This is a fantastic recipe for using up leftover smoked pulled pork. Top with BBQ sauce, some homemade salsa fresca, guacamole or chipotle-lime crema, and you have an easy-to-prepare and satisfying entree or side dish. Enjoy!
XV olive oil or butter
12 eight-inch soft tortillas (makes 6 quesadillas)
6 cups smoked pulled pulled pork butt (use 1 cup per quesadilla)
1/2 cup shredded Montery Jack cheese per quesadilla
1/2 cup shredded cotija cheese per quesadilla
Minced red onion
Diced sweet bell or jalapeno pepper
Your choice BBQ sauce
Mike’s Salsa Rojo Diablo
Mike’s Famous Guacamole
Mike’s Chipotle-Lime Crema
Divide up the pork into portions for each set of tortillas. Prepare the minced onion, cilantro and diced pepper. You’ll be working in batches for this recipe.
Using a pair of 12″ cast-iron skillets, place them over medium heat on two burners. Add a small amount of olive oil or butter to each pan and then place a tortilla shell in the center.
Cover the base of each shell with some Montery Jack and cotija cheese, topped with the pulled pork, minced onion, cilantro and diced pepper. Add more of each cheese to the top and then add the second tortilla shell to each, pressing the stack down with a spatula so the cheese sets.
When the underside of the tortilla is slightly browned, place a dinner plate over the quesadilla (bottom side of the plate on top of the quesadilla shell) and carefully invert the skillet while holding the plate. Set the skillet back on the stove and use the spatula to remove the quesadilla from the bottom of the plate, and place it back in the skillet to cook the other side. (This is the easiest way I’ve found on flipping a quesadilla without the risk of it completely falling apart.)
Cook the alternate side until slightly browned and then transfer each quesadilla to individual serving plates. Top with BBQ sauce, salsa fresca, guacamole and chipotle-lime crema.
Repeat this process for the remaining four quesadillas. You may cut each quesadilla in half or quarters if desired. Serve immediately.
Makes 6 quesadillas