Homemade Taco Shells

I feel the need to say right off the bat, this was my husband’s idea. (Happy, hon?)

I was at the grocery store the other day talking to him about dinner. I told him we were having tacos and asked him if he wanted me to get taco shells. He said he thought he had heard you could bake tortillas and make them crunchy yourself.

Why not just buy them, you ask? Well, for one, we always have corn and flour tortillas on hand, so why not give it a shot? For another, we never use the entire box of crunchy tacos and some of them always end up getting stale. And lastly, how long have those crunchy shells been on that shelf in the grocery store anyway?

That night I made them with corn tortillas, and a few nights later with taco meat leftovers, I made them with flour tortillas. Turns out, the process is exactly the same for both.

So, here is how you can make your own taco shells at home:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Take a stack of 4-6 tortillas and wrap them in a damp paper towel. Microwave them for about 30 seconds, or until they are pliable.

3. Drape each tortilla over two wires on your oven wrack.

corn tortillas

4. Bake for 6-10 minutes keeping a close watch on them. You don’t want them to burn! My oven runs a bit hot, so I only had to cook them for 6 minutes.

crispy corn tortillas

Now look at that room you get for all of your fillings!!

delicious tacos

The verdict:

My husband liked the flavor of the corn tortillas the best. But he’s a freak for those suckers anyway. However, he liked the texture of the flour tortillas better.

I, on the other hand, was pleasantly surprised by the corn tortillas. I have had an aversion to them since I was pregnant with my daughter. For whatever reason, I can eat corn chips and the like, but corn tortillas, not so much. After baking them, though, I thought they were great! My favorite was probably the flour tortillas though.

Have you ever made your own taco shells? Do you have any fun, easy recipes I could try for taco night? Please share in the comments!

December 3, 2015
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12 Comments

  • Reply Ros Emely@stressfreemommies

    Suh a great idea your husband had! I love tacos and I will be trying this 🙂

    December 3, 2015 at 9:27 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      I know! He surprises me sometimes! I hope you like it! 🙂

      December 3, 2015 at 9:28 pm
  • Reply Kimberly

    I also am not a fan of corn tortillas, but perhaps if I try baking my own, I will be!

    December 4, 2015 at 7:32 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      That’s ok! Just make it with flour tortillas! Its so good!!

      December 6, 2015 at 9:13 pm
  • Reply Terri

    oh my this really looks amazing, now I’m hungry

    December 4, 2015 at 7:43 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Lol! Time for a taco night!!

      December 4, 2015 at 7:48 am
  • Reply Melissande

    Ok. We have tacos a lot. I’ve NEVER tried this and now I need to. I always buy soft tortillas and this will be a nice change!

    December 5, 2015 at 9:20 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Tacos are the best!! I hope you like it!!

      December 5, 2015 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Alana

    This is SO much healthier than regular taco shells!!! And so simple! I thought you needed a metal insert or something to make these, but this works perfectly!

    December 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      That’s true! I didn’t even think of that part! I was pretty excited when they worked out!!

      December 5, 2015 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply Alyssa from The Sparkly Life

    Yum! Such a good idea! I can’t wait to try it. We always have flour tortillas lying around, so I’ll probably start with those. YUMMMY!

    December 6, 2015 at 5:46 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Thanks! Ah, yes! It is so good with flour tortillas! I hope you like it!

      December 6, 2015 at 9:12 pm

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