Dia de los Muertos Quesadillas

Dia de los Muertos Quesadillas

When Raffles heard that brand new animated kids series, Legend Quest, was a kind of Mexican fantasy comedy-horror period mash up, he did what every good taco and TV addict would, and immediately settled in to binge-watch the entire series. 

And for once having him sitting square eyed in front of the box didn’t get too much complaint from me, as the Netflix original series is heavily inspired by Mexican folklore, with just a touch of Chinese and Japanese legend and a splash of  Norse Mythology, which means an opportunity for a little historical and cultural learning while he binges.

The quirky cool animation, the first animated Netflix original series to be produced in Latin America, is set in the 19th Century, and follows a teenager called Leo, his ghostly pals Teodora and Don Andrés, a shape-shifting familiar and a couple of sugar skulls.

Netflix Legend Quest

Leo and his creepy crew travel across time on a magic ship to battle Quetzalcoatl, a foul-tempered an moody Aztec deity, and his freaky puking monkey creatures, in an attempt to avert a Zombie Apocalypse… of sorts.

You know, just your standard kids’ cartoon fare… well, at least it would be standard if Quentin Tarantino and the ghost of Walt Disney were collaborating on the production of kiddy flicks while gargling bong water.

Regardless of its cultural and mythological crossover and whacky themes, Legend Quest has a great heart and a good message, and Raffles assures me it is totally epic!

But he also assures me he is hungry.

So while he is engrossed in Mexican television magic, I’ve whipped up some of his favourite Quesadillas, only with a suitable folkloric and supernatural twist.

Dia de los Muertos Quesadilla

Category: Central & South American Food, Party & Novelty food

Servings: 4

Dia de los Muertos Quesadilla


  • 8 soft flour tortillas
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • Coriander, chopped
  • Small jar salsa
  • Jar of Jalapenos (optional)
  • 1 bag of grated cheddar cheese
  • For topping;
  • 1 carrot
  • Frozen Peas
  • Spanish salami
  • Ham
  • Cheese slices
  • Chives


  1. Cut tortillas to skull shape
  2. Cover single tortilla with fillings to taste
  3. Cover with second tortilla
  4. Pre-cut assorted shapes from carrots and deli meats, chop chives into short portions and set aside a handful of corn kernels and defrosted peas decorate.
  5. Place in preheated sandwich press and toast until cheese is melted.
  6. Add decorations and serve.

Disclosure:  As a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam we received a years subscription to Netflix, and while I will be posting regular updates about the service, and the tasty treats we scoff while we’re watching it, all opinions expressed will be our own.  

6 Comments on Dia de los Muertos Quesadillas

      July 22, 2017 at 11:51 am (3 years ago)

      I know what you mean! Might have to do a repeat of these for Halloween

  1. Anna
    July 22, 2017 at 6:25 am (3 years ago)

    These are clever! I vet the kids loved them

      July 22, 2017 at 11:47 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks ANna. They sure did.

  2. Jase
    July 24, 2017 at 12:30 pm (3 years ago)

    Dude, these are awesome.

  3. stuntman
    July 24, 2017 at 3:11 pm (3 years ago)

    What a great idea!


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