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How To Make Crunchy Hard Taco Shells

Learn how to make crunchy hard taco shells at home in just minutes!

How To Make Crunchy Hard Taco Shells in just a few easy steps!Have you ever wanted crunchy hard taco’s but no hard taco shells on hand? Yep–this happens to me often. And when this happens and I only have the tortilla’s on hand, I heat up a pan of oil and get to frying up some taco shells. Now this works with both corn tortillas and flour tortillas. It all just depends what you have on hand. For the tutorial today, I used corn tortillas. But I have used corn tortillas in the past. Either way it’s easy to do and takes only a few minutes for a dozen taco shells!

How To Make Crunchy Hard Taco Shells

First, line a plate with paper towels and place a stack of corn tortillas on the plate for frying.

How To Make Crunchy Hard Taco Shells - step 1.2

Place 1 cup of oil in a skillet. Heat until it’s hot and little bubbles start to appear. To test if the oil is hot enough you can take a pinch of corn starch (or flour) and sprinkle in the pan if it starts to bubble then the oil is hot enough. Place the corn tortilla in the pan. Let it cook for 10 seconds.

How To Make Crunchy Hard Taco Shells

Then flip, let it stand for another 5 seconds and then fold with tongs.

How To Make Crunchy Hard Taco Shells

Remove the shells from the skillet and drain excess oil. How To Make Crunchy Hard Taco Shells

Place on the lined paper towel plate. Repeat until all of your crunchy tacos are done.

How To Make Crunchy Hard Taco Shells
And just as easy as that you–you have your very own homemade crunch taco shells!How To Make Crunchy Hard Taco ShellsYou will want to make the crunchy taco shells just before eating. I find that they do not keep well the next day–so only make what you know you’ll consume that night at lunch or dinner.

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How To Make Crunchy Hard Taco Shells

Yield: 12

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 12 corn tortillas

Directions:

  1. Preheat a skillet with 1 cup vegetable oil on medium-high heat.
  2. While the oil preheats place a plate next to the pan, lined with paper towels and the 12 corn tortillas you will be frying.
  3. Once the oil is hot enough, place the corn tortilla in the pan. Let it cook for 10 seconds. Then flip the tortilla, and let it stand for another 5 seconds. Then fold with tongs.
  4. Remove the shells from the skillet and drain excess oil over pan. Place on the paper towel lined plate. Repeat until you've cooked all 12.

*To test if the oil is hot enough you can take a pinch of corn starch (or flour) and sprinkle in the pan if it starts to bubble then the oil is hot enough.

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5 Responses to “How To Make Crunchy Hard Taco Shells”

  1. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on April 25, 2016 at 6:26 pm (#)

    ooooh I didn’t realize it was so simple to make hard taco shells! Must try!

    • Katie replied on April 27th, 2016 at 7:05 am

      Kayle, yes! You can do the frying method or you can bake them in the oven over the rack. I’ll do a post on that too!

  2. Janis Fletcher posted on April 12, 2019 at 6:57 pm (#)

    I’m probably overlooking it, but where is the nutritional information?

    • Katie replied on April 15th, 2019 at 11:16 pm

      Hi Janis, thank you for reaching out. Unfortunately, I do not provide nutritional information for my recipes. I am one person who houses over 1,000 recipes for FREE for the public to enjoy. You are welcome to plug them into a nutrition app like My Fitness Pal to get the nutritional information for my crunch hard taco shells!

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