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Chipotle Quesadilla Copycat Recipe

Chipotle Quesadilla Recipe

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Author: Dr. Leah Alexander
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 381kcal


  • 2 large pan
  •  Stirrer


  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 large red onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • cup of minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • pounds of vine-ripened tomatoes diced
  • ½ cup of chopped cilantro
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • cups of cooked shredded chicken
  • 4 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3 scallions thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup
  • 6 large tortilla bread
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • Sour cream for serving (optional)
  • Lime wedges for serving (optional)


Step 1: Prepare The Chipotle Chicken Mixture

  • Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and add 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Once the oil is heated, add the chopped red onion to the pan.
  • Sauté the onion until it becomes soft and translucent, which usually takes about 5 minutes.
  • Next, add 4 minced garlic cloves to the pan and cook for an additional 1 minute, stirring continuously.
  • Stir in ⅓ cup of minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce along with the diced vine-ripened tomatoes.
  • Cook the mixture until most of the liquid from the tomatoes has evaporated and the mixture has thickened. Stir often during this process, which typically takes approximately 20 minutes.
  • Once the mixture has thickened, add 3 thinly sliced scallions, 2 tablespoons of honey or maple syrup, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of pepper, and ½ cup of chopped cilantro to the pan.
  • Finally, add 2½ cups of cooked shredded chicken to the pan and mix well to combine all the ingredients. Keep the mixture warm while you prepare the quesadillas.

Step 2: Heat The Tortillas And Assemble The Quesadillas

  • Heat a separate sauté pan over medium heat and lightly spray it with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Place a large tortilla in the pan and heat it until it’s hot to the touch but not yet crispy.
  • Flip the tortilla over and sprinkle ⅔ cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese evenly over the top, ensuring the cheese stays on the tortilla and not on the pan.
  • Spoon a generous ½ cup of the prepared chipotle chicken mixture over half of the tortilla.
  • Once the cheese begins to melt, fold the tortilla over the filling to create a half-moon shape.
  • Cook the quesadilla until the tortilla becomes crisp and golden brown, and the cheese is fully melted, adjusting the heat as needed. This usually takes a few minutes per side.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining tortillas and chipotle chicken mixture.

Step 3: Serve The Chipotle Quesadillas

  • Allow the quesadillas to rest for a few minutes to allow the filling to set.
  • Cut the quesadillas into wedges.
  • Serve the quesadillas hot, accompanied by optional sides such as sour cream and lime wedges for added flavor.
  • Enjoy your delicious and flavorful chipotle quesadillas!


  • Each ingredient in this recipe plays a crucial role in elevating the flavors and textures of the Chipotle Quesadilla. 
  • The red onions and garlic provide a savory base, while the chipotle peppers infuse a smoky heat that lingers on the palate. 
  • The combination of tomatoes, scallions, and cilantro adds freshness and brightness to the dish, balancing out the bold flavors of the chicken and cheese. 
  • Don’t underestimate the power of honey or maple syrup – their subtle sweetness ties everything together in a harmonious union of flavors.
Keyword: Chipotle Quesadilla Recipe