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Jack O' Lantern Quesadillas

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Jack O' Lantern Quesadillas

Jack 'O Lantern Quesadilla (c)2006 Chelsie Kenyon licensed to About.com

Your kids will love these fun quesadillas that look like real Jack 'O Lanterns. And the fresh, warm tortillas are a perfect match for melted cheese that oozes out the sides of this delicious snack. You can make the tortillas from scratch, or use pre-made ones. This recipe for quesadillas makes 3.


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3 tablespoons shortening or lard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • (***Or you can use 6 pre-made tortillas and 1/8 cup water and a medium paint brush for the food coloring)
  • Orange food coloring (or red and yellow mixed to make orange)
  • 2 cups white or yellow cheese, shredded


Add orange color to the water until the color is very dark. In a separate bowl blend the flour, baking power, salt and shortening, with a pastry blender or back of fork, until it resembles coarse meal. When well combined, slowly add colored water until soft dough forms. Knead for 5 minutes. Separate into 6 portions and roll each one out approx. 1/8 inch thick. Place on a hot comal or a preheated skillet over medium heat for 1-2 minutes until they begin to brown on each side.

For pre-made tortillas
Add quite a bit of orange food coloring to the water until it is a vibrant color. Use a paint brush to brush the water onto 3 of the tortillas. It should be just enough to get the color on, not make it soggy. Let the damp tortillas sit until dry and then continue with the directions below.

For 3 of the tortillas, use a sharp knife to cut out your Jack 'O Lantern face. This usually consists of a triangle nose and eyes and a mouth.

Place a whole tortilla on a comal or a skillet preheated over medium heat. Cover with cheese. Place a Jack 'O Lantern tortilla on the top and cook over low heat until cheese is melted.

Serve immediately.

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 5 out of 5
Fantastic Idea, Member CarrollPellegrinelli

What a great idea! It's perfect for those kids who are picky and quesadillas are the only Mexican food they'll eat.

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