Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A flour tortilla folded in half around a savory filling, as of cheese or beans, then fried or toasted.

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  • n. A Mexican dish made by filling a tortilla (corn or flour) with cheese, folding in half and toasting until the cheese is melted. Additional ingredients, such as meats (chicken or beef, commonly), or vegetables can be added. Often served with salsa, guacamole and/or sour cream.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a tortilla that is filled with cheese and heated

Etymologies

American Spanish, from Spanish, diminutive of quesada, type of cheesecake, from queso, cheese, from Old Spanish, from Latin cāseus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • A quesadilla is a quesadilla because it's usually made with soft "quesadilla" cheese, some of the toppings are folded inside (by the cook, instead of the eater), and the salsa is served on top.

    Taco vs. Taquito

  • Now, this isn't as cheap as your usual intern hangout: The signature Fahrenheit 5 (Malibu coconut rum, Grand Marnier, and pineapple and cranberry juices) will still cost $6.25, and a chicken quesadilla is $7.50.

    Nightlife Agenda

  • Of course this basic quesadilla is easily jazzed up with all kinds of delicious fillings.

    Archive 2005-10-01

  • I can just barely tolerate it on their tacos thanks to the spice. mkim, I’ve been told the vegeterian quesadilla is great.

    El Rey Del Sabor Parks on Park | Midtown Lunch - Finding Lunch in the Food Wasteland of NYC's Midtown Manhattan

  • The quesadilla is a satisfying meal for one, the kind of thing I like to eat by myself when I've got no company other than cookbooks, which I read to plan future meals -- just as I first read about this dish over breakfast cereal.

    Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Guacamole: Now Inside the Quesadilla

  • The quesadilla is a satisfying meal for one, the kind of thing I like to eat by myself when I've got no company other than cookbooks, which I read to plan future meals--just as I first read about this dish over breakfast cereal.

    Big Girls, Small Kitchen: Guacamole: Now Inside the Quesadilla

  • A quesadilla is a tasty Mexican dish, but as it turns out it's also a handy metaphor for economics.

    Delusional Duck

  • The only stuff that's bad for you that tasted good was the spinach dip at top (not amazing, but not bad at all) and the cheese quesadilla, which is pretty flipping hard to mess up.

    The Orange County Register - Homepage

  • My next problem was what kind of quesadilla to make?

    Make Yourself a Dang Quesa-dilluh!

  • A123 spinoff 24M funded for novel energy storage raygun01: Stacey via txt: What kind of quesadilla do u want?

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  • Well done, all of you.

    July 3, 2011

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    July 1, 2011

  • Is not the mounted liger multifunctional? Satay,
    mouth-watering, bone-forming enchiladas, gluten-free
    masala, psychoactive potpies (guarded jealously),
    unwholesome nontraditional croquettes - you've got to say,
    though lesser-known, of common stock he definitely ain't
    (and in the world of quesadillas he's a St.)

    - by Alfredo Lyddite

    June 30, 2011

  • Is not the mounted liger's satay
    a nontraditional common-stock potpie
    compared to you, quesadilla?
    Your lesser-known croquettishness
    cannot hide your multifunctional delights!

    June 30, 2011

  • The lesser-known, multifunctional quesadilla!
    Mouth-wateringly unwholesome
    A bone-forming croquette
    A jealously-guarded untraditional potpie!
    (You've also got 'masala' and 'satay' in this list,
    But I have no idea what they are.)

    June 30, 2011

  • The "Same Context" section for this word makes me feel like writing an impromptu poem.

    Edit: Sorry, perhaps I meant that the Same Context section for this word seems like an impromptu poem.

    June 30, 2011

  • Oh. Carry on, then.

    June 29, 2011

  • Sorry--that wasn't a liger. That was just my stomach growling.

    June 28, 2011

  • Please! No feeding the animals!

    June 28, 2011

  • Rawr!

    June 28, 2011

  • Ooh, look at all those yummy tortilla ligers in the photos down there....

    June 28, 2011

  • quesadilla (n.)

    1. Latin American edible confabulation, consistent of tortilla, cheese, other variant yummables, and brought to heat.
    2. See also liger.

    June 28, 2011