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Turkey and Guacamole Quesadillas (from leftover turkey or chicken)

Turkey and Guacamole Quesadillas are always a hit and this is a delicious and easy way to use leftover Thanksgiving turkey, or make them with chicken if you prefer! Use Turkey Recipes for more ideas for leftover turkey.

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These Turkey and Guacamole Quesadillas are one of the most fun ideas ever for leftover turkey! Yes, I realize Thanksgiving is still three days away! But in the crazy world of food blogging, if you’re suggesting recipes people might cook for a special occasion, you need to let them know before that day arrives. I’ve finished posting carb-conscious Thanksgiving recipes, and now I’ve been working on recipes for turkey leftovers.

Of course, if you’re not cooking a turkey this year, any of my leftover turkey recipes including these Turkey and Guacamole Quesadillas can certainly be made with rotisserie chicken. Let’s get this Thanksgiving leftovers party started with my favorite way to make quesadillas, with leftover turkey, cheese, and just the right amount of slightly spicy guacamole.

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I call this way of making guacamole “easy guacamole” and of course you start by peeling and cutting up an avocado, then mashing with a fork. Then add just a bit of lime juice, green Tabasco or other hot sauce, salt, and chile powder and blend it up. Cut the turkey into thin strips. I was using a turkey breast for this, but they don’t need to be this long.

I used my favorite low carb tortillas to make this a carb-conscious recipe, but you can use any type of tortilla. Brush a non-stick pan with a tiny bit of olive oil, turn the heat to low, put a tortilla in the pan, and add 2 T low-fat cheese. (I used tortillas that were 9 inches across, so if yours are smaller, you’ll need a bit less of each filling ingredient.) Let it heat until the cheese is just barely starting to melt, about half melted. This will take about 30-60 seconds, depending on how hot the pan was when you put the tortilla in. Then lay about 2 oz. turkey strips on one side of the tortilla and let it heat for about 30 seconds. Add two heaping tablespoons of the guacamole mixture in two places, so it’s easy to spread out over the cheese. (Even if you love guacamole, don’t use much more than this or it squishes out of the quesadilla every time you take a bite, so annoying!)

Then use a rubber scraper or a large spoon to spread the guacamole mixture over one half of the tortilla. Let the quesadilla heat about 30 seconds more. When the cheese is fully melted and the turkey is warmed through, fold over the guacamole side of the tortilla, and remove Turkey and Guacamole Quesadilla from the pan. Total cooking time is less than five minutes. Serve hot with sour cream and salsa if desired.

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More About Low-Carb Tortillas and Recipes With Low-Carb Tortillas:

If you want to see my absolute favorite low-carb tortillas and how I like to use them, check out Mission Carb Balance Tortillas and My Favorite Recipes with Low-Carb Tortillas!

South Beach Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions:
Made with whole wheat or low carb tortillas and low fat cheese, Turkey and Guacamole Quesadillas are a great lunch option for phase 2 or 3 of the South Beach Diet and should be approved for most low-glycemic or carb-conscious eating plans (depending on how low in carbs the tortillas are).

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Turkey and Guacamole Quesadillas (from leftover turkey or chicken)

Turkey and Guacamole Quesadillas are a delicious and easy way to use leftover turkey, or make them with chicken if you prefer!


  • 2 large flour tortillas, 9 inch size (see notes)
  • 1 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 4 oz sliced turkey, cut into thin strips
  • 4 T grated cheese (I used Four Cheese Mexican Blend from Costco, which is a blend of low-fat cheeses)
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tsp. lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp. green Tabasco (or other hot sauce, add to taste)
  • salt to taste (I used Vege-Sal)
  • pinch of chile powder (don’t use too much or it turns the guacamole brown!)
  • sour cream and salsa for serving, optional


  1. Cut the avocado in half, remove the seed (using the tip of your knife to poke it and lift it out is an easy way to do that), then scrape out the avocado into a bowl, discard the skin, and mash the avocado with a fork.
  2. Add lime juice, Green Tabasco Sauce (affiliate link) or other hot sauce, salt, (I used Vege-Sal – affiliate link), and chile powder and stir until well combined.
  3. Cut turkey into strips not more than 1/2 inch wide, and have cheese grated.
  4. Have all ingredients ready on the counter close to your stove because these cook quickly.
  5. Use a pastry brush or paper towel to brush 1/2 tsp. olive oil on the surface of a non-stick frying pan.
  6. Put pan on the stove, turn heat to low and heat pan for a few seconds.
  7. Add a tortilla, then sprinkle on 2 T grated cheese and let heat until cheese is partly melted, about 30-60 seconds, depending on how hot the pan was.
  8. When cheese is partly melted, lay thin strips of turkey across one half of the tortilla and let the turkey heat about 30 seconds. (You might need to cut some of the strips of turkey to get them to fit the shape of the tortilla. Try to make a single layer as much as possible.)
  9. Put 2 heaping tablespoons of guacamole on the other side of the tortilla, spacing them evenly so it will be easy to spread out.
  10. Use a rubber scraper or large spoon to spread out the guacamole over the other side of the tortilla.
  11. Let tortilla heat about 30 seconds more, then fold the guacamole side over the turkey side and remove from pan.
  12. Repeat to make a second quesadilla, or if you have two pans you can make two at a time.
  13. Serve hot, with sour cream and salsa if desired.


I like Mission Carb Balance Low-Carb Tortillas for this recipe.

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    26 Comments on “Turkey and Guacamole Quesadillas (from leftover turkey or chicken)”

  1. Pingback: More Than 30 Recipes for Enjoying Thanksgiving Leftovers in New Ways | Sarah's Cucina Bella

  2. Vicki, hang in there. You can do it!

  3. I made this for lunch yesterday. It's a great example of: so easy and simple BUT sooo delicious. I always make quick guacamole with just avocado, medium pace picante sauce and lime juice worked great in this. I used pepper jack for the cheese. It worked well in this as well.

    I am in week four of south beach. Wish me luck.

  4. As a newcomer to the web, I am constantly looking online for info that may aid me. This has been one which is. Thank you!

  5. In recipes, T stands for tablespoon. (And tsp. stands for teaspoon, in case you run into that one!)

  6. What is a T supposed to be?
    I'm a guy that don't know.