1/25/10

7 Crispy Baked Taco Shells

I have grown to love white corn tortillas.  One of these days, I am going to learn how to make them successfully from scratch.  Anybody out there have a great recipe?  I'm all ears!






What I love even better is a crispy white corn tortilla shell.   Not those store-bought stale shells that crumble with the first bite...


I have a pair of these tongs that I haven't even used yet.  I haven't been able to dig out my deep fryer and use them...









I considered buying one of these taco racks to use in my oven, but I came across another blog (sorry, I can't remember which one) that had another option to baking some crisp, corn tortillas...





using the oven grates to hold and bake the tortillas!  What a genius of an idea!

First, the corn tortillas need to be softened.  I put 4 tortillas on a microwave safe plate, cover it with plastic wrap and microwave it on high for about 1 minutes.  (**on the left is 3/4t. chili powder mixed in with 1/4 t. salt)
I spray just a little bit of canola oil on one side of the tortilla...Previously, I did both sides of the tortilla, but all that did was create a greasy gunk on my baking racks...

and spread the oil all over with a brush.  **You can sprinkle some chili/salt powder on one side, if you like. 

Then I quickly hang it on the grates of a preheated 375ยบF oven to bake for 7-10 minutes.  Be careful not to burn yourself...

Looks like there's enough space for your favorite taco filling...

Crispy, a little chewy...just how I like it!









7 comments:

  1. LOVE IT - that sounds easier than anything else I've tried. Using the oven rack is brilliant! We really prefer these kind of taco shells, but they've always been a hassle. Thanks!

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  2. great idea, I am so going to be doing this from now on

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  3. What a brilliant idea! I'm glad there are people out there who can think outside the box.

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  4. Proof that your taco looks good? It's 11:00 AM, I just ate a stack of pancakes and I'm STILL salivating over the idea of homemade baked taco shells. Yeah. Awesome substitute for those crappy kinds you find in the store, that's for sure.

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  5. Looks delish and so creative. Thanks.

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  6. Those look great! I throw mine in a fry pan with a little oil. After they get crispy and slightly golden add some cheese on one, melt, double them up, like street tacos, load them up with all my favorites and fold them over. Delicious!

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  7. Why must you tempt the pregnant lady with yummy-looking tacos, when she can't MAKE tacos? ROFL

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