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There are a number of delicious ways to use up those extra tortillas. This page is about using leftover tortillas.


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February 12, 2007

Every so often I buy wraps and try to vary the flavors that I select. If it turns out that it is a flavor that my family is not crazy about, I end up with a lot of wraps which I certainly can't eat all by myself. Here's what I do, take the wrap and cut it into thin strips. Take a non stick frying pan and add a little oil to the pan. When it gets hot, add the strips. Watching carefully, allow one side to become slightly golden and then flip on the other side. When that side becomes golden, remove the strips and place on a paper towel to absorb any oil. These are great sprinkled on a salad or any kind of soup, especially tortilla chicken soup or just to nibble on.


By joesgirl from Beverly, MA

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Every time I purchase a small package of tortillas, about half of the package sits for days on the counter top or in the fridge 'til I wonder about its freshness and throw it out. I decided to resolve this situation by purchasing "101 Things To Do With A Tortilla" by S. Ashcraft and D. Kelly.


Got it at the "All Books $4.95" bookstore (although some are priced closer to $2). ISBN 1-58685-469-0

I went through it and wrote down the page numbers for recipes calling for gorditas, flour and corn tortillas and chips.

FYI: The book says that the tortillas store well in the fridge for about 2 weeks or in the freezer for 2 to 3 months. This should cut down on a lot of waste.

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April 21, 2002

If you love dumplings but don't like the mess, buy or use leftover flour tortillas and cut in strips length wise and cross wise. Drop in hot chicken broth cook several minutes.


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April 13, 2017

Corn tortillas can be used for many different recipes, not just burritos and tacos. This is a page about recipes using corn tortillas.

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August 29, 2010

I have leftover corn tortillas in a bag. What can I do with them? The recipe called for 6, although I purchased the smallest bag available, I still have quite a few sitting in the bag on the kitchen counter.


Holly from Dallas, TX


Recipes Using Corn Tortillas

We like to take the leftover corn tortillas and cut them into wedges and place them on a pan and
bake at about 400 degrees F until they're nice and crispy. Treat them like corn chips. Then, add
cheese and salsa, black bean dip or whatever you like best, and munch away.


By Julia

Recipes Using Corn Tortillas

Freeze them for next time! (02/23/2006)

By trix

Recipes Using Corn Tortillas

Cut up tortillas into triangles and deep fry. Drain on paper towel and eat with salsa.

Or cut up in small squares and place in large fry pan
with small amount of oil and heat til soft. Then add
eggs and salsa for a quick breakfast. Yum. (02/23/2006)

By Annie Rios Hill

Recipes Using Corn Tortillas

Here's a family favorite:

Tortilla Surprise

You mix one can of tomato soup and one can of cream of mushroom soup. You tear up the tortillas into bite size pieces and add it to the soup mixture. Simmer until the tortillas are soft.


You can also add:

  • diced green chilies
  • a can of whole kernel corn
  • black olives, whole or diced
  • chopped onions
  • cooked ground meat
  • shredded cheese
  • dollops of sour cream

Like I said, this is a family favorite and has been around our home for a long time. It's a recipe that allows a lot of experimentation and is a very "forgiving" recipe. I always use the soups as the base, add the torn corn tortillas, then throw in whatever suits my mood.

I've even poured the mixture into a greased baking pan and baked it like a lasagna, layering the ingredients in.

By AzDana

Recipes Using Corn Tortillas

Here is a favorite of ours. I call it enchilada casserole.

  • hamburger (browned)
  • shredded cheese ( fiesta blend 2 pkgs)
  • corn tortillas
  • enchilada sauce

Layer ingredients in a 9x13 pan, starting with hamburger and ending with enchilada sauce topped with cheese. Bake until cheese on top is melted and the rest is heated through @ 350F for about 30 minutes.


When I do this it usually takes about 8 tortillas. Then I just store the rest in the fridge until next time. (02/24/2006)

By Dahart

Recipes Using Corn Tortillas

Beef Taco Casserole

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 med. onion, chopped
  • 1 can (8oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (15 oz.) kidney beans
  • 2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1 cup broken tortilla chips
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (4 oz.)

Cook and stir the ground beef and onion in 10 inch skillet until beef is cooked. Pour off the grease. Add tomato sauce, chili powder, garlic salt, and kidney beans (sauce included) and heat to boiling. Into a 2 quart casserole pour 1/2 of the meat mixture. Sprinkle with the chips.
Pour remaining 1/2 beef mix on top and sprinkle with cheese.

Cover and cook at 350 degrees F until bubbly, about 25-30 minutes.
Garnish with green pepper and pimento if desired.

This is a quick and easy recipe and a great way to use up tortilla chips. Hope you enjoy. (02/24/2006)

By Roberta

Recipes Using Corn Tortillas


Make extra of the recipe you originally bought them for and freeze it for later. (02/25/2006)

By kidsNclutter

Recipes Using Corn Tortillas

I cut flour tortillas up into triangles or fun shapes and deep fry them about 1 to 2 minutes until they are light and golden. I drain them on a paper towel and while they are still hot I sprinkle both sides with cinnamon sugar. They are delicious and habit forming. Be careful when frying because when they are put into the hot oil they puff up and can burst and the hot oil could hit you. I haven't had that happen though. I use a large slotted spoon to get them out of the oil because that way just about all the oil drips back into the pan. (03/05/2006)

By Betty

Recipes Using left over Corn Tortillas

Dice, or tear ( the smaller, the faster they integrate) stale corn tortillas and add as a thickening agent to both green chili and red chili. It gives a real Mexican taste. (04/07/2008)

By Ron

Recipes Using Corn Tortillas

Wow, this is great! I have a bunch leftover too that I would like to cook up, but here is the recipe that I have for my corn tortillas found on

  • 1 lb. extra lean ground beef
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, chopped
  • 1 jar (16 oz.) salsa
  • 1 can (14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen corn, thawed
  • 12 corn tortillas (6 inch)
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded reduced fat sharp Cheddar cheese, divided

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Brown meat with peppers in large skillet; drain. Return to skillet. Stir in salsa, tomatoes and corn; bring to boil.

<lP>Spoon 1 cup of the meat mixture into 13x9-inch baking dish; top with 6 tortillas, overlapping as necessary. Cover with half each of the remaining meat mixture and cheese; top with remaining tortillas and meat mixture. Cover with foil.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Let stand 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

It's a great dish with a large serving size as a 13X9 pan serves 6. And it is only 8 points on Weight Watchers. (07/08/2008)

By Lyera

Recipes Using Corn Tortillas

For breakfast: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly brush tortillas with oil. Beat 3-4 eggs. Cut 2 potatoes into cottage fries. Chop 1/2 C onion. Use 1/2 C or as needed shredded cheddar.
When oven heats drape tortillas over one space (two tines) and heat till crispy, light brown. Cook cottage fries till brown adding onions until caramelized. Scramble eggs. Load up your squared tortillas with potatoes and onions, eggs, and top with cheese. Serve with salsa. As an extra, try some Ranch Style beans under the eggs for a real southern Texas flavor. Wow! (08/07/2008)

By Buel

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