Intro: Tiny Taco Salad
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!
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
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)
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
(and/or anything else that sounds good!)
Tortilla maker (or tortilla press and skillet)
Mixer (optional, you can mix by hand)
Muffin or popover pan
Piece of non-linty cloth
Step 1: Make Tortillas
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
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
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!
Dice up your favorite veggies and shred some cheddar or jack cheese...
Step 5: Fill Taco Bowl
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!