Frugal Lunch Ideas: Tortilla Snacks

I had never thought of using tortillas like this until I got served them at my mother-in-law’s house. They are easy to make, use up leftovers and/or things that are generally in stock in the pantry/fridge, and are surprisingly filling!


Mine just have a basic filling of relish and grated cheese, but you can put practically anything in them depending on what’s lurking in the depths of your fridge. Relish or chutney is a great base flavour to work with.


Here are my three ingredients (I only used half of that cheese by the way! I like to grate in bulk to save time later. The other half was used on our soup for dinner). The relish cost $2.30, and we used about a third of the jar, so 77 cents. The amount of cheese we used would probably have been about $1.50. I normally wouldn’t buy this brand of tortillas either, as it’s pretty cheap to make it yourself, but there are also cheaper brands at the supermarket if you don’t have the time or inclination.

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Heat a bit of oil in a pan. This is the cheapest oil I’ve found. Keep it handy as you’ll need to add a bit more inbetween tortillas to keep them from sticking.

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Slather one side of two tortillas. Make a cheese sandwich in the pan (adding any other fillings you’d like. It’s a pretty flexible recipe, really!)


Put the lid on and let it sizzle for a little while. You want to leave it long enough that it will get warmed the whole way through and melt your cheese.


Flip that sucker! You’ll notice my splatter marks frying away as well.

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Once it’s done, slice into wedges and serve. It’s great just plonked in the middle of the table for people to help themselves. It’s also not too bad once it’s cooled as the cheese sort of helps it stick together. I’m sure it would be right at home in a lunchbox. Best of all though, is it really doesn’t take that long to make (especially if you’ve pre-grated some cheese for easy grabbing!)


It’s also a great finger food for little ones (although notice the cover-all bib to protect from sauciness!). I ripped one of those quarters into about 4 smaller pieces which was enough for her (or enough for her patience, anyway!).

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