March 29, 2011

Fun Dinner Idea: Taco Bowls

Earlier in the week, I came across this Taco Bowl recipe from Amy at A Little Nosh and immediately bookmarked it in my "Things to try SOON" folder.  It had everything I look for in a dinner recipe ~ it was quick and easy to make, with ingredients that I usually have on hand ~ plus the edible bowl idea was really clever.  Since I was planning on making tacos one night this week anyway, I decided to alter the menu just slightly and make these instead.  I made a few changes to the recipe Amy posted based on what I had in the fridge and pantry.  They were easy to prepare, tasty and will definitely be added into our meal rotation.

UPDATE:  Like sweet more than savory? Check out the dessert version I just came up with ~ Cinnamon Dessert Bowls!

How fun is this for dinner?

INGREDIENTS (served our family of 5):
  • Twelve 6-inch flour tortillas
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning mix
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • taco fixings ~ lettuce, salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, taco sauce
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Microwave tortillas for 30 seconds to soften. (I did two at a time.)  Place a softened tortilla in each of the muffin tins, gently pushing it down to the bottom and folding up against the sides.  ( I found it worked well to fold the warm tortilla in half, then in half again, putting it down in the muffin tin and then unfolding it onto the sides and onto the bottom)

Microwaving the tortillas to soften is a necessary step to get them into the muffin tins easily.

3. Bake the empty tortilla shells for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, brown the ground beef in a large skillet with the taco seasoning and about 1/4 cup water. Add the corn and black beans and simmer until everything is heated through.

4. Spoon the meat mixture into your tortilla cup.  Add your choice of toppings and enjoy.  We liked scooping out a few bites with a spoon or fork, then picking up the whole taco bowl and eating the rest!

The Verdict:  My husband, myself and our youngest daughter really liked them.  My older daughter loved the shells, but didn't like the corn and beans mixed in the meat mixture (she likes her food better separated *mom rolls eyes* ).  My son didn't care for it, but he's been super picky lately, so I'm not surprised.  Overall, I'm pleased with those statistics and will make these taco bowls again (maybe leaving the corn and beans out of a small portion so I can up the ratio to 4 out of 5 happy eaters! :D )

One happy diner!

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  1. What a fun idea! I will try this next time!

  2. Looks good, my family would love everything that's in there :) But I have one that is so picky, but this she would love!

  3. They really are yummy and we LOVED the idea of the little tortilla bowls. I plan on using them for other kinds of food too.

  4. Those look delish, and my kids would love 'em. I'll have to add that to my menu next week.

  5. So simple and cute! I love the verdict portion..."I like my food separated, Mom"!! This would be perfect for my Foodie Friday linky party...if you get a sec, pop on over and link up!
    Oh, and I found you at Fireflies and Jellybeans!

  6. these look great! will try soon. thanks for sharing.

  7. Looks good! I do them in a larger fluted bowl so they aren't so scrunched, and you don't have to micro them to get it in.
    Your little girl is adorable!

  8. These are great for presentation and for ease of preparation. So smart!
    I featured these taco bowls today on my Friday Favorites Post. Feel free to grab a Featured on Calico and Cupcakes button if you would like one. Have a great weekend!

  9. This sounds wonderful and I know my fam will love it. I just bought everything to make tacos so I might deviate a little and make these instead. Thanks for shareing

  10. Love this idea!! I can't wait to try!

  11. Great idea, love it!

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  12. What a fun idea to make bowls out of tortillas! This is too cute!

  13. This is adorable! Now maybe I can get my kid to eat tacos!

  14. For sure I have to try! So cute I would love it if you linked up to the Glitter Party!

  15. What a great idea! I'm going to give this one a try. :)

  16. What a fun recipe! I have friends visiting at the end of the month. I think I may serve these one night. Thank you!

  17. With's all in the presentation, right???

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice Thursday. Hope to see you back this week!

  18. MMMMM... I will have to try this one next time we do burritos. What a fun and simple idea!!

    Thanks for linking this project up with For the Kids Fridays! I appreciate you stopping by, and hope to have you back for this week's party! I'll be posting it later tonight.

    :)rachel at

  19. I would LOVE for you to stop over and link up this post in my new weekly Homeschooling on the Cheap link up. It is weekly, goes up on Thursday and stays up for the week.

    Thank you! Kelli

  20. Lauraanderson1963@yahoo.comFebruary 6, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    I bet if you cut up the tortillas you could make this in mini muffin tins and make taco bites...appetizers!

  21. I am not a kid, nor do i have any kids..... but i LOVE your blog! I'm planning on making those bananas on my next camping trip! thanks for sharing!!

  22. would this also work with corn tortillas? or would they not form correctly?

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