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Easy Keto Quesadilla: Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas

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It's no secret that the ketogenic diet, or as many of us know it, the keto diet, has taken the culinary world by storm. And while we all rave about the delicious fats we get to devour, sometimes we crave something a bit... familiar. Something like quesadillas! But fear not, I've got you covered with this easy keto quesadilla recipe that brings both flavor and that comforting feel of a traditional quesadilla without the extra carbs.

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Keto Layered Pepperoni Pizza Quesadilla

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Servings: 2 

Net Carbs: 6 net carbs per serving

keto quesadilla ingredients

Ingredients:

2 Large keto tortillas

2 Tbsp. Olive oil divided

½ Green bell peppers thinly sliced

¼ Red onion thinly sliced

¼ C. Keto marinara sauce

¼ C. Pepperoni slices

1 C. Shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions:

Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. 

onions and peppers saute on skillet

Add in the onions and peppers, and saute until softened. 

a slit cut into tortilla

Lay a tortilla on a flat surface, and make one cut with a sharp knife from the center of the tortilla to the right all the way to the edge. 

all ingredients on a tortilla

On the bottom right of the tortilla, spread marinara sauce. To the bottom left, add mozzarella cheese. On the upper left, sprinkle half the onions and peppers. Finally, on the remaining quarter, layer more cheese and top with pepperoni slices.

tortilla ingredients being folded

Begin by folding the tortilla's bottom right section (with marinara sauce) over onto the bottom left, covering the mozzarella cheese.

Tortilla folded only pepperoni showing

Next, fold the now combined sections from the bottom left (with mozzarella cheese) upwards, covering the onions and peppers in the top left section.

folded keto quesadilla ready to cook

Taking the folded portions, fold them over to the top right, encompassing the mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices.

Press down gently to secure the layers, ensuring a snug wrap with all ingredients enclosed.

Heat the remaining oil in a skillet over medium heat. 

keto quesadilla cooking on skillet

Toast the low carb quesadillas evenly on both sides until golden brown and crispy. 

There you have it, a crispy tortilla filled with gooey cheese and pepperoni, making it the perfect keto dinner option!

best keto quesadilla on polka dot plate

Tips for Crafting the Perfect Keto Quesadilla:

  • Tortilla Selection: Go for low-carb tortillas. The quality and type can truly change your quesadilla experience.
  • Diverse Fillings: While pepperoni is a star here, feel free to experiment. Ground beef or chicken can be great alternatives.
  • Consistent Heat: Using medium-high heat helps achieve a golden-brown finish without burning. Opt for a non-stick skillet for better results.
  • Storage Solutions: Leftovers? Store in an airtight container to keep them fresh.
  • Elevate with Sides: A dash of hot sauce or a dollop of sour cream can add an extra kick.
  • Cheese Varieties: Experiment with different cheeses. Perhaps, mix mozzarella with some Mexican cheese.
  • Cook with Patience: Don't rush the cooking process; ensure each side gets its time to crisp up perfectly.
Over top video of cooked keto quesadilla with pepperoni

Frequently Asked Questions: Keto Quesadilla

Are quesadillas high in carbs?

Typically, traditional tortillas used in quesadillas are high in carbs. However, there are low-carb tortilla options available that make a keto quesadilla a viable option for those on a low carb diet.

Can I eat tortillas on keto?

Absolutely! But it's essential to choose low-carb tortillas or make your own using a keto tortilla recipe. Always check for added sugars and carb content.

Which tortillas are keto friendly?

There are several brands out there offering keto-friendly tortillas. Look for ones with almond flour, coconut flour, or other low-carb ingredients. Remember to always check the nutritional information to make sure they are low carb tortillas.

Are zero carb tortillas really zero carb?

It's always good to be skeptical. Even if a product claims to be "zero carb," always check the ingredient list and nutrition label. Sometimes, dietary fibers or sugar alcohols are subtracted to give a net carb count.

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How to Make Keto Quesadillas?

Here’s a quick step-by-step to get those quesadillas on your plate:

  1. Select Your Base: Start with a low-carb tortilla. Whether store-bought or homemade, make sure it's keto-friendly.
  2. Choose Your Fillings: Shredded cheese is a given, but how about adding some spiced chicken? Or throw in some taco seasoning to elevate the flavors.
  3. Heat It Up: Get that medium skillet nice and warm on medium-high heat.
  4. Assemble: Lay down your tortilla, distribute your chosen fillings on one half, and fold it over.
  5. Cook to Perfection: Fry until both sides are golden brown and that cheese is melted inside.
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Key Takeaways for Crafting the Ideal Keto Quesadilla

  1. Tortilla Choice is Key: When diving into this easy keto quesadilla recipe, remember that your choice of tortilla can make or break the carb count. Opt for low-carb tortillas, which are readily available at major grocery stores, to stay true to your keto goals.
  2. Customization: The beauty of this recipe is that it's incredibly customizable. While pepperoni stands out, feel free to experiment with ingredients like ground beef, keto chicken quesadilla, or even some green onions for an added crunch. You'll love our Mediterranean Chicken quesadilla!
  3. Serving Suggestions: No quesadilla is complete without its sidekicks. A dash of hot sauce, a dollop of sour cream, or even a sprinkle of black pepper can elevate the taste to the next level.
  4. Stay Patient on Medium-High Heat: Achieving that golden brown, crispy tortilla is a game of patience. Using a large skillet on medium-high heat ensures even cooking without burning the edges.
  5. Beyond Dinner: While it makes a delightful easy dinner, this quesadilla recipe can be versatile. Have you thought about breakfast quesadillas? Swap the pepperoni for some scrambled eggs and you have a new morning favorite.
  6. Low-Carb Alternatives Everywhere: From tortilla choices to fillings, there are plenty of low-carb alternatives available in the market. Keep an eye out, and don't hesitate to incorporate them into your recipes.
close up of finished easy keto quesadillas ready to eat

Conclusion: Easy Keto Quesadilla

Diving into keto doesn't mean saying sayonara to our beloved quesadillas. I mean, low-carb tortillas? Check. Melty cheese tortilla vibes? Double check. And let's not forget that sprinkle of taco seasoning that takes everything up a notch!

Now, I won't lie - I've tried a bunch of different brands, and while there are plenty of low-carb tortilla options out there, finding your go-to might take some trial and error. But hey, that’s half the fun, right? And for the DIY-ers among us, rolling out your own tortilla (maybe even using that fancy tortilla press gathering dust in your cupboard) is a total game-changer. Just imagine the bragging rights on social media!

From chicken quesadillas to some wild cheeseburger quesadilla adventures (yep, it's a thing), there's a world of low-carb yumminess waiting for us. So next time you're craving an easy Keto Quesadilla dinner or just want to wow your pals with a new low carb recipe, remember this: keto quesadillas are where it's at. A recipe your whole family will love. 

Yield: 2

Keto Pepperoni Pizza Quesadilla

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Keto Pepperoni Pizza Quesadilla: A delightful fusion of your favorite pizza toppings nestled within a crisp, low-carb tortilla. This quesadilla promises the savory flavors of pepperoni, melty mozzarella, and a hint of fresh veggies, all wrapped up in a keto-friendly package. Perfect for a quick lunch, dinner, or a satisfying snack!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Large keto tortillas
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil divided
  • ½ Green bell pepper thinly sliced
  • ¼ Red onion thinly sliced
  • ¼ C. Keto marinara sauce
  • ¼ C. Pepperoni slices
  • 1 C. Shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

    Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat.
    Add in the onions and peppers, and saute until softened.
    Lay a tortilla on a flat surface, and make one cut with a sharp knife from the center of the tortilla to the right all the way to the edge.
    On the bottom right fourth of the tortilla, place a layer of the marinara sauce.
    In the bottom left fourth of the tortilla, place a layer of mozzarella cheese.
    Add ½ of the onions and peppers to the upper left section of the tortilla.
    In the remaining fourth of the tortilla, add first a layer of mozzarella cheese, and then 10 pepperoni slices on top of it.
    Fold the tortilla beginning with the bottom right section over onto the bottom left. Then, fold the tortilla from the bottom left up to the top left section.
    Finish by folding the tortilla over the cheese and pepperoni section.
    Repeat steps 3-9 to create another layered quesadilla.
    Heat the remaining oil in a skillet over medium heat.
    Toast the quesadillas evenly on both sides until browned and crispy.

Notes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Net Carbs: 6 net carbs per serving

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