Introducing the Ketodilla—My Keto Spin on a Traditional Quesadilla!
Do you miss pan-fried flour tortillas stuffed with melty cheese?!
If you’re an enthusiast of the traditional quesadilla, it’s your lucky day. I’ve come up with a keto version that possesses all the wonderful things about this Mexican favorite… from the crusty, crisp outer shell to the gooey, cheesy interior—you’re sure to get your fix!
This easy keto quesadilla recipe uses just six basic ingredients!
I came up with this recipe because I was desperate for a lunch and dinner idea that was easy and used items that I typically have on hand. And as much as I love to spend hours in the kitchen, some days simply don’t allow that.
Ketodillas (keto quesadillas) are awesome because the ingredient list consists of only six items (and I wouldn’t be surprised if you already have them in your pantry and fridge): almond flour, an egg, mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese (or Mexican blend, Colby Jack, etc.), water, and spices. That’s it!
Season your batter with your favorite Mexican-inspired spices and blend until it’s a smooth and even consistency. A mini blender like the Ninja Pro Personal Blender works great!
The thickness of the batter may vary slightly depending on the size of the egg, how packed the cheese and/or almond flour is in the measuring cup, and so on. Use a spatula to scrape the last of the batter into the pan as it likes to stick to the sides of the blender.
If needed, you can always add an extra splash of water if the batter is so thick that it won’t spread out in the pan. Alternatively, if you feel that you’ve added too much water, just cook it a bit longer than usual and the excess moisture should cook out.
Burner temperatures can vary depending on your range model. Err on the side of lower heat—low and slow is the name of the game with this recipe!
Here are a few of my best recipe tips when making these keto quesadillas –
- Start with a pre-heated pan, and don’t forget the cooking spray!
- After you pour your batter into the skillet, tilt the pan in a circular motion to help distribute the batter evenly onto the cooking surface.
- Be sure to add a couple of tablespoons of cheddar cheese before your first flip. This adds a lovely crisp to the outer shell of the final product.
- DON’T FLIP TOO SOON! Make certain that the underside of the shell has turned a deep, golden brown. If you flip it too early, the shell will be too soft.
- Don’t fold too fast. Again, check the underside of the shell before you create your final fold. We’re going for golden brown and crispy.
- Go ahead and get messy when adding the cheddar cheese. The cheese shreds that end up halfway outside the shell actually add a super yummy crunch as they brown.
- If experimenting with customized add-ins, keep the sauce on the side. Adding liquid substances may produce a soggy shell.
Ketodilla, Low-Carb Mexican Quesadilla
yield: 1 SERVINGS
prep time: 5 MINUTES
cook time: 10 MINUTES
total time: 15 MINUTES
From the crusty, crisp outer shell to the gooey, cheesy interior—you're sure to get your quesadilla fix!
- 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
- 1/4 Mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/4 teaspoon spice blend (I typically use a taco style blend)
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese or Mexican blend, shredded (if you like it super cheesy, add a little extra)
- Additional 2 tablespoons cheddar cheese (or Mexican blend), shredded
Customize your Ketodilla—The possibilities are endless!
I can’t even begin to tell you all the variations that my family and I have tried. There are so many fun flavors to experiment with! Try one of our favorites or invent your own.
Here are some winning combos:
- Pizza style (aka the Pizzadilla) Shown in the above image — Season the batter with garlic powder, salt, and Italian herb blend. Replace the 1/2 cup cheddar with mozzarella AND replace the 2 tablespoons of cheddar (sprinkled on top before the first flip) with Parmesan. Add pepperoni slices. Serve with a side of no-added-sugar marinara sauce.
- Philly style —Season the batter with garlic powder, salt, and freshly ground pepper. Replace the 1/2 cheddar cheese with shredded provolone (or 2-3 slices provolone). Add finely sliced peppers and onions (I find sauteeing them first helps to eliminate unwanted moisture), as well as chopped (or thinly sliced) steak or deli roast beef.
- Taco style — Add precooked taco meat and finely diced onions. Serve with a drizzle of your favorite taco sauce and don’t skip the sour cream!
Most importantly, don’t give up!
You might not achieve perfection on your first try, BUT with a few Ketodillas under your belt, you’ll master the method.
Serve your Ketodilla with my favorite keto guacamole recipe!