Mulitas are a Mexican street food dish made with two tortillas, filled with cheese and your favorite meat, then grilled or griddled until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are crispy! They are similar to quesadillas. Mulitas are a delicious and satisfying snack or meal perfect for any occasion!
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Mulitas are a delicious and savory Mexican street food made with two tortillas, cheese, and a variety of fillings! These fillings include meat, beans, and vegetables. They are then grilled or pan-fried until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are crispy. This popular Mexican street food is super easy to make at home. Feel free to customize them!


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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • These mulitas are delicious and flavorful street food perfect for a quick and easy meal!
  • They are easy to make and can be on the table in under 25 minutes.
  • They are versatile and can be customized to your liking.
  • This budget-friendly meal is perfect for a weeknight dinner.
  • Kids and picky eaters love them!
  • They can be made ahead of time and reheated later.
  • They are a great way to use up leftover meat or vegetables. Use leftover Arrachera if desired.
  • This recipe is naturally gluten-free, egg-free, and nut-free. They contain no added sugar.
  • They are sure to become a new favorite!
  • Check out these Chorizo Poblano Quesadillas for another delicious Mexican recipe!

Ingredients & Substitutes

These are the ingredients and substitutes for mulitas. Scroll down to the recipe card below for the entire recipe.

Use corn tortillas for a more authentic flavor. Use store-bought or homemade.

Skirt steak tastes delicious in these quesadillas! Feel free to use pulled pork or pulled chicken.

Season the meat with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the meat in olive oil or avocado oil.

We recommend Monterey Jack or Oaxaca cheese for an authentic flavor. They also melt well. If you have another type of shredded cheese, feel free to use that.

Chopped onion adds a fresh flavor.

In addition, chopped cilantro adds color and flavor.

Serve with salsa, guacamole, or another dipping sauce.

Ingredients for mulitas.

Taste & Texture

Mulitas have a delicious and savory taste with a crispy and chewy texture.

The tortillas are seared until they are crispy. In addition, the cheese is melted and gooey.

The fillings add flavor and texture. They are a delicious and satisfying meal!

How to Make

Step 1

First, reheat a skillet over medium heat.

Step 2

Season the meat with salt and pepper to taste. Cook the meat in the skillet with a drizzle of olive oil until it is cooked to your desired level of doneness (about 4 to 5 minutes, no longer pink). Allow the meat to rest for a few minutes, then thinly slice it.

Sliced skirt steak.

Step 3

Heat a separate skillet or griddle over medium heat and add a small amount of olive oil.

Step 4

Place one tortilla on the skillet and sprinkle a small amount of cheese on top. Add a few slices of the cooked meat, followed by some chopped onion and cilantro. Top with an additional sprinkle of cheese.

Step 5

Place another tortilla on top to create a sandwich-like structure. Press down gently with a spatula to seal the ingredients together.

Step 6

Cook the mulita for a few minutes on each side until the tortillas are slightly crispy and the cheese is melted. Repeat this process with the remaining tortillas and filling ingredients.

Baked quesadillas.

Step 7

Once cooked, remove them from the skillet and let them cool for a minute or two.

Step 8

Finally, serve the mulitas with salsa or guacamole for dipping or drizzling.

Expert Tips for Success

Here are a few expert tips and tricks for making the best mulitas.

Use good quality tortillas. We recommend using corn tortillas.

Use a variety of fillings to create your own unique flavor combination.

Don’t overcrowd the pan when grilling or pan-frying them. This will prevent them from cooking evenly.

Serve the mulitas immediately while they are still hot and gooey.

Stack of mulitas quesadillas.

Flavor Variations & Add-Ins

Mulitas can be customized to your liking. Here are a few ideas for flavor variations.

Use different types of meat, such as grilled chicken, steak, or chorizo.

Use different types of beans, such as black beans, pinto beans, or refried beans.

Add in different types of vegetables, such as onions, peppers, or tomatoes.

Use different types of cheese, such as cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, or queso fresco.

Add different toppings, such as sour cream, guacamole, or salsa.

How to Serve & Store

Mulitas are best served hot and fresh.

However, they can also be stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

To reheat, place them in a skillet or on the griddle. Heat over low medium heat until warmed through.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the difference between mulitas and quesadillas?

Mulitas and quesadillas are both Mexican dishes that are made with tortillas and cheese. However, mulitas are made with two tortillas, while quesadillas are made with one tortilla. Mulitas are also typically grilled or pan-fried, while quesadillas are typically cooked in a pan.

Can I make mulitas without a grill?

Yes, you can make mulitas without a grill. To do this, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a tablespoon of oil to the skillet and swirl to coat. Add the mulitas to the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes per side, or until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are crispy.

What is a mulita in English?

Mulita means “little mule” in English.

Why are they called mulitas?

They are called mulitas because they are individually wrapped and transferred from the street vendor to the customer.

What cheese is best?

Use Monterey Jack or Oaxaca cheese for the best flavor and texture.

Salsa with steak quesadillas.

Equipment Needed

Griddle: Use a skillet or griddle to cook the tortillas.

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