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Crispy Baked Taco Bowls


Tacos are such a simple, delicious and satisfying meal that many people make taco night a weekly occurrence.  In case you are looking for a way to change up your taco night just a little bit, making crispy baked taco bowls instead of your usual taco shells is a fun and easy twist.  This isn’t even a recipe at all, just a quick kitchen tip that I wanted to share.  All you have to do is place a warmed, lightly oiled 6-7 inch tortilla in between the cups of an overturned muffin tin.  (I prefer to warm mine in the microwave.)  Bake at 425˚ F for 8-10 minutes.  Fill as desired with all your favorite taco fixings.  And while you’re at it, be sure to make some homemade taco seasoning.  No need for those sodium-filled store bought packets!


Note: There are certainly other ways to achieve a similar result.  I have seen other methods involving laying tortillas over ramekins, folding them inside ramekins, etc.  I tried a few of these methods and this was my favorite, but you can be creative with what you have on hand.

Source: Paula of Salad in a Jar

  • http://thekitchwitch.com TheKitchenWitch

    We’re definitely Taco Night people! I love that these are not fried.

  • http://www.itsybitsybrianna.blogspot.com Brianna

    I LOVE super crispy and yummy [slightly burnt, I know thats odd] Taco shells.
    I would fill mine with Hot fresh juicy chicken, Shredded lettuce, and some salsa.
    YUM
    Haven’t had mexican-ish dishes in a while.
    Maybe I should:)
    Thanks for sharing
    xoxo
    bB

  • http://www.jenncooks.com Jenn

    I made mine draped over a ball of foil :)

  • http://tideandthyme.com Laura

    I saw this technique somewhere (I think on Food Network) and thought it looked like a good idea. Will have to try it one of these days! Taco night hasn’t remained so “easy” where I fry all my own shells. Thanks, Annie!

  • http://warmvanillasugar.wordpress.com Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I love the bowls! This is a great idea!!

  • http://tryityoumightlikeit.wordpress.com tryityoumightlikeit

    That’s really cute. Tacos are a regular meal at our house. I’m going to try this out next time.

  • http://partonponderings.blogspot.com rachel

    I love this! I’ll be utilizing this trick very soon! (And hopefully trying the peanut butter chocolate ganache cookies even sooner… YUM). Thanks!

  • http://christines-cuisine.blogspot.com Christine

    I did something like this once on the back of a bowl – but I could only do one at a time – so I like this method better. Thanks!

  • Tricia

    Annie, these look really cool. How many of these did you make per serving? Was one enough?

  • http://jennsfoodjourney.blogspot.com Jenn’s Food Journey

    What a great tip, thanks for sharing! Are those corn or flour tortillas you are using?

  • Maggi

    Genius! Gonna use this idea this week…

  • Debra Braundmeier

    The shape of these baked shells brought back the shells my mother used to fry for our taco nights! She fried them in this three cornered shape so they held alot of fixings. Yum! They were delish! I might try this lower fat version.

  • Annie

    That all depends on what you consider a serving. One wasn’t enough for me, I had two.

  • Annie

    I used flour.

  • http://www.themessyapron.com shannon abdollmohammadi

    Very Clever!!! Would be great for the starter course.

  • http://www.mylifeasamrs.com Kristina (My Life as a Mrs)

    That’s such a GREAT idea! We do turkey tacos often (it’s one of our favs)! Sometimes I take the flour tortillas and spray them with olive oil or Pam and bake them… they puff up and get crispy and then we make tostadas with them! I’m going the have to try your tip next time! :)

  • http://odwink.blogspot.com/ HPD

    Genius!

  • http://fallonscucina.blogspot.com/ Fallon

    What a great idea. I use to just toast my tortilla and keep it flat for a taco salad, but now I know I can use this method and have a bowl!

  • http://crystalscozykitchen.blogspot.com/ Crystal’s Cozy Kitchen

    I’ve never seen this idea for making taco bowls – I love it!

  • http://theobsessivechef.blogspot.com StephenC

    What a fun and clever idea!

  • Brianna Dupuy

    I love your blog so much… you are an awesome cook. This taco bowl idea is genius, and I am going to try it!!

  • http://chicagocuisinecritique.blogspot.com Chicago Cuisine Critique

    What a creative idea! I would have never thought to make my own. :)

  • Sarah

    I agree so much with the seasoning. In fact your taco seasoning post saved our dinner the other night. We will never go back to store bought.

  • http://cookanddishwasher.blogspot.com newlywed

    I love this idea! I really enjoy your simple, yet creative fun ideas! Thank you.

  • Jeannette M.

    wow…what a cute idea think I’ll get my kids to help me with this one….they would get a kick out of it….love your blog….I’m always impressed and inspired :)

    Jeannette M.
    CT

  • http://www.saladinajar.com Paula

    Annie, I’m just now seeing this. Your bowls look wonderful1 Gotta try out your taco seasoning recipe. I like Briana’s suggestion to use juicy chicken. For some reason that sounds really yummy right now.

  • Rachel

    I made these last night during an “I have no time to cook – what can we eat for dinner?” moment. The fact that they were in a cute tortilla bowl made it seem like I actually put a little bit of effort into the dinner. Thanks!

  • http://thefoodieandthefamily.blogspot.com Tara

    What an awesome idea! My kids might actually eat a taco salad if they could eat them out of taco bowls.

  • http://partonponderings.blogspot.com Rachel

    I made these last night, complete with homemade seasoning! They were terrific. Thanks for the tip!

    http://partonponderings.blogspot.com/2010/09/quick-random.html

  • http://www.eatmedelicious.com Ashley

    I would never have thought to make taco bowls like that! How neat.

  • Val Reimer

    My 13 year old son LOVED these and so did the rest of us! It’s a cute new way to serve taco’s! Thanks for sharing!

  • Heidi

    I made these last night. My family loved them. My husband asked, “where did you get this idea?” I said, “where do you think???”” Bofh my daughter and him said at the same time… Annie’s Eats!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  • Jessica

    Hey Annie! I am hosting a wedding shower and want to make 70 of these taco bowls. Have you ever made them in advance? And if so, how long will they stay fresh in ziploc baggies or tupperware? Thanks!

  • Annie

    No, I’ve never made them in advance. Sorry!

  • Danielle

    These were yummy! I wish I wouldn’t have overcooked mine a lil’ bit though, I didn’t enjoy the burnt taste haha. Next time I won’t let them get so ‘crispy’ ;)

  • http://profiles.google.com/lifeisatrip21 Jacob Powell

    Were the tortillas precooked or did you use raw tortillas?

  • annieseats

    They were just regular tortillas (already cooked).