If you have tortillas, you can make a great dinner. Many, many delicious meals can be made with the right well-spiced tortilla filling recipe, couple of toppings, and cheese. If you have crema or guacamole, that will take it to a whole other level. It doesn’t matter if you’re craving crispy fajitas, saucy chilaquiles, or spicy enchiladas; they all start with a pack of corn or flour tortillas. These are eight of our favorite tortilla-based dinners.
Easy tortilla filling recipes
1. Steak fajitas
We like fajitas with steak and tangy slaw. If you’re looking for a vegetarian tortilla filling, they’re just as good with tofu. What sets fajitas apart is that you grill the meat or veggies and then everyone makes their own at the table. This activity is fun and kid-friendly.
2. Cheesy black bean and chicken enchiladas
To make enchiladas, we wrap tortillas around our favorite tortilla filling recipe ( it can be anything from quinoa to chicken), pile the wraps in a casserole pan, and top with mole sauce or green sauce. After that, we place them in the oven to melt on some cheese. A warm pan of enchiladas is always a welcome dinner.
3. Chilaquiles with egg and avocado
Chilaquiles are a traditional Mexican breakfast dish based on crisp tortillas covered in sauce. Sometimes the tortillas stay crispy, but sometimes they sit in the sauce long enough to get a little soft. It’s the perfect balance of crunchy, creamy, tangy, and hearty.
4. Spiced chicken and squash tostadas
In a tostada, the tortilla filling is piled on top of crispy corn tortillas. The crunchy tortillas provide a delightful contrast to fillings like squash and chicken, black beans and pickled red onions, or chorizo.
5. Tacos with spicy ground beef filling
In their most simple form, tacos are really just tortillas folded around a filling. That’s all it takes to make a perfect meal sometimes. We use two tortillas to make our tacos durable and fill them up with chili-spiced fish, zucchini, or tempura squash and spicy mayo.
6. Chicken and black bean burrito bowl
Ok, this isn’t technically a tortilla filling recipe; it’s more of a tortilla bedding recipe, but it’s delicious nonetheless. The burrito bowl is Tex-Mex, California-Mex, or fusion at its finest. It’s a simple, satisfying, and healthful dinner. If you’re not in the mood for chicken, this smoky pork burrito bowl is delicious, too.
7. Crispy smoked gouda quesadillas
Quesadillas have it all. The tortilla is crispy, and the filling is perfectly gooey and warm. Best of all, you can put pretty much anything in them. Just sauté any meat and vegetables that you have in the fridge, tuck them in a tortilla with a generous amount of cheese, and griddle away. We love this version with smoky gouda.
8. A hot bowl of tortilla soup
Tortilla soup is another killer Tex-Mex favorite, a brothy tomato soup topped with the clear highlight of the dinner: crispy tortilla strips.