Quesadilla vs. Sincronizada: What’s the Difference?

Published on June 15, 2022

They often say the details make all of the difference and we think this example is no exception. In this post we’re exploring the subtle differences between the quesadilla and the sincronizada.

What is a Sincronizada?

You’re likely already familiar with a quesadilla, but this tortilla-based dish has specific qualities that make it unique. Its name – meaning synchronized – refers to 2 tortillas that are sandwiched together, rather than folded. Traditionally ham and Oaxaca cheese is used as the filling, and is grilled to melted cheese perfection. A corn tortilla is more commonly used than flour, and is considered a lighter meal that can be enjoyed at any time of day, including breakfast! 

While the origin story seems to be unclear, it’s thought that the invention of the quesadilla came first, making this tasty dish it’s younger brother. No sibling rivalry here though – both are equally delicious.

Garnishes and Additions

The sincronizada is another flexible dish that invites you to customize to  your individual tastes. The ham remains the signature ingredient in the dish, however vegetables and other cheeses such as Manchego can be used.

Cut into wedges, this meal can be served with sour cream, salsa, guacamole, a lime wedge, or all of the above! 

Vegetarian/Vegan Alternative

If you’re looking to make a meat-free version, we suggest checking out the vegan deli meat options at your local grocery store. The ham is the signature ingredient in the dish and finding an alternative will provide a similar experience to the real deal!

Craving a cheesy and perfectly grilled treat? Visit us for a quesadilla built to your liking – your hunger will thank you!