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How to Make Tortilla Bowls

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Tortilla bowls are even more delicious when you make them at home.

Tortilla bowls are even more delicious when you make them at home.

Flour Tortilla Bowls

I just love going to a restaurant and ordering a big taco or Mexican salad and having it served in a giant edible tortilla bowl! Making your own crispy delicious flour tortilla bowls at home is easy and requires very little work. All you need are tortillas and a giant muffin pan.

These taco bowls have that "oh, wow" factor. It will look like you spent much more time in the kitchen than you actually did. They look great served individually on a plate, or even better, as a group on a serving platter filled with chicken salad, guacamole, or salsa. Make these for your next game day, Super Bowl football party, or taco night meal. These are also great for chili.

Three Weight Watchers Points

Another great feature of these taco bowls is that they only count for only 3 Weight Watchers points. If you use a whole wheat tortilla, one bowl provides 10 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein.

Weight Watchers isn't the only diet program to include tortillas on their diet foods menu; the South Beach diet includes recipes including whole wheat tortillas and the Atkins diet does as well.

This Article Covers...

  • How to Make Tortilla Bowls using a muffin pan
  • Where to buy a tortilla bowl pan or a jumbo muffin pan
  • Factory Tour videos
  • Recipes for BBQ chicken and guacamole to fill your bowls
  • MomsTreasureChest's favorite Taco Salad Recipe
  • Nutrition information

This simple recipe requires little work and produces great results. These bowls are easy enough to make for everyday lunch or dinner or for a party. You can fill the tortilla bowls with chili, taco salad, garden salad, dips, homemade guacamole, veggies and more.

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DIY Tortilla Bowls

  • 6 Small Flour Tortillas
  • 2 Jumbo Muffin Tins
  • Vegetable or Olive Oil Spray

Step One: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Warm the tortillas in the microwave for 10-15 seconds if they have been in the refrigerator and are cold, this makes it easier to mold them around the muffin tins.

Step Two: Turn the muffin tin upside down and place one tortilla shell around each cup of the muffin tin. Gently mold it around the cup with your hands. Note: A muffin tin is larger than a cupcake tin. A cupcake tin is too small for this recipe.

Mold the Tortilla Around the Muffin Tin Cups

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Step Three: After you have all six tortillas on the muffin tin take your second muffin tin and place it on top of the first. Press down to mold the tortillas into shape.

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Step Four: Remove the top tin and lightly spray the tortillas with the oil spray.

any oil spray will do:  olive oil, vegetable oil, canola oil

any oil spray will do: olive oil, vegetable oil, canola oil

Step Five: Bake the bowls on the muffin tin for about 8 minutes. Check often so they don't burn. Once they are lightly browned and crisp remove muffin tin from oven. Let taco shell bowls cool before serving.

check tortillas often so they don't burn in the oven

check tortillas often so they don't burn in the oven

Step Six: Let bowls cool on the muffin tin. Gently remove taco bowls from the tin, place on serving plate and fill with your favorite luncheon salad, chili, taco salad, guacamole, etc.

The Bread of Mexico

The tortilla is nicknamed the "bread of Mexico"; however it has grown so much in popularity over the years in the United States that it has moved from an ethnic food to a mainstream food. It is quickly taking over the bread and bagels sales in the packaged bread products category, it's low in fat, high in fiber and protein, and so versatile it can be used for a breakfast, lunch, or dinner wrap.

Making Tortillas in Mexico

Fill Your Bowls With This Easy Taco Salad Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup of yellow or white onion chopped
  • Green Onions for garnish
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 3 tomatoes chopped
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Doritoes, original flavor, about ½ bag, crushed
  • Italian Salad Dressing

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground beef and onion in a frying pan, drain the grease when done. Add the taco seasoning mix and water as directed on package, mix thoroughly. Bring mixture to a boil, lower to medium heat and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Allow to cool.
  2. Chop lettuce and place in a large salad bowl or in baked tortilla taco bowls. Add ground beef mixture, top with cheese, chopped/sliced green onions, chopped tomatoes and crushed Doritos. Sprinkle with Italian Dressing and enjoy.

Nutrition Information

Tortillas can be a better choice than bread or rolls when you're trying to lose weight. Also, whole grain tortillas are high in fiber and complex carbs making them an excellent choice to help you control your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and maintain a healthy diet. They are also an excellent source of B vitamins, folate and iron. Fill it with lots of veggies and beans and you're making a good choice for a healthy lunch or dinner that will help you lose weight and feel great.

  • Flour—140 calories, 3.5g fat, 24g carbs, 4g protein, 1g fiber
  • Whole Wheat—130 calories, 3g fat, 22g carbs, 4g protein, 3g fiber
  • Corn—70 calories, 1g fat, 13g carbs, 1g protein, 2g fiber

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Comments

Lee on September 03, 2019:

I make sweet chili with brown sugar and mustard and chili powder. I line the bowl with lettuce leaves, like Boston or romaine lettuce and it works well. This chili has less sauce to that helps as well or have also make white chicken chili in these.bowls...

ELLEN on July 30, 2019:

HAS ANYONE USED THESE TO SERVE CHILI? OR IS CHILI TOO WET.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on October 23, 2017:

I make mine quite similar to the way that you make yours except I make them with stainless steel bowls and use the extra large tortilla bowls.

Terrie Lynn from Canada on September 29, 2017:

This looks amazing. I am going to try it. I have the bowl mold I bought it at a as seen on tv store. Thank you for sharing.

simplehappylife on February 22, 2017:

Good info :) Thank You. I LOVE Mexican food

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 04, 2015:

i have never been to mexico but your tortilla cup idea is great and clever

idigwebsites from United States on March 01, 2013:

Yeah, I never thought of that too. Rather than to endure the messy eating of the usual taco. It's a gorgeous idea you have. Plus, it saves washing the dishes and disposing of paper plates. Voted up, useful, awesome and shared. :)

MomsTreasureChest (author) on February 07, 2013:

Thanks crissytsu, save your money! Any ovenproof bowl will do!

MomsTreasureChest (author) on February 07, 2013:

Thanks tlmcgaa70, and you're welcome. The small tortillas work well too, I use them to hold little sides and vegetables on a plate with dinner sometimes.

tlmcgaa70 from south dakota, usa on September 08, 2012:

what an ingenious idea! can't wait to try it! awesoem hub, thank you much for sharing it. voted up and shared

Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on August 07, 2012:

Genius!I never thought of this.

crissytsu from Texas on July 27, 2012:

OMG...I'm so glad I saw this I was about to buy those things off the infomercial.