Smoked Cheddar Quesadillas with Apple Salsa

Smoked Cheddar Quesadillas with Apple Salsa are a celebration of apple season and early fall! Apples and cheddar are a classic combo, and these quesadillas give them a fun new twist.











For the salsa: 

2 medium apples, cored, finely diced (any variety)

1/4 cup red onion, finely diced

1/3 cup fresh cilantro, minced

Juice of 1 lime

1 Tbsp. agave (or honey)

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

For quesadillas: 

8 oz. smoked cheddar cheese, grated

8 whole-grain tortillas

1-2 Tbsp. ghee or avocado oil, for frying


  1. Start by preparing the Apple Salsa. Combine all the salsa ingredients in a medium bowl, and stir to combine. Set aside so the flavors can develop while you make the quesadillas. 
  2. Make the quesadillas. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add about 1 tsp. of oil or ghee to the pan. Place one tortilla in the pan, and gently turn it in the pan to coat the pan and the tortilla with the oil. Evenly distribute one quarter of the grated cheddar cheese on the tortilla. Top with a second tortilla. Fry until golden brown on each side, about 4 minutes. Repeat until you’ve made all the quesadillas. 
  3. Serve the quesadillas cut into wedges, topped with Apple Salsa, and additional Apple Salsa on the side for dipping.