This is one of my favorite salads. I really missed having that crunchy tortilla bowl when making my taco salads. I set out on a mission to figure it out and it was a surprisingly easy solution. I found a non-stick taco fluted dish that came in a set of 2 at a flea market for about 2 dollars and set to work. The result was fabulous. They are relatively simple to use and pretty easy to find.
A favorite of mine. A refreshing taco salad made with all fresh, homemade ingredients. Crisp fresh greens and fresh homemade Pico de Gallo make this salad absolutely stunning. It is a visually pleasing dish that has such wonderful, distinct, fresh flavors.
Taco Salad Shells
Spray both sides of the tortillas with the non-stick spray
Place the fluted non-stick taco dishes onto a baking sheet
Press and hold the tortillas into place inside the fluted taco dish and then place in the oven
Bake for about 10 minutes or until the shells have a nice golden color
Remove from oven and place upside down on a paper towel to cool and drain out any excess oil
Brown the ground beef and drain any excess fat from the beef
Return the meat to the pan and add taco seasoning mix and half the water, stir well
Simmer for 20 minutes at a med-low temperature adding the other half of the water a little bit at a time. You want to be sure that the meat absorbs the water, you can use a little less than a cup if necessary
Place the cooled shells onto the serving plates or bowls
Place 3/4 cup shredded lettuce into the bottom of each shell
Divide prepared taco meat into 4 servings and place 1 serving in each shell
Place 3/4 cup Pico de Gallo on top of the taco meat in each shell
Divide avocado into 4 servings and place 1 serving in each shell
Top each shell with a teaspoon of sour cream and diced green onions
Place 3/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese in each shell
Top with diced black olives (optional)
Serve with fresh guacamole and salsa, if desired
Click here for detailed instructions on taco seasonings and how to prepare the taco meat. Click the link found here for our recipe for homemade pico de Gallo. Enjoy!
This Taco Salad in a Crispy Golden Taco Shell recipe is gluten free.