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The Best Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe – Turkey Quesadillas!

LargoBarandGrill | Nov 30, 201510:05 AM

Thanksgiving is over, you’ve celebrated with family and loved ones, feasted on delicious roasted turkey and so much more! After a long weekend of thanksgiving, and weeks of preparations, there’s no doubt you’re too lazy to cook an extensive meal for the next day. Make thanks again, for the leftovers.

These leftovers in your fridge must never go to waste. You can ALWAYS use these for another great quick recipe – it really depends on what you’ve got in your fridge. Today, I’ve got to share this delicious thanksgiving leftover recipe with you. It’s simple, it’s easy and doesn’t require you to spend your entire morning preparing it in the kitchen. It’s quick and easy. Ladies and gentlemen, let me present to you: the ultimate super easy turkey quesadillas!

So… here’s the recipe:

• ½ cup chopped onion
• 1 lime (1/2 juiced, and ½ diced)
• 1 red chili, seeded and chopped
• 3 cups of shredded turkey (or chicken)
• 1 ½ cups of corn kernels
• ½ cup chopped cilantro/coriander
• 6-8 flour tortillas
• ½ cup grated cheddar/parmesan cheese
• ½ cup salsa (optional)
• 2 tbsp. EVOO
• Salt and pepper to taste


1. Heat a griddle or a large skillet.
2. In a bowl, mix lime juice, onion, chili, corn, salt and pepper.
3. Brush two tortillas with EVOO and place the oiled side down on the griddle.
4. Top the tortillas with the mixture, turkey, cheese and cilantro.
5. Cook until the tortillas are golden brown and the cheese melts well.
6. Cover the mixture on a tortilla with another tortilla.
7. Repeat step 3-6 with the rest of the tortillas.
8. Serve with yogurt, mango chutney or salsa.

You can also choose to bake the quesadillas in the oven, but I prefer making them on the griddle as it’s quick and easy. You don’t really have to get in to the hassle of preheating the oven. But then, to each his own. It’s up to you whether you want to cook it on the skillet or the oven. Just make sure it’s nice and crispy, and golden when you add the filling to the flour tortillas.


1. You may use any meat (chicken, beef, turkey, etc.
2. You can make these quesadillas any time of the year and not just after thanksgiving.
3. This is a great menu item for a birthday or backyard party
4. Also, it can work as part of your holiday menu or, day-after Christmas menu.
5. Although salsa is optional, it is highly recommended to use salsa to accentuate the flavors.
6. A spicy chili chutney is also a great option to give an extra zing to the tortillas – if you’re a spice lover, do give this a try – you’ll love it!

Thanksgiving leftovers may be many, and you can totally experiment with them. Whether you make turkey sandwiches, quesadillas, or just choose to top everything on a pizza dough or naan bread to make homemade pizza – it’s up to you. There are SO MANY options when it comes to utilizing the leftovers in a clever way. Trust me, if you’ve got a big hungry family, they wouldn’t even notice you’ve just invented some cool recipe from thanksgiving leftovers!

Whether it is turkey, chicken or some seafood - share your ideas for thanksgiving leftover recipes in the comments below.

The Best Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe — Turkey Quesadillas

Thanksgiving is over, you’ve celebrated with family and loved ones, feasted on delicious roasted turkey and so much more…

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