A stack of sincronizadas topped with sour cream, guacamole, and salsa.
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Cheesy homemade sincronizadas are a simple twist on a quesadilla recipe made with ham, melty cheese, and refried beans between two crispy flour tortillas.


  • 6 flour tortillas (6 inch) 
  • 6 slices of thick-cut ham
  • 1 1/2 cups refried beans
  • 1 1/22 cups Oaxaca, Monterey Jack, or cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, for brushing the tortillas (may need more)
  • Guacamole, salsa, and sour cream for serving


Assemble the tortillas. Lay 3 tortillas out on a cutting board and cover each one with about 1/2 cup of refried beans. Divide the ham slices among the tortillas.

Cook. Warm about 1/2 tablespoon olive oil over medium in a large skillet or on a griddle. Place the 3 tortillas you added the beans and ham to, ham side up. Divide the cheese among the tortillas, then top each one with another tortilla. With a pastry brush, add a bit of olive oil to the tops of the tortillas. With a large spatula, flip over the sincronizadas after a few minutes to brown the other side.

Serve. The sincronizadas are done when they are light golden and crispy on both sides. Remove from the pan and let cool for 5 minutes before cutting into wedges and serving with guacamole, sour cream and salsa.


  • If you have a small skillet you may need to cook your sincronizadas in batches. If that is the case, place an oven-safe plate in your oven and heat it to 200F. Place the cooked sincronizadas on the plate to keep warm in between batches.

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