Hard Taco Shells

Hard Taco Shells


"Home made crunchy taco shells are excellent! Use home made tortillas, or corn tortillas from the store."


servings 75 cals
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Original recipe yields 15 servings



  • Calories:
  • 75 kcal
  • 4%
  • Fat:
  • 3.6 g
  • 5%
  • Carbs:
  • 10g
  • 3%
  • Protein:
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 36 mg
  • 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Heat about 1 inch of oil in a heavy skillet over medium to medium-high heat to 365 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. Use tongs to place one tortilla at a time into the oil. It should start to sizzle right away. Cook for about 15 seconds, then flip over and fold the shell in half, holding in place with the tongs until crispy, about 15 seconds. You may need a little practice at first. Drain on paper towels, and sprinkle with salt while still hot. Use for tacos right away, or they may become chewy. Leftovers may be heated in the oven for crisping.
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There is a way to make them crispy without added all the fat from frying. Spray them with coooking spray and drape them over the rack in your oven. Bake until crispy.

Other posts were right, make sure your oil is hot. It doesn't take much. I take them out of the oil with the handle of a wooden spoon then feed each end over a wire on a cooling rack placed abo...

if yours are chewy, it means the oil wasn't hot enough!

Tastes a lot better than the ones you buy pre-cooked in a package. I don't think you need to add salt if you're using them for tacos.

This is really neat. I tried making the shells using both flour and corn tortillas. In my honest opinion... GO WITH THE FLOUR. I cooked mine on my cast iron griddle with just a dribble of oil an...

Actually I think the mistake is that you use too much oil at once. You only put as much as you would to cook an egg then as you make more and more shells you add a little oil each time that way ...

This is a great recipe. Once you master it, you never go back to store shells. I've been frying hard taco shells like this for years, like my mom and grandma. We love taco night, and it's not...

Taco shells cooked at home give your tacos a very authentic taste, and make a meal that is restaurant quality! I followed this recipe and had wonderful cruchy, flavorful tacos. I sprinkled min...

It is probably my fault, but these turned out really greasy and chewy even when served 2 minutes after cooking.....maybe I should bake them after cooking them in the oil?? Suggestions???