How to make hard or crunchy taco shells

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Do you want to make your own fresh hard taco shells? Here is an easy tutorial that will show you how!

diy-taco-shells2Plus, they are the perfect crunchy addition to any lunchbox

Taco night has to be one of my daughter’s favorites! If you ask what her favorite food is, she’d have a close toss up between sunflower seed spread, pizza, and tacos.

That being said, we eat tacos every other week on rotation at our house for supper. They’re quick to whip up and filling for the entire family! I love that flexibility that comes with tacos. It doesn’t always have to be the same meats, veggies, or toppings used. Mix it up and try something new!

Now that I make our own seasoning, our tacos have got a little “healthier” too – free of salt, MSG, preservatives and anti-caking agents.

So, why not make our own crunchy taco shells too?! Since my daughter eats gluten free, I often worry about cross contamination and also the quality of the shells we buy. It can get expensive over time buying the ones she loves so much, where as, a package of gluten free corn tortillas is fairly inexpensive.

The shells that you can stuff and stand on their own our our family favorite. We can load them up and not have to worry about them tipping over or spilling out as we make our way to the dining table.

The best part? Leftovers make the BEST lunches!

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Make Your Own Crunchy Taco Shells
 
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Cuisine: Dinner
Ingredients
  • 8-10 Corn Tortilla Shells
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Steam your shells by wrapping them in a stack with damp paper towels five at a time.
  3. Then, on a plate, microwave them wrapped for 25-30 seconds on high.
  4. Drape each shell directly over two bars of your oven rack.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until crispy.

 

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Comments

  1. Cheryl says

    I think maybe they are supposed to be wide because they have a wider base so they stand up easier on the plate while you fill them.

  2. Kat says

    I am so in love this idea but the shells seem kind of wide or am I looking at the picture wrong.

    I always warm up/cook tortillas on a cast iron griddle 3 at a time then keep warm in a kitchen towel. I have also heard of people using the oven to cook stacks of tortillas but I’ve never tried it.

  3. Cheryl says

    I’d also like to know of a way to steam them without using a microwave. Very excited to try baking my shells rather than frying them! :)

  4. Chris says

    I would also say buy organic corn tortilla shells because most processed foods that use corn use genetically modified corn, which is very scary to me as a parent.

  5. says

    I love this idea! Do you have any suggestion for softening the tortillas without a microwave? We just moved into a new house that doesn’t have room in the kitchen for one.

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