Hawaiian Pizza-dilla Recipe {Pizza Quesadilla}

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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.

Triangles of Hawaiian pizza-dilla on a plate

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.

Ingredients for Hawaiian Pizza Quesadillas layered on a tortilla

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!

Pineapple Salsa in a bowl

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.

Triangles of Hawaiian Pizza-dillas on a cutting board

Pizza night just got interesting!

Triangles of Hawaiian Pizza Quesadilla Recipe on a plate with pineapple salsa in background
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Hawaiian Pizza-dilla

A Hawaiian Pizza-dilla is a twist on this pizza parlor favorite. This recipe uses ingredients often on hand so it's perfect for last minute dinners!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 517kcal


  • 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.


Calories: 517kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 1569mg | Potassium: 367mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 523mg | Iron: 2.8mg
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  1. That is so much goodness packed into a tortilla! Hawaiian pizzas are my oldest’s favorite, I’m totally going to surprise him with one of these.

  2. What a great weeknight menu item!

  3. quesadillas are one of my favorite fall back recipes too. I’ve never thought to go the pineapple route! I live switching up flavors so we are on top of this next week!

  4. The only thing better than pizza is Hawaiian pizza quesadillas! These are so fun for summer!

  5. What a great idea!

  6. Savory and sweet, love it! I’m digging that salsa on the side too!

  7. My mother-in-law has been here for a while from Italy and we were just telling her about Hawaiian pizza and she was intrigued. I love this idea in a quesadilla…so much fun!!

  8. I love, love, love these Hawaiian pizza quesadillas. You are so creative to think of them! They’re brilliant!

  9. Mmm Quesadillas are big at our house too! Perfect for anynight!

  10. So perfect for summer! Without AC, I don’t like turning on the oven so these are perfect.

  11. What a great idea! My husband ALWAYS orders a Hawaiian pizza – he’d love these quesadillas!

  12. My husband loves Hawaiian style anything so he would be a big fan of this quesadilla. Love this sweet and savory combo.

  13. Quesadillas take on a variety of flavors so well! I can never turn down Hawaiian pizza, so this sounds irresistible.

  14. I love pineapple and I love quesadillas! Didn’t think to combine them like this! Sounds and looks absolutely yummy!

  15. Frozen Yogurt says

    To keep it simple I just usually use cheese, ham, pineapple, tomatoes and onions since this is what my daughter likes on her quesadillas. I made these again today followed your recipe. I lightly brush the tortilla with butter and sprinkled parmesan cheese. It was yummy! Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  16. This was wonderful. My MIL couldn’t stop raving about it. I added a little cream cheese and cooked mine in a sandwich press so I didn’t have to flip it. Pinning it to make again for sure.

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