Looking to step up your taco game? Try making your own taco bowls! They are easy to make, don’t require any special equipment, and you can use your favorite tortillas. Luke and I love the crunchy, fried taco bowls at restaurant, but didn’t want to deep fry our tortillas. There had to be a way to bake them instead. Our research yielded a variety of methods to make our own taco bowls, and tested them out so you don’t have to! Here are the results from our Taco Bowl Test Kitchen:
The Muffin Tin Method [Winner!]
After experimenting with several methods, we liked the muffin tin method the best. Flip a muffin tin upside down and spray with cooking spray. Place a tortilla between the tins and press down in the middle to create a flat bottom. If your tortillas are cold or stiff, microwave for a few seconds to soften. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until edges are slightly browned. Allow taco bowl to cool in the muffin tin before removing. Your bowl is ready to serve!
Pros- Once we got a hang of it, it was very easy to form bowls. The resulting shape was great for tacos with a nice flat surface for fillings and perfectly crisp edges
Cons- It took a couple of attempts to nestle the tortilla perfectly between the tins (now we’ve perfected our method). There is a limit to how many bowls you can make at once- We could only fit two tortillas on each tin.
The Bowl Method
The runner up was the bowl method. Find an oven safe bowl that is approximately the diameter of your desired taco bowl. Spray lightly with cooking spray and press tortilla into bowl. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes, or until edges begin to brown. Let cool in bowl.
Pros- This method allowed us to make much larger bowls, which was great for larger tortillas and for making shells for taco salads.
Cons- Our selection of oven proof bowls is pretty limited, and you can only do one at a time. Also, our tortillas stuck badly to the bowls. I’m not sure if I didn’t spray my bowl well enough, but it was stuck and took significant effort to remove.
The Jar Method
The last method we tried was definitely our least favorite. Turn a clean glass jar (we used a spaghetti sauce jar) upside down on a baking sheet. Coat liberally with cooking spray, and lay tortilla on top. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes. Tortilla will bend into a bowl shape as it bakes. Let cool on top of jar.
Pros- I guess it sort of made a bowl?
Cons- FAIL. The jar was constantly falling over and the tortilla fell off as we prepped it for the oven. Then the jar keep falling as it was taken in and out of the oven, and I was concerned that it would shatter hot pieces of glass everywhere. After my experience with the tortillas sticking with the bowl method, I coated the jar with cooking spray and it still stuck. I would not recommend this method- it wasn’t worth the effort.
We loved the muffin tin method and have used it to make our own taco bowls several times since! It’s a great way to mix things up on taco night, and is especially fun when we have guests. You can make bowls a few hours ahead of time (I wouldn’t recommend making them the night before, as they may get stale). Set out your favorite taco fixings and enjoy your very own taco bar!
Did we miss a method? Did I make a fatal mistake with the jar method (seriously- it was a disaster)? Tell me in the comments below!