A Hawaiian Pizza-dilla is a fun twist on this popular flavor combination with barbecue sauce, pineapple, ham and cheese. There's even a special name for pizza quesadillas!
It's the best of both worlds. It tastes like pizza, but cooks on the stove-top and is ready in under 30 minutes.
It's easy to fall into a rut and make plain cheese quesadillas over and over and over again. No more!
When it's fall try Butternut Squash and Spinach Quesadillas, and when it's pizza night make this recipe. Of course, this technique is perfect for many other topping combos. Pepperoni pizza lovers should check out Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas by Little Dairy on the Prarie.
How to Make a Hawaiian Pizza-dilla
Make this recipe entirely on the stove-top. You'll need a large skillet and an assembly line if you're cooking for a crowd.
Basic Ingredients for Hawaiian Pizza Quesadillas
Prepare all of the ingredients in advance so you won't need to stop midway through:
- Dice deli ham or leftover baked ham.
- Set out your favorite barbecue sauce.
- Dice fresh or canned pineapple.
- Thinly slice or dice red onion.
- Chop cilantro - This is optional...except at our house!
- Shred mozzarella cheese.
- Tortillas - keep a stash in the freezer and you'll always be minutes away from a pizza-dilla.
Mix together any extra ingredients and stir in lime juice to taste so there's a salsa for the side. 🙂 Add diced peppers and tomatoes to make Easy Pineapple Salsa!
How to Cook a Pizza Quesadilla
Coat the outside of the tortilla with olive oil (and a little butter, if desired.) Place it butter side down in a frying pan. Layer on the ingredients and top it off with another one.
When the bottom starts to crisp and the cheese starts to melt, flip it over with a big spatula and then crisp the other side.
Remove and repeat...and repeat!
Use a pizza cutter to easily cut the pizza quesadilla into triangles.
Pizza night just got interesting!
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- 8 flour tortillas 8-9 inch
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 16 ounces ham diced (any type, including deli style) or about 1 cup
- 1 cup diced pineapple
- 1/2 cup red onion thinly sliced or diced
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- Olive Oil spray
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- Lay 4 flour tortillas on a flat surface and brush the side facing up with BBQ sauce.
- Layer ham, pineapple, red onion, cilantro and cheese on top of the 4 flour tortillas brushed with BBQ Sauce.
- Brush one side of each of the remaining flour tortillas with BBQ sauce and place one flour tortilla, BBQ sauce side down, on top of the flour tortillas layered with ingredients.
- Coat the bottom of a large frying pan with olive oil.
- Butter the outside of the tortillas, if desired, for crispier quesadillas.
- Cook quesadillas in batches over medium heat, by placing each quesadilla in frying pan.
- When the bottom layer is toasty and the cheese has begun to melt (about 1-2 minutes), flip the tortilla over and toast the other side for a few minutes more.
- Remove from pan and repeat process to make the rest of the quesadillas.
- Cut quesadillas into triangles using a pizza cutter.