Potato & Cheddar Quesadilla

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

Here's my favorite way to use up left-over mashed potatoes. If your mashed potatoes are flavored with garlic, onions, etc. it's all the better. Measurements are approximate since I usually throw this together to use up leftovers in the fridge. If my potatoes are plain, I have been known to add a little chicken bouillon to give them more flavor. Serving size may vary- my two year-old DD and I share one of these for lunch. This definitely is not a "diet" meal, but, it's delicious!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place a skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Put a small amount of olive oil in a large preheated skillet.
  3. Spread mashed potatoes on one tortilla, and place it potato side-up in skillet.
  4. Top with shredded cheddar, spices, and any other optional ingredients that you are using.
  5. Top with the other tortilla and cover the pan.
  6. When cheese is melted & bottom tortilla is crisp, carefully turn over the quesadilla, and cook uncovered until the other tortilla is crispy (3-4 minutes).
  7. Slice into wedges, and serve with salsa or sour cream for dipping.
Most Helpful

This recipe was great. It was even better than I guessed it would be. I had used a small pack of instant loaded potatoes. I also used onion flakes and omitted the red pepper. Otherwise, I followed the instructions exactly. The quesadillas were very flavorful. My son loved them. He put buffalo sauce on his for a kick.

chelleg January 08, 2012

I've been making this recipe for ages and I guess I never rated it. This is perfect for using leftover mashed potatoes and there isn't much that's more comforting than potatoes and cheese.

Twiggyann February 01, 2011

WOW! When I looked for recipes to use up a ton of leftover mashed potatoes, I didn't see this one coming. I'm so glad you are this creative and generous to share! Made mine with Cotija cheese ("mexican parmesan", crumbly like feta)and some precooked fajita-seasoned chicken. The potatoes already had green onion and garlic so I skipped that and sprinkled everything with a dusting of spanish paprika for smoky good measure! Perfect 5 for ease of preparation, originality and great taste. What is that, 15 stars???

Ma Field October 24, 2007