Fast Food Meal Ideas Using Tortillas
Do you realize how many quick/fast food meals can be made when you have tortillas on hand? Check out how to make homemade soaked flour tortillas (or regular tortillas) here. Don't want to make them? I HAVE finally found some pretty good tortillas that you can find here in a pinch and we use these quite often now.
And HERE are some fast food meal ideas using tortillas:
- Homemade pizzas (my kids’ favorite, pictured above) – Just add organic sauce, cheese and whatever other toppings you like and bake ‘til the cheese melts. (Here’s another recipe for more traditional homemade pizzas.) Butter the bottom really well so the tortilla gets really crispy.
- Another hit with the kids lately: Mexican pizzas. Also super easy: spread organic refried beans on a tortilla, sprinkle with cheese. Bake ‘til the cheese melts and serve with salsa, sour cream, lettuce, etc. Again, butter the bottom well so it gets crispier.
- Quesadillas – A fast meal that everyone loves, like a grilled cheese but more fun. I like to use at least a couple different kinds of cheese. Just sprinkle cheese on a tortilla, place another on top and fry each side in plenty of healthy fat like butter/ghee, refined coconut oil (some things I use the refined for if I don’t want the coconut flavor), lard or beef tallow, even bacon grease. Add sour cream and tomatoes and you’ve got an “adult” quesadilla. You can also use chicken or beef and serve with salsa. (Where to find safe, healthy meat.)
- I like making tortilla roll-ups. Spread cream cheese on a tortilla and whatever else you like: green onions, other veggies cut up (small pieces of tomato, green pepper, shredded carrots, etc.), shredded cheese, and you could also add ham or turkey lunch meat. Roll up then slice to serve or just eat like a burrito. The kids like these in their lunches or I'll slice them to serve as appetizers that everyone always loves!
- You could fry tortillas in plenty of healthy fats and break them up into pieces for a crispy taco salad topping or cut into triangles and use like chips to dip into guacamole, this yummy feta cheese dip, or some bean salsa. Also after frying like this you could sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on for a treat, or some garlic salt for a snack.
- They’re also nice to have on hand to make chicken enchiladas.
- These breakfast burritos are a tasty fast breakfast.
- Of course these are good for the basic tacos or burritos, too. We all like these shredded chicken tacos.
- Does anyone have more fast meal ideas using tortillas? Please share in the comments!
Like these fast meal ideas?
- Here's a complete list of real food meals that can be made quickly (not just with tortillas).
- See my how to make homemade soaked or regular tortillas and read about the quest for the not-so-bad tortilla ingredient list.
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Allyson Bossie says
We like a lot of Indian inspired foods. My sister learned a lot of quick and simple meals from being married for something like 15 years. Some of my favorites are a cauliflower, tomato, onion, and hot pepper of choice (I love seranos) and you cook it down until the tomatoes have turned a dark dark color (almost a black but not burned, just carmelized). You add liquid as needed after you fry the stuff in butter to get the right color on the tomatoes. (variations are potatoes, eggplant, or grass fed hamburger in place of the cauliflower). You eat this with homemade sour cream or homemade yougurt. You can make it into a wrap for kids, but we eat it Indian style with the tortilla and cream on the side. It’s supposed to be with Naan or Raita bread, but tortillas are easier for me to make
Alison Emma Black says
for those looking for another idea for tortilla use:
I along with many other people am on a tight budget and I made up a recipe that’s so yummy and it makes a ton. Take a box of chicken fajita rice r roni cook it per the directions on the box. Add one can of drained rinsed whole sweet corn, a can of drained rinsed black beans, and shredded canned chicken. (or no chicken if you’re vegetarian) take your tortilla toast it in some butter, smear some sour cream and add the rice mixture and top with some shredded cheese and you have yourself a chicken fajita roll up. (the busy budget conscious mom way) 🙂
I am so with you on using tortillas for fast meals – I make big batches of them and freeze them so I always have on hand! Thanks for sharing your yummy ideas and recipes! Blessings, Kelly http://www.facebook.com/TheNourishingHome
Adrienne @ Whole New Mom.com says
I am going to have to try your tortillas, but gluten free for us, unfortunately.
Here is a great bean dip recipe that is really easy and has been a hit wherever I have taken it. It would for sure be great as a dip for your tortillas or wrapped up in them: https://wholenewmom.com/recipes/fast-and-yummy-bean-dip/
Mona @ Healthy Homesteading says
I just figured out that my husband and son love it when I make the pizza rolls with flour tortillas. Instead of cooking the pizza, roll it up. The only draw back is that they have to use microwave at work to heat it but it does make a nice healthy easy snack/lunch meal.
You can also make pizzas like that, but throw them on the grill. It gets the bottom nice and crispy with a nice flavor!
That reminds me of something else I did with the pizza crust (so I just added this to the post), I butter the bottom really well so that it gets really crispy. The grill sounds great for that yummy flavor you mentioned – there’s nothing like it. 🙂
We love using tortillas for peanut butter and banana roll-ups or putting cream cheese with shredded veggies (for small kids–easy to get veg in!).
Kelly, we only use your previously posted recipe for fermented tortillas ever since you posted it (with a little added oil so they don’t stick). They are the best so I haven’t tried any new ones! Is there a reason why you’re not using that recipe any more?
When I use them for beef tacos and want to roll them I fry very quickly in just a smear of butter on both sides. It gives them a buttery taste and softens them.
Wow, this is pretty pathetic, but I think I forgot about that recipe! Now that I’ve compared them, they’re almost exactly alike, except I do remember waaaay back when I tried those they came out a bit like pancakes with the baking powder, and I like this version better because they’re more like the tortillas I’m used to, they puff up less w/o the baking powder.
If anyone wants that recipe *with* baking powder, here it is: https://kellythekitchenkop.com/2009/05/homemade-fermented-soaked-tortillas.html