This Blooming Quesadilla Ring features chicken quesadillas rolled into cones and layered with shredded cheese for a super cheesy, easy party appetizer that’s guaranteed to impress. Serve with salsa or your favorite dipping sauce.
Easy Chicken Blooming Quesadilla
I’ll admit it – the first time I saw a blooming quesadilla ring, my first thought was that it must’ve taken forever to assemble. My second thought was that it was SO GOOD.
Luckily, I was wrong on the first count – this quesadilla ring is super easy to assemble and requires just 20 minutes or so of prep. And, of course, I was right on the second count – this recipe is SO GOOD.
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Flour tortillas are filled with a mixture of chicken, salsa, taco sauce, peppers, onions, and cheese then rolled into a cone shape. Then they’re assembled into a circle and layered, with lots of cheese between them. Pop them in the oven under golden brown and you’re all set!
This blooming quesadilla ring has everything you love about chicken quesadillas, in snackable, cone form. Perfect for kid’s birthday parties, game day, or even lunch.
Why You’ll Love This Quesadilla Appetizer
You’ll soon be making this appetizer for every game day, party, and more.
- Perfect for all occasions. This blooming quesadilla ring is just as appropriate for a kid’s birthday as it is for game day. You could even get away with calling it lunch!
- Customizable. Not a fan of onions? Leave them out. Love all things spicy? You can easily turn up the heat on this dish!
- Cheese, cheese, and more cheese. Because we all know cheese makes everything better. Not only is there cheese in each tortilla cone, there’s loads of cheese between each quesadilla ring too!
What You’ll Need
This blooming quesadilla ring is made with your basic chicken quesadilla ingredients, plus a few extras for
- Flour tortillas – The base of our quesadillas.
- Chicken breast – Any cooked, shredded chicken breast will work. You could even use rotisserie chicken or canned chicken.
- Bell pepper – I used red but any color works.
- Onion – I used both red onion and yellow onion.
- Chunky salsa – You can opt for mild, medium, or spicy depending on your preferences.
- Taco sauce – For that great taco classic!
- Shredded cheese – I used a combination of Colby, Monterey Jack, and cheddar cheese.
There are several ways you can customize this blooming quesadilla ring to your preferences. Here are a few ideas.
- Use beef instead of chicken. You can easily use ground beef in this recipe, just be sure to cook it fully before filling the cone.
- Make it vegetarian. You can also omit the chicken and serve up regular cheese quesadillas.
- Switch up the cheese. To bring up the level of heat, you can use pepper jack cheese in place of the colby and monterey jack.
- Adjust the filling as desired. Not a fan of onion? Use less or omit it completely – same with the bell pepper. You can also add diced jalapenos for some heat with the bell pepper.
How to Make a Blooming Quesadilla Ring
Though it may appear complicated, this chicken quesadilla ring is quite easy to assemble.
- Make the filling mixture. Combine the chicken, pepper, onion, salsa, and taco mix together.
- Fill the tortillas. Cut the tortillas in half, then add 1/2 a tablespoon of cheese and a tablespoon of chicken on one half. Roll each filled tortilla into a cone shape.
- Arrange the tortillas. Arrange in the baking sheet around the glass dish, with the small pointed ends touching the dish, until you have a circle. Sprinkle colby jack cheese over the first layer of quesadilla cones, then repeat with more cones and cheddar cheese. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the third layer of cones.
- Bake. Bake for 15 minutes, until the tortillas are golden brown.
- Serve. Transfer the quesadilla ring to a serving platter, top with cilantro, and serve with dipping sauce.
Tips for Success
Here are a few things you may find helpful when preparing this quesadilla appetizer.
- Don’t overfill the quesadillas. Since they need to be rolled into a cone and you don’t want the filling to go everywhere, take care to not overstuff the tortillas – as tempting as it may be!
- Warm the tortillas. Tortillas are my flexible and less likely to crack when warmed, so you may want to pop the stack of them in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds before assembling.
- Cover the tortillas. You can place a towel over the tortillas to keep them from drying out while you fill each cone.
- Push the filling back into the cones. If the filling starts to come out after the quesadilla ring is baked, gently push it back in with a spoon.
What to Serve with Chicken Quesadillas
We like to serve this quesadilla appetizer with a few different options for dipping. Our go-to’s are:
How to Store & Reheat
- Fridge. Store any leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the fridge.
- Reheat. The easiest way to reheat these chicken quesadillas is in the microwave but if you still have a large portion to reheat, you can also pop them back in the oven.
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Blooming Quesadilla Ring
- 20 flour tortilla taco shells
- 4 cups cooked shredded chicken breast
- 1 red bell pepper
- 3/4 cup red onion finely diced
- 1/2 cup yellow onion finely diced
- 1/2 cup chunky salsa
- 1 cup taco sauce
- 4 cups Colby and Monterey Jack cheese shredded
- 4 cups cheddar cheese shredded
- Fresh cilantro chopped for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper with a wide mouth jar or glass dish in the center.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the chicken, bell pepper, onion, red onion, salsa and taco sauce. Mix well until all the ingredients are combined.
- Using a sharp knife, cut all tortillas in half.
- Sprinkle ½ tablespoon of colby and monterey jack cheese and cheddar cheese and 1 tablespoon of chicken mixture on one side of the tortilla half.
- Roll each of the halved, filled tortillas into a cone shape. Make sure to roll the tortilla tight but don’t squeeze the filling out of the top of the tortilla.
- Place rolled cones with small pointed ends touching the wide mouth jar. Continue to do so with other tortillas until you have made a ring all the way around the wide mouth jar.
- Once you have made a complete bottom layer, sprinkle colby jack cheese all around the first layer of cones.
- Repeat the process for the second layer of cones. Then sprinkle with cheddar cheese on the second layer of cones.
- Continue to place rolled cones for the third and final layer of the ring. Sprinkle the top layer with remaining cheese.
- Remove the wide mouth jar from the center of the ring and place baking sheet into the oven.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until tortillas are golden brown.
- Carefully transfer the quesadilla ring using the parchment paper to a serving plate and top with cilantro if you wish.
- Serve with salsa or your favorite dipping sauce.