Roasted Corn And Caramelized Onion Quesadilla

Who can resist an oozy, gooey cheese quesadilla? This simple Mexican creation is the ultimate finger food that makes a great snack but it is also is perfect for quick and tasty lunch or dinner. My roasted corn and caramelized onion quesadilla…crispy golden brown tortillas with a filling of melted pepper jack cheese, roasted corn and caramelized sweet onions, may take a little longer to put together but I believe the result is worth it. The sweet flavor of roasted corn and caramelized onions in this quesadilla will put a smile on your face after the first bite.

Caramelized Onion And Roasted Corn Quesadillas
Roasted Corn And Caramelized Onion Quesadillas

Cooking a quesadilla (think about a grilled cheese sandwich) is about as simple as it gets and you don’t really require a recipe. All you need are some flour tortillas, a couple of handfuls of your favorite soft grated cheese and oil for brushing. If you would like to be more creative, you are only limited by your imagination. The possibilities are endless on what kinds of cheese, veggies or proteins you add to the quesadilla.

Roasted Corn And Caramelized Onion Quesadilla

Serves 1 or 2, adjust the recipe accordingly

  • 1/2 c. corn kernels
  • 1 tsp. oil plus more for brushing tortillas
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/8 tsp. cumin
  • 1 c. shredded cheese, such as a sharp cheddar, Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack
  • 2 (9 inch) flour tortillas (I like to use Chi Chi’s flour and corn tortillas)
  • a handful of chopped cilantro, optional
  • pico de gallo and guacamole, optional

Heat a skillet over medium high heat and add the corn. Cook stirring frequently until the corn is slightly charred. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the oil to the pan and when hot, add the onion, season with salt, pepper and cumin. Cook, stirring occasionally over medium heat until soft and golden brown. Remove from the pan and add to the corn and mix until combined.

Brush one side of a tortilla with oil and place in a skillet. Sprinkle with half the cheese, add the corn and caramelized onion mixture and then add the remaining cheese. Brush the remaining tortilla with a little oil and place oiled side up on top of the cheese. Cook until the bottom tortilla is brown, about five minutes, then carefully turn the quesadilla over using a large spatula and cook until the bottom tortilla is brown. Remove to a cutting board and cut into quarters. Serve with pico de gallo, guacamole and chopped cilantro as a garnish.


Roasted Corn And Caramelized Onion Quesadilla Served With Guacamole And Pico de Gallo

When you have a busy day and want something simple, this is a Mexican treat I think you would enjoy. If you are planning a Cinco de Mayo celebration, this flavorful meatless dish would be perfect as part of a large Mexican buffet as well. Served with a rich, creamy guacamole and pico de gallo, it will have your thinking about sunny Mexico. Add a chilled Margherita and you are ready for a Mexican fiesta. Olé!

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124 thoughts on “Roasted Corn And Caramelized Onion Quesadilla

  1. Yum….Sounds like lunch… sans cilantro. 🙂 I don’t think we have Chi Chi’s here, but I will look. I have tried making my own tortillas, but so far it has been a fail. There must be a secret since the ingredients are few.


    1. Hi Madonna, This would make a delicious lunch. We like the Chi Chi’s flour & corn enchilada style tortillas because they have masa in them which I think makes them more flavorful. They are made by Mission and I found them at Walmart…hope that helps.

    1. Hi Penny, That is what I thought as well. 😀 Thank you for your nice compliment about how I plated this dish, it is very much appreciated.

  2. Love your analogy about the grilled cheese. A great way to think about those easy quesadillas. And caramelized onions? Sounds wonderful! Have a great weekend.

    1. Hi Lea Ann. I’m glad you like my analogy about a grilled cheese and a quesadilla being similar. This is such a simple dish that I almost didn’t share it but it does have loads of flavor. Thank you for your lovely compliment and wish.

    1. Hi Gerlinde, I’m glad you like the addition of caramelized onions…their sweetness combined with the roasted corn did make for a good quesadilla. Thank you for your nice compliment. BTW, are you back from your holiday in Germany…just now planning our trip back there for this fall.

      1. I got back from Germany a couple of weeks ago. It was wonderful. Where are you going? Let me know if I can help you.

    1. Thank you Gloria, I hope you will enjoy this version with the roasted corn and caramelized onions…we really liked them.

    1. Hi Fatima, I think the quesadilla would be perfect for anyone wanting to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, I’m glad you like the recipe…thank you.

  3. That looks so GOOD, esp. the filling!! Have to double the filling because I want to enjoy it with a spoon :-))

    1. Hi Peter, I had to share the quesadilla with it being Cinco de Mayo. I’m glad you like the looks of the dish. Thank you for your nice compliment, my gardening friend. 🙂

  4. You are right – who can resist a quesadilla?This looks like a delicious recipe and now that corn is coming into my market, it would be a very good time to make your recipe.

    1. Hi Jovina, I’m glad you agree, it seems that it doesn’t matter if you are six or sixty, everyone loves a quesadilla. I’m glad you like my version, enjoy!

    1. I appreciate your kind words Judy, thank you very much. Actually, it doesn’t take much skill to make a quesadilla although this one does have a few extra things going for it. 😀

    1. You gave me such a laugh Amanda talking about food photos. I have several meals that I’d love to share with my readers but have to remake because I wasn’t happy with the photos. I know what you mean but I’ve never seen one of your dishes looking like a dog’s dinner…that is too funny. 😀

      1. Karen you would not believe how many posts are discarded as the photos are out of focus, the light is wrong or one of my experiments didn’t come out right! We always eat it though as every post is dinner. In any case my Weimaraners are only too happy to help if required!

    1. Hi Katheryn, I’m glad you like the combination of flavors…thank you. You are right, this is perfect during the summer when fresh corn is in season.

  5. Looks delicious! We’re having taco night tonight and seeing this makes me even more excited. And I’m wondering why I’ve never had quesadilla with corn and caramelized onions. Sounds so good!

    1. Hi Monica, I hope you give the quesadilla a try, we liked the combination of ingredients. Thank you for you nice compliment.

    1. You are right Amy, I think the reason quesadillas are so popular is because the fillings are endless. I’m glad you like the combination I used, thank you.

  6. Oh caramelized onions and cheese!!! this sounds wonderful. We love quesadillas they can make the perfect snack or meal. Love your presentation!!

    1. Thank you for your nice compliment Cheri, I’m happy you like not only the recipe but how I presented the quesadilla as well. 🙂

  7. Perfect, easy and delicious! You know how to do it, Karen! Kudos to you for a great Cinco de Mayo with gorgeous flowers and delicious food! Cheers!

  8. Hopeless I am !! Have never had a quesadilla to the best of my knowledge! But get the idea!! And ‘thank you’ for being one of three to remind of the 5th of May importance in Mexico! Some red faces, I am afraid . . . more and more I do think that we may all speak variations of the same language but that geography oft makes us think on a different parallel . . .

    1. Hi Eha, It doesn’t really surprise me that you’ve never had a quesadilla knowing where you have lived over the years. There are so many good versions to try from simple to ever so fancy…hope you get to try one some day.

  9. This sounds heavenly, Karen! I’m not a big fan of corn in my salsa and Mexican dishes, but roasted? I like that!

    Thanks for a great recipe!

    Jane x

  10. I wouldn’t resist these for a second! I love all the things that you can put between tortillas and call it a quesadilla.

  11. I admit I am a quesadilla monster, I collect and cook all possible variations of it, this recipe will be made this weekend. Thanks!

  12. Our corn season is just beginning and I can’t think of a better way to enjoy it! Charred with melty cheese and caramelized onions these quesadillas are fabulous!

    1. Thank you very much Marigene, for taking the time to let me know that you made and enjoyed the quesadillas…that is very kind of you. Sorry to have responded so late, I’ve been traveling.

    1. Hi Kelli, You are in my thoughts and I hope you are feeling much better. I’m happy to know that this recipe can fit into your new diet. Thank care my friend.

  13. The grilled corn really makes it; I recently hosted a Mexican-themed dinner party and made a couple of courses with grilled corn as the ingredient and boy did it make a difference! I had a quesadilla from a famous burrito place on Friday, it was supposed to be vegetables but it was vegetable (like one measly green pepper), your recipe sure tops that for sure!

    1. Hi Eva, You are right, grilling corn definitely adds lots of flavor and I’m glad you like this version of a quesadilla. Too bad the one you had recently wasn’t very good.

  14. Quesadillas make a great lunch and this one is so simple, that it would be easy to throw it together. I can see making it for a lazy dinner as well. A quesadilla that would be a big hit in this house. Thanks Karen!

    1. Hi Norma, A quesadilla for breakfast…absolutely. I’ve been know to have enchiladas for breakfast when on vacation in Mexico. 😀

    1. You gave me a smile Rosita, you are the second person who thinks the quesadilla would make a good breakfast. Me alegro de que te guste la receta, gracias.

  15. We adore the cheesiness of a good quesadilla and love your grilled corn version. We had carnitas yesterday and I bet they would make a good quesadilla too. Have a great week!

  16. You had my attention at quesadilla!! The roasted corn and caramelized onion sounds delicious between two tortillas with melted cheese. I feel the coastal presence with the beautiful flowers which is lovely!

    1. I appreciate your kind words Jan, as you make such delicious southwestern dishes yourself. Thank you for your lovely compliment and I’m happy to know you like the presentation.

  17. HI Karen! We love quesadillas and made a different version on Friday! However, we can’t wait to try this recipe! Thanks again!

    1. Hi Anna and Liz, I do hope you enjoy the quesadilla recipe if you get a chance to make it. Thank you for your nice compliment.

    1. I appreciate your lovely compliment Rosemary, thank you. Yes, not too much difference between a quesadilla and a grilled cheese in my mind. I’m glad you like my version. 🙂

  18. Lovely, Karen – and perfect for those of us in the Southwest. Good choice on the ChiChi’s tortillas – we used them often back East! Nowadays, we get them made fresh at the farmers market and I feel so lucky!

    1. Oh to have your freshly made tortillas for this recipe David. I think ChiChi’s flour and corn variety is a good option for those of us who can’t get fresh. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  19. Roasted corn and caramelized onions together sound fantastic but when you pop it into a quesadilla – it turns to magic. I really love this idea!

    1. I’m glad you like my idea Maureen, we thought the combination made for a good tasting quesadilla. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  20. The quesadilla looks delicious…and I am loving the idea of charred corns…so much flavor!
    I hope you had a fabulous Cinco de Mayo!

    1. I appreciate your nice compliment and wish, Juliana. We did have a fun Cinco de Mayo with friends visiting from out of town.

    1. We love corn as well Caroline and roasting it added a lot of flavor in this quesadilla. Thank you for your nice compliment.

    1. I’m glad you like my combination of roasted corn and caramelized onions Debra, it did make for a good tasting quesadilla. Thank you.

  21. mmmm. I love quesadillas but I honestly love most food 🙂 I love to put goat cheese in mine, along with cheddar. I know its not very traditional but it gives it such a nice pop of flavor, I am obsessed!

    1. Hi Mary Frances, I really like the idea of adding goat cheese for extra flavor. As far as not being very traditional, I don’t think this recipe is either. 😀

    1. Hi Anne, If you had a chance to try the quesadilla recipe, I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Thank you for your lovely compliment.

    1. Hi Adina, If my memory serves me correct, you live in Germany. In all my travels there, I don’t believe I’ve ever come across a Mexican restaurant. I appreciate your nice compliment about the quesadilla, thank you.

  22. this is an EXCELLENT batch of quesadillas! i love corn in any dish (especially roasted!), and caramelized onions can do no wrong either. perfection.

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