Truly savory the Halloween spirit with these pumpkin-shaped quesadillas. Make them mini or jumbo using a template or drawing your own. While this recipe keeps it classic, you can go a step further and fill your quesadillas with whatever meats, vegetables, and spices you like. I suggest throwing in some pumpkin puree for additional autumn flavors (and fiber!). Serve with pumpkin salsa and homemade guacamole.
~*~ CHEESE QUESADILLA with GUAC & PUMPKIN SALSA ~*~
SERVES: 2 ⎪ LEVEL: EASY
Mise en Place
2 large tomato tortillas
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
butter or oil
1 ripe avocado
1 small lime
1 small clove garlic
1 jar pumpkin salsa
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon maple syrup, more to taste
Playlist—Scooby Doo Soundtrack
1. MAKE PUMPKIN TORTILLAS
Draw or print a pumpkin template and cut it. Stack the tortillas and place the template on top. Trace the shape with a sharp knife.
2. MAKE QUESADILLAS
Melt 1/2 tablespoon butter or oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 pumpkin-shaped tortillas and sprinkle with a handful of each cheese. When the cheese begins to melt, place the other tortilla on top and press down lightly. Check that the tortilla is slightly blackened on the bottom then flip over the quesadilla and char the other side. Transfer to a serving dish. Wipe the pan clean, melt a little more butter, and repeat with remaining tortillas.
3. MAKE SALSA AND GUAC
Cut avocado in half, remove the pit, and squeeze each half into a bowl. Add lime juice from half the lime; add more to taste. Grate in half the garlic clove and season with salt & pepper, to taste. Mix and mash to desired guacamole consistency. Mix together pumpkin salsa, cinnamon, and maple syrup.
Place quesadillas on a plate and serve with pumpkin salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.
~*~ OTHER FILLING IDEAS ~*~
- refried beans and corn
- sautéed sliced mushrooms and Swiss cheese
- shredded chicken and caramelized onions
How would you use Pumpkin Salsa? Let me know what you’ve cooked and leave a comment below.