Homemade Crunchy Mexican Taco Shells

Taco Shells


  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 05 mins
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 servings
  • Cooking Method: Cooking
  • Recipe Cuisine: Mexican


  • 3cups all-purpose flour
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 1teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1cup warm water

Taco is a traditional Mexican dish. They are crunchy or soft Tortillas, stuffed with meat, fresh vegetables, or seafood with super tasty taco seasoning. The homemade Tortillas are so tender, flavorful, and budget-friendly. They are not compatible with store-bought ones. Making Taco Shells at home is simple.

All you need to do is mix the prepared ingredients in a bowl using a spatula, and you can have the dough made in less than five minutes. For an easier way, use a mixer to mix the ingredients. But whether using a mixer or not, it is important to give the dough a little rest after mixing and dividing it. Resting helps relax the glutens, to make rolling the Tortillas much easier.

Taco is an easy dinner idea. Homemade Taco Shells are also perfect for family dinners, parties, and more. It is fun to put out a topping bar and let everyone grab what they want, and everyone always seems to enjoy it. The bar may contain different kinds of vegetables, meat, shredded cheese, or whatever you desire.
It always works and makes everyone happy. The kids will love them and gobble them up, trust me. These Tortillas meet and exceed all the expectations.

These Taco Shells can be made gluten-free. Don’t worry about the quality of the shells, they are as good as the original ones. Homemade gluten-free Taco Shells are not as expensive as the store-bought ones. all you need to do is buy a package of gluten-free flour and make some at home.


Step 1

In a big dry bowl, combine flour, salt, and baking powder. Using a clean spatula mix the dry ingredients well.

Step 2

With your spatula make a hole at the center of the dry ingredients. Then, add the extra virgin olive oil and warm water. Stir the mixture until all dry ingredients are combined, and the dough begins to come together. If you are using a mixer, mix the dry ingredients in a bowl, add water and oil, then mix them with the low speed for 2 minutes.

Step 3

Sprinkle some flour on the work surface and turn the dough out of the bowl. Knead for at least some minutes using your hands until the dough is smooth. Divide the dough into 16 equal balls, and coat each of them with flour. Flat them using your palm. Cover the portions with a clean kitchen towel and let them rest for 15-20 minutes.

Step 4

Heat a large nonstick pan over medium heat. Then, lightly flour the work surface with a rolling pin. Roll each portion into a circle, about 17 centimeters in diameter. Don’t place them on top of each other. They will stick together. The best way is to separate them with parchment paper.

Step 5

When the pan is hot enough, place one dough into the pan, and cook for 1 minute on each side. The bottom surface needs to have a few pale brown spots, and the uncooked surface is bubbly. Flip to the other side and cook for 20 seconds. It should be nice and soft.

Step 6

Remove the Taco Shells from the pan, and stack them in a covered container to keep them soft. Serve warm or allow them to cool. It is your choice.

Step 7

Once you have baked delicious Taco Shells, it’s time to read more about creative and colorful taco filling ideas. Taco Shells are ideal for pairing with the following options:

  • Ground Beef, Chicken, and Fish: You probably know that meat plays a crucial role in many recipes. Tacos are no exception. The protein part of this meal can be supplied by adding some seasoned ground beef or chicken. Fish fillet is another option. Sauces can be served with any of these meats. For example, Taco Sauce can be used for beef or chicken. It is made with cumin, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika and works wonders for beef, too. 
  • Hot Sauces: There is a vast range of hot sauces to choose from. Moreover, you can adjust their level of flavor based on your personal taste. Here, we can suggest Spicy Salsa, Spicy Ketchup. Or you can be a bit more selective and go for options like Harissa. Harissa is a hot Tunisian sauce composed of tomatoes as its base and caraway, paprika, dried chilies, and oil.
  • Cheese: Certainly, cheese is one of the most preferred fillings for Tacos. Here, you have great options like cheddar or Monterey Jack, plus Cotija (a type of Mexican cheese) or Queso Blanco. Although other types such as Blue Cheese are available to give it a pungent flavor. Its creamy texture and salty flavor make cheese the best for tacos. 
  • Other Options: The above instructions were just a sample of what you could do. Other fillings might include grilled corn, fried eggs, bell peppers, cilantro, jalapenos, sweet onions and etc.



Cooking Notes

Store the Taco Shells in an airtight container at room temperature for 24 hours or refrigerate for up to 1 week. To freeze, separate Tortillas with parchment paper, and place them in a zippered bag for up to one month.

If the Taco Shells are dry, place them on a damp kitchen towel. Microwave for 30 seconds until they are warm, then keep covered to hold heat while serving.

To make a Taco Bowl, preheat the oven to 180 Celsius. Spray both sides of the soft Taco Shells and flip them over the cupcake pan. Push them into the pan to form a star bowl. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Allow to cool on the rack, and then fill with your favorite ingredients.

To make gluten-free Taco Shells, replace the normal flour with the gluten-free one and follow the rest of the recipe.


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