Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla

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Taco Bell Quesadilla is a copycat recipe consisting of flour tortillas loaded with cheese, cooked chicken, jalapenos, and a creamy sauce!

plate with a chicken quesadilla

This easy Taco Bell Quesadilla recipe is inspired by the Taco Bell restaurant chain and tastes so good you probably won’t be able to tell the difference! Once assembled, these homemade quesadillas are cooked in the air fryer, which results in an irresistible outer crunch!

If you love copycat recipes that taste just as good as the real thing, try my Blackstone Sausage Egg and Cheese Muffin, Ferrero Rocher Ice Cream, or Orange Creamsicle Shake!

(makes 5 quesadillas)

Prep time: 30 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 1 hours

Why You’ll Love Taco Bell Quesadilla

  • They taste just like the real deal!
  • Loved by kids and adults alike.
  • Perfect for lunch or dinner.
  • Cooking these quesadillas in an air fryer is a healthy option.

Ingredients Needed

  • Garlic powder
  • Jalapeno juice
  • Minced jalapenos
  • Mayonnaise
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Cumin
  • Roasted chicken breast
  • Burritos-sized flour tortillas
  • Cheddar & Monterey Jack cheese (or any variety you like)
spices in a bowl

How to Make Taco Bell Quesadilla

Step 1: Prepare the Sauce

Mix the mayonnaise, minced jalapenos, jalapeno juice, and spices in a mixing bowl until well combined. 

Step 2: Assemble the Quesadillas

Start to assemble the quesadillas by laying a tortilla open on a flat surface. Position half a slice of cheese on one half of the tortilla (length-wise), followed by ½ cup of the shredded cheese.

cheese, chicken and sauce on a tortilla

Add 5-6 slices of chicken to the cheese and spread one tablespoon of creamy sauce on the opposite half of the tortilla. 

Fold the tortilla and cut it in half. Repeat this step for all five flour tortillas.

Step 3: Air Fry the Taco Bell Quesadillas

Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray and place the halved quesadillas on the basket. Spray the quesadillas lightly with cooking oil and cook for three minutes at 370F, flipping them over to cook for an additional two minutes. 

air fryer quesadilla

Tips & Tricks

  • Allow space between the individual quesadillas on the air fryer basket so that they all get an even crisp on all edges.
  • Always use freshly grated cheese when making these quesadillas, as pre-shredded cheese contains additional ingredients that reduce the taste and ability to melt well.  
  • Ingredients such as cooked chicken, shredded cheese, minced jalapenos, and creamy sauce can all be made the day before and stored in separate airtight containers to reduce recipe preparation time on the day of cooking these copycat quesadillas. 
  • Don’t overfill the quesadillas otherwise, the cheese and other filling ingredients may spill out while cooking in the air fryer. 
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Taco Bell Quesadilla Recipe

Taco Bell Quesadilla is a copycat recipe consisting of flour tortillas loaded with cheese, cooked chicken, jalapenos, and a creamy sauce!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Taco Bell Quesadilla
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 5
Calories: 444kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons jalapeno juice
  • 2 teaspoons jalapenos
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 pound chicken breast roasted & sliced
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded cheese any variety
  • 5 flour tortillas

Instructions

  • Mix the mayonnaise, minced jalapenos, jalapeno juice, and spices in a mixing bowl until well combined.
  • Start to assemble the quesadillas by laying a tortilla open on a flat surface. Position half a slice of cheese on one half of the tortilla (length-wise), followed by ½ cup of the shredded cheese.
    Add 5-6 slices of chicken to the cheese and spread one tablespoon of creamy sauce on the opposite half of the tortilla.
    Fold the tortilla and cut it in half. Repeat this step for all five flour tortillas.
  • Lightly spray the air fryer basket with cooking spray and place the halved quesadillas on the basket. Spray the quesadillas lightly with cooking oil and cook for three minutes at 370F, flipping them over to cook for an additional two minutes.

Notes

 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 865mg | Potassium: 432mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 479IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 335mg | Iron: 2mg

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