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The Best Foods to Fill Your Crispy DIY Tortilla Bowls

The crispy-crunchy baked tortilla bowl is a thing of delicious beauty. And there's just so many tasty ways to fill 'em up. Taco salad is one way to go, of course. But there are plenty other options. Basically, if you can top a tostada, stuff a burrito, or fill a taco with it, you can add it to your tortilla basket. All that and more! Because this tortilla is also a bowl, you can fill it with stews, chilis, and dips!

Making your own crispy tortilla bowls is pretty easy. Brush a little vegetable oil on ordinary flour tortillas and press them over a ramekin. Then cover with foil to shape the baskets and bake them, removing the ramekin midway through baking and repositioning the foil to achieve peak crispness. Once the tortilla bowls cool down, the fun really begins, as you fill them with delicious food!

See how to make Chef John's Baked Tortilla Bowls:

Chef John loads his up with lettuce, pinto beans, shredded cheese, carnitas, tomatillo sauce, tomatoes, red onion, sour cream, chopped cilantro, and avocado. Here are more recipes for your crispy baked tortilla bowls:

1. Beef, Bean, and Beer Chili

Turn your tortilla into a chili bowl. A pinch of cinnamon, a little unsweetened cocoa powder, and a bottle of beer create a deeply flavorful chili.

Beef Bean and Beer Chili

Photo by Chef John

2. Chicken Pot Pie II

Forget the pastry part of pot pie, and give it a Tex-Mex twist. Pour the hot pot-pie mixture into the baked tortilla. Top it with crumbled tortilla chips if you like.

Chicken Pot Pie II


3. Authentic Huevos Rancheros

Wake up to delicious ranch-style eggs in a crispy tortilla bowl! For an egg-free option, try these Ultimate Tofu Breakfast Burrito Bowls.


4. Real Nacho Cheese Sauce

Use your crunchy tortilla as a bowl for easy cheesy dipping. Then eat the dishes. "Addictive," raves bd.weld. "So easy, so good. I used sharp Cheddar cheese and this turned out perfect."

Real Nacho Cheese Sauce

Photo by bd.weld

5. Pork Chili Verde (Green Pork Chili)

Pork simmers with potatoes in a tomatillo sauce featuring garlic, jalapenos, poblano peppers, cilantro, and chicken stock.

Pork Chili Verde (Green Pork Chili)

Photo by Chef John

6. Grilled Chicken Taco Salad

Fill the tortilla bowls with a bed of shredded lettuce and then top with spice-rubbed grilled chicken breast, black beans, avocado, and salsa.

Grilled Chicken Taco Salad

Photo by Stirring up Trouble


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