Cheese Quesadilla Recipe with Tomatillo Salsa Verde

I think the little kid inside me is not only alive and well, but tends to guide me through life, only allowing the grown up out occasionally. I know it takes the lead sometimes when I’m planning meals, making sure there is plenty of finger food and options that add a joyful atmosphere to each meal.

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How To Make A Cheese Quesadilla With Tomatillo Salsa Verde
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It doesn’t have to be summertime to use this recipe, but your “adult side” would approve, since it won’t heat up the house. Your child side will love the unique method of making these delectable quesadillas since you use a waffle maker.

how to make a quesadilla

I got the idea from waffle cones. We were out on a family day and one of the kids mentioned that waffle cones were the best because they were prettier and the bumps in your mouth made them far more fun to eat, just like waffles were more fun than pancakes. That made me stop and think. She was right! They were more fun.

So how could I use the waffle maker for more than just waffles? I started with grilled cheese sandwiches and worked my way through 90-second cookies, portable scrambled waffle eggs and finally tried this pork carnitas quesadilla. All of them were fun and delicious, but I had to make seconds and third helpings for everyone on the quesadilla.

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Read Here: Slow Cooker Carnitas Recipe

Not only is this recipe easy to make, it’s versatile and melts all the ingredients together perfectly. I made the recipe with the pork carnitas, which I froze earlier, but even if I didn’t have it already on hand, I’d still use it since it’s a snap if you have a slow cooker and it tastes so yummy. You can make it with other ingredients, such as spicy pork al pastor or even steak.

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I also gave it a Korean flair with gochuchang, but you can use sriracha or other hot spicy substitutes. The waffle iron makes the outside evenly crispy and crunchy and you don’t have to worry about flipping it while you’re cooking. Not only does it taste great, it’s far more fun and eating should be an experience. Yummers, my mouth is watering just thinking about the quesadilla.

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Cheese Quesadilla with Tomatillo Salsa Verde

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Recipe by: Calleigh |
Category: Dinner, Lunch
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430.53 kcal
  1. Leftover carnitas (check the carnitas recipe here)
  2. Shredded Mexican cheese
  3. 8 flour tortillas
    Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde (or you can buy the salsa at the grocery store)
  1. 6 tomatillos, skins removed
  2. 2 tbsp Korean Sunchang (or use Korean chili paste/Gochujang (or sriracha) optional*
  3. 2 tbsp soy sauce
  4. Juice from 2 limes
  5. ¼ cup fresh pineapple chunks
  6. 2 tbsp sesame oil
  7. 2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
  8. 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped


15 minutes
15 minutes
    Prepare the Tomatillo Salsa (No need if you'll use a store-bought one):
  1. Preheat the broiler into high.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the peeled tomatillos and place under the broiler for 3-5 minutes, until the tomatillos are mostly charred all over.
  3. Remove from the oven and let them cool a bit.
  4. Throw the charred tomatillos and pineapple chunks to a blender or food processor.
  5. Add the sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce, Gochujang or sriracha and lime juice. Blend well.
  6. Transfer into a glass container and stir the sesame seeds.
  7. The mixture would last for a week if stored in the fridge.
    Prepare your Quesadilla:
  1. Preheat a waffle iron maker. Once preheated, layer one tortilla on the waffle maker and then add a layer of cheese, a layer of pork, a sprinkle of rice and then another layer of cheese.
  2. Add the top tortilla and carefully close your waffle iron. Be careful not to overload your quesadilla or your waffle iron will not shut.
  3. Cook until lightly golden and browned, approximately 5 minutes. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.


Korean Sunchang is a Korean chili paste/sauce you can buy at any Korean market or you can order it thru Amazon. You may also use sriracha or Gochujang (Korean chile paste) as substitute.

Nutrition Facts

Cheese Quesadilla with Tomatillo Salsa Verde


Amount Per Serving
Calories 430.53 kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17.64 g 27.1%
Saturated Fat 2.66 g 13.3%
Trans Fat 0.01 g
Cholesterol 0
Sodium 1494.29 mg 62.3%
Total Carbohydrate 59.98 g 20%
Dietary Fiber 5.53 g 22.1%
Sugars 6.8 g
Protein 11.14 g
Vitamin A Vitamin C
Calcium Iron

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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44 thoughts on “Cheese Quesadilla Recipe with Tomatillo Salsa Verde”

  1. This quesadilla looks so tempting. I will definitely pinned this. I will try to do this cheese quesadilla recipe. I am pretty sure that my live ones will surely love this.

  2. This looks absolutely mouth watering!! I am definitely saving this for our family, we love quesadillas lol. Thank you!

  3. Wow! that’s looks mouthwatering! I’m a mexican food lover and that doesn’t help. haha I’m gonna give this a go tomorrow!

  4. What a brilliant idea! I never thought to use a waffle maker for quesadillas but it looks delicious, fast, and like something I definitely have seconds on.

  5. This looks really delicious. Quesadillas have to be one of my favorite foods to get at a restaurant or make at home. I’ll have to save this to make the sauce later.

  6. Wow you have given a new look to quesadilla. Waffle styled quesadilla is an innovation and I would surely try out this. Now I am getting so many ideas. Thanks for sharing this super innovative idea.

  7. These look so good’! I love quesadillas. I wouldn’t have thought to use my waffle maker for anything else so I’ll be experimenting from now on.

  8. Oh my… This Quesadilla looks so yummy!!!! And it’s not complicated to do it.. Why I’ve never tried ??XDD
    I’m taking note very carefully !

  9. What a great idea to use the waffle maker. I haven’t used mine in a while as I’ve only made waffles in them. Will start experimenting with it

  10. An outdoor grill works wonders in making a quesadilla ultra smoky and crisp if you are fortunate to have access to one- and no fat needed. At our house, we love quesadillas and make them often with just about anything inside them. Just a touch of cheese is all that’s needed to make them adhere and I’ve made a sweet potato and gouda blend that is killer good. x

  11. Annemarie LeBlanc

    This is such a smart idea! Now I can make use of our waffle iron for other things, especially this quesadilla recipe! I can’t wait to make it. Yummy!

  12. I love everything about your recipe! Hubby loves everything Mexican cuisine based and I love finding good recipes like yours! Thank you for sharing!

  13. You did a wonderful job with this quesadilla! I love how you topped it with extra ingredients to make it even more pretty!

  14. This is such a great idea! I’m definitely trying this with my waffle maker! I’m also going to do the grilled cheese sandwich suggestion too.

  15. This looks so delicious! I am pinning it to use this recipe for family dinner, love love love quesadillas! 🙂

  16. That was so unexpected Calleigh. Never in a million years would I have thought of using our waffle maker for anything but waffles. Thank goodness for kids and their beautiful inquiring minds. This is just brilliant

  17. Josselyn Radillo

    mexican food is just one of my favorites!! I love the spicy and all taste. I really new to try your recipe this weekend

  18. I love how you can make more than just waffles and quesadillias are delicious. I can imagine eating these cheese quesadillias with some salsa and a nice cup of fruit juice x

  19. I love the idea of using a waffle iron for quesadillas! I have one sitting in my cupboard and, because pancakes are quicker, we never really make waffles. I tried grilled cheese in my waffle iron once and it was pretty good 🙂 This is definitely up next on the list as the cooler weather sets in and I start digging out my hoards of cooking utensils/appliances again!

  20. The first thing I will do tomorrow morning is to buy a waffle machine! And then make thia for lunch! It does look very fun with all the colors! Yummy!

  21. This quesadilla recipe looks yummilcious! I love the use of the waffle maker – such a great idea! Why haven’t I thought of that? It certainly makes a perfect quesadilla!

  22. Im a huge lover of cheese so anything with cheese in is going to be a hit with me. However these pictures look mouth watering. Im going to buy the ingredients this week and give it a go as looks really easy to follow. Hopefully I dont set light to mt kitchen haha

  23. I love love love quesadillas! This post reminds me that I really need to make some soon. It looks and sounds delicious! Plus, it’s always nice to feed that literal and theoretical inner-child 😉

  24. How fun! I love how the grooves are perfect for holding extra sauce. My family would absolutely love these. So easy too.

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