BBQ Ham, Bacon and Pineapple Quesadillas (aka BBQ Hawaiian Pizza Quesadillas)

BBQ Ham, Bacon and Pineapple Quesadillas (aka BBQ Hawaiian Pizza Quesadillas)

During the summer I naturally tend to eat a lot more fruit and I often like to try to use it in one of my food obsessions, dishes with plenty of hot melted ooey gooey cheese like grilled cheese sandwiches or quesadillas. I have been enjoying a lot of pineapple these last few days and that had me thinking about fun new ways to use it and the one idea that really stuck with me was to use it in another pizza quesadilla! Hawaiian pizza is one of those pizzas where you either love it or hate it with its use of sweet and tangy pineapple on a pizza along with salty ham and smoky bacon and I am firmly in the love it category so Hawaiian pizza quesadillas were on the menu!

A Hawaiian pizza quesadilla recipe pretty much writes itself, I mean you just take the Hawaiian pizza ingredients, throw them into a tortilla and toast them up until all melty and good but that just wasn't quite doing it for me... Although I do not hold to it all the time, I feel that a quesadilla should include some spicy heat and the basic Hawaiian pizza quesadilla was simply lacking in this regard! After some careful consideration I decided that the best way to add some heat to the quesadillas was take a note from the BBQ chicken pizza to replace the boring old pizza sauce with some sweet and spicy BBQ sauce and I also threw in some jalapeno peppers for good measure! The use of the BBQ sauce in the quesadillas put grilling on my mind so I grilled the pineapple to tenderize and caramelize it, bringing out its natural sweetness.

Isn't summer great? Fresh fruit? Check! Plenty of ooey gooey melted cheese? Check! Mmm...

BBQ Ham, Bacon and Pineapple Quesadillas (aka BBQ Hawaiian Pizza Quesadillas)
I like to really stuff my quesadillas!

BBQ Ham, Bacon and Pineapple Quesadillas (aka BBQ Hawaiian Pizza Quesadillas)

BBQ Ham, Bacon and Pineapple Quesadillas (aka BBQ Hawaiian Pizza Quesadillas)
These quesadillas are almost a half an inch thick making for one nice and tall stack of ooey gooey dripping goodness!

BBQ Ham, Bacon and Pineapple Quesadillas (aka BBQ Hawaiian Pizza Quesadillas)

BBQ Ham, Bacon and Pineapple Quesadillas (aka BBQ Hawaiian Pizza Quesadillas)

Ham and pineapple quesadillas inspired by the flavours of a BBQ 'Hawaiian' pizza with bacon, jalapenos and plenty of melted cheese!

Servings: makes 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Printable Recipe
  • 1 (10 inch) tortilla
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella or jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup ham, cooked and cut into small pieces
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup pineapple, sliced and optionally grilled
  • 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeno (pickled or fresh), sliced
  • cilantro to taste
  1. Heat a pan over medium heat, place the tortilla in the pan, sprinkle half of the cheese over half of the tortilla, followed by the ham, bacon, pineapple, BBQ sauce, jalapeno, cilantro and the remaining cheese.
  2. Fold the tortilla in half coving the filling and cook until the quesadilla is golden brown on both sides and the cheese is melted, about 2-4 minutes per side.

Option: Use two smaller 6-8 inch tortillas instead of using the one large 10 inch tortilla and folding it.

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Jillian Manesh said...

OMG yes. i have a pineapple obsession. this looks so good! PINNING now. xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

marla said...

A great flavor combo Kevin!

Maria said...

Josh makes a similar quesadilla. I know he will love this one too!

Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective said...

My family loves quesadillas! These look amazing!

Heather Christo said...


RecipeGirl said...

oh dear- these make me very happy!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

not only looks delicious, it has the funky fun feeling about it that makes it perfect for kids.

love it!

Marie Matter said...

Yes please!!!

Jackie @ The Beeroness said...

That's the best looking Quesadilla I've ever seen!

Trish said...

Kevin I have one big important question for you. You inspired me to make quesadillas, but I have trouble cutting them without the filling oozing out. Maybe my pizza cutter is too dull. I really love to make them to send with my husband for lunch. Any suggestions? anyone?

Comida Saboores said...

Mexican, italian & Hawaiian fusion cousine to make these great looking quesadillas

Claire Mier said...

Oh wow, they must be super yum yum and crispy!

Gaby said...

dying for this!!

Marian (Sweetopia) said...

To die for!!

Kevin Lynch said...

Trish: I normally use a chefs knife and cut by placing the knife on top and pressing down. This way the filling gets pushed into the quesadilla when you cut rather than squeezing out. (I usually have to press down on the center of the wedges to get the sides to open up and have some of the filling squeeze out for the photos.)

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious said...

Stuffed quesadillas - that's the only way to eat them!

Aggie said...

I like to stuff my quesadillas too! I've been on a Hawaiian kick lately, this looks delicious!

Julie @ Table for Two said...

This looks wonderful!! I want some for dinner :)

Anonymous said...

kevin, por que no pones con receta una foto, para imprimir?

Ashley said...

OMG. This is totally one of those "why didn't I think of that!?" moments. This looks ridiculously good. Wow!!

Peabody said...

Loving this Kevin!

Lisa O said...

Great good that I made a vegetarian version!

Glitter said...

Just made this tonight and my son loved it. It is a great flavor combination. He asked me to make him another.

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