Pork Quesadillas

I often cook a pork roast in the slow cooker, but it makes way too much food for just two of us.  I have made it a mission to create recipes using the chopped pork to make different meals.  I generally cook the roast itself with simple spices to make it easy to turn the leftovers into something else, then divide it into three or four meals.  My basic recipe is on my post Pork Roast and More, or you can see the links in the Recipes page at the top of the blog.  This time, I used the leftover pork for a quick meal, suitable for just two, perfect to whip up dinner after a day of work.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

This is another of my no-need-for-a-recipe recipes, as you can add what you like. Here is what I gathered from the frig. Spinach and lettuce for crunch, flour tortillas, leftover pork and cheddar-jack cheese, tomatoes, green onions, and a fresh avocado.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

Start with heating up the pork in a large frying pan. This is the only way the quesadilla will get hot all the way through before the tortilla burns. Once the pork is thoroughly heated through, take it out and set aside.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

While it heats, chop the tomato and onion, and take the largest tough stems off the spinach.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

You can put the avocado on a side salad of lettuce and tomato, like I did. Then stuff it in the quesadilla as you eat it. This will keep the cold ingredients from wilting in the skillet.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

In the same skillet, lay a tortilla flat and add a serving of pork to one side.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

Quickly top with cheese, green onion, spinach and tomato. You can add anything else you want.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

Fold the free side of the tortilla over the stuffing.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

After a minute or so, turn the whole thing over to brown the other side and make sure the filling is heated through. This will make the flour tortilla a bit crispy too.  Trust me, it is a lot easier to do it this way than to try to flip 2 flat tortillas with filling between (ask me how I know, LOL!!).

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

When the second side is warm and lightly browned, serve with the avocado salad.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

It will take about 2 minutes to make another one, using more of the warm pork and filling ingredients.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

Yum, serve with some sour cream if you like, or taco sauce. The spinach is still vibrant green and has some crunch, yet mildly wilted, with melty cheese on moist and juicy pork filling. Yum! You could add beans or olives, jalapenos or bell peppers, whatever suits your taste and fancy.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home

Chicken or steak left over work great in these too. They are kind of a kitchen sink dinner, whatever is left over can usually work, kind of like my Anything Quiche, but this meal will have a Mexican flair. Add some cumin or chipotle chili powder to the pork, or a bit of packaged taco seasoning mix to add more spice if you like spicy food.

Pork Quesadillas | From My Carolina Home



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9 thoughts on “Pork Quesadillas

  1. Yumm….I did a pork roast last weekend, and my husband is NOT a fan. I was seriously in the mood for pulled pork BBQ sandwiches, so I cooked it with my own BBQ sauce recipe. I managed to convince him he only had to eat it for 1 meal. The rest got portioned out into freezer containers for sandwiches when I have a night home alone. I stuffed it all into available containers, trying to portion it out for smaller meals, and froze it. Afterwards I mentioned it to my genius daughter, who said “Next time, scoop the leftovers into muffin tins & freeze, then plop the frozened portions into a freezer bag for easier portions later.” Well, I can tell you – next time, I will use your basic recipe, then use it for multiple meals !!

  2. Rosemaryflower

    OH this looks so yum
    I love pig! 😀
    happy Week-end. It is going to busy here. Dad had two molars removed, poor thing @92. Just ow
    So I will try to get him to rest — and mom to be happy

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