Tortillas are a Mexican staple that can be found at any Mexican feast, but they can also be found in most American pantries as well. Americans use tortillas not only to create Mexican dishes, but to also create American meals as well. Here are just ten ways you can use this Mexican staple.
Ten Uses for Tortillas #1: Cheeseburgers
One of my favorite uses for tortillas is cheeseburgers. I crumble ground beef into a pan and fry it until the beef is done. I then warm tortillas in the microwave and spread them with mayonnaise and place on some shredded cheddar cheese. I then pour on the hamburger and top with lettuce and tomato. Roll into a wrap and enjoy.
Ten Uses for Tortillas #2: Taco Salads
Using two big metal ladles, you can use tortillas to make bowls. Simply place them in between the two ladles, creating a bowl shape and hold the tortilla under the oil until it browns. Remove the it from the oil and place on a paper towel to drain. Then use it for taco salad by layering in lettuce, tomato, cheese, seasoned meat, sour cream, and salsa.
Ten Uses for Tortillas #3: Mexican Dip Bowl
Another use for tortilla bowls is Mexican dip. Inside the bowl place meat, refried beans, cheese sauce, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, chopped tomatoes, and green onions. Serve with homemade corn chips.
Ten Uses for Tortillas #4: Healthy Corn Chips
Another great use for tortillas is to make healthy corn chips. All you need to do is cut corn tortillas into wedges and then dip them into a mixture of lime juice, chili power, and salt. Allow the them to dry and then bake them on a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Bake at 350 degree until slightly brown and crispy.
Ten Uses for Tortillas #5: Breakfast Burritos
Tortillas can also be used to create breakfast burritos. Just fry up some sausage patties and scramble a few eggs. Place the two in a warmed tortilla along with shredded cheddar cheese, salsa, and jalapeno slices. Roll and serve.
Ten Uses for Tortillas #6: Mexican Lasagna
Everyone loves Italian lasagna, but why not use tortillas to make Mexican lasagna. Start with a ladle of enchilada sauce, then place a layer of tortillas in the pan, then a layer of shredded chicken, and then a layer of Monterey Jack cheese, and more enchilada sauce. Repeat the layers ending with more enchilada sauce and more cheese. Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese melts and serve immediately.
Ten Uses for Tortillas #7: Dessert Wrap
Another fun use is dessert wraps. Take warm tortillas and fill them with milk chocolate chips, toasted pecans, and marshmallows. Roll into a wrap and then roll in aluminum foil. Place the wrap in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes until the chocolate and marshmallows melt. Serve with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce.
Ten Uses for Tortillas #8: Spicy Pinwheels
In a food processor mix buffalo sauce and cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts until smooth. One a warmed flour tortilla place a layer of ranch dressing and then a layer of the chicken mixture. Roll into cigars and then slice into pinwheels. This makes a great appetizer.
Ten Uses for Tortillas #9: Mexican Croutons
The next time you make a taco salad, take things one step further by making Mexican croutons. These are really easy to make. Simply cut tortillas into strips and fry until golden brown. Season the croutons and use immediately.
Ten Uses for Tortillas #10: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches A.K.A. Quesadillas
Another one of my favorite ways to uses is to make quesadillas. All you have to do is place a tortilla in a skillet and then add your favorite ingredients to one side. Fold over and cook until brown, then flip, and cook until brown on the second side. Serve with salsa and sour cream.