When you have chips that are crumbled or gotten a little stale, there are ways to incorporate them into other foods. This guide is aboutusing leftover tortilla chips.
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The DH was making himself a can of Juanitas Chicken Pozole and decided to add the broken tortilla chips at the bottom of the bag. He added a loose 1.5 - 2 cups and heated the soup on low for 45 minutes to one hour.
The result was a thick tasty pozole stew. What a good use for the bits.
By Barbara from Bremerton, WA
When you get to the bottom of the chip bag and the tortilla chip bags there are always broken chips in the bottom. The broken potato chip pieces make wonderful casserole toppings, filler in meatloaf, coating for chicken and other meats for frying, etc.
The tortilla pieces are wonderful in soup, top of Mexican inspired casseroles and salads. Make sure to let your family know that you are using these leftovers and NOT to throw the bags with the crumbs away. This only works if you can get everyone on board the savings train!
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Here are questions related to Using Leftover Tortilla Chips.
What do you do with the broken corn chips at the bottom of the bag? I'm sick of throwing them out into the compost. Sometimes half the bag seems to be crumbs. I've tried crushing them and adding them to my bread baking, but I don't like the final result. Any reasonable suggestions welcome. I'm basically a whole foods cook and this is about the closest I get to prepared food.
By quiltmum from Canada
By susan cantin09/08/2009
Thank you one and all for these suggestions. There are so many. I think I have two winners: Jazalay and Cumberland. I am going to try these two first. :)
Have some tortilla chips that are a little stale or some crumbs left in the bottom the bags? Here are some ideas for using those chips. Post your ideas.
By Bridget (Guest Post)05/10/2005
Yummy taco salad ~ grab some lettuce a little leftover meat ( crumbled beef, chicken or even pork). I even love to add leftover rice & then sprinkle with cheese & tomatoes. You can use most anything as your dressing - gravy, salsa or even your favorite salad dressing. Cheap ~ but very, very good :)
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Any uses for those leftover 1/2 bags of potato/tortilla chips that no one will touch after 2 days? Remember, camouflage is the key word here. The family can't actually identify it as leftover chips in the resulting recipe.
CammoMOM from CA
To keep the chips fresh longer and cut down on food waste, when you first open the bag, place half in an airtight container. Let the family eat what's left in the original bag first and then tell them they must finish what's in the airtight container before opening another bag. (01/24/2008)
By Dianne J
I brown the meat, pour in the sauce/seasoning and heat. Pour the broken chips in a large bowl, add the grated cheese, and the hot meat, and mix. The hot meat will melt the cheese so it'll be all gooey. If too dry, add some salsa. Then scoop into individual bowls and top with shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream, sliced olives, chopped onions, more cheese, or whatever your family likes. No one realizes that you are using leftover chips. (01/28/2008)