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We take pride here at Dinnertime Somewhere in our effective use of Leftovers. This recipe is absolutely no exception. A recreation of the awesome Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla using these delicious leftovers from our tasty Chipotle Bowl (recipe here)

The beauty in the Chipotle menu and why they are so popular really comes down to a couple of basic reasons. First, they keep their recipes very simple. Simple recipes that people can relate to go a long way in the food world. There’s nothing super fancy about the Chipotle menu is there? It’s just very relatable which is what a lot of people love

The other reason I think Chipotle is so successful is they use fresh ingredients. I mean, it’s great when you walk into a Chipotle and out the back you can see the grill filled with fresh Chicken Thighs getting a beautiful char on them. Then they go straight into the front where the server picks it out for you. Sure the ingredients are simple, but that all you need! Simple ingredients that are fresh and cooked well. Sounds like a great meal to us!

Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla side shot
A classic Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla. So simple, so delicious

So, our Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla is exactly that. Good ingredients and a simple recipe to follow. Nothing fancy here. Just lovely, marinated Chicken Thighs, Onions and Peppers, and some nice Sharp Cheddar Cheese. A bit of Guac and / or Sour Cream on the side and you’re good to go!

Recipe Details


2 people

Prep time

5 minutes

Cooking time

10 minutes

Total time

15 minutes

Chipotle Chicken Quesadilla Recipe


  • ½ lb. Chipotle Chicken (Recipe here)
  • Leftover Pico de Gallo (Recipe here)
  • Leftover Peppers and Onions (Recipe here)
  • 2 large Flour Tortillas
  • 1 cup Cheddar or Monterey Jack Cheese, shredded
  • 2 tbsp. Sour Cream


  1. Place a Tortilla In a large skillet or frying pan then turn the heat on the medium
  2. While the Tortilla is heating up, prepare the Quesadilla by placing all of the ingredients on one half of the Tortilla. Begin with Cheese, then Chicken, Peppers and Onions, and finally finish with more Cheese
  3. It’s important not to overload the Quesadilla, as much as you want to! When we fold the Tortilla over it needs to easily fit. So for each Quesadilla, use a thin layer of each ingredient as you are layering
  4. Fold the empty half of the Tortilla over the top of the filling to form a half circle shape. Press down on the Tortilla with a spatula to help the Cheese to stick to each side
  5. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the cheese starts to melt and the Tortilla is darkening to a golden brown. Carefully flip the Tortilla over to cook the other side
  6. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat and cut into 4 triangle segments. Serve immediately with a side of Pico de Gallo and Sour Cream. Enjoy!

For more simple lunch recipes using leftovers, please check out our Lunching on Leftovers page and happy cooking!

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