Quesadillas Benedict

Quesadillas Benedict

Prep: 10 mins

Cook: 10 mins

Total: 20 mins

Servings: 2 Servings

Yield: 2 quesadillas

Let it be known: This dish is simply called Quesadillas “Benedict.” It has next to nothing to do with that staple of brunch menus everywhere, because that staple (while delicious) takes a long time to make! This recipe takes no time to put together, and reliably results in exactly the kind of cheesy, salsa-spiked, egg-runny goodness you get with huevos rancheros or chilaquiles. The “Benedict” part is a Mexican-spiced play on Hollandaise that only takes a minute to whip up.

Feel free to add cooked bacon, chorizo, black beans, or other protein to the finished product for an extra-filling meal.


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon Mexican hot sauce

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 large eggs

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 4 corn tortillas

  • 2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • 1 cup salsa

  • Scallions, sliced, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients

    Quesadillas Benedict

  2. Combine the mayonnaise, lime juice, and hot sauce in a small bowl. Spoon into a plastic zip-top bag and set aside.

    Quesadillas Benedict

  3. Assemble the quesadillas: Divide the cheese between two tortillas, then top with the others.

    Quesadillas Benedict

  4. Heat the butter in a large non-stick pan over medium heat until foamy and just beginning to smell toasty, then add the eggs and fry sunny-side up. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

    Quesadillas Benedict

  5. Transfer fried eggs to a plate and tent loosely with foil to keep warm.

    Quesadillas Benedict

  6. Transfer the quesadillas to the hot pan and cook until the cheese is melted and the outside is slightly toasted, flipping once.

    Quesadillas Benedict

  7. Top each quesadilla with half the salsa, then flip immediately so the quesadilla is cooking salsa-side down.

    Quesadillas Benedict

  8. Cook until the salsa is mostly absorbed, about a minute, then top with the remainder of the salsa and flip again. Cook another minute or two until salsa is absorbed, then transfer to a plate.

    Quesadillas Benedict

  9. Top each quesadilla with a fried egg. Snip the tip off the zip-top bag and add squiggles of sauce, then garnish with sliced scallions, and serve.

    Quesadillas Benedict

Recipe Tip

  • Add an extra layer of flavor by using a half cup each of red and green salsa.
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2
Amount per serving
Calories 853
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 72g 92%
Saturated Fat 23g 113%
Cholesterol 277mg 92%
Sodium 1855mg 81%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 10mg 49%
Calcium 402mg 31%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 650mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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