Homestead Hack: MYO Crispy Taco Shells CHEAP!

by Tammy Taylor~

The other night I made a pork roast in my slow cooker.  Since I often use the Cook-Once Eat Twice method I was cooking with planned leftovers in mind.   My plan was to enjoy roast & potatoes for supper that night, then carnitas tacos with the leftovers.  So while I was cooking my roast I cooked up the taco veggies at the same time. I heaped in plenty of chunky onions and red, yellow & green bell peppers.

When the time came the next day to turn leftover roast into carnitas tacos I thought about the taco shells.  DANG I hate to buy those! They’re always so brittle yet hard – and several are often already broken in the package!  Also you have to buy 12 at a time, much more than RancherMan & I need.  Plus more times than not they just taste stale to me.  How I hate wasting money buying them.  Then I remembered something I read years ago about how to easily make taco shells as you need them.  Now’s a perfect time to give ‘er a try!

Do you hate to waste money on hard, stale taco shells? Check out this easy Crispy Baked Taco Shells Homestead Hack & make your own! #TaylorMadeHomestead

First I bought a package of corn tortillas.  Dang those things are cheap, y’all!   I brought out the corn tortillas that I wanted to make into taco shells.  (now’s the complicated part, y’all)  I just laid each tortilla across a wire on the rack in my oven and closed the oven door. I didn’t spray them with anything, or butter or oil or season them.  Nothing!

I suppose you could lay each tortilla across two racks to try to make a wider taco shell but I’ve never tried that. We much prefer our taco shells to be narrow enough to bite into easily.   So only one wire was beneath each taco shell I was baking.

Do you hate to waste money on hard, stale taco shells? Check out this easy Crispy Baked Taco Shells Homestead Hack & make your own! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Then I turned the oven on to 350 degrees and set the timer for 5 minutes.  The corn tortillas enjoyed that slow warming-up time in the oven.  When my timer went off I turned the oven off and sat the timer again for 5 minutes.  My tortillas continued to crisp as the oven was slowly cooling.

When the timer went off this second time I pulled my taco shells from the oven.  They were narrow enough for easy eating & lightly crisp.  And where a raw corn tortilla would have torn, these crisped ones flexed enough without breaking.  They held together beautifully as we stuffed them full of shredded pork.

Do you hate to waste money on hard, stale taco shells? Check out this easy Crispy Baked Taco Shells Homestead Hack & make your own! #TaylorMadeHomestead

Something I’ll caution about: 

My first batch of taco shells baked up beautifully.  But when we wanted leftovers for lunch the next day some of the tortillas cracked at the wire.  One tortilla cracked all the way through and fell from the wire to the oven floor below.

I was able to open the oven door & fetch that tortilla with my tongs before it made a mess.  So be sure to stay by your oven with a pair of heat-proof tongs at the ready in case your tortillas do this! I’ve pre-heated day-old tortillas in the microwave for a few seconds which seemed to help somewhat, but keep an eye on ’em, y’all!

Now that we’ve enjoyed our carnitas tacos, what will I do with the leftover corn tortillas in the package?  Oh those won’t be wasted either.  I make them into baked tortilla chips!  Stay tuned I’ll be sure to share…

bon appétit!

Do you hate to waste money on hard, stale taco shells? Check out this easy Crispy Baked Taco Shells Homestead Hack & make your own! #TaylorMadeHomestead

~TMH~

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12 thoughts on “Homestead Hack: MYO Crispy Taco Shells CHEAP!

  1. Helen at the Lazy Gastronome

    What a great idea!! I never would have thought of that!! Pinning! Thanks for sharing on the What’s for Dinner Link up!

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  2. Sherry Legan

    Yummy I make my own fried version for the same reasons you shared. It’s just me and My Cowboy too! I have tried baking before. Don’t know why I didn’t continue probably just never thought of it. But I’ll remember to try again using your method. Especially if you’ll link over at The Fabulous January Party. Then I won’t forget! Here’s the link: http://ourholidayjourney.blogspot.com/2017/01/january-fabulous-tidy-up-link-party.html Thanks for sharing this. I’m making tacos tomorrow! Happy New Year.

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      We’re trying so hard to shy away from fried foods as much as possible, Sherry. Both from the health standpoint as well as the messiness quotient. LOL Thanks for the invite to the party, think I’ll *hop* on over & check it out! ~TMH~

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  3. Katy SkipTheBag

    What a great tip! I wouldn’t have thought about weaving them through the wire. I’ll have to remember this. Thanks for sharing on the #wastelesswednesday blog hop!

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      It takes less time to whip these up than to run to the store, Katy. Gotta love it! ~TMH~

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  4. angie

    grew up in corn country where many were proud to be homesteaders thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe, post and pictures come see us at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

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  5. Margy

    Nifty trick. Corn tortillas are cheap unless you buy them in Canada. That’s one of the items I keep on my US shopping list then freeze them in batches of 12 so they are easy to separate when needed. Seems like anything Mexican costs a lot here. Consequently, things like salsa and enchilada sauce comes north along with my tortillas and cheese. – Margy

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    1. Taylor-Made Homestead Post author

      Isn’t it funny how different regions are so variable Margy?? I guess living in Texas I’m pretty spoiled with the ready availability of all things Tex-Mex. So spoiled in fact that it never crosses my mind that other regions don’t necessarily eat the same fare as I or have the same availability. LOL Smart thinking on your part to pick those things up on specific shopping trips! ~TMH~

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