8 Recipes For Your Leftover Corn Tortillas

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Has anyone else ever noticed that corn tortillas, as compared to their delicious counterpart, flour tortillas, are sold in HUGE quantities? I understand that corn tortillas are historically smaller than flour (which come in packs of 8-12), but is there really a need to sell them only in packs of 30? I pretty much buy them for 2 recipes and I’m often left with quite a bit of lonely leftovers. I don’t like wasting food and I’m always up for trying new recipes, so here’s a great list I’ve found of putting your leftover corn tortillas to hard work!


Source: BakedByRachel.com

1. Homemade Tortilla Chips

Sometimes you just want some tortilla chips, whether or not you already have them in your pantry. Or maybe you need some tortilla strips to add to your bowl of tortilla soup or to the top of your southwestern salad. Well, if you’ve got corn tortillas in your house, you can make your own! It’s as simple as cutting into triangles or strips, seasoning and baking!

BakedByRachel.com has a delicious looking recipe for baked seasoned tortilla strips, so head over to her site and give it a try!


Source: TheWanderlustKitchen.com

2. Chilaquiles

Chilaquiles are as tasty as their name is exotic. It is a traditional Mexican dish that is most often served at breakfast or brunch, but variations like adding chicken has made this into a dinner meal as well. Your corn tortillas will be turned into lightly baked chips, and then added to a simmering skillet of flavored tomatoes with all types of goodies. Top with cheese and avocado for a great brunch!

Visit heWanderlustKitchen.com for this delicious recipe and many more inspired by kitchens across the globe!

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Source: PlainChicken.com

3. King Ranch Chicken Soup

I’ve never made King Ranch Chicken Casserole but I’ve only heard wonderful things about it. This soup is another version that alway receives rave reviews and will use up that handful of corn tortillas you’ve got! It’s a quick cooking soup that uses rotisserie chicken and has tons of flavor, probably a little on the spicy side! Oh, and it looks pretty too!

Check out PlainChicken.com for this recipe and many more on one of your favorite ingredients: chicken!


Source: CantStayOutOfTheKitchen.com

4. Taco Lasagna

Put a spin on Italian night with this latin version, Taco Lasagna. This Tex-Mex meal has all your favorites: ground beef, onions, peppers, beans and much more. You can’t go wrong!

CantStayOutOfTheKitchen.com‘s version uses flour tortillas, but there’s absolutely no reason you can’t substitute corn! Go for it!


Source: LilLuna.com

5. Cream Cheese & Chicken Taquitos

I’ve never met a taquito I didn’t like and these cream cheese and chicken ones are next on my list! Traditional taquitos are usually just packed with meat and probably don’t offer much in the way of nutrition. This version uses cream cheese, chicken and spinach! I’d also wager you could add whatever veggies you want to make this your own, and something the kids will enjoy.

For this recipe and other yummy Mexican themed meals, get over to LilLuna.com!


Source: SimplyRecipes.com

6. Mexican Tostadas

Tostadas are a wonderful dinner for a summer night or an evening where you have little time for cooking. Or maybe you just want to eat a flat taco? The tostada is for you. Simply fry up a corn tortilla and then top with your average taco goodies.

SimplyRecipes.com has a great recipe for Mexican Tostadas. You’ll also find a great collection of others perfect for your own cooking skills!


Source: PinchOfYum.com

7. Skinny Chicken Enchiladas

As if enchiladas weren’t tasty enough, this recipe is a healthy (SKINNY) version. Now you don’t need to feel so guilty for indulging in one of your favorite comfort foods. Additionally, your crock pot will help you prepare the chicken, so that’s one less step for you. Score!

PinchOfYum.com is one of my personal favorite good websites. Be sure to visit for this recipe and many others!


Source: WearyChef.com

8. Quesadillas

Most of the time when you think of a quesadilla you probably imagine flour tortillas. They are a little more pliable than corn, and you can make larger tortillas with them. However, you can basically create any quesadilla you want using a corn tortilla! Breakfast, sweet or savory- they are all at your fingertips! Just like this spicy spinach quesadilla- tons of flavor and fewer carbs than making with a flour tortilla.

Check out WearyChef.com for this tasty quesadilla. You’ll also find recipe roundups and even weekly dinner menus!

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Karly Wood

Karly Wood

Editor at Red Tricycle
I'm a born and bred Southern California native and currently the managing editor at Red Tri. I get to share my life with my husband of 13 years and our beautiful, 5-year old daughter. In my free time you'll catch me cheering for the Dodgers, cooking, baking, reading, crafting and probably watching a little HGTV!
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