Turkey and Guacamole Quesadilla (to make from leftover Thanksgiving turkey or chicken)
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. And these Turkey and Guacamole Quesadillas are one of the most fun ideas ever for leftover turkey!
Of course, if you’re not cooking a turkey this year, any of my leftover turkey recipes could 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.
Turkey and Guacamole Quesadillas
(Makes 2 quesadillas, recipe created by Kalyn. It’s pronounced kay-suh-dee-uh in case anyone is wondering!)
2 large flour tortillas, 9 inch size (I used La Tortilla Factory Smart and Delicious Low Carb High Fiber Tortillas from Costco)
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)
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
Cut turkey into strips not more than 1/2 inch wide, and have cheese grated. Have all ingredients ready on the counter close to your stove because these cook quickly.
Use a pastry brush or paper towel to brush 1/2 tsp. olive oil on the surface of a non-stick frying pan. Put pan on the stove, turn heat to low and heat pan for a few seconds. 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.
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.)
Put 2 heaping tablespoons of guacamole on the other side of the tortilla, spacing them evenly so it will be easy to spread out. Use a rubber scraper or large spoon to spread out the guacamole over the other side of the tortilla.
Let tortilla heat about 30 seconds more, then fold the guacamole side over the turkey side and remove from pan. Repeat to make a second quesadilla, or if you have two pans you can make two at a time. Serve hot, with sour cream and salsa if desired.
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