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Turkey Quesadilla

Healthy Turkey Quesadilla

Skinny Not Skinny
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Entree
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 -6


  • 1 lb Lean Ground Turkey
  • Original Taco Seasoning Mix you'll only need 1/2 the package
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 sm green pepper
  • 1 sm red pepper
  • 1/2 of an onion
  • 1 pkg Shredded Cheese I use Kraft Pepper Jack
  • 8 Tortilla Shells 100% Whole Wheat for healthy or flour for not-as-healthy
  • Sour Cream optional garnish
  • 2 Tbsp butter optional


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brown the 1 lb of ground turkey in a large skillet for 5-7 minutes. You want to make sure the turkey is completely cooked.
  • When turkey is browned, add 1/2 cup water and 1/2 package of Taco seasoning. I only add 1/2 because a full package is just too much. Stir. Cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.
  • While the turkey is browning, chop the onion into small pieces and slice the peppers into strips.
  • Transfer ground turkey from pan to plate. Set aside.
  • In the same pan, heat 1 tbsp. olive oil. Add onions and peppers and cook for 3 minutes while stirring occasionally. Add turkey meat back into the pan with the veggies. Stir and continue to heat for 2 more minutes.
  • You can use whatever type of tortilla shells that you like. My kids like the plain flour tortillas the best but sometimes I use the 100% whole wheat tortillas to keep it healthier. Lightly butter one side of the 8 tortillas. You can skip this step if you want a healthier quesadilla but it does give it a nice crisp flavor.
  • From here you can assemble the quesadillas in two ways: mexican pizza-style or fold over quesadilla-style.
  • Mexican Pizza Style -
  • Place one tortilla buttered side down on a baking sheet. Scoop 1/2 - 3/4 cup turkey/veggie meat onto tortilla. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese (more or less) over the turkey meat. Top with tortilla buttered side up. You should be able to make four full quesadillas this way.
  • Fold-Over-Style:
  • Place all tortillas buttered side down on a baking sheet in two rows. Scoop two spoon fulls turkey/veggie meat onto half of each tortilla.
  • Sprinkle cheese over the turkey meat (about 2 tbsp). Fold over tortilla and lightly press down to make it stay. You can also secure it closed with a toothpick.
  • Whether you did the mexican pizza style or the fold over style, cooking the quesadillas is the same. Place the pan in the preheated oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Once the cheese is melted to brown the tops, change the oven to broil at 400 degrees and cook for additional 2 minutes. Watch the quesadillas carefully as not to burn them.
  • Remove from oven and cut quesdadillas in half (fold-over style) or in quarters (mexican pizza style). Serve immediately. Garnish with guacamole and/or sour cream.