Halloween Pumpkin Quesadillas

I apparently have a bit more Martha in me than I’ve previously appreciated because when I stumbled upon some habanero lime flour tortillas at Trader Joe’s the other night, my eyes got wide with excitement and I squealed, “they’re orange, they have bright orange tortillas!!” Before Apolinaras could ask why I was causing a commotion over tortillas, I had already dashed away in search of black beans and canned pumpkin. You see, I’d been mulling over savory Halloween treat ideas and when I saw the tortillas I was immediately inspired to make Halloween pumpkin quesadillas!!

On the ride home I brainstormed a bit and decided that I’d use a cookie cutter to cut little pumpkins out of the tortillas and then carve jack-o-lantern faces into them using a sharp knife. I already knew I wanted to stuff them with the pumpkin and black beans I had picked up, along with some shredded chicken, lime juice, and adobo sauce. But what really make me grin was when I came up with the idea to top the filling with cheese so that the cheese would cause the eye, nose, and mouth holes to “glow”! I got home and immediately went to work “carving” my pumpkins. I had so much fun making these and they’re super cute, if I do say so myself! They are the perfect treat to serve at a Halloween party and I’m already thinking it will be a fun Halloween tradition to make these every year with our (future!) kids too! Oh, and they taste great! Enjoy!

Halloween Pumpkin Quesadillas
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1 package Trader Joe’s Habarnero Lime Flour Bright Orange Tortillas
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cooked boneless chicken breasts (I poached mine), shredded
Juice of one lime
1 teaspoon adobo sauce from a can of chipotle peppers (or to taste)
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:
Use a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter to cut tortillas into small pumpkin shapes (I got 3 pumpkins per tortilla). Carve faces into half the pumpkins.

Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Add onion and sauté for 5 to 7 minutes or until tender; add garlic and cook one additional minute. Add pumpkin, black beans, shredded chicken, lime juice, adobo sauce, and salt to the pan and stir until smooth and heated through.

Preheat broiler. Place non-carved pumpkin shaped tortillas on a large greased cookie sheet. Spread filling evenly on top of the pumpkins, and top evenly with cheese. Place carved pumpkin tortillas on top and broil for 2 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and quesadillas are heated through. Makes 5 servings (of 3 pumpkin quesadillas each).

Nutrition: 667 calories, 24.7g fat, 6.7, 10.7g fiber, 46.4g protein per serving
Cost: $1.87 per serving

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51 Responses to Halloween Pumpkin Quesadillas

  1. i’d certainly say ms stewart is rubbing off on you–this is insanely clever and crafty and cute. on top of all that, YUM! the filling is just plain awesome. nice work.

  2. These are adorable and SO creative! I would definitely be that person squealing in Trader Joe’s. In fact. I think I have been that person squealing in Trader Joe’s. Finding pumpkin butter last week is what did me in. I love this. A healthy AND fun meal.

  3. These are great! And so yummy! I love the filling. You did an excellent job carving them! I’m off to the market – hope I can find some of these orange tortillas.

  4. You are too cute. I actually saw these tortillas yesterday at TJ’s and almost got them. Now I kind of want to go back although I’m definitely not as skilled with the knife as you are ;) Great stuffing idea too. :)

  5. Thanks everyone, I really had fun with these! I forgot to mention that if you don’t have a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter that you can make big jack-o-lanterns using whole tortillas instead. Not quite as cute, but much faster :)

    Joanne – It’s not my first time squealing in TJs either!

  6. umm…adorable!!!!! how the heck did you get the faces to look so perfect?! I’m so impressed! My older daughter is obsessed with quesadillas (she calls them “kaseys”), I should really make these for her this week!

  7. Genious!!
    You can always tell who the food bloggers are
    in the grocery stores, because we get so excited
    over random foods that other ppl wouldn’t think
    twice about! :-)

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