Three Olive Quesadillas

5 from 3 votes

Are you looking for a unique twist on a traditional quesadilla? Try our savory Three Olive Quesadillas! You won’t be disappointed!

three olive quesadillas

Olives in a quesadilla? Why not? Sure it may not sound appetizing to some but these quesadillas are delicious!

The three types of olives used in this quesadilla recipe include green olives, black olives and kalamata olives.

Kalamata olives are only grown in Greece near the town of Kalamata (hence their name) so they can be a little pricey. Kalamata Olives are high in sodium, healthy fats and contain a natural antioxidant.

Kalamata Olives

They are also particularly high in iron and vitamin A. Since these olives have a rather unique flavor profile, finding a substitute can be next to impossible.

A quesadilla is a Mexican dish consisting of a tortilla filled primarily with cheese, and sometimes meats, beans, and spices, then cooked on a griddle.

Traditionally, a corn tortilla is used, but it can also be made with a flour tortilla, particularly in northern Mexico and the United States. You can read more about it here Quesadilla – Wikipedia.

Italian Parsley and Flat-Leaf Parsley are basically the same thing. Grocery stores may use either name.

Gruyère Cheese can be pretty pricey depending on where you live. If you don’t want to spend the money for just this quesadilla recipe you can substitute for a different kind of cheese. Just make sure it’s a good melting cheese like White Cheddar or Monterey Jack.

gruyere cheese

I like to use 2 tortillas when making quesadillas. You can make a quesadilla with just 1 tortilla by putting the filling on top and folding it in half like a half-moon.

three olive quesadillas

You will need the following ingredients to make this Three Olive Quesadillas recipe. For ingredient amounts please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Gruyere Cheese
  • Fontina Cheese
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Green Olives
  • Greek Kalamata Olives
  • Black Olives
  • Fresh Italian Parsley
  1. Place 4 flour tortillas on the counter.
  2. In a bowl, mix together the cheeses then sprinkle 1/3 cup cheese over 4 tortillas.
    cheese on flour tortilla
  3. In a small bowl, toss the olives and parsley together. Spread about 1/2 cup of the olive mixture over the cheese and then sprinkle another 1/3 cup of cheese over the top of the olives.
    quesadilla filling on tortilla
  4. Slide one of the cheese-covered tortillas onto a skillet over medium heat. Place one of the remaining tortillas on top.
  5. Press down with a wide spatula to remove any air pockets. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, checking frequently, until the bottom tortilla is crisp and browned.
  6. Turn over, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes more, or until lightly browned.
  7. Repeat this process for the remaining quesadillas. Cut into wedges and serve immediately.

Printable Recipe Card

three olive quesadillas

Three Olive Quesadillas

Are you looking for a unique twist on a traditional quesadilla? Try our savory Three Olive Quesadillas! You won't be disappointed!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course Quesadillas
Cuisine Mexican
Author Rodney
Servings 4 quesadillas
Calories 576 kcal

Equipment

  • Bowl for Mixing
  • Skillet

Ingredients
 

  • 3 oz Gruyere Cheese, grated
  • 5 oz Fontina Cheese, grated
  • 8 Flour Tortillas
  • 4 oz Green Olives, chopped
  • 4 oz Greek Kalamata Olives, chopped
  • 8 oz Black Olives, chopped
  • ½ Cup Fresh Italian Parsley, chopped

Instructions
 

  • Place 4 flour tortillas on the counter.
  • In a bowl, mix together the cheeses then sprinkle 1/3 cup cheese over 4 tortillas.
  • In a small bowl, toss the olives and parsley together. Spread about 1/2 cup the olive mixture over the cheese and then sprinkle another 1/3 cup of cheese over the top of the olives.
  • Slide one of the cheese covered tortillas onto a skillet over medium heat. Place one of the remaining tortillas on top.
  • Press down with a wide spatula to remove any air pockets. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, checking frequently, until the bottom tortilla is crisp and browned.
  • Turn over, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes more, or until lightly browned.
  • Repeat this process for the remaining quesadillas. Cut into wedges and serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 576kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 22gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 2650mgPotassium: 204mgFiber: 6gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1603IUVitamin C: 10mgCalcium: 567mgIron: 3mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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One Comment

  1. Mark says:

    The only thing I can say about this Quesadilla is that it is so delicious. The combination of the three type of Olives make it so tasty.

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