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Habanero-lime tortillas and blue corn tortillas.

1 Habanero-lime tortillas and blue corn tortillas.

Cookie cutters for cutting out shapes.

2 Cookie cutters for cutting out shapes.

Cutting out cat shapes and moon shapes.

3 Cutting out cat shapes and moon shapes.

Cut out shapes.

4 Cut out shapes.

And more cutouts.

5 And more cutouts.

Grating cheddar cheese.

6 Grating cheddar cheese.

Grated cheddar cheese.

7 Grated cheddar cheese.

Mashed black beans.

8 Mashed black beans.

Beans with a little hot sauce and lime juice.

9 Beans with a little hot sauce and lime juice.

Quesadillas assembled ready for the skillet

10 Quesadillas assembled ready for the skillet

Bean and quesadilla right out of the skillet.

11 Bean and quesadilla right out of the skillet.

Cat and moon cut outs in blue corn tortilla.

12 Cat and moon cut outs in blue corn tortilla.

Cheese nicely melted-dig in!

13 Cheese nicely melted-dig in!

Halloween is such a fun holiday we thought we'd celebrate it a little early. And to do that we made quesadillas in Halloween colors. Orange tortillas, with fun cutouts, were filled with a black bean mash and cooked until heated through. While blue corn tortillas, with spooky cutouts, were filled with shredded orange cheddar and heated until the cheese was bubbly and melted. Once done you could see the colors of the fillings through the cutouts. Get yourself some spooky cookie cutters; cats, witches, pumpkins, ghosts, and more and have fun.

6 blue corn tortillas (about 6 inches)
4 orange habanero-lime flour tortillas (about 8 inches)
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
2 teaspoons plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
ancho chile powder, chipotle chile powder, oregano, hot sauce
coarse salt

1. Using cooking cutters, cut out a shape from 3 of the blue corn tortillas and 2 of the orange flour tortillas. Scatter 1 cup of the cheddar cheese over the 3 whole blue corn tortillas. leaving a 1/2-inch border all around and top with the cutout tortillas.

2. In a medium bowl mash beans with 2 teaspoons of the oil, spices of your choosing, and salt to taste. Spread the bean mixture on the 2 whole orange tortillas leaving a 1-inch border all around and scattering the remaining cheese over the border. Top with the cut out tortillas.

3. In a large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil over medium-low. Working with one quesadilla at a time, place in the skillet cut out side up. Cover and cook until the cheese has melted, pressing down on the edges so they don't curl up. Repeat with the bean stuffed quesadillas cooking until the beans are heated through, about 4 minutes, adding more of the oil if needed. Serve immediately.
Alternatively, heat the broiler with the rack 8-inch from the heat source and broil the quesadillas, cut out side up, pressing down with a metal spatula to flatten the edges.

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