Shrimp Quesadillas


Spicy quesadillas with a fajita-style shrimp filling. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with sour cream.

close up view of a sliced Shrimp Quesadilla garnished with sour cream, green onions, and lime slices on an orange plate
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
6 quesadillas


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced

  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, or as needed

  • 6 large flour tortillas

  • 3 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir onion, red bell pepper, and green bell pepper in the hot oil, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent and peppers are soft, 6 to 8 minutes.

  2. Stir salt, cumin, and chili powder into onion and bell peppers.

  3. Stir shrimp into onion and bell peppers and cook until shrimp are opaque and no longer pink in the center, 3 to 5 minutes.

  4. Remove skillet from heat; stir jalapeno pepper and lime juice into shrimp mixture.

  5. Heat a skillet over medium heat and brush with about 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.

  6. Place a tortilla in the hot oil. Spoon about 1/6 shrimp filling and 1/2 cup Mexican cheese blend on one side of tortilla. Fold tortilla in half.

  7. Cook until bottom of tortilla is lightly browned, about 5 minutes; flip and cook other side until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.


Aluminum foil helps keep food moist, ensures it cooks evenly, keeps leftovers fresh, and makes clean-up easy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

753 Calories
37g Fat
68g Carbs
38g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 753
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 37g 47%
Saturated Fat 18g 92%
Cholesterol 180mg 60%
Sodium 1788mg 78%
Total Carbohydrate 68g 25%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 38g
Vitamin C 49mg 243%
Calcium 621mg 48%
Iron 6mg 35%
Potassium 477mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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