much we loved it. I neglected to get a photo before we devoured these. To keep the stuffing from falling out I did one tortilla per person and folded it. I thought it gave one less side for things to escape from, and it worked perfectly. Breakfast is always a challenge for my diabetic spouse so I used carb steady tortillas, and making the hard boiled eggs in a batch was the best part. I really love this, and so did my DH

  8. Stephanie says:

    When I make regular quesadillas, I always use my griddle (about 350). The large tortillas fit great and I use one tortilla, put all my ingredients on one side (chesse all over) then just fold it over and it’s so much easier to flip back and forth to brown each side.

  9. These we’re delicious and great for breakfast! I was able to flip my quesadilla on the first try too, without spilling, with a good ol’ spatula!

  10. I use one of those green ceramic flippable fry-pans. It works great, no spillage. They are under $10.00 on Amazon.com. I use it for this recipe and for making omelets. Where the pan is non-stick I use about half the amount of butter, just enough to give it that yummy butter flavor.

    • Sounds like that works perfect for you! I’m so glad to hear you are still using butter! Nonstick baking spray just doesn’t taste the same! (That’s coming from dairy farmer! Haha)

  11. Hmmmm, I wonder what hollandaise sauce would taste like drizzled over top,breakfast quesadilla Benedict

  12. First time visitor. I just couldn’t resist sharing the idea I found that works amazing. You can put the quesadilla in a waffle maker and it will cook it the same way. This way you don’t have to flip or make a smaller quesadilla! We have learned that there are many uses for the waffle maker outside of making waffles. We will be trying these quesadillas this morning.

  13. Christina says:

    Definitely gonna make these. We love bk burritos so this will be a hit. This for sharing. A tip to not lose ingredients. I use a plate. I put a plate over top upside down(one hand holding it) Take the quesadilla up and flip the plate.. Take spatula and take the quesadilla off the plate and put back in the pan. (the quesadilla should be reversed. I don’t lose any ingredients anymore.

  14. Gonna make some of these for my adult, single son. Then I’ll zip lock bag them and freeze. Hopefully after nuking he will still have a great lunch or snack. Thanks much Amy.

  15. Julie Fogle says:

    I love this tip for flipping quesadillas…it’s so easy, I wish I had known about it sooner! 🙂

  16. Raven Starsja says:

    I tried these this morning for my kids. Success!! Thank you so much for the great idea. BTW, so all the ingredients didn’t spill out while flipping, I just put the whole thing in the waffle iron and no flipping required!

  17. to flip…. place a plate on top and flip the entire pan and plate, then slide back into the pan.

  18. I made the breakfast quesadillas this morning and they were very good and tasty. Following the recipe I was unsure if the tortillas to use were small ones or large ones plus the T of butter, was it a tsp. or tbs? I also filled half the tortillas with the ingredients and folded them in half and put them in the pan, easier to flip. Will definitely make them again.

    • Christine, this is a super easy recipe to adjust to your liking. That’s one of my favorite things about it. If you have large tortillas you can use more fillings, if your tortillas are smaller you will obviously use less fillings. Folding them over is a great option, especially if you only want to make a half of a quesadilla. I do use about a Tablespoon of butter, if I’m feeling skinny! I’m a dairy farmers wife and so we eat lots of butter!!

  19. can you just use a quesadilla maker too if u have one. It works great for breakfast lunch pizza and other recipies besides just regual dinner quesadillas

  20. Looks good! Use a waffle iron for these.


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