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These easy ground turkey quesadillas are made in the oven and perfect for families who need to feed a lot of people quickly. Filled with your favorite taco toppings like ground turkey, peppers, onions, and plenty of melty cheese, these are a great way to switch up Taco Tuesday!

sheet pan quesadillas with avocado and salsa

Serving quesadillas to your family when you have more than 1 kid can be a laborious task, especially if you have to make each quesadilla individually in a skillet. 

These sheet pan quesadillas are a perfect way to make a family favorite easily, and are great to serve a meal quickly!

Baking them in the oven is almost life changing – its so simple, way quicker than making them one at a time, and they are so crispy! 

quesadilla slice on top of bowl of salsa

Ingredients needed & possible substitutions

For complete ingredient list and directions, please scroll down to the recipe card below. This is for informational purposes only.

  • Ground Turkey – You could also use ground beef or ground chicken, or skip the cooking step and use leftover shredded chicken or carnitas pork.
  • Small or medium flour tortillas – You want soft tortillas that are about taco sized. The flour ones hold up the best, but you can use whatever tortillas you prefer.
  • Shredded Mexican cheese – Get a variety that melts nicely if you want to buy pre-grated. Or grate your own and use half mozzarella and half pepper jack for a little kick!
  • Taco seasoning – I like the one from Spice House, but you can use any brand you want, or make your own.
  • Green bell pepper – You can use other colors, too! I often use the mini sweet peppers.
  • White onion – You can also swap it out for a red onion, too!
  • Olive oil – For sauteing our veggies and turkey.
  • Cooking spray –  This helps our tortillas crisp up!

For serving, you might want your favorite salsa, sour cream, and fresh avocado!

How long does this recipe take to make?

This recipe doesn’t take long to make at all.

You will need about 5-10 minutes to gather your ingredients and chop the pepper and onion. If you are not buying pre-shredded cheese you will need to add more time to this so you can shred the cheese.

For cooking, you will need about 20 minutes to make the filling. You will then need about 5 minutes to assemble the dish. And then you will finish by baking the quesadillas for about 27 minutes.

In total, this recipe will take you less than an hour to make from start to finish.

ingredientes for quesadilla. Bowls of ground turkey, sautéed peppers, cheese, tortillas, salsa, and avocado

How to make these turkey quesadillas

This recipe is very simple to make! Here is a brief overview of the recipe to give you an idea of how it works. For the full set of directions and measurements, please make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below!

Prepare the ingredients

  1. In a large skillet, brown the turkey with the taco seasoning.
  2. In a second large skillet, sautee the bell peppers and onions until tender, about 10 minutes. 
  3. If you are not using pre-shredded cheese, shred the cheese.

Assembly and baking

  1. Spray a large rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Lay tortillas down in the pan, first doing the outside layer, letting the tortillas hang over the edge a little. Then lay tortillas down the center of the pan. 
  3. Spread the cooked meat on the tortillas, and layer on the veggies and cheese.
  4. Fold the outer tortillas over the mixture, then cover the center with remaining tortillas.
  5. Spray the top of the tortillas with cooking spray.
  6. Place the second baking sheet on top.
  7. Bake at 400 F for 20 minutes.
  8. Remove the top baking sheet and cook for another 6-7 minutes or until the top of golden brown and crispy.
  9. Remove from the oven, give it a few minutes to set and cool, and then slice.
  10. Serve with fresh avocado, salsa, sour cream, and cilantro.
assembling sheet pan quesadillas

Prepping Ahead of Time

This recipe is ready in under an hour, but if you need to work this into your meal prep, you can definitely do that! Here are ways you can meal prep or use shortcuts to make this recipe quicker.

  • Purchase pre-chopped and/or frozen onion and green pepper and pre-shredded cheese. Or prepare this in advance and store in the fridge until you are ready to use.
  • The filling can be made up to 2 days ahead of time and stored in an air tight container in the fridge.

Storage information

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Reheat them in the oven or on the stovetop – the microwave will make them soggy. I recommend the oven at 350 for about 10 minutes.

How to serve to your family

These are great for an easy weekend lunch or a quick weeknight dinner! Serve with your favorite taco toppings like sour cream, salsa, and avocado. I like having seasoned black beans on the side, too! 

Pineapple salsa would be a fun addition, too!

two slices of quesadilla stacked with sheet pan and salsa in background

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make quesadillas crispy?

The best way to make your quesadillas nice and crispy is baking them in the oven! Using two baking sheets helps make both sides of the quesadillas equally crispy.

quesadilla slices on sheet pan, with bite taken from one

Kids in the kitchen: How your kids can help you cook

Inviting your kids into the kitchen to help you cook is an important way to help them learn life skills and have great one on one time with you. Its also amazing for creating that curiosity and wonderment that comes from learning where your food comes from and in them being interested and involved in what you make. And all that means they are more likely to actually try it and like it!

These sheet pan quesadillas are a great meal for kids to help make because it helps them learn so many grate skills – sautéing, grating cheese, and adding additional sides to the meal. Making these are so easy, soon they will be making them on their own!

  • Kids aged 1-3 can help you measure out ingredients and sprinkle the cheese on.
  • Kids aged 4-6 can do everything above plus help grate the cheese, set the table, get out the accompanying side dishes and sauces, and help assemble the quesadillas .
  • Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above, plus help you sauté the ground beef, and slice the peppers and onions and sauté them, too.

*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.


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sheet pan quesadillas with avocado and salsa

Sheet Pan Quesadillas Recipe

These easy ground turkey quesadillas are made in the oven and perfect for families who need to feed a lot of people quickly. Filled with your favorite taco toppings like ground turkey, peppers, onions, and plenty of melty cheese, these are a great way to switch up Taco Tuesday!
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Course: 30 Minute Meal
Cuisine: American, Southwest
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 506kcal
Author: Jenni – The Gingered Whisk


  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 13 flour tortillas small or medium sized
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
  • ½ green bell pepper chopped
  • cup white onion chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Cooking spray


  • In a large skillet, begin to heat ground turkey.
  • Add taco seasoning, along with ¼ cup of water.
  • Continue to saute until the turkey is crumbled and cooked through, then turn off heat and set aside.
  • In a separate skillet, heat olive oil.
  • Add chopped bell pepper and onion.
  • Saute for approximately 10 minutes, or until veggies are tender.
  • Remove from heat and set aside.
  • Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Lay out flour tortillas around the edge of the pan so that they are half on/off the pan.
  • Then lay tortillas down the center of the pan.
  • Spread cooked meat on the tortillas. Layer with sauteed veggies and cheese.
  • Fold the outer tortillas over the mixture, then cover the center with remaining tortillas.
  • Spray the top with additional cooking spray. Top with the 2nd baking sheet.
  • Bake at 415 degrees F. for approximately 20 minutes.
  • Remove the top baking sheet and continue to cook for another 6-7 minutes (or until the top is golden brown and crispy).
  • Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before slicing.
  • Serve with fresh avocado, salsa and fresh cilantro.
  • ENJOY!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 796mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g

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