Forevermama's Spicy Chicken Quesadillas Or Burritos

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 15m
Ready In

"Though this is a recipe for Quesadillas, I've turned them more often into burritos, following all the same ingredients, except rolling the tortilla's burrito-style. When made into quesadilla's, not only are they great for weeknight, weekend meals, appetizer, but they also go over well when bringing them to a potluck. Just slice them like a pizza and place them on a pretty serving platter and I'll guarantee that they'll be gone lickety split."

Original recipe yields 5-6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (264.9 g)
  • Calories 549.7
  • Total Fat - 18.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 9.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 126.3 mg
  • Sodium - 612.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 49.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1 g
  • Sugars - 29.6 g
  • Protein - 46.4 g
  • Calcium - 574.8 mg
  • Iron - 1.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 60.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Combine chicken and taco seasoning mix in a heavy duty zip-top bag; toss to coat. Refrigerate for 1 - 2 hours or overnight.

Step 2

Place chicken in a broiler pan or in a 15 x 10 x 11 inch jellyroll pan.

Step 3

Broil coated chicken 6 inches from heat (with electric oven door partially open) for 5 - 6 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.

Step 4

Cut chicken into bite-size pieces.

Step 5

In a bowl, combine chicken, cheese, picante sauce, and red peppers; stirring well. Set aside.

Step 6

Brush 1 side of each tortilla with melted butter; place 2 tortillas, buttered side down, on a cookie sheet. Top each tortilla with about 1 cup of chicken mixture, spreading to edges of tortilla. Top each with a tortilla, buttered side up.

Step 7

Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown (ovens vary, you pretty much want it done golden done enough where the tortilla shells are not limp and soggy. Cut into wedges. Repeat with remaining tortillas and chicken mixture. Serve immediately.

NOTE 1: If making these into burritos, mound chicken mixture 1/4 of the was down on tortilla's. Turn over short side of tortilla over chicken. Turn both right and left sides of tortilla about 1 inch inches. Roll up cigar style, enveloping the chicken mixture tightly. Place on greased cookie sheet, seam-side down. Brush each burrito with melted butter. Bake until golden brown

NOTE # 2:If you can find Chi-Chi's taco seasoning mix, these will be really good. I have used other taco seasoning brands, but none compare to Chi-Chi's. If you can't find Chi-Chi's in your local supermarket, which is the case for me, it can be purchased through Amazon. If you use Chi-Chi's, note that 2 pkg's are required because each pkg. measures about 1/2 - 3/4 ounces.

Note # 3: If making quesadillas, you may want to add extra cheese to help the mixture adhere and for better results. I normally add more cheese to both the burritos and quesadillas anyway.

Tips & Variations

  • Broiler pan or in a 15 x 10 x 11 inch jellyroll pan

4 Reviews


So yummy...I cut the recipe in half and made them burrito style...I did add in 1/3 cup of black beans that I had leftover from another recipe...I used a mixture of red bell peppers and poblanos...this made enough for 8 burritos using 8 inch flour tortilla's...I froze the leftovers and plan to pour enchilada sauce over them for another meal...thanks for sharing your recipe...made for "Billboard" tag game...


review by:
(29 Jan 2022)


Yummy! I cut the recipe back for 2 servings and made a quesadilla for lunch and then a burrito for dinner. I really enjoyed them both. Thanks for sharing this nice keeper, Nat.


review by:
(19 Feb 2019)


I love chicken quesadillas and this recipe rocks. Loved it


review by:
(14 Jun 2015)


Fabulous! I made the burritos and these are great! I had a lot of chicken so I have some leftover. I also mixed Monterey Jack and cheddar together for the cheese. Wonderful to eat and watch the game! Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(1 Feb 2015)