Taco Salad

Okay, I know many of us make taco salad. For me, it's a quick, delicious dinner that the whole family loves. I especially enjoy it during the summer when it's so hot outside. But, this time, I stumbled upon a happy accident that put a fancier twist on our taco salad. Here's the finished product-

You know those uncooked tortillas you can buy at Costco? If not, check them out! They are usually in the refrigerated section (near the cheeses) and are in 2 bags. You just warm them on a frying pan and voila, fresh, warm tortillas that taste almost homemade!
Here's what they look like un-cooked-
Well, yours probably don't look quite like this, because your pan is nice and new and shiny looking. Mine looks like it's been through a war. In my defense, it's 12 years old and it sees A LOT of action!

Anyway, if you put these babies in the oven, they do this:
Cool, right?! So, I immediately though of making Taco Salad shells for our dinner. I just took a steak knife and carefully cut a portion of the top off like this:
Then, just fill with the toppings of your choice. Now, for last night's dinner, I really scored in the re-use department. I had grilled steaks the night before, so I had put the leftover steak in the crock-pot early that morning.  I added a few slices of habanero chilis, black beans, and salt and pepper while it was cooking. The meat was tender and shredded by dinnertime. 

For our salad tonight I put a bed of romaine lettuce in the bottom of the shells, added shredded cheese, tomatoes, leftover corn removed from the cob, meat & bean mixture, and topped with sour cream and a few radish garnishes.

Here's a finished salad:
The troops were thrilled and I was a dinner hero (gotta take these wins, it's not often that all three kids give me two thumbs up!) 

Inspired by my success, I poked holes in a few remaining uncooked tortillas, spread a tiny bit of butter on them, sprinkled them with cinnamon sugar and put them in the oven. When they came out, I drizzled a little honey on them, and they tasted very much like sopapillas (Disclaimer: they are not EXACTLY like those delicious fried desserts, but reminiscent of them, and a bit healthier).
Oh YEAH!! I was on fire tonight! :) 

Taco Salad Recipe
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Place uncooked tortillas on baking sheet and bake for 5-10 minutes until they are puffy and light brown (mine took exactly 7 minutes)
Remove from oven and allow to cool for a few moments
Take sharp steak knive and gently cut a center hole in the tortilla (you can break up the cap for chip garnish)
Fill tortilla bowls with your choice of salad ingredients. Some ingredients we enjoy--lettuce, shredded cheese, meat (steak, hamburger meat, chicken or shrimp, it's very versatile), avocado, salsa, tomatoes, sour cream, rice, corn.
This is a great meal for using up leftovers. Put almost anything in those crispy shells and they will be a winner!

Almost Sopapilla Recipe
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Place uncooked tortillas on baking sheet
Use a fork to poke holes in tortillas
 Smear with a thin amount of butter
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar to taste
Place in oven for 5-10 minutes until golden brown and crispy
Remove from oven
While still warm, drizzle with honey
Cut with kitchen shears or pizza knife and enjoy! 


  1. Sounds good. I'll definitely have to try this one.


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