Chipotle Turkey and Pumpkin Seed Quesadillas

Serves: 4

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Here is a perfect example that the simplest foods can be so very satisfying. This dish starts with melted cheese, tucked between two buttery, crisp tortillas. To spice it up, we add Chipotle chiles, which are smoked jalapeño chiles, which have been dried and ground into an aromatic, spicy powder. The addition of chipotle to the turkey and the sauce makes a divinely enticing combination! And if you enjoy this quesadilla, you'll love the other options we've cooked up.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked turkey simmered in a little stock with 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder Add to list
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted Add to list
  • 1/2 cup ranch dressing combined with 1 teaspoon chipotle powder (you may adjust the amount of chipotle to your taste, depending on how spicy you like it) Add to list
  • 12 ounces or more Monterey jack or Mexican cheese such as Cotija, grated Add to list
  • 8 (10-inch) flour or whole wheat tortillas Add to list
  • Softened butter or vegetable oil Add to list

Cranberry Salsa

Preparation

To assemble and cook a quesadilla, spread or brush the softened butter or vegetable oil on one side of two tortillas. Place one tortilla butter-side down in a medium-heated 10-inch or larger skillet. Spread one quarter of the cheese mixture on top of the tortilla and top with one quarter of the turkey and the pumpkin seeds.

Spread the other tortilla (the non-buttered side) with the ranch-chipotle mixture and place it, butter side up, on top of the turkey. Cook until the bottom tortilla is nice and golden brown, using a pancake turner, carefully turn the quesadilla over and cook until nicely golden brown. Remove to a platter and keep it warm. Repeat process 3 more times with remaining tortillas and filling.

To serve, cut each quesadilla into 8 wedges and serve with the salsa on the side.

For Cranberry Salsa

Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl.

Notes

Try these other tasty quesadilla combinations:

1. Smoked Salmon
Cream cheese
Salsa
Fresca
Avocado
Fresh corn
Green olives
Cilantro
A squeeze of fresh lemon

2. Smoked chicken
Gorgonzola
Salsa verde
Roasted pumpkin seeds
Fresh tomatoes
Fresh oregano

3. Queso fresco
Grilled prawns
Roasted eggplant
Roasted red bell pepper
Artichoke hearts
Sauteed mushrooms
Chipotle salsa

Recipe by Chef Lynne Vea, PCC Cooks instructor

Lynne Vea

ABOUT OUR CHEF: Lynne Vea

Lynne Vea is a graduate of the Executive Chef Program at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris and has been cooking with PCC Natural Markets since 2001. Featured on King-5’s "Gardening with Ciscoe," she demonstrates easy and delicious recipes using seasonal ingredients.

Lynne is an admired PCC Cooks instructor, teaching a variety of popular PCC Cooks classes throughout the year.

She loves to collect old cookbooks, hunt for wild berries, and cook seven-course dinners where the guests are encouraged to dance and cavort between courses.

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