Learn how to make crunchy hard taco shells at home in just minutes!
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!
First, line a plate with paper towels and place a stack of corn tortillas on the plate for frying.
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.
Then flip, let it stand for another 5 seconds and then fold with tongs.
Remove the shells from the skillet and drain excess oil.
Place on the lined paper towel plate. Repeat until all of your crunchy tacos are done.
And just as easy as that you–you have your very own homemade crunch taco shells!You 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.
How To Make Crunchy Hard Taco Shells
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 12 corn tortillas
- Preheat a skillet with 1 cup vegetable oil on medium-high heat.
- While the oil preheats place a plate next to the pan, lined with paper towels and the 12 corn tortillas you will be frying.
- 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.
- 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.