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Reuben Quesadillas are a cross between a Reuben sandwich and a quesadilla! But what makes them extra special is the homemade 1000 Island Dipping Sauce! You’re going to LOVE these!! 

A vertical closeup of Reuben Quesadillas cut into triangles along with a center cup of 1000 Islands dipping sauce.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Reuben Quesadillas is available at the end of this post. OR you can hit the “jump to recipe” button (found above) to be taken directly to the recipe. 


A vertical collage of two images of Reuben Quesadillas. The top is how to make the sauce and the bottom is the completed quesadilla in the sauce.

The ingredient list:

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Kitchen tools and equipment needed:

When is a Reuben not a Reuben?

When our kids were little one of their favorite dinners had always been homemade Reuben sandwiches.

However, they’d always request their Reuben sandwiches be made without sauerkraut, without Swiss cheese, and without the sauce. Literally, this made them grilled corned beef sandwiches. LOL!

Still tasty, but hardly a Reuben!

Thankfully all that changed as they got older.

How this recipe came to be:

This recipe riff for corned beef and Swiss cheese quesadillas came about when I had planned on making traditional Reuben sandwiches with rye bread for dinner one night but realized I’d forgotten to purchase the rye bread.

Uh oh!

Luckily for me, I had a full package of flour tortillas that were calling my name and begging me for their chance to be utilized in something other than a Tex-Mex recipe.

Enter (stage left) Reuben quesadillas with creamy 1000 island dipping sauce…it’s now your time for the spotlight!

The reason this recipe is so versatile:

This recipe for corned beef quesadillas works well with leftover corned beef or with corned beef you’ll find at the deli counter.

These easy-to-make quesadillas can be made and served as a speedy appetizer, lunch, or dinner.

Don’t you love a recipe that’s this versatile, and can be made in only a matter of minutes? Me too!

A super closeup of wedges of Reuben Quesadillas with corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and flour tortillas.

The sauce is boss:

The thing I probably love most of all about this recipe is creamy and delicious homemade 1000 islands dipping sauce.

It takes these Reuben Quesadillas up and over the top of the flavor charts!

Of course, if you prefer you can always purchase your own bottled 1000 Islands dressing, but why would you when it only takes 5 ingredients, and 2 minutes, to whip together?

How to keep the first quesadillas warm while you’re preparing the others?

When I finish each quesadilla, I put them onto the baking sheet (fitted with a rack to prevent sogginess), and keep them in a low (325-degree Fahrenheit) oven until all the quesadillas are complete.

How to make the creamy dipping sauce:

  • Stir together mayonnaise, ketchup, smoked paprika, sweet pickle relish, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Keep chilled until ready to serve.

The step-by-step photos of how to make Reuben Quesadillas:

  • Top 6 flour tortillas with Swiss cheese slices, corned beef, and drained sauerkraut.
  • Top the sauerkraut with an additional slice of Swiss Cheese and top the quesadillas with the remaining flour tortillas.
  • Heat a large skillet with a little grapeseed oil and fry each quesadilla on both sides until golden brown and the cheese has melted. 
  • Cut the quesadillas into wedges and serve with the creamy 1000 islands dipping sauce.
A direct overhead photo of a wedge of Reuben Quesadilla dipped into homemade sauce.

Additional Irish recipes:

*Corned Beef Boxty (shown below)

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a classically stuffed boxty. An Irish Corned Beef Boxty is a potato pancake stuffed with tender corned beef and lots of melted Swiss cheese.

An over head photo of a Corned Beef Boxty on a green and brown plaid plate.

*Corned Beef Hash Frittata (not shown)

When you have a taste for corned beef hash, but also a wonderfully eggy frittata, why not make this unexpected yet delicious Corned Beef Hash Frittata? It’s the very best of both worlds!

*Soda Bread with Caraway and Dill (shown below and in the featured video)

Irish Soda Bread with Caraway and Dill is super simple to make, but it packs a huge punch of flavor! You’re going to love this savory quick bread!!

A direct overhead photo of a loaf of Irish Soda Bread with Caraway and Dill on a wooden cutting board with a serrated knife and some green napkins.

*Irish Cheese and Potato Tart (not shown)

Travel all the way to Ireland without ever leaving home with the flavor of this Irish Cheese and Potato Tart. It will soon become an annual tradition.

*Reuben Quesadillas (shown below) THIS IS THE PLACE!!

 A vertical closeup of a hand holding a wedge of corned beef quesadillas dipped in sauce along with a title text overlay graphic in the corner.

Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s fast and easy Reuben Quesadillas.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

A black and white tray filled with Reuben Quesadillas with a center cup of dipping sauce.

Reuben Quesadillas

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Rueben Quesadillas are a cross between a Reuben sandwich and a quesadilla, but what makes them truly special is the homemade 1000 Island Dipping Sauce!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course 30 minute dinner, Appetizers and Snack Recipes, lunch, Sandwiches
Servings 6 servings
Calories 673 kcal


For the 1000 Island Sauce:

  • 3/4 cups mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

For the quesadillas:

  • 12 flour tortillas
  • 1 pound corned beef cooked and sliced
  • 12 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup sauerkraut drained
  • 3 grapeseed oil or other neutral falvored oil for frying


To make the dipping sauce:

  • Mix the mayonnaise, ketchup, relish, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Set aside and keep cool.

To make the quesadillas:

  • Evenly top 6 flour tortillas with a slice of Swiss cheese, corned beef, sauerkraut, the remaining Swiss cheese slices, and the final 6 tortillas.
  • Heat a large skillet to medium/high.
  • Add ½ tablespoon of oil to the skillet and fry each quesadilla (on both sides) until they’re golden brown and the cheese has melted.
  • Continue the same process with the remaining quesadillas.
  • Cut each quesadilla into wedges and serve with the 1000 islands dipping sauce.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 673kcalCarbohydrates: 37gProtein: 26gFat: 46gSaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 2014mgPotassium: 427mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 538IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 350mgIron: 4mg
Keyword corned beef and cheese quesadilla, corned beef tortilla sandwich, Irish quesadilla, Reuben quesadillas
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A tray of Rueben Quesadillas and some dipping sauce surrounded by a black and white napkin.

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Recipe Rating


Monday 15th of March 2021

My husband loves Ruebens so I decided to try these and they were a hit with everyone.


Tuesday 16th of March 2021

So glad to hear it, Ashley! Thanks for letting me know. Renee


Monday 15th of March 2021

I love this idea! Reubens are one of my favorite sandwiches, but I also don't care for a lot of bread....turning them into quesadillas is so brilliant and really practical!


Tuesday 16th of March 2021

I'm happy you enjoyed this twist on a traditional Reuben, Justine! Take good care, Renee