Plastic Free Recipe: Whole Wheat Tortilla Wraps and Chips from Scratch

Updated: Jul 18, 2018



Is there a taco night in your future? Maybe you want to make some sandwich wraps, but now that you're knee-deep in the Plastic Free July challenge, you don't want to buy the tortilla wraps packaged in plastic at the grocery store! Tortilla chips also come in plastic. Sheesh!

Taking on the challenge to reduce your plastic consumption or reduce your waste in general is no easy task. The Plastic Free July challenge opens our eyes to a world that’s full of disposable plastic products. At this point, you may be wondering how you've never really noticed this before?


I remember feeling that way myself when I started reducing my waste. It’s not like I had been oblivious to litter – I had always noticed it. But I didn’t give additional thought to how I lived my life, and how the items I purchased were contributing to an unsustainable system of Buy-Use-Toss.



In this process, I recall that I changed a lot of my shopping habits. Grocery shopping in our household has been completely overhauled! We shop package-free as much as we possibly can. This also means that we no longer buy some things that we used to, such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries that come in plastic containers. We now only buy berries when they are in season at the farmer’s market, and we can use our own containers instead.


This extended into many other food items, including tortilla wraps and chips. Whole wheat tortilla wraps and chips were a staple in our household. Since starting our journey to reduce our waste early in 2017, we’ve only purchased them once (progress, not perfection). Instead, I have opted to make whole wheat tortilla wraps from scratch!



It’s definitely more time consuming and not nearly as convenient as their plastic-wrapped counterparts. However, I can tell you this – at least you’ll know what went into making them! This recipe only requires 4 ingredients!!! Check the list of ingredients for tortilla wraps, and it’s scary how long the list is. Plus, it's super fun and easy to customize the flavour with different spices, making them exactly to your taste! It can be a bit of an experiment, but that's the fun part.


While Wheat Tortilla Wraps


Prep Time: 20-30 minutes (it really depends how quick you are in the kitchen!)

Cook Time: 25 minutes-ish (depends on how much multi-tasking you're doing...)


To be frank, I like to block off a full hour for this activity - I tend to be doing other things in the kitchen while I'm making the wraps, like chopping up veggies.


Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups of Whole Wheat Flour

  • 3 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil (keep the olive oil out if you use it in your frying pan, like I do!)

  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt (or a little bit more if you like salt!)

  • 3/4 Cup of Warm/Hot Water (not boiling water, but the hot stuff from your tap!)

  • Any additional spices you like to spice it up! (e.g. 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder is a good one!)



Instructions:

  • Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl (if the dough is too wet, add a bit more flour, if it's too dry, add a bit more water)

  • Flour a flat surface and knead the dough for a couple of minutes

  • Let the dough rest for 15-20 minutes (quite honestly I don't always have the patience for this part, and I move along to the next step)

  • Split into 8 equal pieces and roll them up into balls

  • Roll each of the balls out into flat circles (if you're like me, a circular shape is the goal, but not the reality!), you'll probably want to sprinkle some flour on your counter for this activity too!

  • Heat up a frying pan to medium (I use stainless steel pans, so I put a bit of olive oil in each time I fry up a tortilla wrap)

  • Place an uncooked wrap in the pan, and wait for it to bubble, then flip

  • Once each side is browned and bubbled, it's cooked and good to go (I squish each side down with the spatula to get rid of the bubbles - it's a technical process!)



Once you've followed the steps above, you should have 8 lovely and perfectly circular whole wheat tortilla wraps ready for eating! Haha just kidding. They won't likely be perfect circles, but who cares! As long as they taste good, that's all the matters.


You can eat them as they are, or store them in the fridge using an airtight container. I also use beeswax wraps to store them in the fridge. They will only last a few days, so eat them quick! If you get to them a few days later and they aren't as fresh as they once were, you can make them into tortilla chips! Or jump to that step right away.


Tortilla Chips


Now is your chance to use these lovely tortilla wraps and make them into tortilla chips! If you didn't add much extra in the way of spices the first time around, here's your chance to sprinkle on your faves!



Instructions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

  • Using a knife or pizza cutter, slice each tortilla wrap into 8 like you would slice a pizza (feel free to make whatever shapes you want - it doesn't matter!).

  • Lay them out on a cookie sheet using a silicone mat underneath

  • Sprinkle on some extra salt or spices, depending what flavour you're going for

  • Cook for 10-12 minutes (cooking time depends on your oven, so keep a close eye on them the first time you make these)

  • Let them cool for 5 minutes as they'll be too hot to touch when you pull them out of the oven

  • Serve and enjoy! Goes well with salsa, hummus, nachos.... so many options! Without plastic :)



It might be a bit of a time commitment to make these, but they taste great, there aren't any unknown ingredients, and the ingredients can often be purchased (depending on where you live) package-free. Awesomeness all around!


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