What is delicious in a cold tortilla wrap?
October 23, 2009 1:19 PM   Subscribe

What is delicious in a cold tortilla wrap? Other than chicken.

I've discovered that tortilla wraps make for a great sandwich alternative for a packed lunch. So far my ideas have all been chicken-centric and I think I've run that particular meat into the ground.

What else could I do? Duck might be tasty , but it's such a pain to cook. Would strips of steak work (and if so what with)? I'm open to vegetarian options too.
posted by Lorc to Food & Drink (28 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
Maybe a bit strange, but I enjoy having mango chutney with grated cheese in tortilla.. at least when I have homemade chutney lying around.
posted by sunshinesky at 1:21 PM on October 23, 2009 [2 favorites]

Go Greek. Tzatziki and veggies and various fillings.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 1:22 PM on October 23, 2009

peanut butter, honey (or agave), bananas.
posted by Lutoslawski at 1:24 PM on October 23, 2009

Hummus, diced cucumber, finely diced tomato, diced red onions, parsley and a tiny bit of lemon juice.
posted by saladin at 1:25 PM on October 23, 2009 [1 favorite]

Steak would work with fajita seasoning and similar toppings (Cheese, sour cream, salsa) but I'm not sure how well it would transport or how good it would be cold.

You could also do steak strips and strir-fry type veggies such as carrots, celery, bell pepper, cilantro and some kind of sesame dressing.
posted by cranberrymonger at 1:25 PM on October 23, 2009

I think strips of steak would be FANTASTIC, especially with some sort of horseradish sauce, shredded lettuce and chunks of tomato. Maybe some meatloaf, with a little bit of mayo and sliced onions.
posted by Sassyfras at 1:26 PM on October 23, 2009 [1 favorite]

Scrambled egg, diced potatoes, cheese, salsa.
posted by ODiV at 1:28 PM on October 23, 2009


Also, I'm a big fan of turkey, brie, and green apple.

A nice red meat combination is steak/roast beef, thinly slivered carrots, spinach, red onion, and spicy mustard. You may want to consider switching up the sauces and ingredients. Adding A1 for example could be quite delicious. However, I'd be moderately concerned about the integrity of the wrap with the more liquid condiments. If you make it in the morning (or the night before) and aren't eating it till lunch, the wrap might get really mushy.
posted by scrutiny at 1:29 PM on October 23, 2009

Egg salad is lovely in a tortilla, especially if you line the tortilla with big leaves of lettuce.
posted by padraigin at 1:34 PM on October 23, 2009 [2 favorites]

You can make a wrap out of anything you'd put in a sandwich and then some.

Three ideas off the top of my head:
Hummus and veggies
Bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado
Beans (burrito style)
posted by Aleen at 1:40 PM on October 23, 2009

Pear, goat cheese, balsamic vinegar or pear, goat cheese, honey and walnuts.
Black beans and guacamole.
posted by jeather at 1:43 PM on October 23, 2009

Any salad you like to eat, at all, would be good in a wrap. Bring dressing, salad, and wrap separately; assemble at work. Yum.
posted by teragram at 1:54 PM on October 23, 2009

I like a salad wrap - greens (arugula or spinach), chopped veggies (peppers, carrots, celery), grape tomatoes, nuts, cheese, eggs, dried fruits - or some assortment thereof and a shot of dressing.

Also, things you can microwave - veggie burgers, chicken nuggets - might go well chopped up in a wrap with other assorted stuff.

Crepes are great with nutella, yogurt and fruit - a dessert-y wrap.

Pizza wrap! Melt cheese with sauce and your favorite pizza toppings.
posted by mccn at 1:55 PM on October 23, 2009 [1 favorite]

One my of favorite local menus for wrap-style sandwiches:

Silly's Abdullahs

Love the Jerk Chicken and Fried Cod.
posted by speeb at 1:59 PM on October 23, 2009

I like to grate carrots into a bowl and add tuna and ranch dressing. Mayo would probably be more normal, but I don't like mayo. qUICK, EASY, AND GOOD!
posted by Redhush at 2:23 PM on October 23, 2009

diced tomato (seeds/membrane removed), avocado, red onion, cucumbers, and cream cheese
posted by farishta at 2:43 PM on October 23, 2009

Favorite wraps:

Turkey, sliced bell peppers (any color), cream cheese, dab of salsa.
Turkey, sun-dried tomato pesto, feta
posted by Flipping_Hades_Terwilliger at 2:54 PM on October 23, 2009

I JUST had peanut butter (okay, FreeNut Butter) and bananas in one, as was said! I also like turkey or chicken or ham with Ikea's lingonberries, baby spinach and garlic mayo. And, sometimes, butter, salt and paper-thin sliced cucumbers! And though it doesn't make for a great packable lunch - breakfasts of bacon, scrambled eggs and cheese.
posted by peagood at 2:59 PM on October 23, 2009

One of our staples lately has been the hummus & feta wrap, with whatever veggies are handy. Good olives, grape tomatoes, roasted or fresh peppers, cucumber, pickled veggies or pepperoncinis, avocado, etc. If I'm in a hurry, sometimes I skip the veggies & just put some sriracha sauce in there to spice things up. Sounds weird, but tastes great.
posted by gimli at 7:33 PM on October 23, 2009 [1 favorite]

Tuna salad, cucumbers. spinach and sliced dill pickles (also good in pita bread). I am going to go make one right now.
posted by govtdrone at 7:45 PM on October 23, 2009

Curried lentils are pretty good cold. They make a great wrap.
posted by crazycanuck at 8:44 PM on October 23, 2009

pulled pork.
posted by Taurid at 10:42 PM on October 23, 2009 [1 favorite]

Tuna or smoked salmon can be used in a number of ways. Guacamole, salsa, a little cheese.
posted by boba at 12:19 AM on October 24, 2009

If you like tuna, you could go all ni├žoise with it: lettuce, hard-boiled eggs, tuna, tomatoes, black olives, green beans, with vinaigrette.

You can also do variations on the ham pinwheels idea (ham, cheese spread made of blended cream cheese and ranch dressing)--just leave off the step of slicing the wrap in to pinwheels.
posted by drlith at 8:38 AM on October 24, 2009

I find that wraps sometimes need to be bulked up. A ham & cheese wrap is too skinny. Salad greens and a small amount of dressing bulk it up nicely.
posted by theora55 at 8:40 AM on October 24, 2009

Feta, halved cherry tomatoes, olives, and pesto.
posted by emilyw at 10:22 AM on October 24, 2009

  • Flavored cream cheese, grated/sliced veggies (carrot, cucumber, zucchini, tomato, green onion, bell peppers), and a sprinkling of olives.
  • Eggplant (either slice it into rounds, coat with olive oil, and bake them, or slice into rounds, put in pan with olive oil, and sautee them), caramelized onion, roasted red peppers, tomatoes (fresh or sun dried,) fresh mozzarella, capers. This is especially good if you have a toaster oven or microwave you can heat it up in, but I also eat it at room temp all the time. Actually, I want this right now. You can also use premade eggplant cutlets--you can buy a giant box of them at CostCo or the like for about $8, and it's probably good for 30 meals.
  • I know you said you were tired of chicken, but chicken, parmesan, capers, onion, and a bit of lemon juice or red sauce is pretty tasty.
  • Falafel makes a great wrap--falafel, grated carrots, tzatziki (or just plan yogurt with dill, garlic, and cucumber in it), maybe a little feta.
  • Roasted veggies. Peppers, onions, zucchini, table squashes, carrots, tomatoes, asparagus, garlic... They're all great roasted. Toss them with some olive oil, chopped garlic, and thyme, put them on a cookie tray, and bake at about 350 until they're tender, maybe 30 minutes. Fill the wrap with these, a little cheese (if you want it), and/or random chunks of meat (any sort of roast, really, or seitan).
  • Fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, olive oil, capers if you like them, and thin-sliced tomatoes. I could seriously eat this (or its brother, same ingredients on crusty bread) every day.
  • Mashed sweet potato, black beans, and cheddar cheese. I realize that this sounds weird, but it's become such a hit in our house that we feed it to company. Boil the potato, then mash it with butter, cumin, garlic, and onion powder. Cook the black beans until they're sort of soft, and then mash them up a bit with a fork. Fill the wrap with a layer of sweet potato, a layer of cheddar cheese, and a layer of beans. It's delicious, I swear.
  • Mashed avocado, cheese, a little sauteed corn, peppers, onions. Sprinkle with garlic powder, cumin, and a bit of chili powder. (You can also add meat to this with good effect--fajitas-seasoned steak or chicken is especially good.)
  • Hummus goes surprisingly well with many kinds of meat. Chicken or turkey wraps with hummus, grated carrots, grated cucumbers, olives, and sunflower seeds are amazingly successful around here.
  • I like wraps with rice (either white or brown) in them. Put some cooked rice into the wrap, and then top with chopped avocado, cucumber, teriyaki chicken, and carrots. Drizzle with sesame oil and/or soy sauce, if you want, then wrap and go.
  • In line with that last one, leftover takeout tends to be good in wraps. Fried rice, sweet and sour chicken, and some broccoli? Pretty tasty.
  • Brie (or cheddar), ham, apple, and grainy mustard.

posted by MeghanC at 1:01 PM on October 24, 2009 [1 favorite]

I spread a little hummus or garlic herb cheese spread on my wrap, and fill it with thin slices or strips of cucumber, red pepper, alfalfa sprouts, and avocado.
posted by LolaGeek at 1:56 PM on October 25, 2009

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