Quesadillas are a popular Mexican dish consisting of tortilla, cheese, and various fillings, which are often cooked on a griddle and folded in half.
The beauty of this dish is that not only is it straightforward and quick to prepare, but they are very customizable, and you can cook it to your ultimate preference.
There’s plenty of fillings and combinations you can choose which means quesadillas can be a personal dish whether you want to make it meaty, veggie, or super cheesy.
Although quesadillas are quick to make, what if you want to batch cook and freeze them for the upcoming months? Are quesadillas good for meal prep? The good news is that you can freeze quesadillas for up to 3-4 months.
Although it can also depend on which type of fillings you plan to use and how you keep it stored, the process is relevantly straightforward and easy. This guide will break down the process of freezing quesadillas.
How to freeze and store quesadillas
Quesadillas are great for meal prep because they will stay fresh in the fridge for up to 4 days which can help you save time and stay on top of your meal plan.
However, what if you plan to batch cook your quesadillas and freeze them? Or what if you have leftovers that you don’t plan on reheating during that week?
The solution is to freeze them. Although it might seem complicated to freeze and reheat quesadillas, the process is simple and easy.
The steps for freezing quesadillas will be the same regardless of the fillings you will use, but the key is to use an air-tight container, freezer bag, or foil.
Here is how you freeze quesadillas:
- The best method is to pre-freeze the cooked quesadillas. You can do this by laying them on a sheet and freeze them for 2 hours until they become rock solid.
- Once they are rock solid, wrap the quesadilla individually or store them in an airtight container. The key is to remove as much air as possible to prevent them from drying out.
- Ensure you label and date them.
- Freeze the cooked quesadillas for up to 3-4 months.
By following this method will keep them perfectly sealed and they will reheat extremely well. However, the sooner you reheat them, the better.
If you want to learn more about storage and reheating guides for meal prep, check out my ultimate guide.
How to reheat frozen quesadilla
There are two main ways to reheat frozen quesadillas which is by microwave or oven which does not take too long.
This is why batch cooking can be a great way to save time and prevent food wastage.
Here is how:
- To reheat in the microwave: remove from the container or plastic wrap, and transfer the quesadilla to a microwave-proof dish. Heat the quesadilla in the microwave for 3 minutes, and until it’s piping hot.
- To reheat in the oven: remove from the container or plastic wrap, and transfer the quesadilla to a baking tray. Heat for 15 minutes on 180°c / 350°f. This method will take longer, but it’s the best way to reheat frozen quesadilla.
Can you freeze tortillas?
Yes, you can freeze tortillas, and they freeze exceptionally well. This is a perfect way to prevent food wastage and save them for your next quesadilla recipe.
If you have purchased store-bought tortillas, there will be freezing instructions on the packaging, which you should follow accordingly.
However, if you plan to freeze freshly homemade tortillas, you should keep them wrapped in foil or plastic wrap, and they typically freeze well up to 6-8 months.