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Kālua Pig Pulled Pork Quesadillas

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Pulled pork quesadillas are the perfect leftover makeover. Smoky kālua pig and ooey gooey cheese wrapped in a tortilla shell and toasted to perfection.

stack of pulled pork quesdillas

I don’t know about you, but I have leftovers more than I’d like to at times. And it can be boring eating the same thing day in and day out. 

Call in kālua pig pulled pork quesadillas. That’s right Mexican and Hawaiian fusion at it’s finest. Smoky kālua pig, salty lomi salmon tucked in a crunchy tortilla shell stuffed with melted cheese.

The great thing about this pulled pork quesadilla recipe is the customization options. You got picky eaters? Not to worry. Add what you want, leave out what you don’t like. 

Slice it up, lay it out, and let your family enjoy. Cooking for one? You can totally scale this recipe down as well.

Ingredients for pulled pork quesadillas

  • Cooking oil of choice if using a skillet. No oil is needed if you have a nonstick pan.
  • Flour tortillas. I like to use the 6 inch size tortillas since I have children, but you can totally use larger ones if you’d like.
  • Shredded cheese. Colby jack, Mexican blend, or any other cheese of your choice.
  • Kālua pig is Hawai’i’s version of pulled pork. Smoky and salty and totally a game changer in quesadillas.
  • Lomi salmon is a salted salmon dish with tomatoes and onions. Perfect addition to quesadillas.
  • Garnishes: sour cream, avocado, cilantro, or any other toppings you enjoy.
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Substitutions

  • Corn tortillas can be used here as well.
  • Can’t get your hands on lomi salmon? You can opt for diced tomato and onions 

What are quesadillas?

Quesadillas are a traditional Mexican dish made of tortillas and cheese. You can also find recipes that add meat and other ingredients. They can be cooked up on the grill or in the frying pan.

What type of tortillas are best for pulled pork quesadillas?

I like to use flour tortillas for quesadillas. Flour tortillas are more pliable than corn tortillas, but if you like corn tortillas you totally can use that too. If you’re up for it, you can even make your own tortillas.

pulled pork quesdillas

What to serve with kālua pork quesadillas?

While these are great to eat on their own, garnishes are a fun way to fancy them up. Everything from sour cream, avocado, cilantro, or any other topping of your choice. And you can’t go wrong with a frozen coconut margarita to wash it down.

How to store?

Quesadillas are best eaten fresh, however they can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. 

How to reheat?

Although pulled pork quesadillas can be reheated in the microwave you lose the crispy outer layer. A great way to bring back that crisp is to toast it in the toaster oven or on the stove top.

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Can you freeze leftover pork quesadillas?

Another great thing about this recipe is the ability to freeze any leftovers. Place quesadillas on a sheet pan and allow to freeze slightly, then place in a zip top bag and store in the freezer. This will keep for 2-3 months. Defrost before reheating.

Other great leftover makeover recipes

How to make pulled pork quesadillas?

  1. Pre heat oven to 250F.
  2. Set a large skillet over medium heat. Add cooking oil of choice. Place one tortilla down. Then add cheese, kālua pig, lomi salmon, and top with more cheese. 
  3. Cook until the tortilla has just started to brown and the cheese begins to melt or about 1-2 minutes. Flip and repeat. 
  4. Remove from heat and place in the oven to keep warm while cooking the remainder of the quesadillas.
  5. Top with the garnishes of your choice and ENJOY.
stack of pulled pork quesdillas

Kālua Pig Pulled Pork Quesadillas

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Pulled pork quesadillas are the perfect leftover makeover. Smoky kālua pig and ooey gooey cheese wrapped in a tortilla shell and toasted to perfection.

Ingredients

  • Cooking oil of choice
  • 8 6 inch flour tortillas
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 2 cups kālua pig
  • 1 cup lomi salmon
  • Garnishes: sour cream, avocado, cilantro

Instructions

  1. Pre heat oven to 250F.
  2. Set a large skillet over medium heat. Add cooking oil of choice. Place one tortilla down. Then add cheese, kālua pig, lomi salmon, and top with more cheese. 
  3. Cook until the tortilla has just started to brown and the cheese begins to melt or about 1-2 minutes. Flip and repeat. 
  4. Remove from heat and place in the oven to keep warm while cooking the remainder of the quesadillas.
  5. Top with the garnishes of your choice and ENJOY.

Notes

*Recipe for kālua pig can be found here https://keepingitrelle.com/instant-pot-kalua-pig/

*Recipe for lomi salmon can be found here https://keepingitrelle.com/refreshing-hawaiian-lomi-lomi-salmon-recipe/

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1260Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 112mgSodium: 900mgCarbohydrates: 105gFiber: 7gSugar: 45gProtein: 41g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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By on May 9th, 2021

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Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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