36 Unbelievably Delicious Ways to Turn Tortillas into a Meal

updated Apr 10, 2024
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Head on shot of two halves of the breakfast burrito. stacked on top of each other.  In each half you can see layers of melted cheese, scrambled eggs, sausage and hashbrowns.
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Born and raised in Los Angeles County, I grew up eating tortillas several times a week, often handmade from the taco stand. Today my husband and our girls regularly make corn tortillas from scratch and homemade flour tortillas, but I have no qualms about buying giant bags of both corn tortillas and flour tortillas at the store.

Tortillas, whether they’re corn or flour tortillas, are super versatile and can be transformed into any number of dishes. I’m not sure why tortillas haven’t been declared a superfood, but I’m casting my vote!

Ready for some inspiration for recipes with tortillas? From quesadillas and burritos to fun pinwheel wraps for the kids, here are 36 recipes with tortillas for morning breakfasts, quick lunches, and easy weeknight dinners.

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Breakfast Burritos

This hearty breakfast burrito is stuffed with fluffy scrambled eggs, crispy hash browns, pork sausage, and a special spicy creamy sauce.

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Crispy Chicken Taquitos

Cheesy taquitos are the dreamiest and easiest weeknight meal. These rolled and fried tortillas are irresistibly delicious and perfect for entertaining — the tortillas can be filled and rolled in advance, then cooked just minutes before you are ready to serve.

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Steak Quesadillas

Inspired by steak fajitas, these quesadillas are packed with thin slices of cumin-rubbed flank steak, charred peppers and onions, and plenty of melty cheese, plus some guacamole and fresh salsa for topping.

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Instant Pot Beef Birria Tacos

This step-by-step guide will walk you through making the very best homemade beef birria, plus how to turn it into crispy quesatacos.

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Huevos Rancheros

Nothing beats huevos rancheros on Sunday morning. It’s a true Mexican breakfast gem: lightly fried corn tortillas are topped with refried beans and warm and fried eggs, then smothered in a homemade ranchero salsa. It always hits the spot.

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Cheesy Potato Quesadillas with Chipotle Mayo

These craveable quesadillas are stuffed with crispy potatoes, melty cheese, and a generous drizzle of spicy mayo. It's a delicious vegetarian dinner that’s worth putting on repeat.

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Mexican Beef Enchiladas

The secret to the best enchiladas? Dousing them in a rich red chile sauce. Top with shredded cotija cheese and serve with arroz rojo (Mexican rice) for dinner.

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Chicken Burritos

Seasoned chicken, beans, cilantro-lime rice, and shredded cheese wrapped in warm flour tortillas.

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Turkey Pinwheels

These spiraly kid-friendly snacks only take 15 minutes to assemble. Flour tortilla pinwheels can be made a few hours or up to the night before you plan to serve them.

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Quick & Easy Crispy Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

These crispy fish tacos start with frozen beer-battered cod fillets, which makes them extra quick to prepare.

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Restaurant-Style Sizzling Steak Fajitas

This recipe teaches you how to make restaurant-style steak fajitas at home, from the flavor-packed marinade to the best cooking technique. Serve with warm tortillas, guacamole, lettuce, cheese, cilantro, and lime wedges.

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Enchiladas Suiza

Baked in creamy salsa verde sauce and topped with gooey Oaxaca cheese, these chicken enchiladas are unbelievably delicious.

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Copycat Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme

This copycat version of the legendary Taco Bell crunchwrap that's filled with cheesy beef and crispy tortilla shells can now be made at home.

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Chicken Tacos

Serve these tasty chicken tacos with a quick and fresh salsa verde for a weeknight meal that the whole family will love.

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Cheesy Taco Lasagna

If there’s a special place in your heart for ground beef tacos, let us introduce you to its layered cousin: taco lasagna. It’s assembled casserole-style, just like a lasagna, and filled with the most irresistible mixture of seasoned ground beef and black beans, tortillas, sour cream, and plenty of melted cheese.

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Steak Tacos

Flank steak marinated with chipotle, citrus, cilantro and onions.

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Sheet Pan Quesadillas

Use a sheet pan and a few storebought shortcuts to make a large format quesadillas to feed a crowd.

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Chicken Flautas

Flautas are rolled tacos that are fried until golden and crispy. The filling can be made in advance, which means these babies come together in under 30 minutes. Served warm with plenty of shredded lettuce, tomatoes, crema, and avocado, flautas are a quick and easy dinner idea.

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Air Fryer Tortilla Chips

Turn store-bought corn tortillas into crispy, restaurant-style chips with an air fryer.

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Grilled Chicken Tacos

Chopping the chicken into small pieces and combining it with finely chopped cilantro and white onion gives it street taco vibes. We also like to serve the tacos with diced avocado, salsa verde, thinly sliced radishes, and sour cream.

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The Easiest Migas

Migas are a fast meal created from only three things: eggs, corn tortillas, and salt. The tortillas crisp up in a hot skillet, and then eggs are stirred in at the end, making a sort of tortilla hash.

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Chicken Enchiladas

In the canon of weeknight dinners, none is more apt at using up leftovers in a way that is flavorful, cozy, and easy better than enchiladas.

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Cheesy Gordita Crunch-Inspired Beef Tacos

These copycat Taco Bell-inspired tacos feature a double taco shell stuffed with a beef-and-bean filling.

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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos

Crispy tortillas rolled around a creamy chicken filling. Serve taquitos on a bed of lettuce with some chopped tomatoes and a drizzle of crema or sour cream on top for a meal. Guacamole, avocado crema, and salsa are also great toppers, or use them as dips if you’re serving the taquitos as a snack or appetizer.

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Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa

Spicy, smoky shrimp and a homemade tomatillo salsa combine in these flavor-packed summer tacos.

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Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Enchiladas are one of those perfect meals where you get a little bit of something delicious in every bite. Instead of filling and rolling the tortillas, they are simply layered into a casserole dish to create an enchilada experience that can easily be cut into squares to serve.

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This easy chilaquiles recipe, which consists of fried corn tortilla chips simmered in a brothy sauce, is quick, affordable, and make-ahead friendly.

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Crispy Baja Fish Tacos

These homemade fish tacos boast the crispiest golden fish fillets — no deep-frying required. Top them with creamy slices of avocado, fresh cilantro, a drizzle of Sriracha mayo, and a simple pico de gallo.

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Cheesy Beef Burrito Casserole

This super-cheesy casserole is the ultimate make-ahead meal. Ground beef, cheese, beans, and tortillas are layered to give you all the Tex-Mex vibes in one hearty, lasagna-like casserole.

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Huevos y Frijoles

This combination of corn tortillas, black beans, and fried eggs is a wholesome yet filling start to the day.

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Mahi-Mahi Tacos with Avocado Sauce

Mild mahi-mahi stuffed into warm tortillas with a creamy avocado and red cabbage slaw.

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Huevos Rancheros Casserole

Huevos rancheros go the way of the casserole with a double layer of corn tortillas, a generous helping of beans and cheese, and the signature spicy-sweet tomato-chile sauce.

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These chalupas are topped with pulled pork, salsa verde, and salsa roja.

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Queso Fundido

Ooey, gooey goodness like this queso fundido is fit for any occasion. Serve with warm corn tortillas.

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Bang Bang Shrimp

This Bonefish Grill copycat recipe is just like the restaurant's signature battered-shrimp dish. Serve as tacos layered with lettuce and tomatoes in soft flour tortillas.

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Chimichangas are a quick and easy weeknight dinner treat.

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