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How To Make Crunchy Hard Taco Shells

How To Make Crunchy Hard Taco Shells

Learn how to make crunchy hard taco shells at home in just minutes!
Course Bread
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 72kcal
Author Katie


  • 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.


I love making my own shells at home. I can fry them to perfection and enjoy them warm. It also means everyone can have what they like from a single package - either soft or crunchy.


Calories: 72kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg