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Leftover Turkey Quesadillas with Green Chiles and Cheese

Leftover Turkey Quesadillas with Green Chiles and Cheese have the flavors of green chile chicken enchiladas, and these are low in net carbs! Mix up the filling and keep it in the fridge to make quesadillas a few times with your leftover turkey, or make this with chicken if you prefer.

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Green Chile Quesadillas with Turkey and Cheese finished quesadillas on serving plate

For everyone who has leftover turkey Thanksgiving or buys sliced turkey at the deli, I want to remind you of this seriously fun idea for leftover turkey. I love this recipe because of the way the turkey, cream cheese, and green chile filling in the quesadillas reminds me of my favorite Low-Carb Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas! And if you like creamy chicken enchiladas with green chiles you’re going to love this new idea for Leftover Turkey Quesadillas with Green Chiles and Cheese.

One of the best things about this recipe is that you can make the turkey, cream cheese, and green chile filling and keep it in the fridge to make quesadillas over and over when you need a quick dinner, so it might be worth buying some deli turkey even if you don’t have leftovers. Or make this tasty quesadilla recipe with leftover chicken if that’s what works for you. Then when you need a quick lunch or dinner, grab a low-carb tortilla and some grated mozzarella and you’re ready to eat in less than 10 minutes!

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • leftover turkey (or chicken)
  • canned diced green chiles
  • cream cheese
  • Mission Carb Balance tortillas
  • grated mozzarella
  • olive oil
  • sour cream for serving (optional)
  • salsa for serving (optional)

Which Low-Carb Tortillas Do I Use?

I spotlighted the Mission Carb Balance Tortillas and shared my favorite recipes with low-carb tortillas if you’re interested in reading that. But I do think there are lots of options for good low-carb tortillas, so use the ones you prefer!

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How to Make Leftover Turkey Quesadillas:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. Pulse chopped deli turkey or leftover turkey in the food processor until it’s shredded apart.
  2. Then add green chiles and cream cheese and pulse a few times to make a creamy mixture.
  3. Spread a thin layer on a low-carb tortilla, lay it in a heated pan, and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, or any cheese you prefer.
  4. Fold over the tortilla and cook about two minutes per side, or until the quesadilla is nicely browned and the cheese is melted.
  5. Serve hot. I like these quesadillas with some sour cream and salsa for dipping; enjoy!

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More Recipes with Low-Carb Tortillas:

Low-Carb Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Fish Soft Tacos and Low-Carb Zucchini Tortillas ~ White on Rice Couple
Green Chile Chicken Tacos ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Shrimp and Avocado Quesadillas ~ The Perfect Pantry

Green Chile Quesadillas with Turkey and Cheese finished quesadillas on serving plate

Leftover Turkey Quesadillas with Green Chiles and Cheese

Yield 8 quesadillas
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Leftover Turkey Quesadillas with Green Chiles and Cheese are a quick dinner idea, and you can make the filling with turkey or chicken and keep it in the fridge!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb. sliced deli turkey or leftover turkey (see notes)
  • one 4 oz. can diced green chiles, drained
  • 2 oz. cream cheese
  • 8 Mission Carb Balance tortillas (see notes)
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella
  • 2 tsp. olive oil for brushing the pan (see notes)
  • sour cream for serving (optional)
  • salsa for serving (optional)

Instructions

  1. Coarsely chop the turkey and put in food processor.
  2. Pulse a few times until the turkey is shredded apart. (You can probably chop and mix by hand too if you don’t have a food processor.)
  3. Add the drained green chiles and cream cheese and pulse a few more times until the mixture is combined.
  4. Mist or brush a non-stick frying pan with olive oil (or non-stick spray if you prefer) and turn on heat to medium-low.
  5. Spread one-half of a low-carb tortilla with the turkey mixture and lay in the frying pan.
  6. Sprinkle a little bit of grated mozzarella over the turkey mixture and use a turner to fold over the quesadilla.
  7. Cook about 2 minutes per side, or until the cheese is melted and the outside of the tortilla is nicely browned.
  8. Serve hot, with sour cream and salsa on the side if desired.

Notes

Turkey that’s not sliced too thin will work best, I used the sliced roasted turkey from Costco. I love Mission Carb Balance Low-Carb Tortillas, but there are lots of good brands. Use 8-10 inch size tortillas. You can use melted butter instead of olive oil if you prefer.

Nutritional information doesn't include the optional sour cream and salsa for serving. Be sure to check the net carbs as the low-carb tortillas are high in fiber!

This recipe created by Kalyn with experimenting assistance from Kara and Jake.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 11.6gSaturated Fat: 4.8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5.2gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 786mgCarbohydrates: 23.2gFiber: 15.3gSugar: 2.3gProtein: 17g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Green Chile Quesadillas with Turkey and Cheese found on KalynsKitchen.com.

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Using low-carb tortillas and low-fat cream cheese and mozzarella would make these Green Chile Quesadillas with Turkey and Cheese a good choice for phase 2 of the original South Beach Diet. It would also be suitable for Low-Carb eating plans, and low-carb dieters will want full-fat cheese and cream cheese.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2015. It was updated with more information in 2021.

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    11 Comments on “Leftover Turkey Quesadillas with Green Chiles and Cheese”

  1. These were delicious and a great way to use up the package of deli meat I have been ignoring in the fridge. I only used a half can of the peppers as a toddler was eating with us. I used the filling to make 4 quesadillas and I can’t see how this sound make 8 unless they were mini ones or something. Since I only made 4, I used a half cup of the mozzarella.

    Next time I will add some spices like cumin or onion powder or maybe even chopped onions. And I wound probably use Mexican cheese. This recipe seems pretty versatile. 

    • Glad you enjoyed it! I did make 8 quesadillas, the kind where each one is one tortilla folded over.

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  3. Which brand of tortilla did you end up using for this recipe? It looks delicious!

    • Thanks Julie. These were made with La Tortilla Factory high fiber low-carb tortillas from Costco. 18 carbs but 12 grams of fiber in one tortilla; only one gram of sugar and 80 calories. I like them a lot, but any good low-carb tortilla will work.

  4. I love quesadillas! I won't be able to make them low carb as I have never seen low carb tortillas around here, but they would still be great for sure.

  5. Great idea to make the filling ahead and keep it in the fridge!

  6. This is kinda brilliant. I could see prepping a little extra filling and making this each night for my girls to take to lunch. Thanks!