Pulled Pork and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas*

Pulled Pork and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas  (recipe on thenovicechefblog.com)

Jorge spent last week in Minnesota. I spent the entire week calling him and saying things like “Dohn’tcha knohw?” and “Have you had a sohda in Minnesohta?”. He kept telling me that they don’t actually talk like that…at least not in Minneapolis where he was. But to be fair, my knowledge of Minnesota comes from that movie with Renee Zellweger, New In Town. Obviously movies are fact.

I’m pretty sure if I go to Minnesota one day and they really don’t talk like that, I will be highly disappointed. First of all, I have been practicing my accent for years. Second of all, people make fun of me for saying Y’all and ‘Fixin all the dang time — I’m ready for some payback yankees.

Pulled Pork and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas  (recipe on thenovicechefblog.com)

On a happier note, when Jorge is gone I get to play the “eat everything in the fridge so you don’t have to go to the store” game. It’s a lot of fun and leads to some creative thinking. I had a lot of leftover pulled pork sitting around in the fridge and knew that I could do something better with it.

Pulled pork makes me so happy and I never mind having leftovers. It is the best thing I have ever seen come out of a crock pot and I never get tired of it. Jorge and I will eat it as a topping to Mac & Cheese, stuffed in a sweet potato or any other way we can get it. There are just so many options for the leftovers!

Pulled Pork and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas  (recipe on thenovicechefblog.com)

So I grabbed the leftover pulled pork and started to put together a quesadilla. Right before I threw it on the skillet, I realized it would be a lot better with some caramelized onion! Luckily I had a little yellow onion that got pushed to the back of the vegetable basket and a few minutes later they were browning away in that hot skillet.

This is possibly my new favorite way to use up leftover pulled pork, but then again — I say that every time I come up with another way to use it. It’s just so versatile! If you don’t have a favorite recipe for pulled pork, check out one of these using a pork butt or a pork loin.


Pulled Pork and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas

Yield: 4 quesadillas


  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • pinch of brown sugar
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 small tortillas
  • 2 cups (cooked) pulled pork
  • 2 cups shredded pepperjack cheese
  • bbq sauce for garnish/dipping


Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large frying pan over medium-low heat.

Once melted, add the olive oil and onions, stirring occasionally, until they are deep golden brown and caramelized - about 30 minutes. Add a pinch of brown sugar and season well with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and set aside.

Lay 4 tortillas flat and divide cheese evenly on all four tortillas. Top with caramelized onions and pulled pork. Top with a second tortilla.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add a 1/2 tablespoon of butter to the pan and let melt. Add quesadilla and cook for about 2-4 minutes, until golden brown on the bottom. Carefully but swiftly flip the quesadilla, cook for another 2-4 minutes on the other side, or until cheese is melted.

Repeat process until all 4 quesadillas have been cooked. Cut each quesadilla into 4 wedges and serve with a drizzle of bbq sauce.

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31 Responses to “Pulled Pork and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas”

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    jens — August 19, 2013 @ 8:37 am

    yum – can’t wait to try this recipe! fyi – in MN we don’t call carbonated beverages “soda”. we call it pop.

    • Jessica replied: — August 19th, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

      Well that just takes out all the fun! 😉

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    Tieghan — August 19, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    Yes, please!! I love these! Quesadilla’s are always a huge hit around here and these look like a fun way to switch it up! Yay!

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    Mimi — August 19, 2013 @ 9:01 am

    Yum. And I love the squiggles!

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — August 19, 2013 @ 10:02 am

    I need to make this for dinner this week. Do you have a recipe for bbq sauce?

    • Jessica replied: — August 19th, 2013 @ 12:28 pm

      Nope – I use Sweet Baby Rays original BBQ sauce. It is my favorite when it comes to sweet bbq sauces for things like pulled pork.

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — August 19, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    Definitely keep saying y’all and fixin. My biggest thing I say being from Texas is (fixing to). Now these look delicious.

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    Shundara@SavyNaturalista — August 19, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    Leftover pork quesadillas, I know they were bursting with lots of flavor! I know in South Dakota they talk like that my manger always says words like that it is so cute… However when I went to new york they thought I was from the south, even though I was born and raised in socal…

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    Cookbook Queen — August 19, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    In LOVE with these quesadillas!! And if my husband was in Minnesota, I’d totally do the same thing. I love practicing other accents 😉

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    Marcie@FlavortheMoments — August 19, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    This is a great way to use leftover pulled pork, and the caramelized onions sound like a great addition!

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    Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — August 19, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    Gosh are these quesadillas amazing. And I LOVE New In Town! In fact, these would be the perfect thing to put in my face while watching my copy again tonight. Wait, movies aren’t facts?!? Does not compute…

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    cassie — August 19, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    Ohhh yes. We make quesadillas out of everything but haven’t done it with pulled pork yet. Love this!

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    Joanne - Inspired Taste — August 19, 2013 @ 3:08 pm

    This looks amazing and totally our kind of meal :)

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    Elly — August 19, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

    Yum! Love everything on this plate and can’t wait to try it :)

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    Sues — August 19, 2013 @ 7:56 pm

    These are beautiful! Dohn’tcha knohw? :)

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    Christina @ It's a Keeper — August 19, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

    These look a-mazing! You had me at caramelized onions!

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    Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — August 21, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    I love pulled pork..Ive been makin it like crazy lately, and definitely aren’t getting sick of it! These quesadillas sound perfect!
    And yes, movies are fact.

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    The Teacher Cooks — August 22, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    I love pulled pork in the crock pot, too. It’s so easy yet delicious. Food styling is fabulous. Send a quesadilla my way . They look so good.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — August 25, 2013 @ 2:17 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is amazing! I absolutely love pulled pork and quesadillas, this is perfect :)

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    Judy Wellington — August 31, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    Made these last night as written Very delicious!!

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    Rachael G — September 15, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

    As a MN girl, I remember my cousins (from CO) asking me to say certain words when I was younger and then laughing at my accent. What can I say, we love our long “oooo” sounds! The majoring of Minnesotans talk “normal,” but every once in a while, you will stumble across someone who has a full-on “Fargo” accent and it’s pretty amusing!

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    I just made this recipe! Awesome, I added some spices and roasted bell pepper! Thank You so much, your recipe made my night easier and tastier!

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    Kristin — February 19, 2015 @ 11:59 am

    WOW!! I just made these for lunch for me and my toddler and they were DEVOURED! Seriously, so, so good. I put the BBQ sauce (sweet baby rays) inside the quesadilla instead of on top. So much flavor yet SO simple. Those are usually the best recipes!! Thank you for this!

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