After moving to Texas we have sort of fallen in love with the local Tex-Mex cuisine, including corn tortillas. I have been serving these up quite frequently and they have been a huge hit.
They have also been a nice addition to a variety of meals, especially since up until now I haven’t had a working oven. The great thing about these is that they are cheap, gluten-free, easy to make from scratch, and really versatile.
Please note: do not eat them straight out of the package and say you hate corn tortillas. Warming them for 10-15 seconds per side in a dry, hot skillet will change your mind and if that doesn’t you must try homemade corn tortillas. They will knock your socks off.
So here are eight ways you can use corn tortillas as a base for many meals (and desserts):
- Tacos. Use warmed corn tortillas instead of flour and be careful not to over-stuff so you can fit all of the yummy toppings in there.
- Tostadas. Fry tortillas in a skillet or in the oven, top with warm beans and your favorite toppings such as cheese, salsa, hot sauce, cilantro, lettuce, etc.
- Breakfast Tacos. Wrap your bacon, egg, and cheese in a warmed corn tortilla and add hot sauce. You won’t believe what this does for your breakfast rut.
- Migas. This delightful dish is another great Tex-Mex breakfast and you’ll know why as soon as you make it.
- Mexican Lasagna. This casserole layers any combination of beans, meat, cheese, salsa, cilantro, spinach, peppers, or anything else you care to throw in with yummy corn tortillas. A great alternative to traditional lasagna.
- Enchiladas. Roll warmed corn tortillas around your favorite chopped meat or bean concoction. Line up in a baking dish, cover with enchilada sauce of any kind, top with cheese and bake until bubbly.
- Quiche. Use as the crust to a quiche ala this recipe and you can avoid the pie crust rolling out phase.
- Crepes. Just gently warm in the oven or a pan with lots of butter on each side. Roll up some yummy cream cheese and fruit inside or just sprinkle with cinnamon and honey and enjoy.
If you can, look for an organic non-GMO corn tortilla or masa as almost all commercial corn products are now genetically modified.