Friday, January 23, 2009

The Good Life Taco Shell

From Homemade Taco Shell

Tonight was taco night. Today, my daughter suggested taco salads. She even mentioned we could make our own shells. Make our own taco shells? Sounded like fun. She mentioned that she had read up on it and it was easy to do. I immediately "GOOGLE" ED it and found this old site, Therapeutic Ramblings, which had some amazing recipes, including what I was looking for, homemade tortilla shells! We were in business.

Now, I am a big fan of taco salads with shells. My crush began when I was in high school and tried my very first taco salad at the Taco Mayo near our high school. After that, I was hooked. Every time someone asked in our group where we should go to eat, I immediately exclaimed, "Taco Mayo!" I did this so much that my twin sister eventually exclaimed, "No more Taco Mayo!" There you go, a blast from the past.

From Homemade Taco Shell

I used homemade tortillas, but store bought could be used as well. It took my tortillas about 15 minutes to come out crispy while baking them in microwave-safe/oven-safe bowls, but I highly recommend that you check up on these feisty fellas every few minutes to make sure they do not burn to a cinder. Store bought tortillas may take less time than my thicker version of the Mexican staple.

As you can tell by the pictures, we piled our shells up with a mixture of fresh greens, tomatoes, olives, shredded leftover chicken, and toppings of cheese and salsa. What you can not see is that we had a bed of beans on the bottom.

Yes, they were as good as they sounded and my sister would be happy to know there will be no more Taco Mayo.

From Homemade Taco Shell

This is how it was done.

9 comments:

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

I was actually thinking about making homemade tortilla shells the next time I did salsa night. Were they any trouble to make?

5 Star Foodie said...

I love this taco salad with homemade shells - my daughter would really like to make these too.

Melissa said...

That looks great and easy! Perfect. :)

Christine aka Mistress of Cakes said...

Here it goes...the spirit of the mistress cakes are not mine they are from flickr (as stated in my profile disclosure) Most of the time the homemade junkfood journey's aren't either. The rest of the stuff is. The reason why they aren't mine is because if I made that much junk food I wouldn't be able to fit through the door lol. I have some skill but not like these people. I just wanted you to know. HOPE YOU DON'T HATE ME NOW!

Weezer said...

This is getting old isn't it, but........YUM.

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Cheryl said...

Thanks for stopping by. I love your blog, beautiful photos and I will be making home made taco shells soon!

Life with Kaishon said...

These look so delish! Oh my! I feel like I want a taco salad right this second : ).
You are a cool Mom!

Maria said...

Thanks for visiting our blog! I love taco salad, this looks great!