Shrimp Quesadilla

Saturday, July 11, 2015
Calling all shrimp lovers! If you're a seafood lover or quesadilla lover then these shrimp quesadillas are a must-try.

We’ve made them countless times as appetizers or turned these into a whole meal with delicious side dishes like ricetaco salad with refried beans, or all kinds of salad toppings.

They’re super quick and easy to make, packed with flavor, and if you're not a seafood lover, then turn these shrimp quesadillas into meat lovers' dream meal with super loaded with melty cheese.

Quick and simple enough for any weekday, ANY filled quesadillas will be any adult or kid's new favorite meal, after all, it's loaded with melted cheese, so what can be better?

If you have ever wondered how to make quesadillas then no worries, this will give you all the information needed to make it bold and chuck-filled or plain and simple because you can make it without meat, seafood, and just cheese!

We will teach you exactly how to create a simple quesadilla recipe in no time tailored to your family's taste buds.

Did I mention how quesadillas are incredibly versatile and easy to make with very basic ingredients you'll need?

Perfect for a Cinco de Mayo party, and any other occasion in minutes just scroll down to our printable recipe card to get started.

quesadilla with rice salsa and sour cream

Quesadilla Made Easy

This is a simple recipe for seafood lovers, however as you already know you can substitute grilled chicken or cooked shredded pork, beef, or whatever you like.

Starting with store-bought flour tortilla, tossed in a mild or hot red sauce, and loads of cheese, make these just a great appetizer or whole meal when served with a few delicious side dishes we like.

You can use any kind of tortilla flavors since there are so many to choose from, we just use plain flour but low-carb tortilla or even tomato and spinach flavors are great for a change.

shirmp quesadilla

Ingredients to have on hand(exact measurements for the recipe in the printable card below)

  • shrimp or another shellfish you like
  • pepper, mushrooms, or onions, sliced
  • taco sauce
  • good melting cheese cheddar or jack are good choices
  • flour tortilla any flavor
  • butter or extra virgin olive oil
  • see below for serving suggestions 

fried tlour tortilla

Filling and Serving Suggestions

  1. sliced avocado
  2. sour cream
  3. sliced olives
  4. more shredded cheeses
  5. shredded lettuce
  6. diced tomatoes
  7. diced onions
  8. guacamole
  9. rice
  10. black beans
  11. refried beans
  12. lobster, crab, scallops 
  13. shredded cooked boneless beef, pork, or shredded rotisserie chicken

shirmp on ice

More Recipes To Try:

Mexican Lasagna
Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas
Taco Bowl
Taco Soup

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Quesadilla Party Suggestions

The best way to please everyone is to set up a serving station with everything on it and make plain quesadillas filled with cheese.

One suggestion I have is to place all the toppings over ice and the meats on a warming tray then all you need to do is make a quesadilla with melted cheese tortilla so they can build their own with all our filling suggestions.

A Cinco De Mayo Party success and everyone will be happy for the pickiest of eaters! Enjoy!

Shrimp Quesadilla

Shrimp Quesadilla

Yield: 8
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 8 MinTotal time: 18 Min
These are gourmet-style cheese and seafood quesadillas. Delicious packed with flour and perfect for Cinco De Mayo for all shellfish lovers!


  • 8 large Flour Tortillas
  • 12 chopped shrimp, peeled and deveined (or you can also use crab meat or scallops chopped) also can use a medley of seafood
  • 8 ounces of taco sauce or enchiladas sauce
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped peppers any kind hot or sweet(if you don't like peppers use onion or sliced mushrooms)
  • 2 cups of grated Monterey Jack cheese or sharp cheddar
  • 2 tablespoons butter or extra virgin olive oil or more as needed
  • salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste


  1. Add the taco sauce to the shrimp and set it aside.
  2. Make sure all the vegetables you're using are chopped into small pieces.
  3. Heat the skillet and melt the butter (if using) or heat olive oil.
  4. Stir fry the vegetables to be soft or how you like them except the garlic.
  5. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  6. Return the skillet to high heat, then add the chopped shrimp with the sauce in the pan.
  7. Cook, until the shrimp turns pink this takes just a few minutes around 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic for the last 2 minutes.
  8. You may need some water or chicken broth in the pan if it starts to get too thick.
  9. In a separate skillet, heat butter.
  10. Place one tortilla in the skillet at a time, then add in order the cheese, vegetables, and shrimp.
  11. Top with a little more cheese and another tortilla.
  12. Brown until crispy to how you like your quesadilla flipping and cooking on both sides.
  13. See note for serving suggestions.
  14. Remove from skillet and slice into triangles.
  15. Serve with Spanish rice, black beans, Mexican salsa, sour cream, black olives, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and or guacamole.


Filling and Serving Suggestions

  1. sliced avocado
  2. sour cream
  3. sliced olives
  4. more shredded cheeses
  5. shredded lettuce
  6. diced tomatoes
  7. diced onions
  8. guacamole
  9. rice
  10. black beans
  11. refried beans
  12. lobster, crab, scallops 
  13. shredded cooked boneless beef, pork or shredded rotisserie chicken

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  1. I've never made shrimp quasadillas before, I've only made chicken, and these were so good. So fun to switch it up an use shrimp. Thanks for the great recipe and all the helpful instructions!

  2. Love these! The shrimp was cooked perfectly. Yum!

  3. Quick, easy to make and delicious! My kind of quesadilla. Can't wait to make these for my family.

  4. Such a perfect!! My whole family loved this!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday, 595. Hope you are having a great week and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen


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