Reuben Quesadilla

A savory Rueben on a crispy tortilla. 

Looking for a new way to use up leftover corned beef? That’s exactly how this recipe came about. We cooked up a savory 5 pounds of stout and black pepper seasoned corned beef (it was melt-in-your-mouth perfection) and we had lots of leftovers. So we put the corned beef to good use and turned it into a quick quesadilla. Enjoy everything except the rye – corned beef, sauerkraut, thousand island, and plenty of melted swiss – all stuffed between two tortillas.

Recipe Notes: Because of how heavy and stuffed-full the quesadilla gets, baking is your best bet. Feel free to use the broiler on low for the last few minutes of cooking for extra crispiness. I also opted for spinach tortillas to add a little festiveness since we’re so close to St. Patrick’s Day. You can also get sliced deli corned beef or pastrami if you’re not up to cooking a whole thing.

This Rueben-style recipe also joins the lineup of other Rueben-inspired dishes, such as:

Time You Need

  • ~10 minutes for prep
  • ~20 minutes cooking
  • Yields: 2 quesadillas

What You Need

  • 2 cups of sauerkraut, drained and dried
  • ~4 tbsp thousand island dressing (2 tbsp for each quesadilla)
  • 4 large wheat or spinach tortillas
  • 6 slices of swiss cheese
  • 1 cup of shredded swiss
  • ~4-5 thick-cut slices of corned beef, chopped into small pieces (or about 10 slices of deli-style corned beef)
  • Extra thousand islands for dipping

What You Do

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  • Take your corned beef and slice it into small chunks, or pull it apart with forks to create pulled corned beef. Or toss on about 3-4 slices if using deli-style.
  • Layout two tortillas on a clean surface. Top both tortillas with three slices of swiss cheese. Then add a layer of corned beef.
  • Next, top each tortilla with sauerkraut, and then drizzle a nice layer of thousand island, about 1-2 tbsp per quesadilla.
  • Finish with a topping of shredded swiss, and then add a tortilla over each of the dressed tortillas to form the quesadilla.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil and grease, and then add both quesadillas on top.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, until the top of the tortillas begin to develop a golden brown crispness.
  • Remove, slice up, and serve with extra thousand island for dipping!
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