que·​sa·​dil·​la | \ ˌkā-sə-ˈdē-ə How to pronounce quesadilla (audio) also -ˈt͟hē- or -ˈt͟hēl-yə \

Definition of quesadilla

: a tortilla filled with cheese and often a savory mixture (as of meat and vegetables), folded, and usually fried

Examples of quesadilla in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thomas closed the tortilla of the quesadilla with ease. Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2021 The Quesalupa is a cross between a chalupa and quesadilla with the chalupa shell stuffed with melted mozzarella and pepper jack cheese. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 10 Mar. 2021 During a class last month, Darius Thomas, a fifth-grader at the school, worked on cooking a sweet potato quesadilla at the stovetop in the school’s kitchen classroom. Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2021 Kid's meals include the choice of a burrito or quesadilla, chips and kid's drink. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 1 Nov. 2021 This deal allows one free kids' item per adult with purchase, such as the burrito, quesadilla or chicken strips. Sabrina Weiss, PEOPLE.com, 14 Oct. 2021 With the option of one or two meats, the quesadilla made an excellent platform for lush pork chicharrón and pork costilla in tangy tomatillo gravy, the ribs still carrying the bones that gave them so much character in the first place. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Oct. 2021 A night of noshing and knocking back inventive cocktails, a sneak peek at the all-new menu shows the Hot Rod (corn on the cob coated with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos) and a lobster and mac-and-cheese quesadilla. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, 12 Aug. 2021 This year, Chipotle has added cauliflower rice and the quesadilla format, in addition to the brisket. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of quesadilla

1848, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quesadilla

Mexican Spanish, from Spanish, cheese pastry, diminutive of quesada, from queso cheese, from Latin caseus

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“Quesadilla.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quesadilla. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of quesadilla

: a Mexican food which consists of a flat piece of bread (called a tortilla) that is folded around a filling of meat, cheese, or other ingredients and usually fried

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