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Our Breakfast Quesadillas Have a Crispy Tot Surprise

A layer of crunchy smashed potato tots levels up this breakfast delight.

Published Feb. 14, 2023.

The classic combo of sausage, egg, and cheese is a breakfast staple. And wrapping it all up in a quesadilla is a great way to assemble it in the morning. 

But we wanted to switch up our breakfast quesadillas even more.


By adding a layer of crispy smashed potato tots.

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Not only do the tots add crunchiness and bulk to these quesadillas, they’re an easy way to get breakfast potatoes without the hassle of washing, peeling, and cooking fresh potatoes.

All you have to do is thaw about 20 tots, toss them in an oiled skillet, and flatten them with a spatula. Then, we cook them on both sides until they’re golden brown and crispy and somewhat resemble a giant hash brown. To assemble our quesadillas, we layer the potato tots, cheese, scrambled eggs, and crumbled breakfast sausage in flour tortillas.

These quesadillas are easy to make and your young chef will love them. ATK Kids recipe tester Brooklyn, age 10, says her quesadilla “was like heaven on a plate!”


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We even found a way to cook up to four quesadillas at the same time: Swap out the stovetop for the oven. 

All four quesadillas fit comfortably on a single rimmed baking sheet, taking this recipe from easy to easier. And brushing the outsides of the tortillas with a bit of oil helps them brown and crisp as they bake. 

Try them our way this time, and next week make this recipe your own with whatever fillings your family likes best. Just don’t forget, the best kind of potatoes are unexpected ones.


Breakfast Quesadillas

Loaded with eggs, crispy tater tots, and sausage, kids will love to make these quesadillas for family breakfast!
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