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a simple recipe :: quesadillas, three different ways

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I love having leftovers!  I usually make a little extra food every night for dinner.  My husband often takes some of it the next day for lunch, sometimes the kids and I eat some throughout the week, and usually one meal on the weekend is a leftover, clean up meal.  We all love this meal because we get to have a little variety of what we loved during the week, and some foods just taste better the second time around.
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I have been trying to find some more creative ways to use our leftovers, especially when there isn’t a lot of it.  One thing we’ve all been loving is using leftover meat and making a variety of quesdadillas.  I will also take any veggies and different sauces and cheese to make different combinations and something good.  So here are a few of our recent favorites.

Basic Quesadillas


Soft tortilla Shells (we like whole wheat)

Cheese (see below for variations)

Fillings (see below)

Lightly oil a non stick pan.   Layer tortilla shell, 1/8 cup cheese, fillings, 1/8 cups cheese, tortilla shell.  Cook on medium heat on stovetop until bottom tortilla shell is brown and cheese has started to melt.  Flip over and keep on medium heat until other side is browned.  Cut into 8 slices and serve with lettuce and sour cream.
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Taco Quesadillas

Fillings- Leftover taco meat (1/2 cup), Colby jack cheese, 2 Tablespoons salsa

I love this combination and we always seem to have leftover taco meat!  You can add your favorite taco toppings at the end too!

Chicken Avocado Ranch Quesadillas

Fillings- 1/2 cup cubed chicken, 2 Tablespoons Ranch Dressing, 1/2 avocado sliced, mozzarella cheese

I use leftover chicken from the grill for this combination!  It’s definitely become a favorite in our house.  If you have a little extra bacon you need to use up, it adds a littler extra flavor to this delicious quesadilla!

Philly Steak Quesadillas

Fillings- 1/2 cup cubed steak (or ground beef) , sautéed onions and peppers, horseradish sauce, mozzarella cheese

If I have an extra burger or some pieces of steak left, cut it up into small pieces and make a delicious quesadilla!  This one is a favorite for my husband.
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How do you use up leftovers?  What quesadilla combination would you make?


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  • tracee
    April 5, 2017 at 2:37 am

    Philly steak sounds like a cool twist. Mixing genres! LOL.

  • Amy Tolley
    March 29, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    yummo!! this sounds great thanks for sharing this with us i love to try new recipes with my family

  • Katie Bellamy
    March 29, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Oh yummy! I want to try all these!

  • Holly Thomas
    March 26, 2017 at 4:40 pm

    I have to try the philly steak since they are so easy to make.

  • Donna B
    March 23, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Simple and sounds delicious! My family loves quesadillas

  • Lissa Crane
    March 22, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    These look so easy and healthy! This is definitely a dish that my husband and kiddo’s would love! Great for a night when I don’t know what else to make!

  • Eliana
    March 22, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Philly steak quesadillas sound amazing!!!

  • Katy
    March 14, 2017 at 4:06 am

    This is such a smart idea! We do the same clean up meal- we love it! I
    Ike the idea of using small amounts of leftovers in creative ways. Our family will love these quesadillas!

  • Lisa Coomer Queen
    March 13, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    Yummy! These quesadilla’s look so good. I really like the taco one. Thanks!

  • Jerry Marquardt
    March 13, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    These nice simple recipe of three ways to make: quesadillas, a different way each time look so delicious. What a flashback, I can barely wait to try them all out.

  • Dagmar
    March 13, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    I love this! They are so easy and so yummy

  • Peggy Nunn
    March 13, 2017 at 8:48 am

    I love leftovers too. I make chef salads or quesadillas too.

    • Laura
      March 19, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Great idea with salads! A nice healthy option too!

  • Janet W.
    March 13, 2017 at 7:57 am

    We love to eat Quesadillas! These all look delicious. Thanks for the ideas!

  • Maryann D.
    March 13, 2017 at 7:25 am

    I enjoy quesadillas. These recipes look fun to make and I think my son would enjoy them too!

  • Laura
    March 13, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Those Chicken Avocado Ranch Quesadillas sound AMAZING! Yum! 🙂