Make the best chicken quesadilla for dinner by adding this Quesadilla Seasoning to your shredded chicken or ground beef!
I used this seasoning on my shredded chicken quesadillas, which are so good!
It gives the chicken and quesadilla a ton of flavor. If you are making quesadillas, you must also check out this creamy and spicy quesadilla sauce.
If you need a list of sides to go with your quesadilla, check out this list of 20+ easy sides for quesadillas.
What is Quesadilla Seasoning?
This spice mix is a little different than taco seasoning. It has a little less chili powder and a little more smoked paprika, garlic powder, and onion powder.
This spice blend will better complement the chicken in a chicken quesadilla and give your quesadilla a smokie-savory flavor than traditional taco seasoning.
🧀 Ingredients for Spice Mix
Chili Powder: The star or the quesadilla seasoning.
Cumin Powder: Cumin is popular in both Mexican and Tex-Mex recipes.
Smoked Paprika: I love how smoked paprika gives any dish a smokey touch, but you can use regular paprika.
Salt: I used 1 teaspoon of salt. If you are salt sensitive, only use ½ a teaspoon and add more salt to your food if you feel it's needed.
Garlic Powder: Adds a savory flavor.
Onion Powder: Adds a savory flavor.
🔪 How to Make Quesadilla Seasoning
To Make: Mix all of the spices together and store them in an airtight container. This recipe makes 2 tablespoons of seasoning. Perfect for 3 cups of shredded chicken or one pound of ground beef.
For Ground Beef - Brown the meat in a skillet. Add 2 tablespoons of seasoning and 2 tablespoons of water to the meat. Mix and cook on low until the meat is coated and the liquid has evaporated.
For Shredded Chicken- Cook and shred your chicken, then add the spice mixture and mix. If the chicken looks a little dry, add 1 tablespoon of water or lime juice to help. If you need help with making the shredded chicken, I have two super easy ways to make the best-shredded chicken.
Chicken: For chicken, use 2 teaspoons of seasoning for every 1 cup of shredded chicken.
Ground Beef: For ground beef, use 2 tablespoons of seasoning for every pound of ground beef.
❓ Recipe Questions
Store your spices in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 6 months.
Ground spices lose their freshness after 6 months. If you're not sure that your spices are fresh, smell them. If they don't smell strong, it might be time to buy a new bottle.
2 tablespoons of seasoning is equal to 1 packet of taco seasoning mix. This recipe makes 2 tablespoons of seasoning.
- 2 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- Mix seasoning together and store in an air-tight container.
- Mix the seasoning with shredded chicken before making your quesadilla. Use ½ tablespoon of seasoning for every 1 cup of shredded chicken.