October 30, 2017

Jack O' Lantern cheese quesadillas

Are you looking for a fun, simple, and kid-friendly Halloween meal? Look no further than these cheese-filled quesadillas! You simply "carve" your Jack O' Lantern face into a tortilla, fill it with cheese, and pop it in the oven. These will be a hit for a quick Halloween dinner or lunch for kids and all Halloween lovers (like me)! I like to serve these with a side of salsa and sour cream or guacamole as well as some fresh vegetables because you can use slices of green bell pepper (or an avocado) to give your pumpkin a stem. They also go well with a bowl of tomato soup which is perfect if it's going to be a chilly Halloween.

The below recipe is per quesadilla. You can make as many as you need or want for your family. I can fit two quesadillas on a standard baking sheet and bake two trays side by side in the oven. The longest part of this meal prep is making your Jack O' Lantern faces. I like to lay a tortilla on a large wooden cutting board and cut with the point of a sharp paring knife. You can toast up the leftover carving pieces and dip them in your soup or salsa as well. I use a mix of sharp orange cheddar cheese (for color and flavor) and mozzarella (because it melts well and gives it the "gooey" factor). You can use whatever cheeses you like best, but try to use some orange.

Jack O' Lantern cheese quesadillas
2 flour tortillas (I use 6-inch size; sometimes labeled "fajita" size)*
1/2 cup shredded cheese
sliced green bell pepper

Place one tortilla on a cutting board and carve the "face" using the sharp point of a paring knife. Don't worry if it's not perfect, but do try not to tear the tortilla. Pull out the cut-out pieces and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Place a whole tortilla on a baking sheet. Spread the cheese evenly on top of the tortilla and then cover with the "face" tortilla.

Bake for approximately 5 minutes, until the tortillas are turning golden and the cheese is melted. I also like to turn on the broiler for another 1-2 minutes (watching closely to prevent burning) to crisp up the top tortilla a bit more.

Remove from the oven and insert a slice of bell pepper between the two tortillas at the top for the stem.

Serve hot with sides and/or sauces/dippings of your choice.

*Feel free to use whole wheat tortillas or a flavored one such as tomato-basil which is orange color.

What was I cooking one year ago?: sour cream apple pie
Two years ago?: pumpkin spice caramel corn
Three years ago?: spooky chocolate chip spider cookies
Four?: hot German potato salad
Five?: delicata squash & hazelnut shortbread bars
Six?: maple glazed pumpkin cake
7?: beef & Guinness pie


  1. These are so cute! And I'd much rather carve something I can eat than carve something that's going to sit on the porch until it turns mushy :)

  2. These are adorable!! Love it!!

  3. Perfect recipe for today! I am reading your recipe just in time to prepare it for lunch, Amy! ;)

  4. These are fun! Very cute. And tasty, too, I'll bet. Thanks!

  5. Ha! Now this is just too cute!! I love it!

  6. Oh, this is such fun! I love it. Incidentally, I'm planning to make quesadillas tomorrow night...too bad I'll be a couple days late. But a very fun idea that kids would be sure to love. : )

  7. These are so cute and creative. Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy!!

  8. Even my older teens/tweens would like these! Pinned it--thanks for linking up!

  9. What a fun mother you are! These are so much fun!

  10. I will never eat plain ol' boring quesadillas again!

  11. SO CUTE!! Totally need to make these for my son :) Pinned!


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