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Apr 29, 2013 12:31 PM

Homemade tacos

I am interested in finding homemade tacos-

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  1. Not sure what you mean by "finding."

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

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      1. re: jpr54_1

        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.

    1. 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.

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

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        1. re: jpr54_1

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

          1. re: jpr54_1

            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.


            1. re: foodieX2

              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.

              1. re: foodieX2

                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

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

                2. re: foodieX2

                  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

                    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.

              2. 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.