Introduction: Tiny Taco Salad

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Taco salads are delicious, but generally gigantic and rarely veggie.  These mini versions offer a more reasonable, and flexible, option.  They could be a first course to an elaborate meal or just a fun new twist on a causal taco night!

Ingredients

Taco Bowls
2 cups Flour
1 cup water (give or take)
2 Tbs Flax seeds, ground (optional)
1 Tbs Pumpkin seed powder (optional)
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp canola oil
1/4 tsp Salt

Filling
Veggie crumbles - 12 ounces
3 cloves garlic, diced
1/4 cup bell peppers, minced
1/4 cup onion, minced
Taco seasoning (store bought or see below)

Taco Seasoning
1 Tbs chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp lime juice
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp pepper

Toppings
Lettuce
Onion
Tomato
Cheese
Salsa
Guacamole
Greek yogurt
(and/or anything else that sounds good!)

Tools
Tortilla maker (or tortilla press and skillet)
Mixer (optional, you can mix by hand)
Muffin or popover pan
Measuring cups/spoons
Mixing bowls
Knife/Cutting board
Piece of non-linty cloth




Step 1: Make Tortillas

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Making your own tortillas will make it easy to form them into bowls...
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine dry dough ingredients
  • Slowly mix in water until consistency is soft, but not sticky
  • Turn out dough on floured surface and knead until smooth
  • Form ball
  • Cover in plastic wrap and set aside for at least 30 minutes
  • Break into 10 - 12 pieces
  • Roll into 3" balls
  • Cover with damp cloth for 10 minutes

Step 2: Form Bowls

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Place each ball of dough in the tortilla maker and press just until lightly cooked (for me, this was 20 - 30 seconds).  This will keep the tortillas soft enough to shape and less likely to overcook in the oven.

Fold the tortillas into a popover or muffin pan.  Press down on the bottom to make sure you will have enough of a flat surface for the shell to stand up. 

Bake at 325oF for 10 - 15 minutes.
Check after 10 minutes.  You want the shells to harden, but not to brown too much.

Step 3: Meaty Filling

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I used veggies crumbles, but the directions would be the same for ground meat...
  • Heat 1 Tbs olive oil with 3 cloves garlic over medium heat
  • Add diced peppers and onions
  • Mix in taco seasoning

Step 4: Toppings!

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Dice up your favorite veggies and shred some cheddar or jack cheese...

Step 5: Fill Taco Bowl

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Fill the bottom of the shell with meat or "meat" and layer on the rest of your toppings.

Try a scoop of Greek yogurt on top instead of sour cream!

Comments

bajablue (author)2011-09-05

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

halloweengirl80 (author)2011-08-25

Yay for veggie crumbles! Looks healthy AND delicious, I'll be making this soon! I'll bet Jpn Bon Jovi would TOTALLY be willing to become your "Artist-In-Residence"

/Fellow30RockNerd

bajablue (author)2011-08-25

Too CUTE... and looking scrumptious! I want to eat at your house tonight! ;-D

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