Home-made Taco Shell Recipe
Why would you want to make your own taco shells when it is so easy to buy the ready made ones? Well I don’t exactly know, except to say that I do like to try and make most things from scratch myself, at least once. At least then I know what goes into a dish. If the recipe turns out to be relatively simple and equally or more delicious than the ready-made version, then I would prefer to make my own.
These taco shells were pretty simple to make, although the process was obviously much more time consuming. The recipe also resulted in a very different taco shell, actually more like a wrap and less like a taco. If you want crispy/ crunchy, you will not find it here.
It was very tasty though. So rather than just being a shell that held all the yumminess together, it added to the overall flavour. I really liked it and I would happily to do it again, given a free afternoon and time to potter in the kitchen.
So for the sake of sharing, here is the recipe, just in case anyone else wants to give it a try. Or, if you have your own taco recipe then please let me know. I would love to make the crunchy ones someday too….
- 1 Cup of flour
- ½ cup of instant polenta
- ¼ tsp of salt
- 1½ cups of water
- 1 egg
- Mix all the ingredients thoroughly together in a bowl.
- Heat a large non stick, heavy based pan. Add enough olive oil to cover the base.
- Use a soup label to drop a large spoonful into the base of the pan, quickly spreading the batter in a circular motion, working from the inside out until it is nice and thin.
- Cook each side for about one minute. The shells are not supposed to brown, although they should definitely cook all the way through.
- Remove the shell from the pan and then mould into shape by draping them over a cake rack, or placing over the top of a mug. You want something that will help them dry into the desired "taco shell" shape.
- You can use them as soon as they have cooled.
So what do you think? Will you give it a try?
I’d love to hear how you go.
Coincidentally, the previous photo reveals my top secret cooking tip, eat good cheese while you go. 🙂
Here is another photo of my best looking and most usefully shaped taco. It was not hard to achieve with a bit of practice.
You might like to fill these lovely tacos with slow-cooked beef.