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