Easy Cheesy Ground Turkey Quesadilla

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There is nothing better than a cheesy gooey quesadilla. And with a little ground turkey you can have less calories and fat than beef without sacrificing flavor. Let’s learn how to make this Mexican inspired savory treat.

Ground Turkey Quesadilla

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 452kcal


  • ½ onion chopped
  • 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1 small red pepper diced
  • ½ cup black beans rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup corn rinsed and drained
  • 1 tbsp Taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups cheddar cheese
  • 4 to rtilla wraps
  • 2 tbsp olive oil for greasing the pan


  • Assemble all your ingredients.
  • Preheat the oven to 200°F.
  • Over medium heat, heat a pan and add olive oil. Add and sauté onions until softened.
  • Add and cook ground turkey for 10 minutes. Break it using spatula while it cooks.
  • Add red pepper, beans, corn, Taco seasoning, and chili powder. Cook for 10-12 minutes.
  • Now, stir in tomato paste and broth and cook for another minute.
  • On top of a plate, lay the tortilla and then top half of the tortilla with half of the cheese. Add the turkey mixture and then top it again with cheese. Fold over the tortilla.
  • Over medium heat, heat a pan and grease it with olive oil. Cook each side of the tortilla for 2 minutes. Flip it until crispy and cut into two. Serve it with your favorite dip.


Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 633mg | Potassium: 509mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 1369IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 354mg | Iron: 3mg

Notes & Tips

  • For your cheese, any cheese will do. However, it’s best to grate it if you want it to melt evenly and ideally pick a softer cheese that will melt easier.
  • If you aren’t into hot food, nix the spices and you’ll be good to go. Maybe replace it with a bit of honey if that is your jam.
  • If you want to make this vegetarian friendly, replace the ground turkey with sauteed mushrooms with a dash of Worcestershire sauce.
  • Need more fiber? Don’t we all! Toss in more veggies into the mix but be sure to cut thinly to avoid broken quesadillas.

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