Sweet Pulled Pork Quesadillas



My favorite restaurant used to serve amazing sweet pork filled quesadillas. We have since moved away, so I naturally tried to recreate them. These are pretty darn close, and my whole family LOVES these.

The healthier choices such as yogurt instead of sour cream, quinoa, & the shredded cabbage are actually choices driven by taste... they are fabulous in these quesadillas and taste better than what is commonly used! Not that often you get such a win-win when it comes to taste and health!

You may be skeptical, but I challenge you to try it and see if you don't prefer it too!

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pork roast
onions, sliced
2-3 Tbsp
montreal steak seasoning
3 Tbsp
lime juice
1/2 c
brown sugar


sweet pulled pork
shredded cheddar cheese
cooked quinoa* (or brown rice)
1 can(s)
black beans, rinsed
unsweetened plain fat free yogurt (may add chopped onion or bit of canned chipolte in adobo sauce, if you want)
sliced/shredded white cabbage
flour tortillas

Directions Step-By-Step

To make sweet pulled pork, place most of the onion on the bottom of the crock pot, add pork roast, then montreal steak seasoning, lime juice, and rest of onion slices. Cook in crock pot until pork falls apart easily with fork. Add sugar, and "shred" (pull apart with fork.)

You can adjust seasonings by adding, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and smoke flavor, but once when I was in a super rush, I did just the ingredients listed in the recipe, and it turned out plenty tasty. I free-handed the Montreal steak seasoning...you can always go light and add more once it is cooked, to taste. (Now that I've measured a few times 2 -2 1/2 Tbsp. seems right.)
To make quesadillas, in large skillet, cover a whole tortilla with shredded cheddar. Then layer over half the tortilla the sweet pork, black beans, & quinoa/rice. Heat over medium heat until bottom of tortilla is nicely brown and crispy and cheese is well melted.
Add dollops of the yogurt like you would sour cream, then sprinkle with shredded cabbage. Fold tortillas in half.

The pork meat is great filling also for tamales or in enchiladas, or simply with chips and other Mexican style toppings. But my favorite is the quesadillas!

If I have roasted pumpkin (or squash) and onions on hand, I add them to my quesadillas.
* when cooking the quinoa, dry toast it first in a skillet or pot, until it starts to pop and smell like popcorn, before cooking with water like normal. This makes ALL the difference in the flavor.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pork
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Healthy