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Whether it’s a quick lunch, an easy dinner, or a late-night craving, this steak quesadilla recipe makes a perfect pick.
The tender, juicy steak, brimming with seasoning, harmoniously melds with the ooey-gooey goodness of cheese, delivering a blissful contrast of textures. Paired with fresh, zingy pico or creamy guacamole, this is a meal that transforms ordinary ingredients into an extraordinary feast.
So, grab your apron, and let’s embark on a flavorful journey into the art of making the most irresistible steak quesadillas that even your pickiest eaters will love! In fact, quesadillas are one of our favorite and easiest daycare lunches. We make them all the time.
For more quesadilla ideas, check these out:
Ninja Air Fryer Steak
It’s simple to cook a steak in the air fryer. Just sprinkle on the steak seasoning generously, pop it in the Ninja Foodi air fryer oven, and set it to air fryer 400 degrees, for 6-10 minutes, you may have to adjust for a really thin or thick cut of steak. It comes out tender and juicy every time. For more ninja foodi beef recipes, check this out.
Once your steak is rested (at least 5 minutes) out of the air fryer, cut it into cubes and you’re ready for the quesadilla making.
How to Make a Steak Quesadilla in an Air Fryer
You can TOTALLY make this entire recipe on the Blackstone. I don’t have one. You can also make the steak and toppings in the air fryer and use a skillet to brown the quesadilla, but I sure hate using extra dishes. Do what you have the tools for and what you like.
Simply cook the steak.
Layer the quesadilla on one side with the cheese first, then the steak and/or whatever other ingredients you are using.
Top the steak or the last ingredient you place down with cheese. This will help the tortilla stick and keep all of the ingredients in place.
Place in an air fryer basket and cook at 350° for 6-10 minutes. You may want to flip halfway through to ensure both sides of the tortilla cook evenly.
TIP: You can cut the steak into bite size pieces and cook in the air fryer or the blackstone. However, I like keeping the steak whole if I can so that it locks in the juices in the steak during the cooking process. In my opinion, when you cut steak and cook it you not only get a drier end result, but you also end up with a tougher chew.
We use our homemade steak seasoning for this recipe because it’s absolute bomb, but you can use any seasoning you think is right. The steak seasoning recipe is easy to mix up and have on hand. It has a tiny spicy kick and tons of flavor. I know you will love it like we do.
Other seasoning choices for this meat could be:
Steak Recipes for Toddlers
For more steak recipes that picky toddlers will love (and after 28 years in home daycare and 30 years as a mom and wife, I’m the picky eating guru) check these out:
How to Make Steak Quesadillas
Steak Quesadilla Recipe
- 2 10" flour tortilla
- 1 8 oz steak of your choice
- 1 tbsp steak seasoning
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 c mexican blend cheese shredded
- 1 cup mushrooms diced
- 1/2 small onion diced
- Sprinkle steak seasoning on both sides of the steak.
- Place in an air fryer basket at 400° and cook for 6-8 minutes for medium rare, 8-10 for well done.
- Once the steak is cooked to your liking, allow it to rest for 5 minutes. This helps to seal the juices in.
- Cut the steak into bite sized pieces.
- Spread butter over the entire tortilla in an even layer. This allows the seasoning to stick to it and gives it a nice golden brown color once cooked.
- Sprinkle the seasoning over the butter and place down on the air fryer basket.
- On the side that doesn’t have the butter and seasoning, sprinkle cheese over the quesadilla.
- Top the cheese with mushrooms, onions and steak (or any of the other substitutions you are using) on half of the quesadilla. (You can also saute the onions and mushrooms first or air fry them for 3-4 minutes to soften them)
- Fold the tortilla in half by flipping the cheese only side over. Cook at 350 for 6-10 minutes until golden brown and the cheese is melted.