Gluten-Free Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quesadillas

Gluten-Free Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quesadillas

“Wake up and smell the coffee”, or a “cuppa cha” in my case. Ham, tomatoes, and cheese in a quesadilla cooking on the stove…mmm! This is enough to bring the boys scrambling out to the kitchen for their perennial weekend favorite. They make short work of their share and are out of the kitchen as fast as they appeared. Best of all, I don’t have to work at the stove for once a week in the morning. Ro-Ri San wields the spatula while I get to sit down and enjoy my cup of tea. Saturday mornings are just the best!

Ro-Ri San pretty much uses whatever lunch meats are available in the refrigerator. Often times that means ham or sliced turkey. Occasionally there is pastrami or salami. They are all good. The same thing with vegetables. Tomatoes are a mainstay but sometimes salad leaves also make an appearance. In short, it is a “man about the kitchen” mode of operation.

Gluten-Free Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quesadillas

Since my discovery of these brown rice tortillas some years back, we are never without a supply of it. Apart from it being gluten-free, we actually prefer them to the regular wheat or corn tortillas. They are less chewy and crisp up nicely when pan fried. In my humble opinion, they are a healthier option. Of course you can use regular tortillas if you prefer.

Gluten-Free Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quesadillas

This Gluten-Free Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quesadillas first appeared on January 9, 2010 when Roti n Rice was only 10 days old. Although I showed the step-by-step pictures, I did not write up the recipe. Since then we have had many breakfast quesadillas. The recipe remains pretty much the same. Of late though, Ro-Ri San has made it even more scrumptious with the addition of eggs. The boys and I are happy campers. :)

Gluten-Free Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quesadillas
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Serves: 4 servings
  • 4 brown rice tortillas, 8 to 9 inches in diameter, or any flour tortilla of your choice
  • 2 large eggs, beaten with ⅛ tsp of salt
  • 1 cup (4 oz/115g) shredded cheese
  • 2 tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 8 slices of ham
  1. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Place a tortilla in the pan. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of cheese on half of the tortilla. Place 4 to 5 slices of tomatoes on the cheese. Pour a quarter of the beaten eggs onto the tomatoes. Then place 2 slices of ham onto eggs followed by a sprinkling of another 2 tablespoons of shredded cheese. Gluten-Free Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quesadillas_1
  2. Using a spatula, fold tortilla in half over the filling. Allow eggs to cook and tortilla to brown for about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip quesadilla over and continue to cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat with the other 3 tortillas. Gluten-Free Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quesadillas_2
  3. Cut each quesadilla into triangles and serve immediately.


Gluten-Free Ham and Cheese Breakfast Quesadillas

For a more fruity option paired with brie, please check out my guest post Mother’s Day Happy Healthy Brunch over at Keep Learning Keep Smiling.

NOTE: This post was updated on June 25th, 2015 with additional new pictures. The recipe remains unchanged.

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎

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  1. says

    What a good morning! We, too, use quesadillas as a way of using up whatever’s in the fridge, but I’ve never made them for breakfast before. Your technique looks a lot like how I fill crepes, but I like the idea of brown rice tortillas as it sounds much healthier. Haven’t seen them here (we get wholewheat or corn) but will have a look in the health food shop.

    • Biren says

      These are wonderful for breakfast! Hubby does a really good job with them.

      The brown rice tortillas are great! We really like them as they do not have the floury and doughy taste.

  2. says

    What a perfect brunch, lunch or even dinner! I’d be running down the stairs if I smelled this cooking. :) I’ve got to keep an eye out for those tortillas. Thanks for introducing them!

  3. Dongxing says

    Nice twist with the eggs – I have never thought of that! I must give this a try. My kids already love ham/cheese quesadillas, and they love eggs too. Must keep an eye out for the rice tortilla. Nice picture too!


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