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Taco Bell Chicken Quesadilla

5 from 23 votes

posted: 04/10/21

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Make this Copycat Taco Bell Chicken Quesadilla recipe right in the comfort of your own home. It is so easy to throw together and makes a perfect and easy weeknight dinner.

triangles of Taco Bell quesadillas on a platter

A guilty pleasure in our house is Taco Bell, and we always get at least one chicken quesadilla. The Taco Bell quesadilla sauce is absolutely amazing, and what makes them totally irresistible!

I have some great news for you, though. The Taco Bell Quesadilla is so easy to make at home. Let’s start by making the sauce!

Reader Review

Very good and fast. Thanks for the sauce it was a great.

overhead of ingredients for Taco Bell quesadilla sauce broken down by ingredients

Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce

This simple sauce comes together with a few ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

Quesadilla Sauce Ingredients

How to Make Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce

  1. Mince some pickled jalapeños: I have a homemade pickled jalapeño recipe, but you certainly can buy some. You are going to use both the minced jalapeños and some of the pickling juice for this recipe.
  2. Whisk everything together: In a small bowl mix together the rest of the ingredients for the sauce.
overhead of a bowl of Taco Bell chicken quesadilla sauce

How to Make a Taco Bell Quesadilla

  1. Heat the skillet: Put a large skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Add the sauce: Spread the Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce over the tortilla shell.
  3. Cook the quesadilla: Spray the skillet with some cooking spray. Add the prepared tortilla shell to the skillet, then top it with cheese, chicken, and a little more cheese. Top it with another tortilla shell.
  4. Flip: Cook the quesadilla for 2 minutes on each side. I love to cook my quesadillas on low heat and covered.
overhead of a platter of chicken quesadillas

Tips for the Perfect Chicken Quesadilla

  • Buy good cheese. You will be a million times happier with this quesadilla if you shred your own cheese. It is tempting to save time by buying pre-shredded cheese, but cheese that you shred yourself from the block melts infinitely better.
  • Cook your quesadilla in a skillet you can cover with a lid. You want to cook it over low heat and cover it between flipping it.
a stack of Taco Bell chicken quesadillas

Pair With

We have some great recipes that will be perfect with this chicken quesadilla recipe.

  • Blender Salsa: This only takes 10 minutes to make, and it is my littlest’s favorite.
  • Guacamole: I’m obsessed with my mom’s simple and easy guac.
  • Pico de Gallo: This is my go to for tacos and it’s perfect on the side here too.
  • Spanish Rice: Our rice recipe makes a great easy side dish and the flavor is delightful.

If you make this amazing quesadilla recipe or any of my other recipes, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

triangles of Taco Bell quesadillas on a platter
5 from 23 votes

Taco Bell Chicken Quesadilla

Serves: 4 people
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Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Make this Copycat Taco Bell Chicken Quesadilla recipe right in the comfort of your own home. It is so easy to throw together and makes a perfect and easy weeknight dinner.


  • 6 10 inch flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded Colby-Jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded rotisserie chicken

Quesadilla Sauce

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise see note
  • 2 teaspoons minced pickled jalapeños
  • 2 teaspoons pickled jalapeño juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Place a large skillet that you can fit with a lid over very low heat.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the ingredients for the sauce.
  • Divide the sauce between three tortillas.
  • Working with one tortilla at a time, spray the skillet with a very small amount of cooking spray. Place the tortilla (that has been prepared with the sauce) in the skillet.  Add about 2/3 cup of a cheese, 1/3 a cup of chicken and a little more cheese. Top with a second tortilla shell.
  • Let it cook for about two minutes or until the shell begins to turn golden brown. Cover while it is cooking.  Flip it over, recover, and cook for another two minutes.  Repeat with the other prepared tortillas.
  • Slice with a pizza cutter and enjoy.


I used light mayonnaise. It saves on the calories and doesn’t change the taste.
Calories: 417kcal (21%) Protein: 24.9g (50%) Fat: 25.5g (39%) Saturated Fat: 11.7g (73%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g Cholesterol: 82.5mg (28%) Sodium: 910.9mg (40%) Potassium: 15.6mg Fiber: 1.4g (6%) Sugar: 1.8g (2%) Vitamin A: 440IU (9%) Vitamin C: 0.9mg (1%) Calcium: 366mg (37%) Iron: 1.4mg (8%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
triangles of Taco Bell quesadillas on a platter

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    5 stars
    oops…..forgot the well deserved five stars!!

  2. Laurie Frederick says

    This is the only think I eat at Taco Bell! Thank you for sharing the recipe for the sauce!! Can you tell me why the sugar is added? I’m super funny about sugar. If it’s necessary for the flavor then I would add it but by any chance would you know what it would taste like if I omit it? Obviously I’m not a chef 🤣. I don’t even like to cook but find it necessary 😭

    • Lisa Longley says

      It just pulls together the flavors in a way I really like. Try making it without the sugar and see what you think. Or try adding only half the amount it calls for.

  3. Karla Ceron says

    5 stars
    This tasted amazing and even my father was impressed!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad to her it!

  4. Risa says

    5 stars
    This was so good that all my family enjoyed. Thank you!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Valerie Reynolds says

    If I want to omit the jalapenos and juice what can I replace them with?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I would replace it with just a dash of vinegar!

  6. Jason says

    5 stars
    Very good and fast. Thanks for the sauce it was a great.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked them!

  7. Patti says

    Can I use regular jalapeños and juice instead of pickled ones

    • Lisa Longley says

      You can, but it will change the flavor quite a bit. The pickled jalapeños bring only mild heat a tang of the vinegar they were pickled in.

  8. Beth says

    5 stars
    Hi- I’ve used this recipe several times. It’s great. Question -I made up extra of the dry ingredients to have ready the next time. How much would you estimate using when adding to the wet ingredients? My guess is about 2tsp?

    • Lisa Longley says

      You’re spot on! Together they make exactly 2 teaspoons.

  9. Kimberly says

    Quick, easy, and delicious! My family loved these quesadillas! 😋

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy to hear that!

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