Southwest Chicken Quesadillas

(5 votes)
3 minutes
September 30, 2022
Carole JonesJump to Recipe

Southwest Chicken Quesadillas….the perfect excuse to stuff all your favorite foods between two tortillas, along with a bunch of melty cheese:  chicken, corn, black beans, and green chilis.  This quesadilla recipe will be your new go-to meal when time is short and you need a really satisfying meal.  If you have every wondered how to make quesadillas, this is the recipe you want to try first because you will never need another one!

Southwest Chicken Quesadillas
Southwest Chicken Quesadillas

This chicken quesadilla recipe is one that saves me about once a week.  You know the scene all too well:  I’ve been working all day long and suddenly it is 5:00 pm, which means it is much too late to cook whatever dinner I had planned on preparing.  My first instinct is to call for pizza, but not only is this quesadilla recipe much healthier and less expensive, it will be ready faster than the pizza being delivered to your door.

Southwest Chicken Quesadillas

Since my kiddos love quesadillas just as much as I do, it is one of their favorite meals to make when they are responsible for making dinner for the family.  It doesn’t get much easier for a kid to make dinner than combining a few canned pantry staples and cooking them between some tortillas.  This recipe is one I created many, many years ago when I was a young Mom and just didn’t have a ton of time or money to make dinner.  After all these years, it is still a family favorite because they are just so yummy!

Southwest Chicken Quesadillas Video

Now, these killer quesadillas wouldn’t be finished off without my best guacamole recipe!  I believe almost everything is better when it is slathered with guac, but if you prefer some sour cream instead, go for it.

Watch for yourself how to make quesadillas in 45 seconds:

One of my favorite kitchen gadgets is featured in that video, my citrus fruit squeezer.  I know you could always use your hand to just squeeze out the lime juice, but I am truly amazed how often this handy tool comes out of the drawer.

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Southwest Chicken Quesadillas

Southwest Chicken Quesadillas

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Chicken quesadillas are an easy dinner recipe idea when you are short on time!  Loaded with corn, black beans, green chilis and chicken.  And don’t forget all that ooey gooey cheese 🙂

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 15 1x


  • 15 small flour tortillas
  • 1 1/2 C chopped cooked chicken
  • 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15 once can corn, drained
  • 7 once can diced green chilis
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 8 ounces cheese, grated


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the chicken, black beans, corn, chilis, lime juice, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder. Lay one tortilla on the counter and sprinkle on a little bit of cheese on half. Cover the cheese with the bean mixture and then top it with a bit more cheese.  Fold it in half.  Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  2. Heat a skillet or griddle to medium heat. Once the cooking surface is hot, place the quesadilla on it and cook until it is brown. Flip it over and repeat on the other side. Cut into pieces and serve immediately.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes


  • Serving Size: 1/15th
  • Calories: 277
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 503mg
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fiber: 16g
  • Protein: 13g
  • Cholesterol: 11mg

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Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


4 years ago

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2 years ago

Thank you for this delicious and simple recipe. These turned out to be the best quesadillas I’ve ever made. I’ve been pretty much living off of Costco rotisserie chicken the last few weeks and needed some new ideas. This recipe will be a staple in my meal plan.

Carole Jones
2 years ago

You are very welcome Christopher! We just had these this week as well and am constantly amazed at how delicious they are, despite being so simple

1 year ago

Thanks for sharing. loved the recipe

7 months ago

Easy peasy. I had some leftover chicken breasts and this did the trick. Everyone in the family enjoyed dinner. I did up the chicken a bit (used 2 cups of diced chicken breast) and used slightly more cheese. It ended up making 16 instead of 15. Can’t believe what a quick mid week dinner, especially if I dice the chicken breast up in advance.

Carole Jones
7 months ago

So glad to hear it Rebekah!

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