Broccoli and Cheddar Quesadillas

We suspect you can prepare this with frozen broccoli, but we haven't tried it and we offer this caveat: Make sure you gently squeeze as much water out of the broccoli as possible once it's defrosted, and blot it with paper towels or a clean dish towel.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 quesadillas (1 will serve two small kids)


  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 12 ounces grated cheddar cheese (about 4 loosely-packed cups)
  • 4 large 12-inch flour tortillas
  • Vegetable oil, for tortillas
  • 1 medium avocado, sliced thin or chopped for serving
  • Sour cream, for serving

DAD ADD: Quick Spicy Pico de Gallo

  • 1/2 red onion, minced
  • 1 ripe tomato, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Pinch of salt


1 Blanch and chop the broccoli: Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil. Add the broccoli and blanch until it’s bright green and fork tender, about 3 minutes. Then drain the broccoli, let it cool slightly and chop it finely.

Cheddar Quesadillas with Broccoli blanch and chop the broccoli

2 Make the pico de gallo: If you’re using the Dad Add, now would be a good time to chop that stuff up (highly recommended). Combine the minced ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

Quesadilla Recipe with Cheddar make the pico

3 Preheat a large skillet over medium-low heat. If you haven't already grated your cheese, do it now.

4 Assemble and cook the quesadillas: Brush one tortilla lightly with vegetable oil on one side and add it to the warmed skillet, oiled side down. Sprinkle a loosely packed cup of grated cheese (about 3 ounces) on one half of the tortilla. Top with 1/2 cup of chopped broccoli.

Fold the tortilla over to cover the filling and form a half-circle. Cook the quesadilla for about 3 minutes per side until it’s crispy and the cheese is melted.

Repeat with making the other quesadillas. (Though if you’re good—and your skillet is large enough—you can make two at a time in the same skillet!)

Quesadilla Recipe with Broccoli assemble the quesadillas Quesadilla Recipe with Cheddar cook the quesadillas

5 Serve the quesadillas: Cut the quesadillas into triangular segments, and serve with sour cream, avocado, and the spicy pico!

Cheddar Quesadillas with Broccoli serve the quesadillas