2 Sep

My brother and sisterinlaw, Julie and Pat, have been bringing these delicious veggie quesadillas to our summer pooldays for years.


They are so simple and yet so tasty. They are filled with different veggies and varying degree of spiciness. So you can easily customize and adapt to your audience.

Everything set up for assembly

I dont know why, but they call them “dillas” for short – so we have all adapted the name.

Deorated half

Closeup of inside

They are rather simple to make – just take a little bit of time, between chopping up the vegetables and cilantro and then assembling. It really is best to assemble them the day before so that they meld together. And hey, look at it this way – it’s one less thing you have to do the day of a get-together or party!

Folded Over

Wrapped up and labeled

This recipe makes about as many tortillas as come in a standard package – for me, it was 10. These things are huge. I customized them for everyone who was at Supper Club Summer Picnic Night (spicy or non-spicy) and labeled them all. That’s why this recipe is great – it’s so customizable!

Make sure to cook them low and slow on the grill. I cooked mine a bit too quickly and I didnt get a good enough melt on the cheese.

Once they are done, we usually cut them into thirds or fourths and put them on a platter for everyone to snack on. They dont need any condiments, although you can certainly use some if you like. These are DELICIOUS!

(I didnt get any action shots because we ate them too fast to snap any pics! Just imagine melted cheese and veggies…..yum!)



  • Flour tortillas (Mission brand seem to be the best that we have tried)
  • BBQ sauce (I use Sweet Baby Rays)
  • Chopped green onions
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Sliced avocado, pretty thin
  • Roma tomatoes, sliced thin, seeds removed
  • Chopped jalapenos or chiles (fresh or from can)
  • Jack cheese slices (I buy the pre-sliced ones that are kind of medium slice, and use about a slice and a half per tortilla)


Schmear BBQ sauce on tortillas. Place all other ingredients just on one half of tortilla so it can be folded over.

Fold tortilla in half and after making each one, wrap in plastic wrap separately. Store overnight (preferred) or use immediately.

These are best if assemble the day before grilling so flavors are allowed to mingle.

When ready to cook, brush with butter and then place on medium-high grill. Grill on low heat until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes or so. Make sure to flip over during grilling.


2 Responses to “Dillas”

  1. Patrick September 3, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    You can easily make these on stove-top or even bake them in the oven. They are supreme. EVery person who tries one of our dillas always comes back for seconds and thirds. Be warned though, they are quite filling. We have actually served these as a main course once or twice in a small plate type of mean – big hit.

    • lmullane September 3, 2012 at 11:23 am #

      I could eat these and nothing else for a meal and be perfectly happy. They are delicious!!

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