Classic Cheese Crisp

Rating:

Total Time:

10 minutes

Difficulty:

Easy

Growing up in Tucson meant many things, but perhaps the most important was that a Classic Cheese Crisp was everyones go-to snack! These were pretty much available at any restaurant and are, in fact, my true definition of the perfect meal.

Classic Cheese Crisp from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

If you’ve never heard of a Cheese Crisp before – today is the day. Consider this the first day of the rest of your life. It’s a buttered flour tortilla that gets baked until just slightly toasted and then loaded with cheese, baked again, and then served with salsa and guacamole. It’s basically an open faced quesadilla and it is truly one of the most perfect creations you’ll ever have. We used to make these every day after school and they will forever be near and dear to my heart. Big should out to El Charro for making these a staple early in our lives!

Classic Cheese Crisp from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Let’s discuss how you can jazz up a Classic Cheese Crisp. Besides serving them with pico, salsa, or guacamole, you can also get snazzy with the cheese.

Cheddar is the most classic for a cheese crisp, obviously. But I’ve been known to do Pepper Jack or Colby Jack from time to time and it’s equally as delish.

Classic Cheese Crisp from www.whatsgabycooking.com (@whatsgabycookin)

Classic Cheese Crisp

Gaby
The all time best recipe for a classic cheese crisp – a tucson staple from growing up in the Southwest! Essentially an open faced quesadilla with a little bit of butter to make the tortilla crispy. True perfection
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack, Lunch
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1 person

Ingredients
  

For the Cheese Crisp:

  • 1 large burrito size flour tortilla (13-inch diameter or larger)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

Serve with:

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F with a rack in the middle.
  • Butter the flour tortilla all the way to the edges. Transfer to a baking sheet.
  • Bake the plain buttered tortilla for about 6 minutes or until it begins to get lightly toasted.
  • Remove the tortilla from the oven and sprinkle with the cheddar cheese, leaving about 1/2-inch from the edges. Return the tortilla to the oven and cook for 2 more minutes, or until all of the cheese has melted. Remove from the oven and eat with desired dipping sauces

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14 comments

  1. Diana Matovic

    Love this! Do you butter both sides of the tortilla or just the one facing up with the cheese?

  2. Louise lajoie

    I must eat gluten-free, can these be make with the smaller corn tortillas?

  3. Louise lajoie

    I have a gluten allergy, could this recipe be done with the corn tortillas?

  4. Monika

    5 stars
    THIS!! Closely followed by soup and grilled cheese, fo a quick dinner. YUM!!!!

  5. Margaret

    Love I good cheese crisp! If I wanted to add toppings (cooked) would I add them at the same time as the cheese?

  6. Jenny

    Is this supposed to crisp up like a chip? I’ve tried twice now with 2 different tortillas and just get kind of a….chewy quesadilla

    • Gaby

      Not like super crispy like a chip, that would really only be achieved from deep frying. But it def has a crisp to it when you butter and bake it without the cheese to start