Need Leftover Turkey Recipes? Try Turkey Quesadillas! #CansGetYouCooking

This post about  Leftover Turkey Recipes is brought to you by Mom It Forward but all opinions expressed here are my own.

The holidays are a chaotic time of year and while I love to cook from scratch, there are certain shortcuts I take around this time of year to help maintain my sanity. The pizza guy comes to my house a bit more often but since that isn’t particularly healthy I try not too call him TOO much. I have found that cooking quick and healthy meals and desserts is much easier when I start from canned foods rather than from scratch. Stocking my pantry (or ‘cantry’!) well is the best defense again the desire to call the pizza guy! The way my family eats, a well stocked pantry is an absolute necessity!

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The winter months are especially hard for fresh produce. The prices are outrageous and the selection is pitiful. More and more often I head to the canned vegetable isle at my local Krogers to help feed my family healthy food on a budget. I like that I don’t have to worry about canned foods going bad before I have a chance to use them. I just threw out a bunch of asparagus that cost me a fortune because it got moldy so quickly. I am more than a little annoyed! That would not have been  a problem had I just bought it in the can. Did you know that 73% of Americans throw away spoiled fruits and vegetables on average two times a week? Cans help make sure nature’s bounty doesn’t go to waste.

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According to a University of California, Davis study, many canned fruits and vegetables have the same nutrients as their fresh or frozen counterparts. Heading down the canned food isle is a great way to save time and get a healthy, flavorful and home-cooked meal on the table, more often. The more you cook, the less likely you are to see your pizza delivery guy, right? This time of year I am always looking for leftover turkey recipes. We had TWO turkeys on Thanksgiving and froze back a bunch to eat over the next few months. This easy turkey quesadilla recipe uses up your leftover turkey along with canned Delmonte corn and canned Red Gold tomatoes.

As a part of  the “Cans Get You Cooking” program I thought I would share my ideas for leftover turkey recipes because I KNOW you must have plenty of leftover turkey in your freezer right? Since I cannot get corn or tomatoes fresh from the garden in December I stock up on canned varieties when they are on sale. The can is one of the best ways to get food from the farm to my family’s table. The canning process locks in foods’ freshness, flavor and nutrients at the peak of ripeness, just hours after picking. It’s field to sealed! That means I can serve canned foods anytime, and with confidence.

  Leftover Turkey Recipes

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Turkey Quesadillas

Yield: 4 to 5

Turkey Quesadillas

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Easy leftover turkey recipe with plenty of flavor

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2 cups finely chopped cooked turkey
  • 1 can Delmonte canned corn (not creamed corn!), drained
  • 1 can Red Gold diced tomatoes with cilantro and lime, drained
  • 2 cups shredded cheese of your choice
  • 8 to 10 flour tortillas
  • 3 to 4 TBSP olive oil
  • sour cream for serving
  • fresh cilantro if available


  1. In a large bowl combine the canned corn, diced tomatoes, and cooked turkey
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add one TBSP olive oil. Place one flour tortilla in the pan and spread 1/2 cup turkey and vegetable mixture on it. Leave about 1/2 inch space around the edge.
  3. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup shredded cheese
  4. Place remaining flour tortilla on the top. Cook til bottom is lightly brown (4 to 5 minutes.) Carefully flip and cook other side until cheese is melted and filling is warm.
  5. Cut into quarters and serve with sour cream and ciilantro

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This post about  Leftover Turkey Recipes is brought to you by Mom It Forward but all opinions expressed here are my own.

4 thoughts on “Need Leftover Turkey Recipes? Try Turkey Quesadillas! #CansGetYouCooking”

  1. I was going to make this today, but my turkey went bad. 🙁

    I won’t touch canned peas, but things like green beans and corn are great in soups.


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