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Tortilla Shell Salad Bowl Recipe Ideas

Updated on December 19, 2012
Tortilla salad bowls aren't just for taco salad.
Tortilla salad bowls aren't just for taco salad. | Source

Tortilla Shell Salad Bowl Ideas


This author recently purchased the Perfect Tortilla Bowl Maker Pans just to see if they really did what they claimed to do--make crispy tortilla salad bowls without adding fat and calories. The pans (pictured below) definitely lived up to their claims.

However, on getting into the groove of making the tortilla salad bowls, it became apparent that the tortilla bowls would be great for many other recipes. Since the baked shells will keep for up to 1 week if stored properly in an airtight container (such as a zip lock bag), it's a snap to make the shells and then whip them out for recipes as you need them.

Tortilla salad bowls aren't just for taco salads. They can be used for a variety of recipes from breakfast dishes to appetizers to lunch or dinner entrees to even dessert recipes.

Bake Tortilla Bowls


There are other ways to bake tortilla bowls such as baking them over inverted casserole dishes or pans but if you want convenience and predictable results, try tortilla salad bowl molds like the ones shown below.

  • For a great time saver, use tortilla shell salad bowl maker pans
  • Bake shells at recommended temperature, remove from pans and cool on rack for 5 minutes
  • Use in recipes or store in airtight containers for up to 1 week
  • Reheat in 325 degree oven for 3-5 minutes or microwave slightly to warm
  • Once cooked, the tortilla bowls are stackable
  • Stack gently to avoid breakage and store in cool dry place

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Bake as many as you think you'll need.

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Make a few extra just in case some get broken--or eaten.

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Store up to 1 week in airtight containers.

Breakfast Recipe Idea for Tortilla Salad Bowl

Use tortilla bowls for breakfast.  My favorite is huevos rancheros.
Use tortilla bowls for breakfast. My favorite is huevos rancheros. | Source


Easy Huevos Rancheros Recipe with Tortilla Salad Bowl


Ingredients:

  • 1 or 2 poached eggs per person
  • baked tortilla salad bowl per person
  • warmed pinto, black or kidney beans
  • grated cheese (try white cheddar, monterey jack or pepperjack)
  • salsa or pico de gallo (optional)
  • avocado or guacamole (optional)
  • diced roma tomatoes
  • diced green onion
  • low fat sour cream
  • shredded romaine or other lettuce (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Reheat tortilla salad bowls until warm. Keep poached eggs warm.
  2. Spoon in shredded lettuce (if using) or put shredded lettuce under tortilla shell in plate or bowl.
  3. Spoon in beans, tomatoes, green onions, avocado, salsa.
  4. Add a dollop of sour cream.
  5. Add egg or eggs on top.
  6. Sprinkle lightly with cheese.

Also try Huevos Revueltos or Mexican Scrambled Eggs in tortilla shell salad bowls for another delicious breakfast idea.


Dip Recipes for Tortilla Shell Bowls

The sky's the limit when it comes to dips you can put into baked tortilla salad bowls. Here are just a few.

Homemade mock guac ready to snack on in another tortilla bowl.
Homemade mock guac ready to snack on in another tortilla bowl. | Source


Mock Guacamole Dip

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 3 tablespoons low fat mayo
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon or to taste chili powder
  • garlic and salt (optional)
  • 1/2 cup mild to medium salsa (or pico de gallo)
  • 2 diced roma tomatoes

Preparation:

  1. Add frozen peas to boiling water, cover and bring to boil again. Simmer 2 minutes.

  2. Drain and rinse peas with cold water to cool. Drain completely.

  3. Blend remaining ingredients except salsa and tomatoes to a chunky texture to resemble guacamole.

  4. Add salsa and cover. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours or up to 24 to blend flavors.

  5. Before serving, add diced roma tomatoes.

Homemade bean dip is a great addition to a tortilla shell bowl for a party or get-together.
Homemade bean dip is a great addition to a tortilla shell bowl for a party or get-together. | Source


Layered Bean Dip


Ingredients:

  • 1 can refried black or pinto low-fat or no-fat beans
  • 2-3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup low-fat shredded cheese (monterey jack or cheddar)
  • 3 green onions diced
  • 1/3 cup sliced black olives
  • 1-2 diced roma tomatoes

Preparation:

  1. Mix beans with spices. Place in bottom of tortilla shell salad bowl.

  2. Layer remaining ingredients carefully on top of the beans.

  3. Refrigerate up to several hours.

Place several tortilla bowls with dips on a platter and surround with dipping chips.
Place several tortilla bowls with dips on a platter and surround with dipping chips. | Source

 

Homemade Pico de Gallo


Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sized sweet onion chunked
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro washed, spun dry, ends trimmed
  • 6-8 chunked roma tomatoes (can seed if desired)
  • garlic if desired
  • cumin if desired
  • 1-2 teaspoons lime juice
  • salt to taste

Preparation:

  1. Chunk ingredients in a food processor until desired texture--don't overmix. If you don't have a food processor, dice/chop finely and combine all ingredients.
  2. Drain off liquid by putting mixture in strainer.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to let flavors blend.


Lunch or Main Course Tortilla Salad Bowl Recipe

For the main event, serve individual taco salads.
For the main event, serve individual taco salads. | Source


Taco Salads or Fajitas in Salad Bowls


These lunchtime or dinnertime favorites need little explanation. It's important to remember though that you can use a variety of ingredients and come up with any number of quick, easy and delicious meals.

Ingredients:

  • chicken, beef, turkey, pork or fish (ground, spiced, strips, chunks)
  • beans (pinto, black, garbanzo, kidney or red)
  • green chilies or spicier chilies in adobe sauce
  • diced tomatoes
  • diced tomatillos
  • shredded cheese (jack, pepperjack, cheddar or other)
  • onions (green, purple, sweet)
  • salsa (verde, pico de gallo, spicy to mild)
  • lettuce, spinach or cabbage
  • sour cream
  • avocado slices or guacamole

Preparation:

  1. Reheat tortilla salad bowls. Depending upon the size of the shell, make 1 or more per person.
  2. Layer in any order meat, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, cheese.

Dessert Tortilla Salad Bowl Recipe & Ideas

Make a margarita fruit dip and serve with fresh fruit for dessert.
Make a margarita fruit dip and serve with fresh fruit for dessert. | Source


Margarita Fruit Dip in a Tortilla Shell Salad Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 package non-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup frozen margarita drink mix (or fruit juice such as mango)
  • 1/8 cup orange juice or lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel or lime peel
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped
  • sliced fruit or wedges or whole fruit like strawberries

Preparation:

  1. In mixing bowl or food processor, whip whipping cream.
  2. Combine cream cheese, juice concentrate, juice and peel in mixer or food processor. Mix on low until smooth.
  3. Fold the whipping cream into the cream cheese mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Serve dip with fruit.

Some more dessert ideas:

  • Use the ingredients for Dessert Tacos for a delicious alternative
  • Fill tortilla shell salad bowls with sauces like chocolate or caramel and serve with chunks of fruit or angel food cake
  • Use bowls to hold cookies and candies
  • Fill tortilla salad bowls with ice cream or nonfat yogurt and make sundaes

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    • Deborah Minter profile image

      Deborah Minter 

      14 months ago from U.S, California

      This looks really good.

    • AnnMarshal profile image

      AnnMarshal 

      5 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

      I'm counting on it! :)

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      5 years ago from Washington

      Have fun Ann--it can be addicting~

    • AnnMarshal profile image

      AnnMarshal 

      5 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

      This looks very tasty, I have just purchased one bowl maker and will post later my feedback. Thanks for sharing.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      5 years ago from Washington

      Eileen--great use for them~~~

    • Eileen Goodall profile image

      Eileen Goodall 

      5 years ago from Buckinghamshire, England

      Love these, must try next time doing chilli, kids will adore it.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      5 years ago from Washington

      Hi TLP--I actually thought about it and decided to give a couple of my family members these for Christmas...OMG--they LOVED them~ Especially since I trialed them out on them for one of our holiday meals...it was awesome~

    • tlpoague profile image

      Tammy 

      5 years ago from USA

      YUM! I had to stop halfway through reading it to wipe the drool from my lips. What wonderful ideas to use with the tortilla shells. I have always wondered if those metal dishes were worth their money. Now I want to go out and buy one. Great job here with the lip smacking recipes and photos. I will be sure to try out a few of these and pass it along.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      5 years ago from Washington

      Thanks, Om--definitely on all counts~

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      5 years ago

      Ooooh, lost of yummy ideas here! I'd love to try the layered bean dip, but the other recipes also sound great. I think a tortilla bowl can make any simple salad look a lot more enticing. Voted up and awesome!!!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      5 years ago from Washington

      iguidenetwork--interesting indeed on the edible food containers--I can't wait to see them and see what they're made of! Thanks so much for stopping in and for the kind votes up.

    • iguidenetwork profile image

      iguidenetwork 

      5 years ago from Austin, TX

      While I've heard good news that edible food wrappers and containers would come their way next year, these tortilla salad bowls are also a good idea. It's practical and fun to use at the same time, and most of all, nothing will go to waste. Thanks for sharing this hub. Voted up and interesting/useful.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      5 years ago from Washington

      Glad to be of help, BJ--I'm not one for frying anything so love these bake-your-own molds. My son was making fun of me the other day for all the things I came up to do with them--oh well--I noticed they were all gone within the day though~ Other people obviously like eating the shells as well!

    • drbj profile image

      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      What, Audrey? Those tortilla salad bowls are edible? Really?? Who knew???

      Seriously, you have given me a Christmas present. I always wanted to know how to make those thingies. I don't particularly adore the foodstuffs that lie within (except for the meat, onions and lettuce), but I do like eating the tortilla bowl itself. Thank you.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      5 years ago from Washington

      Oregon

    • gtyui profile image

      Ruben 

      5 years ago from London

      whare are you from

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      5 years ago from Washington

      Thanks gtyui~

    • gtyui profile image

      Ruben 

      5 years ago from London

      i like it

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