Taco salads made with edible tortilla bowls are absolutely delicious. Nothing goes to waste, especially when the tortillas are crisp and flavorful and filled with refried beans, seasoned meat, and other favorite toppings. Realistically this is a salad since it contains lots of lettuce and other raw veggies, but it is also an entire one-dish meal. Learn how to make taco bowls with flour tortillas. It is not necessary to buy expensive ready-made edible bowls to enjoy tasty salads with southwestern flair. Easy homemade taco salad can be made with an ordinary flour tortilla in a matter of minutes.
Begin with Tasty Flour Tortillas
Tortillas are readily available in stores, but they are easy to prepare from scratch. The article entitled How to Make Homemade Flour Tortillas provides a very simple recipe that includes step-by-step instructions. Best of all, unlike store-bought varieties, they can be made as large or as small as desired.
Healthier Bowls Made with Baked Flour Tortillas
Taco bowls made with tortillas do not have to be deep-fried, and a special pan is not required. All that is needed is a muffin tin. Turn it over, and create a tortilla shell bowl by forming a bottom and sides in between the muffin cups. Form as many bowls as possible on a single tin, and bake them for about seven minutes at 375 or until they are crisp and golden brown. Allow the bowls made with tortillas to partially cool before handling and filling with taco ingredients. When filled they will taste great but without added fat and calories.
Deep Fried Ultra-Crisp Bowls Made with Tortillas
If added calories and fat are not a concern, make the bowls using tortillas deep-fried in oil. They are more flavorful than the baked kind, and they are flaky and appetizing. Use a deep-fryer with a drainable basket to form the taco bowls. Begin by heating the oil to 350 degrees. Perform a quick sizzle test to see if the oil is hot enough by adding one drop of water. If it sizzles and pops, the oil is the right temperature for frying taco bowls made from tortillas.
Line the fryer basket with a flour burrito instead of a regular tortilla. They will make larger taco bowls. Place the first flour burrito into the oil, and allow it to fry until it is golden brown. Let the basket drain over the deep fryer for about two minutes. Remove the taco bowl with tongs, and turn it over on a layer of paper towels where it can drain further. When it is partially cool it can be filled with the following tasty taco fillings.
When assembling taco bowls made from deep-fried or baked flour tortillas, begin with a layer of refried beans in the bottom and along the sides. This will help prevent the baked or fried tortillas from becoming soggy when the meat is added.
Fill the baked or fried tortillas with taco meat, shredded lettuce, fresh salsa, and shredded cheddar cheese. Additional toppings can include guacamole, sour cream, and sliced black olives. If desired, keep the toppings separate after adding the meat, and allow everyone to add what they want to their taco salad bowls made with flour tortillas. They are great for a party or absolutely anytime.