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jpr54_1 Apr 29, 2013 12:31 PM

I am interested in finding homemade tacos-
thanx

  1. Cynsa Jun 5, 2013 01:59 AM

    http://www.thedailymeal.com/every-tac...

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      tastesgoodwhatisit Apr 29, 2013 05:53 PM

      I've made homemade flour tortillas, and they're way better than the store bought ones, although not as pretty. You have to eat them fresh, though.

      I usually use a recipe that calls for lard as one of the main ingredients and has to rest for an hour or two, you'll also find simpler flour/water ones that are more a basic flatbread.

      There are also corn tortillas - I haven't made those myself, but I would try if I could get the ingredients, because I cannot buy them where I live.

      If you're talking about the crunchy U shaped taco shells that were Mexican food when I was a kid, for those, you make a corn tortilla and then deep fry it so that it keeps its shape. That's much more complicated/messy - I'd probably just buy those.

      1. jpr54_1 Apr 29, 2013 04:38 PM

        I was referring to the wrap-tortilla and itsmaking.
        I didn't realize that is what the wrap was called

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          c oliver Apr 29, 2013 04:59 PM

          The "wrap" is a tortilla. One method of filling a tortilla is a taco. And burritos, quesadillas etc.

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            foodieX2 Apr 29, 2013 05:08 PM

            Basic flour tortillas are super easy but I found that I can buy them for just a cheap and with the same basic ingredients. For corn tortillas you just sub corn flour (masa harina).

            Fried corn tortillas (hard shell tacos) I have never made but assume would be pretty easy with a fryolater.

            http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ho...

            1. re: foodieX2
              c oliver Apr 29, 2013 05:20 PM

              Oh, sorry. I TOTALLY missed that. I don't know where OP lives but here in Reno I can find them made on site. I also used to buy the uncooked flour ones at Costco. I liked them a bunch.

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                foodieX2 Apr 29, 2013 05:26 PM

                trust me, I did too!

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                Gio Apr 30, 2013 05:00 AM

                When I first read JPR's question I thought she was looking for homemade tortillas and went searching for a recipe since I've never made them from scratch. That's a really easy sounding recipe you've linked to foodiex2. Many thanks. I think I can handle that! I prefer corn tortillas these will work nicely with masa harina.

                1. re: Gio
                  c oliver Apr 30, 2013 07:46 AM

                  I have a tortilla press for making Asian dumplings. Maybe I should 'branch out' :)

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                  rasputina Apr 30, 2013 07:55 AM

                  You don't need anything special to fry tortillas to make taco shells. Just put a thin layer of oil in a frying pan and when it's heated add the tortilla, flat. Give it a 20 seconds or so to soften up and then fold it in half, fry until it's lightly browned and then flip it over and let the other side brown. Don't let it get too crisp or it will break when you try to fill it.

                  1. re: rasputina
                    c oliver Apr 30, 2013 08:24 AM

                    We use lard and love it. We also lightly salt it after it's fried. We don't do the folded, crispy but just get a little brown to it.

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                foodieX2 Apr 29, 2013 01:07 PM

                Tacos are a pretty broad term-fish tacos, beef taco, shrimp tacos, etc. In the most simple terms all they are is some kind of filling folded into or wrapped up by a corn or wheat tortilla. They can be hard or soft tortillas.

                Is there any particular kind you are looking to make?

                ETA: heres is a link to 50 different recipes. Might help inspire you as I agree with C Oliver that I just kind wing. Not something you really need a recipe for once you know what you like/want.

                http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes-an...

                1. c oliver Apr 29, 2013 12:40 PM

                  Not sure what you mean by "finding."

                  If you're talking about making them, try these links:

                  http://www.chow.com/search?query=taco...

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                  1. re: c oliver
                    jpr54_1 Apr 29, 2013 12:58 PM

                    thanx
                    have u made any of them

                    1. re: jpr54_1
                      c oliver Apr 29, 2013 01:00 PM

                      I have no idea. I just kinda do my own thing. Tacos lend themselves better to that than just about anything I can think of. Just have at it.

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