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Candy Corn Quesadillas

Bear with me... it's not as bad as it sounds. Today's recipe just looks like candy corn, it doesn't taste like it. (Although dessert quesadillas might be pretty tasty...)   IMG_5150   Candy Corn Quesadillas are the perfect dinner to make with your kidd-os during the week of Halloween. Heck, even the non kidd-os (aka my husband & myself) enjoyed this meal quite a bit. Quesadillas are stuffed with your favorite filling, then topped with a candy corn topping and baked in the oven until crispy. The beauty of build-your-own-quesadilla night is that everyone gets to eat what they like. Veggie hater? Leave 'em out. Cheese lover? Load it on! We did a veggie version for these quesadillas, but you could certainly add your favorite meat to the mix. Or go crazy and make something fun like barbecue chicken! I love that these are baked, so you can prepare several quesadillas at once. Nobody has to eat alone because you can only cook one quesadilla at a time. The veggies - onion, red & yellow pepper, and black beans for protein. Saute everything up in a bit of olive oil, and season with salt & pepper, cumin, and chili powder.   IMG_5141   To build the quesadillas, start with a large flour tortilla. Then, you want a nice layer of cheese, topped with your filling. Then, another layer of cheese. (Gotta have glue on both sides!) Fold it up and place it on a baking sheet.   quesadilla builder   Then, you are ready for the candy corn fun. Take your favorite jarred cheese spread and spread it all over the top of the quesadilla. This is the yellow part of the candy corn. Pop your quesadillas in the oven until the cheese melts and the tortillas crisp up. Let them cool a bit, and then cut into wedges.   IMG_5149   For the orange stripe of the candy corn, crush up some Doritos and layer them on! (And feel free to dip the leftover Dortios into the leftover cheese dip. Because what could be better than cheese with more cheese?) For the white stripe of the candy corn, just place a small dollop of sour cream on the corner. How cute!  

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Candy Corn Quesadillas

Servings/Yield: 4 quesadillas
  • 4 large flour tortillas
  • 8-oz shredded Mexican cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 bell peppers , green, yellow, or red, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 15-oz cans black beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • salt & pepper , to taste
  • 1 jar cheese dip
  • 2 cups crushed Doritos
  • ½ cup sour cream
Method Preheat oven to 425*F. In a large saute pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add sliced peppers, onions, and black beans, along with seasonings. Cook 5-10 minutes until softened. To build quesadillas, layer cheese, veggies, and more cheese onto one side of a tortilla. Fold to close. Repeat with remaining tortillas and place on baking sheet. Spread cheese dip over the top of the tortilla. Bake in preheated oven 8-10 minutes until cheese is melted and tortillas are crisp. Let cool slightly; cut into wedges. Sprinkle crushed Doritos over center of each quesadilla wedge. Place a spoonful of sour cream on the tip, to make the wedges look like candy corn. Serve warm with additional sour cream and salsa.

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