loading
Homemade tacos are so much better when you make the shells yourself. You would be surprised at how easy they are to make. I live close to a Mexican store that makes them fresh daily. Most people here will stop at their store after work and buy them because they taste so fresh. Making them yourself will add about 15 minutes to your time. They will look better with a taco press but it is not needed to make them. For this tutorial I wanted to make them for a party so they were easy to eat. This is what I came up with. I made two varieties by baking and frying them.

Step 1: Ingredients and Supplies

This is what you will need for 2 servings:
  • Cooking oil
  • 2 Cups MASA HARINA DE MAIZE makes 12 6 inch taco shells See note at the end of this page.
  • 1 Small package Shredded Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 can Black olives
  • 1/4 Red Onion
  • 2 Roma Tomatoes
  • Several Cilantro stems
  • 1/2 Pound Cooked Hamburger
  • Sour Cream garnish
  • 1/2 Jalapeno pepper
  •  
  • Optional:
  • Rotel or Taco sauce
  • Chili powder
  • Taco seasoning for the hamburger
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  •  
  • Utensils: Pan, thongs, knife, bowl, spoon, measuring cup, rolling pin, 5 inch cookie cutter if they make them, muffin tin, wax paper, napkins, and cupcake liners.
  •  
  • NOTE: Walmart in my area has the Masa for tortillas. You can buy this at a Mexican store as well. I had to hand trim my shells because I did not have a large cookie cutter.

Step 2: Tortilla

Directions:
  • Mix the Masa following the instructions for adding the water and mixing.
  • Roll a small ball for each tortilla bowl, reserving 1 ball for test frying if you are frying it.
  • Place between 2 pieces of wax paper and roll with a rolling pin.
  • You want them thin but not too thin or they will be difficult to remove from the paper.
  • You will need about a 5 inch circle.
  • Carefully remove them from the paper.
  • Carefully place them in a greased muffin tin.
  • Press gently to form the tortilla to fit the tin.
  • Trim with a knife just at the rim if needed.
  • Carefully remove the tortilla bowl and place it in a cupcake liner.
  • Using a fork poke it in the bottom of the shell a few times to help keep it uniform when it cooks.

Step 3: Bake or Fry

Directions for baking or frying the tortilla bowls:
For baking:

  • Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until the edges just begin to brown.
  • Remove from oven.
Frying:
  • Place the tortilla bowls in the freezer for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove the tortilla bowls from the liners before frying, but save the liner to put them back in after they are cooked.
  • Heat the oil on medium high until it is pretty hot. Break off a small piece of the extra ball you made and drop it into the oil, if it bubbles it is hot enough. If the oil is not hot enough it will be too greasy.
  • Using the thongs carefully place the shell in the pan.
  • Boil until nice and brown.
  • Remove with the thongs and place on a napkin or paper towel to absorb the oil. I used a coffee filter but it really did not need anything.
  • Repeat until all the bowls are cooked.
Please note: To make regular taco shells just follow the recipe on the bag. The only difference with mine is the size and the way it is cooked.

Step 4: Chopping the Vegetables

Finely chop the vegetables:
Chop the vegetables.

Step 5: Fried Tortilla Bowls

The liners:
  • Place the fried tortilla bowls back into the paper liners and fill.

Step 6: Filling the Shells

Layering the vegetables:
  • Layer the meat and all the vegetables.
  • Add cheese.
  • Dollop the top with sour cream.
  • Finish off with small pieces of the vegetables for garnish.
  • Sprinkle with chili powder.

Step 7: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

I was quite pleased with the outcome of these taco bowls. I do not eat very many fried foods but this is one thing that I like best fried.
They turned out quite well and made a great finger food that was easy to eat without a big mess. I use Rotel a lot to spice up soups and Mexican food. It can be a little spicy for some people though. Traditional tacos are not made with lettuce. I have not tried making flour tortillas but they do sell mixes for them as well. I just happen to like corn tortillas better.

For the purpose of entering a contest I wanted to mention that I appreciated the things I learned from the chemical reaction contest. It helped me learn how cooking is a chemical reaction known as denaturing. Preservation, Flavor, texture, and color are all chemical changes that occur when cooking meat. The heat changes the shape and chemical structure of the amino acids and sugars on the surface. The process is known as the Maillard effect. I also learned the USDA has approved a method of preserving foods called irradiation. I had never heard of it before. But this method is using radiation to prolong the shelf life of food. There is a special label on meats and vegetables that have been processed this way.

Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Halloween!
Sunshiine
Turning the tin upside down is a good alternative for making cases
<p>Thanks, They probably hold their shape much better that way. I will try that next time. Have a nice weekend.</p><p>sunshiine</p>
It is perfect.
Thanks for commenting and have a great day!<br>sunshiine
These look yummy and all of your Instructables have such beautiful pictures =)
My husband actually loved these and he does not like tacos. He said I can make them much more often now. Go figure. Thanks so much for the kind words! I am still learning and trying to take good pictures. My problem is I do most of my Instructables at night with poor lighting. I have tried to correct that but am still trying to find a solution. Happy fall!<br>Sunshiine
Keep these New Mexican dishes coming, I'm loving them.
Guess what! Hubby is sold on these! He told me he could eat them 1X a week. Finally! Thanks for commenting and have a sunshiiny day!
I Love this idea! I bet this is great for parties!
Well, all I can say is after 40 years of marriage with a hubby that does not like tacos that much, he has raved over these! Finally got him to like tacos! Thanks so much for commenting and remember to have a splendorous week! <br>Sunshiine
Man do those look good......like I needed another reason to eat more Mexican food! lol
Oh but Mexican food is sooooooooooo yummy! Go ahead indulge it is Halloween. Thanks so much for sharing! Happy Halloween!<br>Sunshiine
Indulge I did! Poached eggs over Taquitos. I was great and I'm trying to put an instructable together but it may be small photos again. This phone/camera action is kicking my butt.
Super! I have not made those but have thought about it. Your dish looks amazing! <br>You should post on the forum about the pictures, maybe someone can give you a time saving tip.
Looks delicious!
Thanks for commenting ChrysN! I can eat tacos 2 times a week but my husband does not like them as much as I do. He would rather have burritos or spaghetti. When we were vegetarians we used to eat hay stacks! He liked those a lot. Have a beautiful night!<br>Sunshiine

About This Instructable

4,597views

27favorites

License:

Bio: I am married with two children. Spring, summer, and fall are my very favorite times of the year. I love the sunshine thus the reason ... More »
More by sunshiine:Pre Made Breakfast Ideas and Tips  Non Hybridized Einkorn Ancient Bread  Embroider a Dandelion Greeting Card 
Add instructable to: