Hawaiian Ham Quesadillas

Quesadillas might be one of my favorite foods. That and pizza. Why? Because you can put just about anything inside and the outer crispy tortilla shell somehow makes everything a million times better.

For this quesadilla I took the classic flavors of a Hawaiian pizza and stuffed into a tortilla for a quick weeknight fix. I added some red pepper flakes because I like things a little spicy, but you could easily leave those out. Other ingredients that would taste yum in this are: red onions (instead of the green), fresh jalapenos (instead of the red pepper flakes), or green peppers.

These little gems are pretty rich and creamy, so I suggest pairing them with something light and full of fiber. This simple black bean salad would be AWESOME with the quesadillas and is pretty fast to whip up.

Enjoy!

Hawaiian Ham Quesadillas

Hawaiian Ham Quesadilla slices into four pieces on white plate


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Hawaiian Ham Quesadillas

Hawaiian ham quesadillas with a creamy cheesy filling, ham, pineapple, and green onions.
Total Cost: $9.36 recipe / $1.04 serving
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 9

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. cream cheese ($1.87)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella ($0.92)
  • 3 sliced green onions ($0.35)
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes, optional ($0.02)
  • 15 oz. can pineapple chunks in juice ($1.14)
  • 1/2 lb. smoked ham ($3.27)
  • 8 8-inch four tortillas ($1.79)

Instructions

  • Allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature before you begin. Combine the cream cheese, shredded mozzarella, sliced green onions, and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Stir until well combined.
  • Drain the pineapple chunks as much as possible. Roughly chop them into smaller pieces. Roughly chop the sliced ham into small pieces. Add both to the cheese mixture and stir to combine.
  • Place 1/4 to 1/3 cup of the filling in each tortilla and spread to cover half of the surface. Fold the tortilla in half to close. Cook each quesadilla in a skillet over medium heat until brown and crispy on both sides.
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Nutrition

Serving: 1ServingCalories: 309.7kcalCarbohydrates: 31.04gProtein: 12.48gFat: 15.34gSodium: 683.4mgFiber: 1.92g
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Top view of Hawaiian Ham Quesadillas sliced into four slices on plate, whole green onion on the side

Step By Step Photos

cheese mixture in mixing bowl
Make sure the cream cheese is room temperature before you begin so that it’s soft enough to stir. Combine the cream cheese with the mozzarella, sliced green onions, and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine. I actually used about 1/4 tsp of red pepper, but listed 1/8 tsp because I know I like things quite a bit hotter than most!

ham sliced into small pieces with knife
Roughly chop up the ham. It doesn’t have to be any particular size or shape, just make it into bite-sized pieces.

can of pineapple chunks
Drain the pineapple as much as possible so that your quesadillas don’t get soggy. I also cut the pineapple chunks into slightly smaller pieces because they were kind of large.

pineapple and ham added to cheese mixture in mixing bowl
Add the chopped ham and drained pineapple to the cheese mixture.

quesadilla filling mixed together
And mix it all together. The residual moisture from the pineapple will make the mixture softer and much easier to spread. I call this the “yum-yum mix” because it’s SO GOOD.

tortilla being filled with mixture
I used “fajita style” tortillas, which are about 8 inches across. Add about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of filling to each tortilla and spread it over one half of the surface. The filling is pretty rich from all of the cream cheese, so you don’t want to over fill them.

two quesadillas cooking in skillet
Cook the quesadillas in a skillet over medium heat until they are golden brown and crispy on each side.

brown and crispy quesadillas in skillet
Don’t forget to flip ’em.

Hawaiian Ham Quesadilla sliced into four pieces on plate
Be warned. These are VERY ADDICTIVE.

If you want a less “creamy” quesadilla, you can change the ratio of cream cheese to mozzarella. Use 4 oz. of cream cheese and 2 cups of mozzarella. This will give you more of a classic melty cheese filling.

Got some marinara laying around? I bet it would be good for dipping these in!