Apricot Salsa Quesadillas

Apricot Salsa Quesadillas

Apricot Salsa Quesadillas


– Instead of using an apricot, try out other fruits like 1/2 a peach, 1/4 cup diced strawberries or 1/4 cup diced pineapple, orrrr you can leave the fruit out.
– I served my quesadilla with sour cream and some chopped cilantro + basil + some lime zest
– You can totally add cayenne, tabasco, sriracha or chili pepper to the cooked salsa
– Okay, I’ve made the name plural ‘Quesadillas’ but this makes one quesadilla, but it’s pretty simple to just double the recipe and make multiples if you want.

Apricot Salsa Quesadillas

4.60 from 5 votes


  • 2-3 to matoes , (depending on size)
  • 1 fresh apricot , , de-stoned (see notes)
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1 shallot
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • juice and zest of 1/2 a lime
  • 3 tbsp grated Red Leicester or Cheddar Cheese , (or some other cheese)
  • 2 small tortillas


  • Peel, halve and finely slice the shallot.
  • Roughly chop up the tomatoes, bell pepper and apricot together to make a salsa.
  • Fry this in a small skillet with a little oil, along with the sliced shallot, cinnamon, paprika, lime zest and juice. Cook over a medium heat for about 5 minutes, until the shallot is slightly translucent.
  • If you're going to use this skillet to heat the tortilla, then remove the vegetable mixture to a plate and set aside, then clean and dry the skillet. Or, if you're just going to use a different skillet, just set the veg mixture aside.
  • Either way, heat a clean, dry skillet and place one tortilla into it. Sprinkle the cheese over the surface of the tortilla and heat on medium-low until the cheese melts and the underside of the tortilla is golden-brown. Quickly spoon the vegetable mixture over the cheesy tortilla, top with the second tortilla and carefully flip the whole thing over using a spatula. Cook until the underside of this second tortilla is golden brown.
  • Remove from the skillet and cut into wedges.
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it went! Mention @izyhossack or tag #topwithcinnamon!

104 thoughts on “Apricot Salsa Quesadillas”

  1. I LOVE your running commentary to this creation Izy, you’re so funny and down to earth, unlike other bloggers all up there on their high horses.
    This looks like such an awesome lunch, beating MR boring sandwich hands down! (And I imagine it working well with any other veg hanging round the back of the fridge…..)
    x x x
    {The Lobster & Me}

    • Haha thanks Ibbs! It was such a good lunch, one of the best I’ve had in a while ๐Ÿ™‚ ahahah I don’t even like cold sandwiches so I have to come up with other random things to eat with all the random veg ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. seriously Izy!? Do you have 25 hours in your day or something!? I will most certainly not be over doing the antibiotics, those super bugs and their craaazy mutations. This looks like…just like a thing of most epic beauty I can nae find words ๐Ÿ˜€
    from Emily x

    • It totally felt like it yesterday! I had frees in the afternoon, so I got to come home at 1! It was crazyyyy ๐Ÿ™‚ GOOD! You’re saving the human race right there! It was so good ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ditto Ibbs. I find your writing hilariously entertaining and down to earth! And the colors. THE COLORS. I just love them! Also, I just made pickled onion salsa last night and I am totally digging in the sweet in Mexican. So good. Like your pun. You’re so clever ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Hehe thanks Erika! My camera kind of struggles with orange, so it was a bit of a challenge to shoot!

      High five girl, thanks for the pun appreciation!

  4. You may have been free styling it with the picture taking, but these shots turned out great! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an artful quesadilla before (if that’s even a thing)

    Also, I totally loved the pun ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Izy,

    You are fantastic! I’ve been reading your blog for a while but I’ve never said “hi.” Well, until now… HI!

    Thanks for being such an inspiration blogger. :]

    • Thanks Jesse! I got some okay ones from sainsburys, but that’s part of the reason I used them in this, so I could cook them down a little and it wouldn’t make the salsa too sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. what a creative genius!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    these sound de-lish-ious!!
    and loooove the food photograhy

  7. Yeah, I like these a lot. I never think about making quesadillas but I really need to because there’s not a lot of things that aren’t improved by being smushed in a tortilla with some cheese and fried. Apricot sounds amazing.

  8. Well, you definitely nailed the styling. Great colors + contrast and creativity with that salsa. YAH, girl!

  9. You are, still, a culinary genius! And with your ‘first’ quesadilla…I’d probably eat it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. OMG. Izy, these look INCREDIBLE! I have been on a Mexican food kick lately and cannot stop drooling over these. I have a special fondness for fruits and cheese, combining them in a toasty tortilla with spices and peppers sounds like my ultimate Mexican dish. Going to make these asap! Hoping I can still find some apricots at the store but if not I’m gonna try them with peaches. YUM.

  11. Wow, they look amazing! Definitely one of the most mouth-watering savory recipes I’ve seen on any of my favorite food blogs for a while:) I also just can’t get over how amazing your photography is……….

  12. I made quesadilla before but yours look definitely more tasty.

  13. This sounds crazy good Izy and so so perfect for the season. I love quesadillas but somehow I never make it at home. Wonder why! It’s so easy and we can always add such variety to it. You got me inspired girl! Beautiful photos btw, as always ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. quesadillas are one of my most favourite meals – they’re just so versatile and allow you to be creative! you’ve done a brilliant job here. they look exquisite.

  15. Pretty much anything sandwiched between two crispy tortillas that are held together by delicious cheesiness is a quesadilla in my book! ๐Ÿ˜‰ These sound waaay more viably Mexican than what I will make on occasion (which usually involves some mushrooms that are nearing the too-old point, frozen corn, and a whole lotta cheese, all topped with an ungodly amount of Greek yogurt and cilantro). And I LOVE the idea of a fruit salsa. They are perfect with herbs and spicy pepper heat. Yes yes yes.

    (Also, I can’t wait for that chocolate chip cookie recipe! They look ridiiiic.)

  16. These quesadillas look so good! I like how you just went with it, throwing an apricot in because that was what you had lying around. Whenever I make quesadillas at home, they’re super boring. I just throw a handful of shredded cheese on a tortilla and fry it for a few minutes. It’s never very satisfying, as I’m sure you can imagine. I would much rather have this.

  17. Hello! These look delicious. I’ve recently completed writing a book called A Thousand and One Happy Thoughts to Inspire the Soul, and I was wondering if you’d allow to include one of these photographs in the Foods chapter of my book. I recently got an agent who asked me to inlcude photos throughout my word document, and I absolutely love these! Please let me know!


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  19. Just found out myself recently that quesadillas is a quick filler at any time of the day. I’ve gone from Mexican to basically my own of what I have in the frig. I love the mix of fruit with my meals. Will try your version next. Thank

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