Leftovers just got tastier with this delicious and easy-to-make recipe for pulled pork quesadillas! Combining the sweet, smoky, and spicy flavors of pulled pork and Tex-Mex quesadillas in one dish, these pulled pork quesadillas are sure to become a family favorite.
In just under 20 minutes you can have a appetizer or dinner ready to go, made with simple ingredients like cheese, tortillas, and leftover pulled pork.
If you’re looking for a simple, flavorful way to spice up your dinner routine then this is the dish for you. Not only are all quesadillas delicious (I'm talking to you taco quesadillas and cheesy chicken quesadillas), but they’re also quick and easy to make.
With detailed and easy-to-follow instructions straight outta my kitchen, you’ll soon be on your way to making a delicious, savory dinner your whole family will love.
Why you'll love this recipe
It's simple: I'm talking super-duper, hit the easy button kind of simple. If this isn't easy enough, I don't believe I can help you, friend. You'll just need four ingredients, making this a perfect weeknight go-to.
Practical: We all have those picky eaters in our family who don't care for leftovers. This recipes gives new life to pulled pork and your family won't even notice. If you have extra from making pulled pork sliders, it's game on!
Portable: In farm speak, handheld foods are gold. If you can eat something in one hand while driving a tractor, that is foodie love right there!
The full printable recipe is below, but I’ll walk you though some of the steps beforehand.
- pulled pork - if you have leftover pulled pork butt from your Instant Pot, this is a great time to use it. You can also grab it at the grocery store. Even Aldi carries ready made pork these days!
- shredded cheese - I used shredded cheddar cheese because we always have a block of it in our fridge. As an alternative, I really like using Monterey Jack cheese. It's a mild cheese perfect for melting. I like to use it on my grilled cheese sandwiches, too.
- flour tortillas - I use the large burrito sized tortillas, but you could also use whole grain, low carb, etc.
- barbecue sauce - use whatever your favorite brand of bbq is or you can make your own homemade bbq sauce.
- non-stick cooking spray - Does this qualify as an ingredient? Either way, it's used in the recipe so I decided to include it in the list!
Variations and Substitutions
- If you're making pulled pork quesadillas for one or two, you can make these in a skillet over medium heat on the stovetop.
- You can use a different cheese. Pepper jack cheese will give some some extra heat, while mozzarella is very mild.
- Mix canned, diced green chilis for some flavor dimension or drained and rinsed black beans into the pork mixture before filling the tortillas. The beans will help stretch the recipe a bit, making it easy on the budget, plus an extra does of fiber!
How to make pulled pork quesadillas
Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray one side of the tortilla with nonstick cookie spray. Flip the tortilla so the sprayed side is face down on a rimmed baking sheet.
Layer a portion of the shredded cheese, then the pork, and a drizzle of bbq sauce (if using) on one half of the tortilla. Add an additional sprinkling of cheese.
Fold the tortilla in half and lightly press with a spatula to bring together.
Repeat with the remaining two tortillas.
Bake at 425°F for 7-8 minutes, then flip and cook for another 3 minutes or until light golden brown.
Remove, cut into slices and serve.
- Shredding your own cheese will make these quesadillas extra melty. The way I figure it, you can burn some extra calories in the process, too! So go ahead and grab that extra piece of quesadilla. when you're done shredding.
- If your leftovers already have bbq sauce in the pork, you can adjust the amount of bbq sauce on each tortilla. Like it super saucy? Add more!
- I like to slightly heat the pulled pork in the microwave or in a skillet so it has a head start going into the oven. It also makes it easier to spread. Just get it up to lukewarm and you'll be sitting pretty.
How to store leftovers
Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. To reheat, you can microwave the quesadillas briefly (20-30 seconds should do it), reheat them over medium heat in a skillet or pop them in the air fryer to crisp them up again.
Coleslaw served on the side gives a really nice crunch and texture that compliments the sweet and spicy pork. I also love serving Mexican black beans or Mexican street corn!
I like using one large tortilla and folding it in half. I find it encloses the ingredients better and there is a better filling to tortilla ratio.
More pork recipes
Leftover Pulled Pork Quesadillas
- 3 large burrito sized flour tortillas
- non-stick cooking spray
- 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 cups leftover pulled pork
- 3 Tablespoons of your favorite bbq sauce
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray one side of the tortilla with nonstick cookie spray. Flip the tortilla so the sprayed side is face down on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Layer a portion of the shredded cheese, then the pork, and a drizzle of bbq sauce (if using) on one half of the tortilla. Add an additional sprinkling of cheese. Fold the tortilla in half and lightly press with a spatula to bring together.
- Repeat with the remaining two tortillas.
- Place in the oven and cook for 7-8 minutes until the bottom is light golden brown. Use a spatula to flip the tortillas to the other side. Cook for another 2-3 minutes until lightly toasted.
- Remove from the oven. Cut each quesadilla into 3 wedges, making 9 wedges total. Serve with your choice of toppings.