These baked quesadillas are so easy to make and are an adorably perfect Halloween lunch.
Because they are baked in the oven, you can make a large batch at once. This makes it the ultimate Halloween party appetizer.
I know it’s weird, but I actually love serving quesadillas when we have company.
For these baked quesadillas, I use the Mexican blend cheese so that the orange shows through the cut-out pumpkin face. But, normally I prefer a white cheese in my quesadilla like Oaxaca.
That’s the great thing about quesadillas, you can totally fine tune them to fit your preferences.
I usually prefer corn tortillas, Oaxaca cheese, some type of meat and a mole sauce to dip the finished product in.
Basic cheese & tortilla works just fine. BUT here are some other optional mix-ins:
- Shredded chicken
- Shredded pork
- Fajita veggies
- Scrambled eggs (dip these ones into our black bean sauce mmmmm)
If I wanted to make ones with a heartier filling, I would make larger quesadillas. These ones were about palm size so I only filled them with cheese and served with chipotle salsa.
How to make the Halloween shapes
I used a sharp knife, Halloween cookie cutters, and an icing tip to cut into the top tortilla of each quesadilla BEFORE I assembled it.
Kitchen shears would be another great option.
I used smaller flour tortillas for this, but larger tortillas would work well too.
Basically, first I just pressed the shape into the tortillas until they popped out. Then I used the icing tip any time I needed a circular shape. I used the knife for the rest. It was surprisingly easy to cut the faces with a knife.
For face ideas, you can just search “jack o lantern” on Pinterest. We did a pirate, an alien, classic face, and a happy guy with a circle nose (first pic on here).
Why do you bake these quesadillas?
Normally you pan fry quesadillas similar to how you would with grilled cheese. But, the jack-o-lantern cut out faces would make a huge mess if you were to flip them over in the pan.
By baking them at 350 degrees for about 7 minutes, you can get the same effect without having to flip them. Plus, you can cook multiple at once.
- Mexican blend cheese
- Flour tortillas
- Spray cooking oil
- Use a cookie cutter to cut shapes into flour tortillas. Make two per quesadilla.
- On half of the tortillas, use a knife to cut out faces.
- Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray.
- Add the bottom tortillas and top with cheese. Then add the top tortillas.
- Lightly spray with cooking spray.
- Bake at 350* for about 7 minutes or until cheese is melty.
We used cookie cutters, a sharp knife, and a icing tip to cut out the tortillas. The icing tip was for any round shape.
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