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easy recipes using tortillas

Tortillas are delicious, filling, and wonderfully versatile. They can be turned into a variety of dishes to suit every taste. From frying up a pan of tostadas or baking a hearty dish of enchiladas to turning your tortillas into nachos or stuffing them with sandwich fillings, the options are endless!

Stock up on some store-bought flour or corn tortillas, or for the best flavor, why not make them yourself? It’s easier than you may think, especially with a cast iron tortilla press.

How to make tortillas

It’s a simple process that involves mixing basic dough, kneading it, resting it, and then rolling it into balls before pressing the balls into tortilla shape and cooking them. From there, you can begin exploring the many recipes available to whip up a delicious meal using your tortillas.

Simple tortilla recipes

Here are some super easy tortilla recipes to begin with:

1. Healthy Baked Tortilla Chips

  • Corn tortillas
  • Salt
  • Healthy vegetable oil like avocado or canola


  • Preheat oven to 350°Fand brush some oil onto baking trays
  • Lightly brush oil on each tortilla and stack them, making sure the outer edges are coated
  • Once you have a pile of oiled tortillas, use a sharp knife to cut the stack in half, then half the halves, and then half those
  • Arrange in a single layer on baking trays and sprinkle with salt
  • Bake for 8 - 12 minutes rotating the pans halfway through
  • The chips are done when they’re slightly darker, crisp, and dry
  • Remove and cool

2. Mexican Bean Tortilla Casserole

  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced diagonally
  • Salt
  • 1 can of pinto beans, rinsed well
  • 1 cup of home-made salsa
  • 1 tbs fresh oregano
  • 6 corn tortillas, halved
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 2 tbs fresh cilantro


  • Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Sprinkle salt over zucchini slices and set aside
  • Combine beans, salsa, and oregano
  • Use a 10-inch pie dish and layer as follows: 1/3 of each tortilla halves, bean mix, zucchini, and cheese
  • Repeat as you pack down the layers finishing with the cheese
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 15 -20 minutes
  • Top with cilantro, slice into 4 and serve

3. Huevos Rancheros

  • 6 small tortillas
  • 4 slices of bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • ½ red pepper, diced
  • 1 cup of corn
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp each of ground cumin and coriander
  • 1 tin of black beans
  • 1 cup of tomato, diced
  • 3 tbs fresh coriander, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cups of cheddar cheese, grated
  • 12 eggs
  • Sour cream and fresh coriander to garnish


  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Fry bacon until crispy and set aside
  • Sauté onions and red pepper for 5 minutes
  • Stir in garlic, jalapeno, spices, and corn and cook another 2 minutes
  • Add beans and tomato and cook until everything is warm and remove from heat
  • Stir bacon and coriander in and season
  • Grease 6 8oz ovenproof dishes and place a tortilla in each one
  • Divide bacon and bean mix and top with cheese
  • Break two eggs into each dish and season
  • Bake for 15 minutes and serve with sour cream and coriander, watch out the dish will be hot!

4. Grilled Veggie Tortilla Wrap

  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 eggplant, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced lengthwise
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pesto, salsa, or tapenade of your choice


  • Preheat your oven to grill
  • Toss red pepper, onion, eggplant, and zucchini with olive oil and season with salt and pepper
  • Grill until everything is cooked through and caramelized
  • Spread tortillas with your favorite pesto, salsa, or tapenade
  • Layer grilled veggies on top
  • Roll up the tortilla and tuck the sides in
  • Enjoy!

5.  Ice Cream Tacos

  • 3 small flour tortillas
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 9 scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup rainbow sprinkles
  • Caramel sauce


  • Combine cinnamon and sugar
  • Melt chocolate chips in the microwave or double boiler
  • Heat butter and sauté tortillas until they’re crisp and golden - around 2 minutes each side
  • Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on both sides
  • Fold tortilla in half and dip the edges in melted chocolate and then sprinkles
  • Turn a muffin tin upside down and stand the tortillas upright until chocolate hardens
  • Fill each shaped taco with three scoops of vanilla ice cream
  • Squeeze caramel sauce over and freeze for 30 minutes

Dinner or dessert: tortillas win!

Whether you need breakfast in a flash, a fast lunch, dinner on the double, or a delicious dessert, these simple recipes are an excellent way to begin discovering how diverse tortillas are.

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