Shrimp Quesadillas

This recipe for spicy shrimp quesadillas features a fajita-style shrimp and bell pepper filling seasoned with cumin, chili powder, jalapeño, and lime. Serve warm with cilantro and sour cream.


    • 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 jalapeño 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 oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell peppers; cook, stirring frequently, until onion is translucent and peppers are soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Add salt, cumin, and chili powder; stir to coat vegetables.
  2. Add shrimp; cook and stir until shrimp are opaque and no longer pink in the center, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in minced jalapeño and lime juice.
  3. Heat another skillet over medium heat and brush with about 1 teaspoon oil. Place one tortilla in the hot skillet; spoon about 1/6 of the shrimp filling and 1/2 cup Mexican cheese blend onto one side of tortilla. Fold tortilla in half. Cook until lightly browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook until lightly browned on the other side, 3 to 5 minutes. Repeat to make remaining quesadillas.

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