Pumpkin and Sweet Onion Quesadilla

Easy autumn recipesAs I was planning the pumpkin 5 ways feature for this week I decided I wanted to include a lunch idea. My first thought was soup, of course. But one of my goals for the feature was to try and make every recipe have an element of surprise. So I tried to think of something a little more unexpected. This quesadilla recipe was just an idea I had and tried. I wasn't sure if the flavors were really going to blend well together. But as it turned out, this ended up being one of my absolute favorite dishes I made for the feature. Funny how that happens sometimes.Pumpkin and sweet onion quesadillaPumpkin and Sweet Onion Quesadilla, makes one.

Needed: 1/2 white onion, 1 generous tablespoon brown sugar, 4-5 tablespoons olive oil, 2/3 cup pumpkin puree, 2/3 cup cheese (I used goat cheese) and 2 large flour tortilla shells.

In a pan heat a tablespoon of oil over medium heat. Slice your onion and saute it in the oil with the brown sugar until soft. Remove from heat and set aside. Add another tablespoon or two of oil and make sure the entire pan is coated. Lay a tortilla in the hot pan. Spoon on half of the pumpkin and spread out, then sprinkle in the onion and cheese. Spread the other half of the pumpkin on the second tortilla and lay the on top (pumpkin side down) and brush with a tablespoon of two of oil. Once the first side is crispy flip the quesadilla over. This can be tricky. What I usually do is cover the entire pan with a cutting board then flip the quesadilla out by inverting the pan. Now I can easily slide the quesadilla into the hot pan. I usually wear oven mits as I do this in case any hot oil escapes the pan in the process. Once the other side is crispy too and all ingredients are warmed through you're done!Pumpkin quesadillaI hope you've had as much fun as me exploring new pumpkin recipes this week. We've made: a pumpkin breakfast shake and pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin risotto, pumpkin spice creme brulee and now pumpkin quesadillas. Have fun making your favorite autumn recipes this season, or creating new ones! xo. Emma

  • Stumbled on your recipe! Love it! I’m definitely going to try it this weekend. I never thought to put pumpkin in a Quesadilla!
    Courtney xx

  • I just made this and ate it for lunch! It is so delicious! I would have never thought of pumpkin for a quesadilla!!! Thanks so much <3

  • I made this for dinner and my whole family loved it! I did add some bacon to make it a little more like a dinner meal. It was absolutely delicious! Thank you!

  • i made these last night! very tasty, and I added a few extra ingredients. thanks so much for this!

  • These look so delish, I’m going to give them a try this weekend.


  • Yummy! Loving all these pumpkin posts!


  • This is just SO YUMMY. Added to my favourites to try! x


  • Omg! This is making me so hungry. Quesadillas are one of my favorite. I have such an unhealthy obsession with cheese, haha.

  • this is intriguing. i’m going to have to try it just to understand how these work together, but it sounds delicious.

  • Sounds yummy! I have a question: do you use pre-made Pumpkin Puree or do you make yourselves? You just seem like you would attempt to make it yourself 🙂

  • Book marked! I flipping well love pumpkin!Rx


  • Just finished eating it. Delicious!
    This is one awesomely unique quesadilla!
    Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  • This looks so delicious. I love pumpkin, squash, anything autumnal. Goat cheese is the perfect complement. So happy I found your blog!

  • Looove quesadillas – just posted one on our own blog today with spicy salami, sweets potatoes and cottage cheese (http://twin-food.blogspot.dk/2012/09/quesadilla-med-spicy-salami-sweet.html) . This look so good!! 🙂

  • I die for pumpkin ANYTHING. This is getting me so excited for fall!


  • Delish. I had a pumpkin, basil, goat cheese pizza last week in Jerusalem….unreal. Give it a try, I bet it is super easy!

  • Great my lunch is now planned! this looks yummy. Im really enjoying all these pumpkin ideas.


  • Wow. Pumpkin Quesadillas are not something I would ever have thought of! What am amazing idea. Glad they tasted delicious too!


  • Although the combo may seem strange, these are soooo good! And might I suggest adding black beans as well? I’m not the most adventurous eater, but there’s just something about it that works!! 🙂

  • I’ve really been enjoying these pumpkin recipes. They’re a nice change of pace from the usual pumpkin spice latte or pumpkin bread type recipes. Looking forward to trying these recipes this fall!

  • This looks so, so, so good. I guess I’ll have to go make myself a dang quesadilla. (I had to!)

  • This sounds super yumm, but I would omit the sugar for sure. 🙂 I should try this on the kiddos! Thanks!

  • i would be interested to try this as a more savory rather than sweet. like to roast, peek and chunk a fresh pumpkin and put it in. i think it would play really well with the cheese and tortilla. 🙂 thanks for the inspiration!

  • Wow this looks so delicious! Quesadillas are so easy and delicious 🙂 Thanks for inspiring me to cook yummy food!

    xo Emilie @ Hungry Delights

  • YUM! After summer, I’m always anxious to begin to eat pumpkin again. What a great idea. I’ll have to try this and your other pumpkin recipes soon. I’m living in Playa del Carmen, MX so hopefully I get pumpkin, if not, I’ll be flying back with a Costco-sized can of this stuff!

  • Wow, I was not expecting this combo! Sounds very intriguing indeed….

    Stephanie May*


  • love to make quesadillia’s! they’re so quick to make and so yummy, love this combination.


  • good bye diet… I’m all over that!

  • This looks so tasty. I have leftover pumpkin puree in the fridge right now, so I may have to make this within the next few minutes.

  • I’m LOVING all the pumpkin recipes that I’m coming across these days! Makes me hungry for Halloween and Thanksgiving!

    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  • Holy cow ladies you have done it again!
    OK, that’s it, I’m making some pumpking stuff ASAP!


  • food and crafts- you both are totally in the fall spirit and I love it!


  • uhm YUM! I love quesadillas! I love that you’re doing these sort of recipes lately.. it’s nice seeing fresh ingredients-that are affordable!!

  • I love all of your recipes, but this one in particular looks AMAZING!!! I am printing this recipe out right now and going to make it tonight. Thank you!


  • This looks delicious! We’re just coming out of pumpkin season and into summery tomatoes!

  • I always love all of your recipes… and I love quesadillas… but I’m a little apprehensive about this one, it just sounds so out there – and creative 🙂

    I’m just gonna have to suck it up and try it. Gotta have some pumpkin adventure in my life!


  • this looks amazing! i’m always more than a little bummed when summer’s over but i’ll take pumpkin as a consolation any day!


  • Abigail-I used Libby’s but any brand is fine. Be sure that is just pumpkin puree and not a pumpkin pie mix, they are often found on the shelves side by side at the grocery store. The mix contains sugar and spices so it’s not ideal for this recipe. Good luck!

  • Such interesting flavor combinations, but they do sound like a tasty lunch! I’m anxious to try this out on my guinea pig fiancee!
    Do you use a particular brand of pumpkin puree or did you make the puree as well?

  • Are you serious?!?! No way! I never would have thought to put these ingredients together…but it seems like a must for fall 🙂


  • Best series ever! Can this please never end?!? I bought the risotto ingredients today, but will have to buy some goat cheese so that we can try this one, too! I’m in MO to, though, and I just wish it would get a little more fallish around here for when I eat my pumpkin quesadilla and risotto!

  • Yummy! you gave me a good idea for dinner tonight… thanks!!


  • I am running like crazy to the grocery story and they seem to have pumpkin like NEVER this season!
    Great! I will try them the next year. Anyway, this recipe seems promising.. Good job girl! 🙂


  • Hmm …. more pumpkin !! love , love , love !

    XX Luba
    Well Living BLog

  • That’s such an unexpected combo but I’m sure it’s delicious. Thank you for sharing all of your amazing pumpkin recipes this week. I can’t wait to try them all 🙂


  • This is totally unexpected, but it sounds delicious! I have pumpkins in the garden that are just starting to ripen, so I’m definitely going to try this. And I use the same technique for flipping my quesadillas, haha!

  • Ohh I make these all the time with cheese, tomato and avocado, and it is absolutely delicious. I’d never have thought of putting pumpkin in it! I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen pumpkin in a supermarket here in London apart from around Halloween, but I’ll have to go and hunt one out! I also just posted one of my favourite recipes, although slightly more summery than this- I’m still trying to hold onto the last of the summer sun!

  • love it! this seems like a really good one to use up extra pumpkin from a more traditional dish.


  • I have just eaten my tea here in the UK, but you’ve made me feel hungry again – its not looking good for my diet!

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