After a mis-purchase at the grocery store recently, we ended up with corn tortillas instead of the flour ones we usually buy. We enjoy making fajitas, the kids love quesadillas, and flour tortillas make good wraps, too. I did quesadillas a couple times for the kids, but it just wasn’t working that well. But we still had corn tortillas left in the bag, and I didn’t want to be wasteful. So I wondered: can you make hard shells from corn tortillas, similar to what you’d buy in a store? The answer is yes! They look different, but they taste better, I think.
So, to transform those corn tortillas into hard shells, you need to warm them up, spray them with oil and lay them over 2 rungs in your oven rack. I found the directions at this site. It says bake at 375 F for seven to 10 minutes, but I didn’t keep track because we were right in the kitchen. This is one of those times you do need to keep an eye on things instead of just setting the timer and walking away. Also, I’m not sure how well they would keep, so I’m not sure whether you could bake up a bunch at once and store them, unfortunately. Some of the comments I’ve read say that if the hard shells sit too long, they won’t be crispy but will turn more chewy. We pretty much ate ours as they came out, so they were tasty.
While googling for the above directions, I also found a recipe to make corn tortilla bowls, and had to give that one a try, too. Especially because it used a muffin pan! This site gives the full directions, but basically you get the tortillas pliable, add a little water and salt and shape them in between the cups on an upside down (and greased!) muffin pan. Like so:
Bake them at 375 F for about 10 minutes and then you’re all set with cute and delicious mini taco bowls! Both of these processes were very simple, but a little time-consuming if you’ve got two little ones waiting impatiently at the table for dinner. 🙂 Who am I kidding, it’s time-consuming if you’ve got two hungry adults prepping everything and waiting for it all to get done! It was worth it, though. We had a great taco night and enjoyed the “homemade” crunchy shells a lot. It’s not something I could see us doing every time we wanted taco night, but it was fun to try and might make a reappearance sometime. Especially if we buy the wrong shells again! 🙂
So, what’s your favorite Mexican dish? My daughter loves refried beans, and my husband makes some mean fajitas. We definitely prefer our at-home taco nights than anything a restaurant can offer. Except I can’t get a handle on the queso dip yet. Give me time. Just give me time. 🙂