What are your plans for the weekend? To wait in a que to have your favorite tacos? Well, that doesn’t sound like a great plan. You can skip the waiting part by treating yourself to some tacos at homemade from fresh corn tortillas.
We couldn’t agree more with the fact that tortillas are particularly tastier when they are made fresh but unfortunately, they cannot be left out for too long. So, can you freeze corn tortillas? Yes, of course, you can.
Freezing is the best way to store a good amount of them without compromising their quality and taste. Freezing tortillas is the best hack for those who live alone and don’t go out often for grocery shopping. You can buy them in bulk at once and can use them for a longer time.
Here’s a brief guide on how you can freeze corn tortillas and how you can keep them fresh.
How to freeze corn tortillas?
You need to have tortillas in hand for quick taco recipes and fortunately, corn tortillas are freezer friendly which means you can keep an extra shack in your freezer for the next weekend treat. It can be placed in a freezer in the same packaging but if you are storing them in bulk then place parchment paper between each tortilla. The later one consumes a little time but makes the tortillas ready to use one by one. Before storing them in a freezer, press out the air in the bag as much as you can.
What about flour tortillas?
Yes, you can freeze the flour tortillas as well, in fact, they are much easier to store and would still taste fresh as you have just brought them home. If you are expecting your friends over for the weekend, then store the tortilla bag directly in the freezer as you will be using them in a single go. Otherwise, store them the same way you freeze corn tortillas in a zip-top freezer bag with parchment paper in between.
How long do they last?
If you are storing tortillas in the refrigerator, we won’t recommend using them after a month. However, if you are storing them in a freezer, they can last for 6 to 8 months. In either case, make sure you are following the storing instructions for tortillas and doing it correctly in an airtight zip-top freezer bag.
How to make them ready to use?
Just an hour before using, take them out of the freezer and then put them in the refrigerator to thaw. Since tortillas are too thin, they won’t take long to defrost and will get ready to use in just an hour. Meanwhile, you can prepare your chicken, veggies, and seasonings to save your time.
Tasty recipes using corn tortillas
1) Shrimp Quesadillas
Quesadillas are a quick Mexican dish as you just require corn tortillas, cheese, and salsa sauce to prepare it. Here is a small tip to make them a little more exciting. You can add shrimps, peppers, and spicy onions to the recipe. Not only will it taste delicious but will also fulfill your nutritional needs as shrimps are a great source of protein and along with fresh vegetables and corn tortillas, it will make a perfect healthy meal for you.
2) Breakfast Wraps
You don’t have to wait till lunch or dinner to have some delicious tacos, because this breakfast wraps recipe is bursting with healthy ingredients to kick start your day!
The best thing about these breakfast wraps is their customizable recipe. All you need is corn tortillas and you can wrap whatever you have on the table like eggs or guacamole in it. For a perfect wrap, take some scrambled eggs, smash some avocados in guacamole and then wrap them with salsa sauce.
3) Tortilla Chips
Tortilla chips are a great way to make use of your leftover corn tortillas before they go bad. For this easy recipe, you just need some cooking oil and a pinch of salt.
Take the tortillas and cut them into triangles, now you can either fry them in a pan full of cooking oil or can bake them in an oven with some oil drizzled over. Once it is done, enjoy them with melted cheese and salsa sauce or with Mexican soup.
4) Cheese Quesadilla
It is a classic Mexican recipe which tastes even better when made with corn tortillas.
It is the easiest recipe that even your 15-year-old kids can prepare all by themselves. Just take a long bar of cheese and fold it with a corn tortilla. Finally, fry it in a dash of oil in a pan.
You can always make things fancier by yourself. Prepare a spicy dip using guacamole and Italian seasonings and you are all set to enjoy the cheese quesadillas.
Corn tortillas serve as a base for healthy munching recipes, thereby you always need them in hand for quick use. Freezing is undoubtedly the best way to store them and certainly, the best way to save yourself from the quick grocery runs for up to 6 – 8 months. Follow the storing instructions to seal in the taste with flavor.