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Leftover Roast Pork Quesadillas

Leftover Roast Pork Quesadillas

Leftover Roast Pork Quesadillas are the ideal recipe for using up any extra roast pork you have remaining in your refrigerator. This Mexican-inspired dish brings together delicious leftover roast pork with an array of other ingredients that complement the pork wonderfully, creating a mouth-watering meal.
This symphony of textures and flavors is loaded in tortillas and pan fried until the cheese is melted and the tortillas are crispy. The quesadillas are then cut in half for serving. The first bite releases the melted cheese and fills your mouth with the taco-inspired medley of ingredients. It's truly a masterpiece way to use up leftover roast pork and create an easy and delicious Mexican-style dinner or appetizer.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 cups leftover roast pork, thinly chopped
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 1 cup cubed or shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup sliced bell peppers (use a mix of colors for visual appeal)
  • ½ cup diced red onions
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika (my secret ingredient)
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil. Once hot, sauté the sliced bell peppers and diced red onions until they become tender and slightly caramelized, about 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper, cumin, and smoked paprika
  • Lay out one tortilla and sprinkle half of it with shredded cheddar cheese. Then, layer on the thinly sliced roast pork, followed by the sautéed bell peppers and onions.
  • Sprinkle fresh cilantro over the top, and fold the tortilla in half, pressing it gently to seal.
  • Heat a clean skillet over medium heat and place the folded quesadilla inside. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side until the tortilla is crispy and the cheese is melted.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining tortillas and filling.


Cooking Tips for the Best Results:

  1. Use leftover roast pork that is well-seasoned for maximum flavor in your quesadillas.
  2. Don’t overstuff your quesadillas; this ensures they cook evenly and stay intact.
  3. Experiment with different cheese varieties like Monterey Jack or Pepper Jack for a flavor twist.
  4. Adjust the spice level by adding hot sauce or jalapeños if you prefer extra heat.
  5. Serve with a side of salsa, guacamole, or sour cream for a complete meal experience.

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FAQs about the Leftover Roast Pork Quesadillas Recipe

Can I use other types of meat besides roast pork?

Absolutely! This recipe is versatile, and you can substitute roast pork with chicken, beef, or even tofu for a vegetarian option.

What’s the best way to reheat leftover quesadillas?

To maintain their crispiness, it’s best to reheat quesadillas in a dry skillet over medium-low heat until warmed through.

Can I prepare the filling in advance?

Certainly! You can sauté the bell peppers and onions ahead of time and store them in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble the quesadillas.

What side dishes go well with these quesadillas?

Quesadillas pair wonderfully with a fresh salad, Mexican rice, or black beans for a complete meal.

Can I freeze leftover quesadillas?

Yes, you can! Wrap them individually in foil and place them in a resealable bag in the freezer. When you’re ready to enjoy them again, simply reheat in the oven until heated through.

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