Greek Quesadillas With Tsatziki (Easiest Spanakopita!)

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Ever heard of Greek-Mex? You could say these Greek quesadillas are the easiest homemade spanakopita, without the fuss of using pastry. All you need is a simple spinach and feta mixture, a few tortilllas, and some easy tsatziki sauce to serve!

Greek quesadilla triangles arranged in a circle on a white plate with blue tea towel and ingredients around it.

What are Greek quesadillas?

If you’re a fan of anything ‘spinach and feta’ (two hands up over here), you’re going to be impressed by these. Greek quesadillas are simply tortillas briefly cooked in a frying pan and then stuffed with a simple spinach and feta mixture.

If you’re thinking they sound a bit like a Greek spanakopita – or spinach and feta pie – you’d be absolutely right! Except these quesadillas are the easiest version of spanakopita that you can imagine since you don’t need any fiddly pastry.

If you’ve ever tried a Turkish stuffed flatbread called a gozleme, you might think a Greek quesadilla is similar to that, too. Except, once again, you don’t need to make any dough!

Why you’ll love them

  • Perfectly paired classic Greek flavors. Spinach, feta cheese, dill, and sundried tomatoes are a mix of flavors that are just meant to be.
  • Make a perfect treat of a lunch! Since there’s no homemade pastry or dough involved, these are quick and easy enough to make for yourself for lunch.
  • They’re also a great easy appetizer for guests. Serve with a bowl of tsatziki for dipping and you won’t hear any complaints.
  • Crispy, golden, cheesy and delicious. But with lots of spinach to make you feel smug, too.
  • Lighter than classic spanakopita! Again, it’s all about the pastry (or lack of!).
  • Kid-friendly. These cheesy quesadillas are mildly flavored and perfect finger food for little hands!

About the ingredients

You’ll find a full list of ingredients with amounts in the recipe card below. But here’s a summary of what you need to know.

Tortillas: Use flour or corn tortillas – your choice (use corn if you’d like the quesadillas to be gluten free). You’ll need tortillas that are about 8in/20cm in diameter – so that they fit in an average sized frying pan!

For the spinach and feta filling

All ingredients to make Greek quesadillas on a white background including a bowl of fresh spinach, crumbled feta, green onions, fresh dill, olive oil and sundried tomatoes.

Spinach: I usually grab a large bag of ready-washed fresh baby spinach for convenience. Chopped regular spinach is fine, too. It’s also possible to use a package of frozen spinach. You’ll need around half a 10-ounce frozen package to get the equivalent amount.

Green onions. Also known as salad onion, scallions, or spring onions. You’ll only need a couple of large ones (use more if they’re on the smaller side).

Dill. For a characteristic Greek flavor. Feel free to substitute with parsley, or another fresh herb. For more ideas, here is an article about the best dill substitutes.

Sundried tomatoes. These add a delicious extra burst of contrasting flavor. I usually have a jar of marinated sundried tomato strips already in the fridge. These are perfect. Of course, you can also chop up a few yourself if you can only get whole sundried tomatoes.

Haven’t got any sundried tomatoes? Of course, you can use chopped fresh tomatoes instead!

Feta cheese. I prefer using an authentic Greek style feta. However, you can use any type. I occasionally use Danish or French style feta instead, which is creamier in texture.

Olive oil. You’ll just need a little drizzle of this for the pan. However… you can actually get away with not adding any oil to the pan at all. I just like the extra crisp that cooking in oil gives the finished quesadillas! (like a Greek crunchwrap… mmm!)

For the tsatziki sauce

While not absolutely essential, I love to serve my delicious cheesy spinach quesadillas with a big bowl of tsatziki for dipping!

Here’s what you’ll need for that:

All the ingredients for tzatziki labelled on a marble background including Greek yogurt, lemon juice, cucumber, olive oil, black pepper, fresh dill and a garlic clove.

Greek yogurt: If you can, pick an authentic Greek yogurt brand that’s just milk and yogurt cultures. I like Chobani.

Garlic: Since you’re using it raw, just half to one clove, crushed.

Dill: Add a little to the tsatziki as well, since you bought it anyway to use in the quesadilla mixture.

Cucumber: Just regular cucumber, diced finely.

Lemon juice, black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil: The finishing touches!

Top Tip

Make extra tsatziki! There are so many other ways to use it. In fact, I wrote a whole post with 50+ ways to eat tzatziki! I also wrote another recipe post just about tsatziki if you’d like to take a read!

How to make Greek quesadillas

Step 1. Wilt the spinach. There are two ways to do this. You can either heat it gently in a pan until it wilts down (it won’t take long). Or you can pile it into a colander and pour boiling water all over it (my favorite because it’s so quick and easy!).

Whichever method you choose, you’ll then squeeze out as much water as you can with your hands (I usually rinse in cold water first to cool). Alternatively, squeeze it in a clean tea towel.

Step 2. Mix all the filling ingredients together in a bowl.

Collage of 2 images showing spinach, feta, sundried tomatoes and green onions in a white bowl, and then all mixed together with a spoon in it.

Step 3. Cook the quesadillas! I usually drizzle a little olive oil into a frying pan first for extra crispy quesadillas. Then simply add the tortilla and pile around a third of the spinach feta mixture onto one half of it.

Collage of 2 images showing tortillas on a plate and then one tortilla in a pan with spinach feta mixture on half of it.

Step 4. Use a fish slice to check if the tortilla is golden and crisp. When it is, simply fold the tortilla over the half with the mixture on it and press down to seal.

Collage of 2 images showing someone folding a quesadilla in a pan in half and then pressing it down.

Step 5. With a sharp knife, slice the delicious Mediterranean quesadillas into 3 equal triangles.

Closeup of Greek quesadilla triangles on a white plate and blue background with tzatziki sauce in the background.

Step 6: To make the optional (but highly recommended) tsatziki sauce, simply mix everything together and pop into a bowl!

closeup of someone squeezing half a lemon into a bowl of all the ingredients for tzatziki in a glass bowl with a spoon from above.
A closeup of a brown ceramic bowl of authentic Greek tsatziki with a spoon and with fresh dill and olive oil on top and on a wooden board and blue background.

How To Serve

Slice into triangles (like a pizza!). Serve as an appetizer or light lunch with a bowl of tsatziki sauce for dipping. Not a fan of tsatziki? How about sweet chili sauce instead? It goes surprisingly well!

Recipe variations

  • Try a different cheese instead of feta. Mozzarella, grated Greek kefalotyri, cream cheese such as Boursin cheese or even cheddar cheese will all work well.
  • Add chopped olives to the mixture for even more classic Mediterranean flavor.
  • Add leftover chicken or another leftover meat such as shredded beef or lamb.
  • Add some spice! How about finely sliced fresh chili, a pinch of red pepper flakes, or even some jalapenos?
Overhead view of Greek quesadilla triangles arranged in a circle on a white plate.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make Greek quesadillas ahead of time?

You can make the filling 1 to 2 days ahead of time. Simply cover the bowl and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to eat. This is perfect for when you want to serve the quesadillas as an appetizer for guests! You can also make the tsatziki ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for 3 to 4 days!

Can I reheat the leftovers?

Leftover Greek quesadilla triangles reheat really well either in a hot pan again for a minute or two, or in an air fryer for about 4 minutes at 350F/175C.

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4.74 from 15 votes

Greek Quesadillas With Tsatziki (Easiest Spanakopita!)

Ever tried Greek 'spanakopita' or spinach and feta cheese pie? If you have, you'll know how delicious it is. Try these Greek quesadillas – a lighter Greek-Mex version of spanakopita! – served with a traditional side of fresh and tangy tsatziki sauce.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 to 4

Ingredients 
 

For the quesadillas

  • 7 ounces spinach, (fresh) Or use half a 10-ounce pack frozen
  • 2 green onions, (scallions/spring onions) large ones, chopped finely (use more if they're on the smaller side)
  • 2 tablespoons dill, (fresh) chopped finely (substitute with 1 teaspoon of dried dill, or a teaspoon of another Mediterranean herb such as dried oregano)
  • 2.5 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes, (sun-dried tomato strips or chopped marinated sun-dried tomatoes work well for convenience, or chop whole ones into pieces)
  • olive oil, for cooking
  • 4 flour tortillas, 8-inch (20cm) in diameter are best, or similar (medium-sized)
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the tsatziki sauce

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt, (don’t use regular yogurt – it’s too thin)
  • 1 clove garlic, small, crushed
  • ½ cucumber, (medium) diced finely, or grated with excess moisture squeezed out
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped finely
  • ½ lemon, (about 3 big squeezes, juice only)
  • pinch of black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil

Instructions 

  • Wash the spinach, then wilt it down in a pan for a few minutes. Alternatively, pour boiling water over it in a colander. Afterwards, squeeze out as much of the water as you can by squeezing it with your hands or in a clean tea towel. Put it into a large bowl.
  • Add the chopped green onions, dill, sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese to the spinach in the bowl. Grind in salt and pepper to taste. Mix together well, then set aside while you make the tsatziki.
  • For the tsatziki, put the yogurt into another smaller bowl and add the garlic, cucumber, dill and lemon juice. Mix it all together well. Empty into a serving dish (if you like), then grind some black pepper onto the top and drizzle over a little olive oil.
  • Now heat up a frying pan/skillet on a medium high heat and drizzle in a little olive oil (around half a tablespoon). When, hot, put a tortilla into the pan.
  • Spread a quarter of the spinach and feta mixture over one half of the tortilla. When the underside is golden and crisp, use a fish slice or similar to fold the other half of the tortilla over the filling. Press down to seal.
  • Use the fish slice to remove the quesadilla to a board, let cool for a minute then slice into 3 triangles. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas and filling. Serve with the tsatziki sauce for scooping/dipping.

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Notes

Cooking the quesadillas: I usually add the filling straight onto the tortillas while in the hot pan. I find this the easiest way, but you can also assemble the quesadillas on a board first then lift them into the pan with a fish slice or similar. Let cook until golden and crisp, then carefully flip over with the slice.
Spinach: It’s fine to use frozen spinach instead of fresh. You’ll need half a 10-ounce (280 gram) package, or thereabouts. Make sure you leave time for it to defrost first, then squeeze out as much of the water as you can with your hands or in a clean tea towel. 
Variations: Feel free to add leftover shredded or chopped meat to the spinach and feta quesadillas as well. Or add chopped chilis, or different types of cheese such as ricotta, goat cheese, cream cheese/Boursin, Greek kefalotyri, or even just cheddar.
Making ahead and reheating: You can make the filling 1 to 2 days ahead of time and keep covered in the fridge. Reheat leftovers in a hot pan again for a minute or two, or in an air fryer for about 4 minutes at 350F/175C. 
Tsatziki: This will also keep covered well or in an airtight container in the fridge for a few days. Eat any leftovers with salads, or drizzled over grilled meat or roasted vegetables. In fact, in case you’re interested, I wrote a whole article about tsatziki and another about what to eat with tzatziki.

Nutrition

Calories: 280kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Trans Fat: 0.003g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 653mg, Potassium: 965mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 6546IU, Vitamin C: 36mg, Calcium: 345mg, Iron: 5mg
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94 Comments

    1. Thank you so much for the feedback, Rose – I’m so happy you’re enjoying it! 🙂

  1. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I omitted the sun dried tomatoes and added some mozzarella! We used hummus and tzatziki sauce as a dip!

    1. Hello Crissy! I’m so happy you enjoyed these. I love the sound of your changes. A little mozzarella for extra ooze, and hummus would work great as a dip! May I suggest that you also try my spinach and feta filo pie some time? The filling is very similar to the filling for the quesadillas, and the pie makes a lovely meal with a salad or potatoes on the side.

      1. Hello Laurie! I’d say 3 to 4 of the triangles per person is about right for a light(ish) lunch, or a larger lunch if you’re serving them with something on the side. This is based on cutting each folded tortilla into 3 triangles. I find them surprisingly filling!

      1. These are tasty. I added Left over diced baby new potatoes , used FRESH spinach, FRESH dill And diced chicken. Added a pkg of boursin instead of mozza. Delish. The potatoes really add to it I also brushed the tortillas with garlic butter and sprinkled parmesan on just before baking

      2. Hi Brenda! Wow, your description is making my mouth water. I love the substitutions you made. Thank you so much for the feedback! If you get a moment would you mind giving the recipe a star rating? Thank you so much! Also, may I suggest you try my Greek spinach and feta filo pie next? It’s got a very similar filling but makes a fabulous lunch for guests or easy midweek meal.

  2. 5 stars
    I love this Greek Mexican combination! I love quesadillas and I love Greek food, so I know I would love these!!

  3. I love spanakopita. But you’re right, you can’t have it as an entire meal (unless you’re really treating yourself). This alternative looks a bit healthier, but still delicious!

    1. Hey thanks Nick! I love that this reminds me of spanakopita but isn’t as time consuming to make.

  4. This is delicious! Instant hit which will join the staple recipes for my family. Hubby wolfed it down. These are so light and herby fresh. I used Persian feta, and whole-wheat wraps in place of tortillas. They remind me of Turkish gözleme but lighter. Excellent recipe – thank you! Fiona from Melbourne

    1. Hello Fiona – delighted to hear that this was such a hit! It’s one of my favourite recipes around here too and actually I should make it again soon. It’s been a while! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback!

  5. Hi Helen,

    Lots of comments on here about your location! Haha! Nice and can’t wait to visit it. I am wondering if these would work in the oven? Ever tried that? I have a family of 6 so doing these for supper I would end up eating alone by the time I got to cooking mine and they eating theirs while warm lol! Any thoughts?

    1. Hello Roxanne! Really happy that you want to give these a go! I’m afraid I’ve never tried making them in the oven, but I’m wondering if you could make one ’round’, then put them in a warm oven to keep warm while you make the second ’round’. I’m sure that would work just fine. Let me know how you get on! 🙂

    2. Ok, I tried it for lunch today and just for myself. Delicious! But… my tortilla’s didn’t bind together so I could not pick up and eat. Did I do something wrong or is it meant to be eaten with a fork and knife? I know I know, it all tastes the same, I just wanted to make sure I was not missing something 🙂

      1. Hello Roxanne! I don’t remember having that problem, but to be honest it’s a while now since I’ve made these. If my memory is serving me correctly though I think I usually do use a knife and fork. What you could try if you prefer to eat them like ‘regular’ quesadillas is using just one tortilla, piling the filling on one half, and then folding over into the middle. Flip on the closed side in the pan, then when your quesadilla is done on both sides, slide out of the pan and cut into 3. Then repeat with another tortilla (so you don’t miss out on the amount!). I find this method of making quesadillas helps to keep everything together. I guess this problem is possible as feta doesn’t melt like most cheeses.
        Anyway, glad you enjoyed the taste! 🙂

      2. You are so awesome at responding, thank you so much! You are a special lady and a great cook! Thank you again 🙂

      3. Oh Roxanne, it’s an absolute pleasure. That’s what it’s all about! Thank you so much for the compliments… and for being so lovely! 🙂

    3. 5 stars
      Hi Roxanne,

      I’m not sure if you’re still intrigued with this recipe, but if you Google or search Pinterest for sheet pan quesadillas, you’ll never go back to making individual quesadillas for a family! 😊

      Carole

      1. Ah, will check that out, Carole – thanks! This recipe is due for a revamp so will think about adding that info to the post 🙂

      2. Oh my gosh! Since last making these I HAVE done the sheet pan but forgot to share it here as my original comments are from years ago and I had forgotten to share. Thank you for pointing this hack out! 🙂

      3. Nice to hear from you again, Roxanne! Hopefully I’ll get around to updating this post soon and I’ll include the sheet pan hack 🙂

  6. I have a couple guys that I work with and we made these for our cooking group last week. They turned out great! They were super easy to make and were delicious! Thanks for sharing them with us. : )..

    1. Hi Jan – thanks so much for popping back here to report back. I so appreciate that! Really happy that you ended up with something you liked, too. This is one of the most popular recipes on my blog, thanks to those classic Greek flavours!

  7. The whole family is goint o be in greece later this year. I love that country. These look amazing, am going to try this one day.

    1. Are you going too, Pamela? I hope you get the chance to go too! And I really do hope you try these some time. They’re lovely!