Grilled Pork and Cheese Quesadillas

Grilled Pork and Cheese Quesadillas
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Source: The Diabetes Comfort Food Cookbook. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Renée Comet.

A Mexican favorite can now be yours. When a quesadilla is grilled rather than prepared in an indoor oven, the result is smoky, rich-flavored quesadilla. If you can’t grill outside, this works great prepared on a stovetop grill pan.

  • Prep time
    10 min
  • Cook time
    15 min
  • Servings
    8 Servings
  • Serving size
    1/2 quesadilla
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

8 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1/2 quesadilla
  • Amount per serving Calories 185

  • Total Fat 6g
    • Saturated Fat 2.2g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 40mg
  • Sodium 265mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 16g
    • Dietary Fiber 3g
    • Total Sugars 3g
  • Protein 18g

Choices/Exchanges: 1/2 Starch, 1 Vegetable, 2 Lean meat, 1/2 Fat



  • olive oil
    1 tsp
  • onion(s) (minced)
    1/2 cup
  • garlic (minced)
    2 tsp
  • pork loin (ground)
    1 lbs
  • corn or whole-wheat tortillas
  • Mexican cheese blend (reduced-fat)
    1 cup
  • green onion (scallion) (thinly sliced)
  • canned green chiles (3-ounce can chopped mild or hot)
  • nonfat Greek yogurt
    1/2 cup
  • salsa (prepared mild or hot)
    1/2 cup
  • tomatoes (diced)
    1 cup


  1. Prepare an outdoor grill for medium heat. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the pork and sauté for 5–6 minutes. Drain any excess fat.

  2. On two baking sheets, lay out 4 tortillas. Spray tops lightly with oil. Flip over. Spread 1/2 cup of pork evenly over the tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese, scallions, and chilies. Top all the tortillas with the remaining tortillas to form a quesadilla and press together lightly. Spray lightly with oil.

  3. When the grill is hot, place quesadillas on the grill. Grill for 5–7 minutes on each side. During some of this time, you may cover the grill to help melt the cheese and brown the quesadillas. When the first side is golden, flip over and grill the other side. Cut into wedges and serve with yogurt, salsa, and tomatoes.