Spicy Breakfast Quesadilla

In this spicy breakfast quesadilla, eggs are scrambled and mixed with cheese, jalapeños and red peppers. Then stuffed in a tortilla and crisped.

Today I almost burnt my house down. Yup. You heard it right. How, you ask? Well, it was as simple as roasting a jalapeno.

I bet you can’t believe roasting a jalapeno can be so traumatic…


Well it was. You see I never roasted a jalapeno before. Not ever. And today was going to be the day I tried it out. So there I was in my kitchen, I placed my jalapeno on some parchment paper, drizzled it with some olive oil and placed it under the broiler. I thought to myself that I should probably move the jalapeno up closer to the heat source so it could get a good blistered char on the skin. So I did just that.

Luckily I stuck around, because I started hearing a “pop” and “crackle” sound coming from the oven. I immediately opened the oven door and there was my parchment paper on FIRE!  I muttered a word that luckily my kids didn’t hear, slipped on my oven mitts and reached in for the blazing pan. One quick blow and the flames went out, now it was now just smoldering. I breathed a sigh of relief. Choked on the jalapeno smoke, and quickly set the pan down and then totally freaked out.

Who puts parchment paper within inches of the hot broiler coils? Me. I do.

Who knows where the fire extinguisher is in their home? Not me. Until today.

Who has a fire fighter brother-in-law who would never let me live this down if he ran on my 911 call? I do.

It could have been bad… real bad.

So I removed the ashes of what was parchment paper… replaced it with tinfoil {genius} and continued to char the heck out of that pepper. I have to admit I was a little shaken and a lot sweaty… but swore to myself that I wasn’t gonna tell anyone about this… except, well, you.

Here we have all the fixins to a yummy, wholesome and filling breakfast!

I started with a good size jalapeno, drizzled it with a little extra light olive oil, and placed it under the broiler on high. Now DO NOT put parchment paper under a broiler!! Use tinfoil! GOT it TINFOIL!

After 5 to 7 minutes under the broiler it should be nicely charred. Stick it into a zip lock baggie and let it steam for 5 minutes or so. Peel off the skin, remove seeds and ribs and dice small.

I reeeeeally wish I took pictures of the charred parchment paper… but I guess I was too busy freaking the heck out!

Heat a small sauté pan over medium heat and add a pad of butter… or is it pat of butter? Anyone have the answer to this?

Once the butter is bubbly, throw in the diced red pepper and shallots. Cook those till they are soft.

While those are softening; combine the two eggs, whole milk {did I forget that in the ingredient photo?}, kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper.

First I just need to tell you how much I love this mini-whip! I believe it’s from Pampered Chef and I use it for lots of things like scrambling eggs or whisking cocoa to make hot chocolate! Love it!

Now that I’m over my mini-whip plug, I can whisk the eggs into submission and set aside.

Before adding the eggs, I reduced the heat and then tossed in the roasted jalapeno {Ya know the one that almost burnt down my home… you know that one.}

Then I poured the eggs over top.

I cooked the eggs until they were done, and still moist. Be careful not to overcook these eggs or they will be dry and not good eats. Immediately pull them off the heat and set aside.

I then quickly tossed a whole grain tortilla into a shallow pan over medium heat. I like to use whole grain tortillas because it seems more breakfasty. I’m sure the editor of Microsoft WORD is going to have a field day with me using breakfasty… Breakfasty, breakfasty, BrEaKfAsTy! Ha!

Sprinkle one half of the tortilla with the Chihuahua cheese. Chihuahua cheese is a Mexican cheese primarily used in fondues, quesadillas and chili con queso. Its flavor is similar to Monterey jack, but I think it melts better! Oh and you should be able to find it in your specialty cheese case at you grocery store! Cha-ching.

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Once the cheese starts to soften and the bottom of the tortilla starts to crisp, add the hot jalapeno eggs, and fold over. Leave for just a moment before plating. Top with fresh cilantro leaves and devour!

Enjoy! And if you give this Breakfast Quesadilla recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 1 quesadilla

Spicy Breakfast Quesadilla

Spicy Breakfast Quesadilla
In this spicy breakfast quesadilla, eggs are scrambled and mixed with cheese, jalapeños and red peppers. Then stuffed in a tortilla and crisped.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1/4 cup {scant} Red Pepper, diced small
  • 1 tablespoon shallots, diced small
  • 1 Jalapeno, roasted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon Whole Milk
  • Kosher Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper, to taste
  • 1 Whole Wheat Tortilla
  • 1/4 cup Chihuahua Cheese or Monterey Jack
  • Fresh Cilantro leaves, for garnish


Start by preheating your broiler to high and place the jalapeno on a tinfoil lined baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and roast, rotating throughout cooking, until the skin is blistered and black. Stick in a plastic baggy to steam, which will help when removing the skin. After 5 minutes or so, remove jalapeno. Discard the skin, seeds and ribs, and then finely dice the jalapeno flesh.

In a small sauté pan, melt the tablespoon of butter. Then add the diced shallot and red pepper and cook until soft. Mean while in a bowl; whisk the two eggs, whole milk, salt and pepper until thick and fluffy. To the red pepper and shallots add the diced jalapeno. Reduce the heat and then pour the eggs over the veggies and cook over medium low heat until eggs begin to set, pushing them around with a spatula to cook evenly. Remove from heat and set the scrambled eggs aside. In a clean skillet place whole a whole wheat tortilla. On one side of the tortilla add the Chihuahua cheese, when it begins to melt then add the scrambled jalapeno eggs. Once the cheese is melted and the tortilla is crispy, fold over the other side of the tortilla, remove from pan and cut in half. Lastly top with fresh cilantro leaves and enjoy!

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18 Responses to “Spicy Breakfast Quesadilla”

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    blog is the new black — April 27, 2011 at 9:53 am

    You are so funny! Sounds like something I'd do. This looks amazing. And I love that mini whisk- I need to get one!

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    Pretend Chef — April 27, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I roasted poblano chiles before for my Green Chile Cheeseburgers but I placed them on a baking sheet with nothing under and no oil on them. I kept racing to the oven everytime I heard the popping. That alone was an experience. I can only imagine your horror. I'm happy you ended up with a delicious breakfast. Yummy!

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    Pip & Ebby — April 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Your jalapeno story made me laugh. Only because everything turned out ok, though! 🙂 I am a huge fan of fun breakfast and I absolutely love this recipe!! Thank you so much for sharing it.

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    Pip & Ebby — April 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Your jalapeno story made me laugh. Only because everything turned out ok, though! 🙂 I am a huge fan of fun breakfast and I absolutely love this recipe!! Thank you so much for sharing it.

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    Pip & Ebby — April 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Your jalapeno story made me laugh. Only because everything turned out ok, though! 🙂 I am a huge fan of fun breakfast and I absolutely love this recipe!! Thank you so much for sharing it.

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    Andrea the Kitchen Witch — April 27, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Oh the quesadilla looks amazing! I love egg burritos, tacos & quesadillas, so easy and so satisfying! You poor thing, that must have been freaky to have the parchment catch on fire!! When I roast peppers I just put them onto the oven rack right under the broiler, no sheet tray, no oil, no nothin. works fine 🙂

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    Nichole — April 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I'm so glad you did not burn down your house! but the post is funny – and delicious!

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — April 27, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I love your story! Oh my gosh! I definitely did the same thing except mine involved coconut. I wanted to roast the coconut so I put it on the baking sheet under the broiler and walked away for a minute. Next thing you know my coconut is on fire and my kitchen is being smoked out!
    I feel your pain.

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    Our Eyes Eat First — April 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    oh my! youre not alone in the "almost burning down my house" department. I have a bad habit of holding the handles of my pots with dangling kitchen towels. As you can imagine Ive had to toss quite a few charred towels into the sink – it is scary! The eggs look super yummy – my hubby will love this. I will definitely be using foil not parchment paper!

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    Lizzy — April 27, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Oh, my gosh! I'm surprised I haven't done this one myself! But look at the fabulous quesadilla that resulted! DELISH!

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    Parsley Sage — April 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    Heh. 'BrEaKfAsTy!' I love that you kind of take your near-house-burning frustrations out on WORD. Well done.

    Awesome quesadillas. They look undeniably tasty.

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    Kelly — April 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Wow this looks fantastic!! I love quesadillas but have never tried to make on for breakfast, would love to try this! 🙂

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    Gwenevere — April 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    How spicy is spicy? I guess if Jalapeno is the only spice I know how to temper that. I recently made a mexican dish with chipotle powder and I've never had chipotle powder…oh MY I cried. It was so HOT I couldn't stop crying. I think I can stomach a Jalapeno, because this looks good.

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    jennifer — April 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    This looks so scrumptious! Good enough to get me to actually sit down and eat breakfast. Oh and I want that mini whip!

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    ravienomnoms — April 27, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    First off, yum! I love spicy anything. Second off, I am really glad you didn't burn down your house haha.

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    Sandra — April 27, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Ohhh wow, this is my kind of breakfast! Your photos are just phenomenal!!! Nicely done!!!

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    Ingrid — April 27, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    oh my goodness! this looks soooooo good! i am going to make this for dinner soon! nom nom nom!

    and i think it is a 'pat' of buttah

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    Mary — April 28, 2011 at 12:42 am

    That's pretty funny! I once set the sleeve of my bathrobe on fire when making breakfast on a gas stove. This looks delicious–I love eggs and peppers. Keep that fire extinguisher handy!
    p.s. it's pat of butter

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