How to Make Taco Shells

Tacos are one of the most widely recognizable dishes derived from Mexican culture.How to Make Hard Taco Shells - Ixtapa Mexican Grill and Cantina They can be as simple as a taco with beef and cheese or as extravagant as a taco with a shell made out of bacon. Tacos have been assimilated heavily into American culture as well, and even non-Mexican themed restaurants have begun serving tacos.

One of the most well-known features of a taco as we think of it traditionally is its hard shell (although soft-shell tacos are actually the more authentic version eaten in Mexico). Once you have made the hard taco shell, you can fill it with whatever toppings you desire. Learning how to make taco shells is a very easy process, and is the first step on your path to endless taco dinners.

Make Taco Shells: Ingredients

In order to learn how to make taco shells, you only need two ingredients. (If you are feeling really adventurous, you can attempt to make the corn tortillas from scratch.)

  • Corn Tortillas
  • Corn, Canola or Vegetable Oil

Make Taco Shells: Step 1

The first step in learning to make taco shells is to fill a skillet with one inch of oil and allow the oil to heat up for 10-15 minutes. Once the oil has begun to simmer, drop in your corn tortilla . After one second has passed, remove half of the taco from the oil.

Make Taco Shells: Step 2

The next step is to fold the taco in half so it has the U-shape that helped make the traditional hard-shelled taco shape. Be sure to use a pair of tongs in order to avoid burning your skin. The oil will be extremely hot. Once the side that is in the oil has heated to a crisp, flip the taco over so the crispy side is up. Remember to leave a space inside the taco for toppings. Once both sides are crispy, remove the taco shell from the oil, placing them on a plate covered by a paper towel.

Make Taco Shells: Step 3

Now that you have been successful in your journey to learn how to make taco shells, take the shells and drain the oil out of them using paper towels. Once the taco shells have drained, place them in the oven to keep them warm until you are ready to fill them.

Once you learn how to make taco shells, the possibilities for the tacos you can make are endless. You don’t always have to rely on making your own taco shells, however. At Ixtapa Mexican Grill & Cantina, you have many choices for how you can order your tacos. From beef and chicken to fish and steak, we have plenty of tacos to choose from for any palate. We’d love for you to visit us at one of our locations in Groton, Lexington, Lunenburg, or Woburn, Massachusetts.

What do you like in your tacos? Do you prefer tacos with a hard or soft shell?