Turkey & Bacon Quesadillas with Spicy Ranch Dipping Sauce

I love Pinterest! I’m always finding great recipes (and sometimes some real duds) but this find was a winner! The original recipe comes from a site called masonfit.com. Her recipe called for ground chicken but I always use turkey. I think the taste is great and turkey is usually cheaper! For those looking to cut out some of the fat you can try making these with turkey bacon too.

I make a dipping sauce with mayo and sriracha that is delicious but for this dish I do prefer using Greek yogurt. It gives a tangy-ness (is that a word?) that isn’t in mayo. Plus you can use low-fat or nonfat Greek yogurt and cut back on even more calories if you like.

I try to eat lower carb and one of the things I love are Mission Low Carb tortillas. These work great in this dish but you can use regular flour tortillas if you prefer.

Finally, there is an ingredient in this dish that I was so excited to discover. Hidden Valley Ranch Seasoning! You can use it to make fresh ranch dressing anytime but it is SO good when used to season a dish. I use it in both the filling and the dipping sauce here.

This is in constant rotation in our house and I often make a double batch because it’s so easy to reheat the turkey and make a fresh quesadilla the next day.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 2 Tbsp Ranch Seasoning
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Tortillas

Directions:

  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel and drain the remaining grease out of the pan.
  2. Add the ground chicken and cook until no pink remains.
  3. Add the ranch seasoning and bacon pieces back to the cooked ground chicken. Stir well until no visible ranch seasoning remains. Transfer the ground chicken mixture to a bowl and set aside.
  4. Clean the skillet and put on a medium-low heat. Melt a tiny bit of butter or spray with cooking spray and add a tortilla.
  5. Place 1-2 tablespoons of cheese on one half of each tortilla, followed by the ground chicken mixture and another 1-2 tablespoons of cheese.
  6. Use a spatula to gently fold the tortilla in half, holding the top half closed for a few seconds to melt the top layer of cheese. When bottom is light golden brown, flip and cook the other side.
  7. Cut in half to serve with dipping sauce below.

Spicy Ranch Dipping Sauce

Mix together a 6 oz container of plain Greek Yogurt (I like Fage) with 1/2 Tbsp of the Ranch Seasoning and some Sriracha (to taste)

I don’t measure the Sriracha – I generally know if I have it right by the color I end up with. Some like it spicier – some a little milder – so make yours the way you like!

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