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Southwest Quesadillas

Tired of grilled cheese? These delicious Southwest Quesadillas will please even the pickiest of eaters. Bonus: we include a not-so-scary veggie salad.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Americanized Mexican
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 1025kcal



  • 15 ounce can black beans (drained & rinsed)
  • 15 ounce can corn (drained)
  • ½ - 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 2 ripened avocados (pitted & cubed)
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoon fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1 - 2 Tablespoon oil (olive or sesame oil)
  • 1 small lime
  • salt & pepper (to taste)

Turkey & Cheese Quesadillas

  • cooking oil
  • ½ small yellow onion (chopped)
  • 4 ounce can mild green chilis
  • 2 pound ground turkey
  • ½ cup water, maybe more
  • taco seasoning
  • 10 medium flour tortillas
  • 8 ounce bag shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 2.25 ounce can sliced black olives
  • 8 ounce sour cream
  • salsa
  • tortilla chips (optional)


  • Preheat a pan (my absolute fave!) on medium, and add cooking oil. Combine chopped onion, green chilis and ground turkey in pan. Break turkey apart into smaller pieces. Cook until no longer pink.
  • While turkey is cooking, prepare the salad. Mix the black beans, corn, tomatoes, avocados, cilantro and oil into a bowl. Squirt the lime over the mix. Season with salt and pepper and toss together.
  • Add ½ cup water and healthy dose of taco seasoning to pan mixture. Mix together in pan and cook until water dissipates. Add more seasoning and water as needed, by taste. Remove from heat.
  • Turn on your broiler to high heat. Give your broiler 5-10 mins to heat up before you’re ready to use it. Grab a cookie sheet.
  • Assemble the quesadillas on the cookie sheet. On one half of the tortilla place a couple spoonfuls of turkey mixture, a handful of shredded cheese, and a few black olive slices. Fold in half. Repeat for each tortilla, as many as will fit on the cookie sheet.
  • Put cookie sheet under broiler for 1-2 minutes. Take cookie sheet out and flip over the tortillas. Pop back under broiler for another 1-2 minutes. Repeat until all quesadillas are cooked. Cut quesadillas in half if you wish.


Serve quesadillas with a dollop of sour cream and salsa, if desired. Serve with chips to scoop up all the good stuff.


Calories: 1025kcal | Carbohydrates: 117g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 1434mg | Potassium: 1483mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 1693IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 411mg | Iron: 6mg