Edible Art: Painting Tortillas

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We had some tortillas leftover after making our Chicken Enchiladas with Whole Wheat Tortillas and decided to put them to good use! This craft was inspired by Pink Stripey Sock’s awesome craft, Make Tortilla Art! With a little food coloring and water, it’s so easy to turn your leftover tortillas into beautiful and edible art! 

Heart-painted tortilla

At first my kids didn’t want to eat their artwork.  But after a little coaxing, we decided to turn our beautiful tortillas into quesadillas! We sprinkled cheese onto the non-painted side of the tortillas, folded them over, and baked them in the toaster oven for a few minutes. Surprisingly, the color held pretty well.

child eating colored tortilla

While crafting this edible art, you and your kids might want to take a moment to learn some fun facts about this meal’s featured ingredient:

🍴 Tortillas 🍴



    • Tortillas are thin (and usually round!) flatbreads made from wheat flour or corn.
    • In Spanish, tortilla means “small cake.”
    • Corn tortillas were originally made by the Aztecs and today are featured in many Mexican dishes. 
    • Tortillas made from corn flour or whole-wheat flour have more fiber than tortillas made from wheat flour.



Corresponding Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas with Whole Wheat Tortillas

Skills supportedFine motor (drawing/painting),  following instructions


  • 2-3 round tortillas (for painting) and 1 tortilla folded and broken into 3-4 strips (to make paintbrushes)
  • 3-4 small, clean containers (we used espresso cups!) 
  • 3-4 colors of food coloring
  • water
  • toothpicks

Supplies for tortilla art

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📝 instructions 📝

Consider setting up the craft before cooking so that your kids can get to work right away.

  1. Spread round tortillas on a large, clean baking sheet or plate. Roll up another tortilla tightly and break into 2-4 pieces. These will be your paint brushes!Supplies for tortilla art
  2. Pour 1-2 drops of food coloring into each container. Use a different color for each container. Add a few drops of water to each bowl (the more water, the more diluted the color will be). Use a toothpick or spoon to mix water with food coloring.
  3. Dip your tortilla paint brushes into your containers of food coloring and water and paint your tortillas!child painting tortillas

*For toddlers especially, these tasks may require adult supervision and/or assistance.

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