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Left-over Sloppy Joe's Quesadillas

I'm always up for the challenge of finding ways to reuse my leftovers--I hate throwing food away!  My husband and kids will eat leftovers if I make them, but I'm sure they'd rather not.  Unless, that is, it doesn't taste like leftovers.

It helps a lot in getting your family to eat leftovers if you can transform it into a completely different meal--especially if you've got a lot of leftovers.  For example, we made a huge batch of Sloppy Joe's for a party, and ended up with quite a lot of it being leftover.  After a few meals of Sloppy Joe's on a bun, I was getting pretty sick of Sloppy Joe's.

However,  by using Sloppy Joe's in a new way, they tasted better--which is why I decided to make Sloppy Joe's Quesadillas.

The recipe is pretty simple:  tortillas, cheese, and Sloppy Joe's.  You can use any type of tortilla you would like for this recipe, but might I suggest homemade flour tortillas (click for recipe)?  I used cheddar cheese, but mozzarella, Colby, or pepper-jack would probably taste great too. 

Use more or less ingredients than the recipe calls for depending on how much Sloppy Joe's you have left over.  You will need two tortillas per quesadilla, as well as 1/2 cup cheese and 1/2 cup Sloppy Joe's.

Left-over Sloppy Joe's Quesadillas
Makes 4 Quesadillas


2 cups Sloppy Joe's
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
8 flour tortillas
2 Tablespoons butter

Melt 1/2 Tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

Place one tortilla in the skillet, and top it with 1/4 cup shredded cheese.  Top the cheese with 1/2 cup reheated Sloppy Joe's.  Top the Sloppy Joe's with yet another 1/4 cup of cheese.  Place another tortilla on top.

Allow the quesadilla to cook for about two minutes--until the bottom layer of cheese is melting and the tortilla is golden.  Flip the quesadilla and cook it on the other side for another 2 minutes.

Assemble the remaining quesadillas in the same manner.


  1. I don't like sloppy joes, but this looks yummy.

    1. After all the sloppy joe's we ate, I don't think I like them any more either :) I think quesadillas are good no matter what kind of meat you use. I like ground beef seasoned like taco meat in them too.


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