Thursday, February 23, 2017

Avoiding food waste: ideas?

Last night was taco night. Unfortunately, the open package of tortillas turned out to be stale/dried out, so I assume that at some point, they weren't closed properly. Luckily, I already had a back up package, which will be once again reached for as tacos will be a repeat offering tonight.

So, what to do with these crisp, dried edged tortillas that are stuck together and rip when trying to separate? Ideas wanted! TIA

17 comments:

Belinda said...

You could use a pizza cutter and cut them in half and then in half again, which would minimize any tearing. Then you can make chips out of them by ether baking them in your oven or frying them into a little oil.

slugmama said...

We use stale, old tortillas for chips here. Just cut up, salt, garlic and bake. They really don't need frying.

Hawaii Planner said...

I agree with Belinda. I'd cut them into triangles & bake them, spritzed with olive oil. Worst case, if they stick, a few minutes into the baking, see if you can pull them out & separate.

NAN said...

That's what I do too, Belinda. I spray mine lightly with cooing spray and bake in hot oven a few minutes. They are good with salsa.

Lili said...

I agree with Belinda, I would make chips. Are these flour tortillas? Flour tortillas also make yummy sweet chips, sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Otherwise, I would make plain chips, and have a taco salad or walking tacos, in place of tacos that you hold. (Walking tacos are everything you might put in a regular taco, but on top of chips.)

Kathy said...

If you like taco soup, you can cut them up and add a few to the soup bowl. Would they be ok for enchiladas since you would be covering them with sauce anyway?

Marcia in rural WNY said...

There is a casserole or two which used cut up tortillas--the liquid used makes them taste somewhat like cooked noodles when done. I have one that is ground beef and tomato sauce--it was originally on the Campbell's tomato soup can but I added some flavor to it. And a friend made one for dinner one time that had either seafood or chicken in a white sauce. You could look in all recipes or epicurious for ideas. I will post my recipe if you think you would like to try it.

TrayceeBee said...

I would make homemade tortilla chips....Or possibly cut them into strips, bake/fry, and add as a topper to a Mexican inspired soup or chili.

Ellie said...

Make taco soup. I recall a recipe that used flour tortillas in it, on the top. Since they soak in the soup mixture, it doesn't make a difference if they are dried out. I'm sorry I don't have a recipe to include in my comment, but you can search for one. :)
-Ellie

Winter Fan said...

These would be great for Mexican lasagna, or taco casserole.

Busy Bee said...

Cut in wedges, lightly brush with oil, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and bake.

Meg B. said...

Deep fried or baked at a high temp for chips. (I usually bake, though I have an electric deep fryer.) Also, as others said, there are many recipes for enchilada or Mexican casseroles which could utilize these.
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Laura said...

I think that if you steam them in your microwave wrapped in a wet paper towel you might be able to pull them apart with less breakage. Then I'd use them for chips or for the casserole everybody has mentioned. If you are able to get them apart more or less intact I think they'd also be fine for regular enchiladas or wet burritos, as long as your filling and/or sauce was sufficiently liquidy.

The domestic Groove said...

Pumpkin Dip with Cinnamon Chips
Cinnamon Chips

5 (7 in) flour tortillas
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 degrees for cinnamon chips. Lightly spray tortillas with water. Combine sugar and cinnamon, sprinkle over tortillas. Cut each tortilla into 8 wedges. Place in a single layer on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly brown and crisp. Remove and cool.

Pumpkin Dip

1 c solid pack pumpkin
1/2 c sour cream
1/4 c packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 c thawed frozen whipped topping
Chopped Pecans, optional
2 med apples or pears cut into wedges

Combine pumpkin, sour cream, brown sugar and cinnamon. Whisk together. Fold in cool whip. Pour mixture into bowl and sprinkle with pecans, if desired. Wedge apples and or pears. Serve dip with cinnamon chips, apples, and/or pear wedges.

This is the original recipe from a cookbook on my shelf. I suggest either doubling the amount of chips or halving the amount of dip. It really is a yummy treat in place of a baked goods.

The domestic Groove said...

Microwave them a little covered with a damp cloth to get them apart.

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