Let’s Talk Leftovers: Turkey Quesadillas with Chipotle Cranberry Sauce

by Shawnda on November 18, 2012

in Chicken & Poultry,Chipotle peppers,Sandwich, Wraps, & Quesadillas,Thanksgiving

There are some really fun and inventive Thanksgiving leftover ideas out there. The first dish that always comes to mind is Pink Parsley’s Turkey Cranchiladas. Different. Fun. And completely delicious.

And more importantly, they look nothing like lunch and dinner from the previous 3 days.

Tortillas are an awesome vehicle for leftovers. A little turkey, leftover cranberry sauce, and any cheese in the drawer makes an easy dinner. But even better, it opens up the perfect opportunity for a post-holiday margarita. (I always have an angle.)

We stirred a couple of minced chipotles in adobo into some leftover cranberry sauce for a more savory – and slightly spicy – take on the spread. And just like that, 5 ingredients puts another leftover dinner on the table in the form of quesadillas, but with just enough of a twist to make it almost feel like a completely different meal.

Turkey Quesadillas with Chipotle Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving leftovers get a fresh twist with an easy chipotle cranberry sauce.


  • 1/2 cup leftover whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1-2 minced canned chipotles with adobo sauce (I used a full cube)
  • 6 medium tortillas
  • Leftover turkey, sliced or shredded
  • Shredded cheese of your choice


  1. Heat a grill pan or panini maker to high.
  2. Mix the cranberry sauce and minced chipotles together.
  3. Lay the tortillas on your work surface and spread a spoonful of cranberry sauce over half.
  4. Top with turkey and cheese and fold the top half over.
  5. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
  6. Grill 2-3 minutes on each side, until nicely browned and crispy.
  7. Cut each quesadilla into 2-3 pieces and serve hot.


Yields: 3-4 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 20 minutes


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 18, 2012 at 1:12 am

What an awesome way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers! I especially love that chipotle cranberry sauce! YUM!


2 JulieD November 18, 2012 at 11:34 am

Love this! Looks so delicious!!


3 Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes November 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm

What a great idea! I’ll have to try this with my MANY leftovers I’m bound to have :)


4 Bree November 19, 2012 at 10:06 am

Love this creative idea and great flavor combos too!


5 Joanne November 19, 2012 at 6:56 pm

I’m thinking brie inside those quesadillas…mostly because I’m a brie and cranberry sauce fiend!!


6 Barbara | Creative Culinary November 21, 2012 at 7:52 am

I love leftovers and my favorite sandwich makes me more excited for the day after meal…but this could get a spot in the leftover rotation for sure. Sounds great and looks simple but beautiful. Very nice.


7 Ari November 21, 2012 at 9:41 am

I know I’ll be stoned for saying this, but I’ve never been a fan of Thanksgiving leftovers…until now. I can’t wait for Friday to try this out (and I love the brie suggestion)!!


8 Katie @ Horrific Knits November 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm

These look awesome!


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