Monday, March 03, 2008

5 Quickie Dinners made with Tortillas

Making dinner during the week can be difficult. Working takes up enough time, but what if you want to work out or meet with friends. Here are a few ideas for dinners that are quick and easy and are made of ingredients you can easily have on hand.

Chicken Enchiladas

  • 1 Brick cream cheese (I use 1/3 fat)
  • 1 cup salsa
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained
  • 8 fajita sized tortillas (I use the whole wheat)
  • 1 cup shredded taco cheese
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can enchilada sauce
  • Two cooked Chicken breasts chopped into small pieces * For vegetarian just add another can of drained pinto beans instead
  • Cayenne pepper and powdered garlic to taste

Melt the cream cheese and salsa on medium heat. Stir till blended, then add the cooked chicken, drained pinto beans, cayenne pepper, garlic, tomatoes and stir until blended. Fill the tortillas, roll into tubes, and lay side by side in an oven safe/lightly oiled pan. Chop up the onions. Pour sauce over rolled enchiladas. Sprinkle on chopped onions and shredded cheese over the top. Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.

Mexican Pizzas

  • 1 Bag tortillas
  • 1 can refried beans
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Salsa
  • Chopped Onions

Toast one tortilla spread refried beans and salsa on top. Layer with next tortilla spread onions and green peppers, salsa and then toss shredded cheese. Toast in toaster oven or in oven for 10 minutes at 400 degrees.


  • Tortillas
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Chopped Onions
  • Chopped Green Peppers
  • Baby Spinach
  • Oil

Toast one tortilla. Layer cheese, and chopped vegetables between two tortillas. In a lightly greased pan toast until light brown and cheese is melted.

Taco Salad

  • 1 Can pinto beans
  • Salad
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Salsa
  • Tortillas

Make a salad with all of your favorite veggies. Toast a tortilla in a toaster or in the oven. Toss shredded cheese, drained pinto beans, salsa, and crumbled tortilla over the top.


  • Turkey Swiss, Baby Spinach, and mustard
  • Turkey, Mexican Shredded Cheese, Onions, Green Pepper, and Salsa
  • Hummus, Green Peppers, Onions and tomatoes

Quickie Tips

  • Keep chopped up onions and green pepper on hand for speedy use
  • Buy pre-chopped salads/lettuce
  • Keep cans of pinto beans and chopped tomatoes on hand

Grocery List

  • 1 Bag of Tortillas
  • 2 Bags of Shredded Mexican Cheese
  • 1 can of Enchilada Sauce
  • 2 Can of Tomatoes
  • 2 Can of Pinto Beans
  • 1 Jar of Salsa
  • Baby Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Green Peppers
  • 1 Can of Refried Beans
  • Turkey Lunchmeat
  • Humus

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