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Taco Bell Chicken Quesadilla Recipe
Taco Bell Chicken Quesadilla
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Entree
Calories: 500
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Recipe Rating: 4.9 (15 reviews)

Taco Bell takes the fast food quesadilla into new territory with three different cheeses and a creamy jalapeno sauce, all of which you can now cheerfully recreate in the comfort of your warm kitchen. Gather up the crew, since this easy recipe will make four of the tasty tortilla treats.

Source: "Top Secret Recipes Unlocked" by Todd Wilbur.

Creamy Jalapeno Sauce
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoons minced jalapeno slices (bottled)
2 teaspoons juice from jalapeno slices (from the bottle)
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch salt

4 chicken breast tenderloins
vegetable oil
salt and pepper
4 large flour tortillas (10-inch)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
2 slices American cheese

1. Prepare the creamy jalapeno sauce by combining all the ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and chill so the flavors develop. Stir occasionally.

2. Preheat your barbecue grill to medium heat.

3. Rub the chicken tenderloins with vegetable oil. Salt and pepper both sides of each tenderloin. Grill for 3 to 5 minutes per side. When the chicken is done, slice it very thin.

4. When you are ready to build your quesadillas, preheat a 12-inch skillet over medium-low heat. 

5. When the pan is hot, lay one tortilla in the pan. Arrange about 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and 1/4 cup of shredded jack cheese on half of the tortilla. Tear up half a slice of American cheese and arrange it on the other cheeses. 

6.  Arrange about 1/4 cup of sliced chicken over the cheese.

7. Spread about 1 tablespoon of jalapeno sauce over the tortilla on the half with no ingredients on it.

8. Fold the sauced-covered half of the tortilla over onto the ingredients on the other half and press down with a spatula. Cook for about 1 minute, then turn the quesadilla over and cook for a couple more minutes, or until the cheese inside is melted. Slice into 4 pieces and serve hot. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.

Makes 4 quesadillas.

Tidbits: Look for bottled jalapeno slices. They are sometimes called "nacho slices" and can be found near the pickles in your supermarket. 

Linet A.  
Submitted on: 03/19/14
I'm doing a NY's resolution where I can't eat out for a year and I have been craving Taco Bell for about 2 weeks now. Just before I lost my resolve and drove down there I found this recipe. I WILL NEVER NEED TB AGAIN! :D
Pleased my picky son
Annie B  
Submitted on: 02/11/14
My son is super picky, but he LOVES the chicken quesadillas at Taco Bell. This completely gets his full approval! Yummy and quick, and ingredients I always have at home.
Just What I Wanted!
Submitted on: 11/11/13
Had some leftover cold chicken and was remembering how much I loved the chicken quesadillas from Taco Bell because of the sauce... Found this recipe and my quesadillas came out just the way I wanted. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!!
Submitted on: 09/12/13
This recipe was absolutley perfect! Brought so much to my plain quesadillas! thanks!
Closest I can find
Submitted on: 08/19/13
The recipe is almost exact. I always make 8 x's the recipe and keep in a squirt bottle. As a hunt for those who want finer cut jalapeños, I put mine in magic bullet and basically make it into a purée. Works perfect with my squirt bottle! :)
Tammy Richey  
Submitted on: 08/15/13
The ingredients of the sauce surprised me but it was delicious.
Submitted on: 08/02/13
It's a good recipe the sauce is really good. Now I wont have to buy any thanks .P.S. YUM
The best!
Tim Bullock  
Submitted on: 01/16/13
I'm an avid creamy jalapeño sauce lover at TB & this is the closest I've ever tasted to it! I absolutely looooved it, not a thing I'd change! I added a little too much jalapeño juice/slices (accidentally, I quadrupled the recipe & lost count lol) so it was a bit spicier but still just as good! The spicier the better for me!!! Yum thanks so much
Love it!!!!
Lashonda mcburrough  
Submitted on: 01/24/12
Okay so i use to work at TB and all I ate was quesadilla.This is on point I will not be going back to buy one that's for sure thanks todd.
Submitted on: 10/29/09
I used the marinade from the Taco Bell grilled chicken burrito for the chicken in this recipe, was really good. The creamy jalapeno sauce is fantastic on fish tacos and better the next day.
Submitted on: 04/09/07
LOVE it! The sauce is fantastic, although I wish I could have gotten my jalapenos a bit finer. This one is definitely a keeper! My only suggestion is to add some spices to the chicken. Mine was a little bland, so next time I'll throw something on it.
Submitted on: 08/07/06
This is a fabulous recipe we have over and over again. The sauce is the best and I usually double it and have it for lunch the next day. It is in my permanent recipe collection.
Submitted on: 02/04/06
Perfect! Although let the sauce sit in the refrigerator.
Submitted on: 07/26/05
I think this is a good recipe. It's fast and I like the sauce. I make it quite often now.
Submitted on: 07/18/05
This sauce is very close to the original, but you must let it sit for a while to let the flavor develop.