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One Pan Turkey Quesadilla

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Quick and easy leftover turkey quesadilla recipe, homemade on stovetop with simple ingredients in one pan in 10 minutes. Full of cheddar cheese, peppers, taco seasoning and salsa.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword easy dinner, quick lunch
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4 Quesadillas
Calories 476
Author Abeer Rizvi


  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 1/4 cup Onions Finely chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic Finely minced
  • 1/4 cup Salsa
  • 3 cups Thanksgiving turkey Already cooked, Shredded
  • 1.5 tbsp Taco seasoning
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
  • 1-2 tsp Lemon juice Or lime juice, Adjust according to your preference
  • 1 tbsp Cilantro Fresh, Roughly chopped, For garnish
  • 2-3 tbsp Butter Unsalted
  • 4 Tortillas 9 inches
  • 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese Full fat, Shredded, Can replace with Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 cup Vegetable fajitas Or replace with thinly sliced red/green peppers


  • Heat oil in a large nonstick pot or pan over medium-high heat.
  • Add onions, garlic and saute until garlic is fragrant and onions are softened are translucent.
  • Add salsa, shredded turkey, taco seasoning, salt, pepper and mix until combined.
  • Cook for about 3-5 minutes or until shredded meat is warmed through.
  • Turn off heat and mix in lemon juice.
  • Garnish with cilantro and transfer to a plate and keep aside.
  • Clean the pan and heat about 1 tsp butter on medium heat.
  • Place a tortilla on top of the melted butter.
  • Sprinkle some cheddar cheese, followed by shredded turkey and vegetable fajitas (or peppers) and finally followed by some more cheddar cheese.
  • Cover and cook for about 1 minute to speed up the "cheese melting" process.
  • Remove lid and use a spatula to fold one side of the tortilla to the other side.
  • Press down the top with a spatula until both sides stick together. The melted cheese works like glue.
  • Cook both sides (uncovered) until crispy.
  • Transfer to a cutting board and cut in half.
  • Do the same with remaining tortillas and Enjoy!


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Tastes best and crispy when served immediately but leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days and reheated in the microwave. 


Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 657mg | Potassium: 378mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 603IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 209mg | Iron: 3mg