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How to Make Hard Taco Shells

Have you ever wondered how to make hard taco shells? Well I’m happy to tell you it’s a whole lot easier than you probably think. In fact you can whip them up in just minutes!

two hard taco shells

I’ve always been a hard shell taco kind of gal.

I’ve just never been into the soft shell.

Even though I feel like most people prefer the soft shell.

Whenever my mom, sister and I would go get tacos they would always order soft shell and I’d be the only ordering a hard shell.

I just prefer the corn flavor and the crunchy texture of the hard shell.

The soft shell can be a little boring if you ask me.

But to each their own.

What do you prefer?

I recently filled these hard taco shells with some spicy potatoes.

They were so good!

Spicy potato tacos make a really great meatless meal.

It’s not always necessary to fill taco shells with meat.

two hard shell tacos filled with spicy potatoes

The crunch of the taco shell really complimented the softness of the potatoes.

I like my food to have some texture.

So really quick I’m going to show you how to make crunchy taco shells

How to Make Hard Taco Shells Steps

In a skillet heat up about a cup of oil over medium heat.

I used corn oil but vegetable oil would also work.

Once the oil is hot and sizzling place a corn tortilla in the oil.

Let it fry for a couple of seconds.

corn tortilla frying in skillet

Then using a pair of tongs gently fold the tortilla over.

Continue frying for about 25 seconds.

Keep the tortilla slightly open while it’s frying by holding the top part with the tongs as shown below.

folded tortilla frying in skillet

Then flip the tortilla over and fry the other side for another 25 seconds.

frying taco shell

Then transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain the excess oil.

You can make as many as you want. Just add more oil as needed.

how to make hard taco shells

Hard Taco Shells

Hard taco shells are a nice change from the usual soft shells.

They have crunch and texture and can be filled with delicious things such as picadillo and carnitas!

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two hard taco shells
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How to make Hard Taco Shells

Hard taco shells are very easy to make. They can be made in less than 10 minutes.

Course Mexican
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword hard taco shells
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 155 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup corn oil
  • 2 corn tortillas

Instructions

  1. Pour 1 cup of corn oil in a skillet over medium heat.

  2. Once oil is hot and sizzling place a tortilla in the oil.

  3. Let the tortilla fry for a couple of seconds.

  4. Using a pair of tongs gently fold the tortilla over. Keep the tortilla open by holding the top part with the tongs. Fry for about 25 seconds.

  5. Flip the tortilla to the other side and fry for 25 seconds as well.

  6. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate and fry the remaining tortillas.

Nutrition Facts
How to make Hard Taco Shells
Amount Per Serving
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 11mg0%
Potassium 48mg1%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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