How to Make Leftover Turkey Quesadillas Recipe

6 pieces
15 min

Leftover Turkey Ideas: Leftover Turkey Quesadillas

This leftover turkey quesadillas recipe will give you just what you’re looking for.

Turkey—was there ever an ingredient to illustrate just how fickle we all are with food?

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and the whole country is collectively salivating over the bird in the refrigerator. You brine it, you butter it and you roast it for hours on end—a true labor of love for your hungry family.

After which, you chow down on the dinner you’ve been hankering for the whole year. Only to then find you’ve more turkey left over than you actually managed to eat.

If your household is anything like ours, this prompts an inevitable annual dilemma:

How to use up all the leftover turkey, without becoming bored to death of it?

A New Thanksgiving Staple: Leftover Turkey Quesadillas

Where waste is not an option—a rule where I’m from—there’s no shortage of options to explore. Turkey curry, turkey casserole, turkey pie, turkey chilli: all staples we’ve come to know and…well, tolerate over the years.

With the exception of last year, when my wife came up with this nifty little recipe out of nowhere. Leftover turkey quesadillas as the no-brainer you’ll have wish you thought of years ago.

What’s amazing about this recipe is how it’s wide open for experimentation. The ingredients listed below are basically just an overview of the foundations. As you’ll note, I’ve left out the herbs, spices, sauces and accompaniments—all for you to decide.

Personally, I load mine with a ton of fresh cilantro, a few dashes of Tabasco and a handful of chopped black olives. Drizzle with sour cream when done, dip in barbecue sauce or add even more cheese and salsa before finishing under the grill.

What I can tell you is that you’ll completely forget you’re actually eating a Thanksgiving byproduct. Plus, it’s the last time you’ll ever choke down a dry hunk of cold turkey straight from the refrigerator, simply because you’d prefer not to “waste it”.

How to Make Leftover Turkey Quesadillas

When I say throwing these things together couldn’t be easier, I mean it. All of the weights and measures below are completely adjustable to your own liking, so feel free to go nuts.

In fact, pretty much anything you have left over from thanksgiving dinner can be tossed in and made into something amazing.

How to Make Leftover Turkey Quesadillas Recipe
Recipe details
  • 6  pieces
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 5 Minutes Total time: 15 min
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  • 2 whole wheat tortillas
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • 1 cup leftover turkey shredded
  • 3 tbsp diced onion
  • 4 tbsp diced tomato
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese

In a nonstick frying pan over medium heat place one whole wheat tortilla.
Sprinkle ½ cup grated cheese, shredded turkey, diced onion, diced tomato, chopped parsley and another layer of grated cheese.
Cover with the second tortilla on top and cook for about 2 minutes on medium-low heat.
Flip the quesadilla on the other side and cook for 2 more minutes.
Cut into 6 equal pieces and serve to enjoy.
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