For the weeknights, I try my best to pick a menu that is going to include easier to make recipes. I don’t want to spend a ton of time in the kitchen making dinner when it’s really the only time I have to spend with my family in the day. I also set a goal this year to have less food waste. So leftovers it is! My husband generally does not like to eat leftovers, though I’ve done my best to convince him. He’s certainly getting better with the idea, and cooking for 2.5 people, we usually have a fair amount. When I made this pulled pork, I had a lot left. It was great to have another sandwich the following day, but after that I wanted to make something different. I should note, that this would freeze really well, so if you have a ton left, you can definitely freeze it for another day. Quesadillas are one of my favorite quick meals. I don’t make them super often, but it’s a great go to if you have a lot of random things you want to use up. It’s like am omelet, sans eggs, add tortilla. I had all the ingredients I wanted to include, so I got to work. This was so satisfying. It was hearty, delicious, and gave some different flavors to the pulled pork. I think next time I would add some jalapeno. We have about a million frozen from our garden this summer, that those would have been perfect here, so I’ve added that to the recipe.
Pulled Pork Quesadilla
- Heat a pan on your stove top over medium high heat, cook your bacon until crisp. Remove from the pan, place on a plate lined with paper towels and let sit until it's cool to handle. Wipe out the pan leaving only a small amount of bacon grease. Add in the jalapenos and cook until softened, about 2-3 minutes. Add in the pulled pork and stir to combine the ingredients. Turn down the heat and allow the mixture to warm. Meanwhile, chop the bacon. Once the mixture is warmed, add in the bacon and stir to combine.
- Heat a large skillet on your stove top over medium high heat. Add some olive oil to the pan. Place a tortilla into the pan. Immediately spoon some of the pork mixture onto half of the tortilla. Sprinkle some cheese on top (you could also add it first, then the pork mixture to make it extra cheesy). Using tongs or a fork, lift the other half of the tortilla over the top of the half with the mixture. Let the quesadilla cook until golden and toasty, then carefully flip to the other side to continue to cook until that side is golden and toasty. Remove from the pan and let sit. Cut into triangles and serve warm.