These Low-Carb Green Chile Quesadillas with Turkey and Cheese have all the flavors you love in green chile chicken enchiladas! These easy-to-cook quesadillas are kid-friendly and delicious!
I seriously wanted to call this recipe Low-Carb Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Quesadillas because of the way the turkey, cream cheese, and green chile filling in the quesadillas reminds me of my favorite Low-Carb Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas, but in the end I decided that would be a pretty confusing recipe name! But make no mistake about it, if you like creamy chicken enchiladas with green chiles you're going to love this new idea for Low-Carb Green Chile Quesadillas with Turkey and Cheese.
The recipe came about because lately I'm realizing I need some ideas for things that are easy and healthy for a quick dinner, and one of the best things about this recipe is that you can make the turkey, cream cheese, and green chile filling and keep it in the fridge to make quesadillas over and over. Then when you need a quick lunch or dinner, grab a low-carb tortilla and some grated mozzarella and you're ready to eat in less than 10 minutes!
And I hate to mention Back-to-School too early, but I bet the kids will love this for an after-school snack. It took us a few tries to get a turkey quesadilla filling mixture that was really a wow, but we really enjoyed this one. And I love having the makings of an easy lunch or dinner in the fridge for busy days when I might be inclined to skip a meal.
Pulse chopped deli turkey in the food processor until it's shredded apart. Then add green chiles and cream cheese and pulse a few times to make a creamy mixture. Spread a thin layer on a low-carb tortilla, lay it in a heated pan, and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, or any cheese you prefer.
Serve hot. I like these quesadillas with some sour cream and salsa for dipping; enjoy!
Low-Carb Green Chile Quesadillas with Turkey and Cheese
(Makes 6-8 folded half-quesadillas; recipe created by Kalyn with experimenting assistance from Kara and Jake.)
1/2 lb. sliced deli turkey (Turkey that's not sliced too thin will work best, I used the sliced roasted turkey from Costco.)
1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles, drained
2 oz. cream cheese (regular or light)
6-8 low-carb tortillas, 8-10 inch size
(I have previously recommended three different brands of low-carb tortillas, but there are lots of good ones.)
about 1 cup grated mozzarella or other cheese of your choice (use reduced-fat cheese if desired)
olive oil for misting or brushing the pan (or use non-stick spray if you prefer)
sour cream for serving (optional)
salsa for serving (optional)
Coarsely chop the turkey and put in food processor. Pulse a few times until the turkey is shredded apart. (You can probably chop and mix by hand too if you don't have a food processor.) Add the drained green chiles and cream cheese and pulse a few more times until the mixture is combined.
Mist or brush a non-stick frying pan with olive oil (or non-stick spray if you prefer) and turn on heat to medium-low. Spread one-half of a low-carb tortilla with the turkey mixture and lay in the frying pan. Sprinkle a little bit of grated mozzarella over the turkey mixture and use a turner to fold over the quesadilla. Cook about 2 minutes per side, or until the cheese is melted and the outside of the tortilla is nicely browned.
Serve hot, with sour cream and salsa on the side if desired.
South Beach Diet / Low-Carb Diet Suggestions:
Using low-carb tortillas and low-fat cream cheese and mozzarella would make this recipe a good choice for phase 2 of the South Beach Diet. It would also be suitable for most types of Low-Carb eating plans, and many other plans might prefer full-fat cheese and cream cheese.
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More Healthy Ideas with Low-Carb Tortillas:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet or Low-Carb friendly; check ingredients.)
Low-Carb Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Fish Soft Tacos and Low-Carb Zucchini Tortillas ~ White on Rice Couple
Low-Carb Slow Cooker Green Chile Chicken Tacos with Poblano-Cabbage Slaw ~ Kalyn's Kitchen
Shrimp and Avocado Quesadillas ~ The Perfect Pantry
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