It’s not uncommon to start to feel a bit bored with your family meals when you have a pretty standard meal rotation, so mixing things up by making “miniaturized” versions of your favorite foods is a fun way to add a little excitement to the menu!
Today’s taco “recipe” is similar to one I posted a while ago here on the blog, about making hard taco shells in your oven. But rather than a plain ol’ taco shell, today I’m sharing how to make these adorable mini taco bowls!
All you need to make these cute little bowls is a standard 12-cup muffin tin*, your preferred cooking spray, and a stack of small corn (or flour) tortillas.
*I used a couple of 6-cup ones I had on hand, but I wasn’t able to make as many at once, so I would recommend a 12-cup muffin tin if you’re planning on making quite a few!
Start by microwaving your tortillas for 30 seconds to 1 minute, just until they’re warm and pliable.
I like to just open the bag of tortillas and microwave them as-is, because the bag helps retain moisture so that the tortillas don’t dry out. You can also sprinkle each tortilla with a bit of water, stack them on a plate, then place an upturned plate on top, and microwave them that way. Same idea. :-)
When your tortillas are warm and pliable, give them a light spray with your favorite cooking spray. (Side note: did you know you can make your own non-aerosol cooking spray at home?)
Place the tortilla in between 4 cups of your upside-down muffin tin to create your bowl. (A standard 12-cup muffin tin allows you to make 3 taco bowls at once.)
Put the muffin tin in a 375 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the tortillas are firm (but not brittle) and a light golden-brown. Remove the muffin tin from the oven, and allow the taco bowls to cool on a rack or plate.
Then it’s taco time!
Pack these clever little bowls with your all your favorite taco fixings. My family is pretty easy-to-please when it comes to tacos, so I just go with the standard seasoned ground beef mixture. Add some cheese, lettuce, salsa, and whatever else you want.
Yum! Might I suggest making these tomorrow for Taco Tuesday? :-)