pork quesadillas garnished with scallions

Leftover Meat Quesadillas

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Whipping up a satisfying dinner in just a few minutes is my jam! Check out how I make these super easy leftover meat quesadillas that everyone loves! It’s a great way to use leftover pulled pork too.

leftover pulled pork quesadillas on a board

I love being able to cook a big ole pork roast that is just pennies per serving and making meal after meal out of it. Check out how you can cook one pork roast and make 5 meals here. Using leftovers to make easy dinner ideas is my jam!

You can use leftover pulled pork to make so many things like these:

Leftover meat is so versatile and so good. It tastes good in anything you make with it. Pork butt is my go to choice at the store. And it’s more economical than most cuts of meat. Knowing what to eat to save money is not as complicated as you might think.

This dish is on our picky eater food list too. After 28 years of running a home daycare, I’ve seen all kinds of eaters, and I know how to feed the pickiest at least something. Here are more ideas for dinner that might work with picky eaters.

ingredients for pork quesadillas

Leftover pork quesadillas

Serve with sour cream, salsa, and/or guacamole, or anything you like. Made with delicious barbecue rub seasoning and green chilies. Once you start making them, they will be a family favorite in no time!

Note: You can cook two quesadillas in the pan at the same time to save time once you fold them over. The secret to great quesadillas is the crunch! Follow these instructions for cooking a quesadilla and you’ll have a family pleaser that everyone will love.

The first thing you need to do when making leftover meat quesadillas is to use butter. Real butter. Not margarine, butter. Margarine is full of water which will make your quesadilla soggy and you won’t get that nice crunch on the outside that you will with butter.

What kind of sauce would taste great on a quesadilla? Pico would be a wonderful topping and add tons of flavor. Salsa works well in quesadillas as well as guacamole. A chipotle ranch would be awesome as well or Mexican ranch dressing drizzle. Whatever kind of sauce you like. You can even make quesadillas in the toaster! My kids love these Black Bean Quesadillas too. And steak quesadillas are another favorite!

fresh pork quesadillas made with leftover meat on a board next to some scallions
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Leftover Pulled Pork Quesadillas

Perfect quick dinner idea for leftover pork roast. These Shredded Pork Quesadillas are simple, and delicious, with green chiles and bbq rub seasoning.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BBQ Pulled pork quesadillas, leftover pulled pork quesadillas
Servings: 4
Calories: 551kcal
Author: Christina


  • 2 cups leftover pulled pork
  • 2 tbsp bbq rub
  • 4 oz can diced green chilies
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 1 green onion


  • Add the pork, bbq rub, and green chilis to a large bowl, and stir well until combined.
  • Rinse and dice the green onion.
  • Heat a medium or large skillet over medium heat.
  • Lay a tortilla flat in the skillet.
  • Sprinkle 1 oz cheddar cheese on one side of the tortilla.
  • Spoon ¼ of the pork mixture onto the side with the cheese.
  • Sprinkle 1 oz of cheddar cheese on top of the pork mixture.Fold the empty half of the tortilla over the filled half.
  • Cook for 8 minutes.
  • Carefully flip the tortilla onto the other side, and cook for an additional 7 minutes.
  • Cut into 3-4 triangles to serve.
  • Top with diced green onion.


Calories: 551kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 1392mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 775IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 506mg | Iron: 2mg

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