Few things are more satisfying than eating something that is both delicious and handheld. No fuss, no muss, no extra silverware to wash. I think this is why we collectively gravitated toward that viral TikTok tortilla hack trend (credited to have started with this video in late December 2020).
The TikTok tortilla hack is simple: A different ingredient is placed in each quadrant of a flour tortilla with a slit cut down the middle of the tortilla, but only half way. (That’s the radius, for you math peeps.) Then the quadrants are folded one over the other into a delicious flat, crepe-like cone of yumminess!
Sometimes they’re pan-fried, sometimes they’re deep-fried, and others are eaten without being cooked at all.
Still confused? Here’s how it works:
Whether you’ve already given this TikTok tortilla hack a try or not, I thought I’d give it a try with some of my favorite ingredients. So if you’re looking for inspiration, I’ve got you covered.
I love the simple yet robust flavors of a Caprese salad. Creamy, briny mozzarella, bright, fresh tomatoes, fresh basil… what a combo! They’re also so perfect for this tortilla hack.
To assemble: Fold starting with your tomato quadrant and ending with your pesto layer to make sure your Caprese salad stays nicely in place while eating!
To cook: You don’t! Just fold, wrap, and eat as is.
Do you get bored of leftovers quickly? It breaks my heart every time I look at last night’s dinner and feel “ugh” about it because I hate wasting food. So I’ve started repurposing old meals and making them new (to me) again. This chicken carbonara TikTok tortilla wrap is one of my favorite ways to do that.
To assemble: Carefully fold the Alfredo section over the bacon, then fold that section over the chicken, and finish by folding it all over the shredded cheese so that the cheese glues the outer layer together when it melts.
To cook: Toast your chicken carbonara wrap on both sides in a skillet with a bit of oil until golden brown.
Lasagna is a classic comfort food with layers of flat noodles, melty cheese, and hearty tomato sauce. But the prep work and process that goes into making a full lasagna means I don’t make it as often as I’d like. This version of the TikTok tortilla hack gives you all those yummy lasagna flavors and textures in a single-serve portion that’s much easier to assemble.
To assemble: Fold the ricotta section over the spinach and basil first, then fold them over the meat sauce, and finish by folding it all over the mozzarella section.
To cook: Brush melted butter on both sides of the folded wrap and bake with the open flap side down for 8 to 12 mins in a preheated 400°F (204°C) oven until golden brown.
The TikTok tortilla hack was truly built to bring Taco Bell’s crunchwrap to life at home. If you haven’t had one before, it’s a flour tortilla layered with seasoned beef, warm nacho cheese sauce, a crispy tostada shell, lettuce, ripe tomatoes, and topped with sour cream. And that’s before it gets all wrapped up and grilled for a cheesy and filling meal. The TikTok tortilla hack version is just a whole lot simpler! You can use any kind of tortilla chips you want, but I’m partial to Flaming Hot Doritos.
To prep: Cook your ground beef with taco seasoning in a skillet over medium heat until browned and cooked through, draining any excess juices. Then thinly shred your lettuce, and dice your tomatoes.
To assemble: Fold clockwise starting with your sour cream and chips, and ending with your Mexican cheese blend, so that the cheese seals it all together.
To cook: Toast your folded crunchwrap on a nonstick skillet at medium heat until nice and crunchy!
I love this because it uses simple pantry staple ingredients, and you don’t have to bake it (not my strong suit, lol). The juicy, tart Granny Smith apples pair nicely with the warm cinnamon and granola, and the sweet caramel really brings it all together. All the great flavors of a real apple crisp, only way, way easier to make!
To prep: Thinly slice Granny Smith apples, and toss to coat with cinnamon and brown sugar. Cook the apple slices in a nonstick pan on medium heat until the sugar melts and the apple softens slightly. Set aside to cool.
To assemble: Fold starting with the first caramel layer and ending with the apples drizzled with caramel, that way you get a nice satisfying crunch of granola sandwiched in the middle!
To cook: You can eat this without cooking, but if you really want to, you can toast it in a nonstick pan with a small amount of butter for a crispy tortilla crust!
Your classic cobb salad combines some of my favorite ingredients: salty bacon and smooth hard-boiled egg, freshness crunchy lettuce and umami-rich diced tomato, not to mention creamy, fatty avocado, which honestly just makes everything better! So why not make it an equally delicious wrap, amirite?!
Sure, a Cobb salad has more than four ingredients, but the TikTok tortilla hack is all about a winning combination, so some of the sections will get more than one ingredient.
To assemble: Fold clockwise, starting with the chicken and ending with the bleu cheese and avocado.
To cook: Don’t!
Thinly sliced steak, melty cheese, and sauteed mushrooms and/or peppers are a winning combo on a hoagie roll, but they’re also great sandwiched between layers of toasty tortilla. Depending on where you’re from, you might have different ingredients for a “classic” cheesesteak, so don’t worry about sticking too closely to my ingredients list. Get as creative as you like!
To prep: Cook sliced onion until soft, 5 to 7 minutes (or much longer for fully caramelized onions). Remove and set aside. Sear steak in the same pan for about 2 minutes per side. You may need to work in batches, so the pan isn’t overcrowded. Remove steak, and in the same pan, cook sliced mushrooms and/or green peppers until soft.
To assemble: Fold starting with the sliced ribeye and ending with your provolone cheese.
To cook: Panfry with a bit of oil in a nonstick skillet.
Just because you don’t have a way of lighting a fire to toast marshmallows doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the ooey-gooey-ness of s’mores indoors. The TikTok tortilla hack is the perfect, less messy way to enjoy this chocolatey marshmallowy treat, with the added tart sweetness and colorful pop of bright red strawberry!
To assemble: Start folding with the Nutella and chocolate chip section and end with the plain Nutella so that the hazelnut spread acts as a (delicious) glue to hold it all together.
To cook: Melt a bit of butter in a pan on medium-high heat, and toast your s’mores wrap for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Definitely don’t skip the toasting here — it’s not a s’more if it’s not a little bit melty!
This breakfast wrap has everything you want in a complete breakfast: scrambled eggs, hash browns, sausage, and cheese. Unlike breakfast wraps which can have a disappointingly uneven distribution of fillings, in this breakfast wrap you’ll get one of everything in every bite.
To prep: Scramble 1 to 2 eggs, using your preferred method and seasonings. Set aside. Remove your favorite breakfast sausage from its casing and cook in a skillet over medium heat, using a spoon to break it up into bite-sized crumbles, until well-browned and cooked through. Cook hash browns according to package directions.
To assemble: Fold starting with your scrambled egg quadrant and ending with the American cheese.
To cook: You don’t need to panfry this one, but it’s best eaten while still warm!
Mayra Mejia (she/her) is a queer Salvadoran-American freelance writer, body liberation advocate, and content creator. She is passionate about fostering a strong and inclusive body positive community and is the founder of PLUSH DMV, a Washington, D.C.-based fat positive community.