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Yum! i needed to use up a bunch of corn tortillas, and this did the trick! After the second or third tortilla, I decided to streamline the process. I used some aluminum foil that I folded into a rectangle roughly 2 inches by 3 inches and about 1 inch thick, with the other end compressed slightly. I tucked these into the folds of the tortillas and placed them in the pan, and I just used my fingertips to hold them in place for about 10 seconds (the oil was only about 1 inch deep, enough to cook one side of each tortilla at a time). Then I flipped them over, let the other side cook, and propped against a nother long rectangle of foil that I draped with a couple of paper towels on top of a layer of paper towels. These worked perfectly- I could fry 4 at a time and not have to hold them up. I made 8 squares of foil (about the same amount total that I would use to line 1 1/2 cookie sheets), and although the foil was a little hot, I could take them out after I had flipped the currently cooking batch to get the next batch ready. Thanks for posting!

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eknecht September 23, 2007

This is the ONLY way I have ever known homemade tacos. Only difference is we add a thin strip of cheese in the center of the tortilla while we fry to our desired crispness. The cheese is all melted and gooey! YUMMY!

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Princess Donna May 13, 2010

This is the way we make our taco shells too. I usually use flour tortillas and use a pair of tongs to fold the tortilla into a taco shell shape and a fork in the other hand to hold down inside the shell as it frys. Flour tortillas have a tendancy to "puff up" when cooking and using the fork to hold down the inside of the shell while frying keeps them opened up so they don't puff up like a giant donut :) I was so tired of buying soft shells for DH and DS and a box of crunchy taco shells for myself that always went stale because I would only use 2 at a time. Thanks for sharing this technique.

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Brenda. June 27, 2009

These were excellent! Easy to do and the results were phenomenal ~~ exponentially better than store-bought taco shells. Will make these again!

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SGpratt July 16, 2008

i was so skeptical about this recipe being a good hard taco shell. Some called the store bought ones stale or some other negative thing. But I actually like those. I still gave these a shot. Following the directions, they came out perfect. too perfect. I'm so surprised that the corn tortillas fried into the hard taco they did. It's not just a shape, or that it's crunchy cooked instead of dense when uncooked. It's also the taste. This is how they were made to be eaten!! The outside gets crispy and solid to hold in all the essential taco fillings, the inside is still sort of soft and warm. It's the kind of crispy that you enjoy, not the ones that are sharp and tear the roof of your mouth.

Try this. You won't regret it one bit. You might actually love it because corn tortillas are so much cheaper than the flour ones... and now they are tastier, too!

I would post a picture, but the ones I cooked were eaten too fast. Everyone at the table was skeptical about them, going for the flour tortillas or butter fried corn tortillas which were still soft. I turned my back for one second though after happily eating my own creation, and all of a sudden they were all gone and no one cared for the flour tortillas anymore. Back to the kitchen I went to cook more hard tacos, while everyone grudgingly finished the flour tacos they started.

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WuhanNoodle April 09, 2012

FANTASTIC! this is the only way to go. I will make over and over. People, look no further, super simple and quick. Delicious.

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beth April 29, 2009

Yum, perfect.

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hollyfrolly April 05, 2009

This was very helpful. We were in the middle of the process and could not hold the form, until we read the foil tip! thank you!

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jacqrabbit1 July 04, 2008

So simple and so good! I made them last night for my husbands' Cinco De Mayo birthday with the Chicken Taco recipe also on this site. Spectacular! Everyone LOVED them. How easy this is to do! Have always wanted to try. Glad I finally did! Thanks~

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ferreirp May 06, 2008

I like the suggestion of using coconut oil for frying as it is also a lot healthier option. I have a suggestion that came to my mind for taco holders. Using a plate rack that stands plates on end in cabinets. Lay paper towel a section longer than the length of the rack -or amount needed to account for indentations of rack where taco shells will go. This way you can drain oil, shape and hold the taco shells all in one step. I am gonna try it myself.

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Mims Cookin October 07, 2012
Turning Corn Tortillas Into Taco Shells