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10-Minute Homemade Taco Salad Bowls

Homemade Taco Salad Bowls are a delicious, affordable, and healthier version of deep-fried taco bowls. No special equipment is needed to make your own Taco Salad Bowls.

A homemade taco salad bowl full of chopped cabbage, cilantro, beans, and salsa

Everyone is familiar with the crispy fried deliciousness that is the taco salad bowl.  No one wants what is actually in the shell, but will simply eat it to have an excuse to eat the fried bowl.

Me: Excuse me waiter, what is your special today?
Waiter: Well ma’am, we have a cat poop salad…
Me: Oh gross!
Waiter: …that comes in a freshly made taco salad bowl…
Me: Oh, I’ve heard enough, I’ll have that.

We have a regional grocery store that makes taco bowls, but the store is about 45 minutes away, and they pack each bowl in a giant plastic container. So much waste. Also, the shells are enormous, and therefore a ton of empty fried calories.  I want a taco salad bowl that could be made at home and doesn’t require a giant deep fryer…or a roll of Tums afterward.

How to Make Taco Salad Bowls

  1. Place a canning jar or bowls with the opening facing down on a rimmed sheet. Lightly spray the tops of your jars or bowls with olive oil.
  2. Place the oil and water in a shallow dish.
  3. Dip each tortilla in the water and oil mixture, coating each side. Allow the excess to drip back onto the plate.
  4. Place the tortilla over the canning jar/bowl, and “mold” it around the best you can. With my square bowls, I drape the tortilla over the top and then pinch the edges together to create the bowl. They won’t look perfect, but it’s ok! Folding tricks for making homemade taco salad bowls
  5. Bake for 8-12 minutes depending on how crispy you like your shell.

Top with your fixings of choice.  We use shredded cabbage, black beans, Instant Pot shredded chicken leftover from Mini Asian Chicken Tacos (a great example of why a meal plan and meal prep can work. You get to reuse similar ingredients without creating extra work), a mix of frozen corn and Anaheim chile pan-fried in a pinch of olive oil, guac, and salsa. You can use whatever you’d like in your taco bowl, but I wouldn’t recommend cat poop.

Oh, who am I kidding, it would be fine too.

A homemade taco salad bowls with taco mix

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taco salad bowls filled with shredded cabbage, chicken, and salsa
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5 from 1 vote
10 Minute Homemade Taco Salad Bowls
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
17 mins
 

Homemade Taco Salad Bowls are a delicious, affordable, and healthier version of deep-fried taco bowls. No special equipment is needed to make your own Taco Salad Bowls.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: homemade taco bowls, taco dinner, tortilla recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 206 kcal
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 4 flour tortillas, burrito size
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  2. Place your canning jars or bowls with the opening facing down on a rimmed baking sheet. Spray the tops of your jar or bowl lightly with olive oil.

  3. Place 1 tbsp of oil and water in a shallow dish. 

  4. Dip each tortilla in the water and oil mixture, coating each side. Allow the excess to drip back onto the plate. 

  5. Place the tortilla over the canning jar/bowl, and "mold" it around the best you can. With my square bowls, I drape the tortilla over the top and then pinch the edges together to create the bowl. They won't look perfect, but it's ok! 

  6. Bake for 8-12 minutes depending on how crispy you like your shell.

Recipe Notes

For best results, use the burrito size tortillas.

After two tortillas, you'll need to add the additional tbsp of olive oil to the water on the plate.

You can use gluten-free or corn tortillas, but you will need to soften the tortilla before dipping in the water/olive oil mixture. Dampen a clean kitchen towel and wrap the tortillas in the folds of the towel. Microwave for 45 seconds. Remove and then dip in the water/oil mixture.

Nutrition Facts
10 Minute Homemade Taco Salad Bowls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 206
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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17 comments on “10-Minute Homemade Taco Salad Bowls”

  1. no need for anything fancy! perfect for me!