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Oxtail Quesadillas

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These Oxtail Quesadillas are an excellent way to use leftover oxtails. Serve them for some amazing appetizers, main dish or a late-night meal. They’re super easy to make and take only a few minutes.

Oxtail Quesadillas

Oxtail Cooking Tips:

You can use my Jerk Oxtail recipe or my Creole Oxtails recipe. You can use whole wheat tortillas for a healthier option. Have fun by adding additional toppings to your quesadilla. If you are not a fan of spicy foods you can omit the hot sauce and just use the mayonnaise. You can eat your quesadillas with sour cream, salsa or more cheese. Have fun with your dipping sauce.

It’s best that you have some oxtails already cooked. Day-old oxtails will be easier to handle since they will have cooled all the way off. If you plan on making these the next day. I recommend separating the meat from the bone while it’s hot. The meat will shred easier hot than it will cold.

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Can you make ahead?

Freezer: You can make the oxtails in advance and place in an airtight container. Keep in the freezer for 3 months max. Thaw 48 hours before using.

Fridge: After quesadillas cool, place in a freezer storage bag. Keep in fridge for 7 days max.

Reheating: Pop in a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes.

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Substitution Options:

Cooked chuck roast, short ribs or steak, work great in place of oxtails.

what to serve with Oxtail Quesasillas?

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Meal Ideas:

Quesadillas are one of my favorite things to make because they’re so versatile. You can put pretty much anything you want in them, and it’ll be delicious. These Oxtail Quesadillas were no exception–they turned out amazing! If you have any leftover oxtails, I highly recommend giving this recipe a try. And don’t forget to leave me a 5-star rating if you do!

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Oxtail Quesadillas

Oxtail Quesadillas

Kenneth Temple
These quesadillas use leftover oxtails to make some amazing appetizers or main dish that super easy to make.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Sauce
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 8 persons
Calories 656 kcal



  • 4 large flour tortilla
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican blend room temperature
  • 8 oz. Oaxaca cheese cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 6 cooked oxtails shredded
  • 4 teaspoon oil

Spicy Mayo:

  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce


Oxtail Quesadillas:

  • Turn on the heat to medium in a large skillet, once hot add 1 teaspoon of oil and with a paper towel evenly spread around pan. Lay a tortilla flat in the center add ½ cup cheddar, ½ cup Mexican blend, 3 pieces of Oaxaca and ¼ cup oxtails. Place quesadilla in skillet and let cook for 2 ½ minutes. Fold in half and cook for 1 minute on each side.

Spicy Mayo:

  • To make spicy mayo, in a bowl mix mayonnaise and hot sauce together, serve on the side.


Calories: 656kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 15gFat: 62gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 26gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 984mgPotassium: 57mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 281IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 234mgIron: 1mg
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6 thoughts on “Oxtail Quesadillas”

  1. Mexico ???????? meet Jamaica ???????? ???????????????????????????????? Extremely delicious the kiddos love this when we made these quesadillas.

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