Frugal Foodie

Desperation Garlic Bread (Hint: Tortillas!)

I made a major blunder yesterday.

My dinner plan was to make a delicious white bean and pasta soup. After I began making the soup, I realized we did not have any bread in our house. If you are like me, you want some carbs with your soup. So, I was desperate.

In my frantic search of the cupboards, I found some flour tortillas. Desperate times call for desperation garlic bread.

Frugal Cost Analysis:

IngredientIngredient CostUnits Required Recipe Cost
Tortillas$0.23 per tortilla2 tortillas$0.46
Onion Powder$0.10 per teaspoon1/4 teaspoon$0.03
Garlic Powder$0.10 per teaspoon1/2 teaspoon$0.05
Italian Seasoning$0.16 per teaspoon1/2 teaspoon$0.08
Total cost for TWO servings:$0.62
Total cost for ONE serving:$0.31
Note: This cost analysis is based on what I paid for my own ingredients in the year 2020. Actual prices may vary.

Picture Tutorial:


Desperation Garlic Bread

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Quick and easy crunchy garlic tortilla strips ready in less than 10 minutes


  • 2 flour tortillas
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil (+ a little more for the baking sheet)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • grated (shaker) Parmesan cheese (if desired)


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Lightly grease a cookie sheet with oil.
  3. Combine olive oil, onion powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning in a small bowl.
  4. Brush or spread mixtures all over the top of both tortillas. (add more oil if it is hard to spread)
  5. Bake in oven for 7-8 minutes.
  6. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese (if desired), cut into strips, and consume immediately.

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