Layered Ham and Cheese Quesadillas

  • Active Time 10m
  • Total Time 1h 10m


Ham and Cheese Quesadillas are the perfect weeknight go-to, made with layers of tender ham steak, melted cheese, salsa and beans on crispy tortillas.


  • 1 pound ham steak, sliced
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 12 8-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 15-ounce can refried black beans, (or refried pinto beans), warmed
  • 1/4 cup roasted green chiles, chopped
  • 2 cups salsa, (any variety you prefer)
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Season the ham steak with salt and freshly ground pepper.

Place the seasoned ham steak on a parchment lined baking sheet and transfer to the preheated oven and cook for about 15-20 minutes until the internal temperature is 140 degrees F. Halfway through the cooking time, flip the ham steak over, and continue to cook until the ham steak is done.

Allow the ham steak to rest loosely covered with foil, for at least 10 minutes before cutting. Cut the ham into small 1/2-inch cubes and set aside.

Preheat broiler. Put tortillas in single layer on baking sheet. Brush with oil. Broil until toasted, about 3 minutes. Turn and set aside.

Spread a thin layer of the warmed beans on one of the tortillas. Top with a few tablespoons of shredded cheese and a sprinkle of cubed ham steak and some of the green chilies. Repeat process one more time and then top with another tortilla so there are 3 tortillas per stack, with the top tortilla plain. Repeat this process with the remaining tortillas and ingredients.

Once you have 4 stacks of quesadillas, drizzle salsa over each of the stacks and sprinkle with a bit of cheese. Place the quesadillas back into the oven for a few minutes to melt the cheese. Then, cut into 4 wedges. Garnish as desired.

Recipe reprinted by permission of National Pork Board. All rights reserved.

RecID 12065

nutrition information per serving

400 calories; 12g total fat; 40mg cholesterol; 1800mg sodium; 48g carbohydrates; 4g fiber; 23g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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