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What to Make with Tortillas

What to Make with Tortillas

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Let’s face it: tortillas are cheap. Add in the fact that they are low carb? It makes for a perfect base for a meal. We have rounded up a dozen great ideas for you that help turn this very frugal item into something yummy to feed your family. It’s perfect if you have ever wondered What to Make with Tortillas.

Tortillas may not be the first thing to come to mind when you’re planning your meals, but they should be a staple in your pantry because there are so many ways you can use them – breakfast tacos, wraps, casseroles, burritos and more! Of course, with only four ingredients – they are beyone easy to make: Cooking Class 101: How To Make Tortillas

What to Make with Tortillas

Breakfast Burritos

A breakfast burrito is a convenient, portable way to serve a quick and hot meal to start out your day! We just scramble a few eggs, pop in whatever extra meat we have (bacon, sausage, or ham) and shredded cheese. We foil wrap them if we are taking them in the care, or plastic wrap them in they go in the bag for the freezer. We have been known to add onions and salsa as well, but Miss Sarah doesn’t usually like those in hers – so we add hot sauce as we eat them.

Zesty Chips

Use tortillas to make your own homemade tortilla chips. Cut tortillas in half, and then cut each half into four wedges. Brush with olive oil and dust them with salt and lemon pepper. Bake them in the oven at 350 until they’re brown and crispy (8-10 minutes). **Being baked instead of fried makes them almost guilt free and that lemon pepper? WOWSERS when you dip into salsa!

Cinnamon Chips

When whippin up a dessert (hot fudge sundae or fruit salsa) the zesty chips won’t work! To make these chips, brush your tortillas with melted butter instead of that olive oil. Dust with cinnamon sugar (1/4 cup of sugar with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon). Sprinkle the cinnamon mixture over the tortillas, cut into wedges and bake like the zesty chips.

Pinwheel Appetizers

Pinwheels are super easy and impressive on a tray! You can make appetizer ones by basically rolling up a veggie pizza appetizer! Combine 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened with 1/2 cup sour cream, 1 teaspoon dried dill weed, and 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder. Spread it over tortillas and then cover them with finely grated carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and diced onion. Roll them up into “cigars” and cut them into coins. Yummers!

Wraps

Wraps are simple variations of traditional sandwiches, just substituting bread for a tortilla! While you can buy tortilla wraps (larger in size than normal tortillas) we like to keep it simple and use what we have. To make a wrap, lay the tortilla flat, load it up with your favorite sandwich ingredients, roll up and enjoy. We like our Avocado Egg Wrap Recipe. If you make a favorite salad? Try that inside a wrap! I often order it that way when we go out to eat! There is also our Our Thai Chicken Wrap Has Only 4 Weight Watcher Smart Points!

Pinwheel Sandwiches

Take those wrap sandwiches and skip tucking the ends in when you roll them up. Cut them like you do for the pinwheel appetizers and you have a “meatier” tray of offerings. People like to sample different kinds and this makes it easier for them.

Pasta

I’m not telling you to cut it into strips and boil – even if the ingredients are similar to homemade noodles. Try making into modified ravioli. From the Mission Tortilla website: Cut flour tortillas into four equal size triangles and place a pasta filling like cheese or beef in the middle of each triangle. Fold each triangle to form a pocket over the filling, and with a fork, press along the edges of the pocket to seal the ends together. Bake until golden brown and enjoy with your favorite sauce.

Pizzas

I had these babies when in Puerto Escondido! In a brick oven they just toasted the tortilla, topped it with sauce and cheese. Now? We do it at home and add mini pepperoni or cooked off Italian sausage. This is geat fun for the kids to do themselves, and is the perfect personal size!

Casseroles

This classic dish usually consists of pieces of meat, various chopped vegetables, some sauce, and a binder such as flour, potato or pasta, and, often, a crunchy topping. Use tortillas as your binder for a quick meal that can easily be frozen. A great example is our Chicken Tortilla Bake!

Taco Pie

While most recipes use corn tortillas, our version uses flour AND is whipped up in a jiff with the help of the Instant Pot. Easy Peasy Instant Pot Taco Pie

Tostadas

We have made these for years – a blend of beef and beans, over a fried shell, topped with what ever you like. (See our Easy Peasy Beef Tostada) Instead of fying the shells, try a healthier option by laying tortillas on a baking sheet, brush the tops lightly with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

Fajitas!

I like to think of this as a Mexican “Fridge clean out”. Cook up what ever meat and veggies you have staring at you in the fridge and let everyone build their own plate. If you are stuck? Check out our Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas

Quesadillas

The word “quesadilla” is Spanish, and means “little cheesy thing.” We find this funny because we often refer to these are Mexican Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. We do have a quesadilla grill, but the variations are endless for this delectable creation. Cheese. Meat. Veggies. Salsa. Avocado. Sour Cream. How do you want to build yours?

Enchiladas

I know that these usually incorporate a corn tortilla, but we love them with flour. Maybe it is a texture thing? This recipe of ours can even use a rotisserie chicken to get you started! –>Beyond Easy Chicken Enchiladas – Only 5 Weight Watcher Smart Points!

Burritos

When it comes to burritos in America, bigger is often better. In Mexico, however, burritos are generally rolled very thin and meat is the only filling. If you are budget conscious, then we use less meat, more beans and “filler” veggies. If you love a good red sauce over them, like I do, then you need: 2 (15 oz.) cans tomato sauce (Mexican preferred), 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce, 1 Tbsp. cumin, Crushed red pepper to taste, 1 pt. light cream, 1 tsp. oregano, 1-2 Tbsp. chili powder, and Black pepper to taste. Just simmer it all together in the same pan.

Chimichangas!

These are basically deep fried burritos. With the invention of the Air Fyer, that takes the healthy level of this up a few notches! You can make them in the Instant Pot too! Easy Peasy Air Fryer Chimichanga

S’more Fun

Tortillas not only come in handy for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but can be used to make snacks and desserts. Bake a wrap filled with chocolate chips, marshmallows and almond paste for a delicious and easy ending to a meal that even kids will like making.

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