Arequipe and Guava Quesadillas (Quesadilla Gloria)

by Erica Dinho on July 24, 2009

quesadillaThe combination of crisp grilled tortilla, mozzarella, cream cheese, sweet guava paste and arequipe makes for a deliciously simple dessert.

This quesadilla was inspired by a traditional Colombian pastry called “Pastel Gloria” which is basically a pie crust filled with guava paste, dulce de leche or arequipe and white cheese. I don’t know where the name came from, but it is fantastic.

You may be thinking that the combination of dulce de leche with guava paste is too sweet, but trust me, the cheese balances the sweetness and it’s absolutely delicious.



(4 Servings)


  1. Preheat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Arrange 2 tortillas on a flat surface. Spread each tortilla with 2 tablespoons of cream cheese, 1 ½ tablespoon arequipe, top with 4 slices of guava paste and 4 slices of mozzarella cheese.
  3. Top with the remaining to 2 tortillas.
  4. Cook until the bottom is lightly toasted, about 2 minutes. Turn over and cook until the cheese is melted and the second side is lightly toasted. Transfer to a plate and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and the remaining ingredients to make 2 quesadillas. Cut each into quarters.
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1 Soma July 24, 2009 at 8:00 AM

This is one very different thing! I have never thought of cooking guava except for jellies… & i really miss the guavas .. they are plentiful in India & I get no fresh ones here at all! Where do you get guava?


2 Erica July 24, 2009 at 8:23 AM

Hi Soma,
I used guava paste.


3 rebecca subbiah July 24, 2009 at 8:41 AM

this looks great guava paste never had this before must find some
have a great weekend Erica


4 Liz July 24, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Wow! What a wonderful idea to try, now I have to find the guava paste…


5 Oysterculture July 24, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Oh my, this desert sounds so wonderful and different than anything I’ve made before, I have got to come up with an excuse to try it! not that I really need an excuse


6 Allison Lemons July 24, 2009 at 11:45 AM

So different from the desserts I usually make. Sounds amazing! Love that it has cheese and guava paste. Thanks for the recipe


7 Maria Jose July 24, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Tienes un blog muy interesante, con unas recetas muy buenas….besos


8 Diana July 24, 2009 at 2:38 PM

I’ve never seen guava paste. I’m definitely going to keep my eyes open for this. Looks wonderful!


9 Erica July 24, 2009 at 5:11 PM

Thank you all very much for the comments!


10 Velva July 24, 2009 at 10:39 PM

As a result of this blog, I discovered a Columbian restaurant in my hometown that focuses on “Columbian fast food” Not sure what that means but, I am planning to pay them a visit.

I grew up in Miami and ate countless guava pastries! Your recipe is another great variation.

Guava can be easily purchased in the ethnic section of your local grocery store and it is delicious.


11 Nancy July 24, 2009 at 11:57 PM

Your blog is beautiful and full of fabulous recipes. Thank you!


12 Lori Lynn July 25, 2009 at 3:29 PM

I never think of sweet quesadillas, this is marvelous!


13 Danielle July 25, 2009 at 6:59 PM

I never knew or thought of a dessert quesadilla…wow..that opens a whooole bunch of doors. YUM!!!


14 Tangled Noodle July 25, 2009 at 10:26 PM

A sweet quesadilla sounds delicious! My husband brought back guava paste from Brazil and admittedly, I was a bit surprised that it was a firm, rather than jam-like texture. But as soon as I tasted my first slice, I was hooked. It’s all gone now so I’ll have to search for some more . . .


15 nora@ffr July 27, 2009 at 2:10 AM

yumm great combo erica. never used gauva paste before. but this quesadilla looks delishand perfect for a desert :)


16 Erica October 2, 2009 at 7:56 AM

Thank you everyone, I really appreciate all your comments!


17 Chris October 11, 2010 at 1:45 AM

For those who are having trouble finding guava paste, depends locality, but it is usually in a long rectangular box, some have jelly in the middle and some dont, I would get the one without jelly for this. Might be in the ethnic foods section, but at least you have an idea of what you need to be looking for. =) I’ve only seen it made by Goya though, so if there are others awesome, but look out for a long rectangular box with Goya written on it, I sometimes buy the one with jelly in it, and just cut it into strips and eat it with some crackers sometimes just by itself, I LOVE the stuff!! =)


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