Thursday, January 20, 2011

Taco Salad with Homemade Tortilla Shells

This is an absolutely fabulous meal to make from  a lot of items you will already have in your kitchen.  With practice you can whip this meal up very quickly. I have recently made this meal several times in one week because we all loved it. I have also included a recipe for your own taco seasoning.  You only need one Tbsp. for this recipe, so don't add all 3 Tbsp-YIKES!!  Put homemade salsa on the side to dip your leftover tortilla shell in after finishing the salad portion.  Printable recipe link at bottom of post.

Start out by combining:
2 cups white whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 cup warm water
 Mix flour, salt and water together to make a soft dough. Spray ball of dough and surface with olive oil and knead until smooth. You want to have dough a little sticky, but not too sticky. Set the dough aside and cover with a warm damp cloth. Let the dough rest for at least 10 minutes or more.
Divide the dough into 8 equal parts.

Heat griddle on highest heat and turn oven to 425 degrees. Make smooth balls and press flat. Roll balls in flour and roll out until you have a 6 inch circle. If the dough sticks to the rolling pin or surface, dust very lightly with flour. (use just enough to help you roll out circle~too much flour will make your tortilla dry. I roll a few times, flip the tortilla over and dust lightly with flour, roll a few  more times and then flip again and until I have a 6 inch circle.  You might like this King Arthur Rolling Mat. I love this mat and use it to roll out dough for rolls, pizzas and tortillas. It has circles on it to help get your tortillas or pizza the perfect size you need.

Cook two tortillas on grill at a time.  When tortilla starts changing color and starts puffing, flip over.

Flip again after a few seconds. Take a flat spatula and press lightly on the puffed parts of the tortilla. This will help the tortilla to puff more. This is an important step to get your tortillas to be light and puffy.
Flip again. The tortilla should have light golden-brown spots on both sides. Do not cook very long because it will become hard. You need it to be soft and pliable. Keep tortillas stacked together on and under a cloth to keep from drying out.
Prepare tortillas for oven.

Rub 1/4 tsp. of olive oil on both the top and bottom of the tortilla and place on an upside down ,oven proof Ramekin. Click on Ramekin to see a picture of the one I have. This is the size you will need. 
Cook for about 6 minutes and remove to cool.

Next make your own homemade Taco Seasoning (this will make 3 recipes)

1 Tbsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. paprika
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp. black pepper

Mix all seasonings together. Use 1 Tbsp. of mixture and store the rest in a small glass container for later use.

In pan cook 1/2 tsp. olive oil, 1 cup chopped onion or green bell pepper & 1 crushed clove of garlic. Cook for 1 minute and then add  1 (15oz.) can drained and rinsed low sodium beans of your choice (I have used kidney and white beans). To this add 1/2 cup tomato sauce and 1 Tbsp. of the homemade taco seasoning.
Fill tortilla bowls with lots of fresh, organic spinach.
Add your favorite dressing on top of the spinach. Top each taco bowl with my Perfect Brown Rice. Pack rice in a small container and then dump on top of lettuce leaves.  This will keep your rice from going everywhere.  On top of the rice add your bean mixture (again pack in small container before dumping on top of rice). Garnish with a few sprigs of cilantro, a side cup of homemade salsa and fresh lime.
Makes 8 servings
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10 comments:

  1. Hi Debbie!! wow!! looks really perfect and YUMMY! I wanna make it !! you always create awesome foods^_^ thanks for sharing xoxo

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  2. Mmmmmmm...This looks so yummy! I love how you did the shells!!!

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  3. Wow I love the idea of homemade taco shells! Im really sensitive to corn and most whole wheat tortillas have nasty ingredients. I love this recipe to make my own, thanks I'm going to try this weekend.

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  4. Debbie, Thank you, thank you, thank you for a healthy taco seasoning that is appealing to me. While I can't eat wheat I will try your recipe with a gluten free flour. I am so taking this recipe and making it soon! You rock girl!!
    Viv~

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  5. You are so ambitious in the kitchen. Thanks for sharing another great idea!

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  6. What an awesome meal! I would have never thought about using ramekins to make the shells like that. I'm going to the printable recipe right now. :o)

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  7. Looks great. Would look even greater with lots of Guacamole and Sour Supreme;-)

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  8. Looks yummy, but that it would take a lot of time! I honestly thought this is what you were going to make for Sunday dinner, but I know with that many people it is best to go SIMPLE! Either way, I alway love your cooking

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  9. Wow, these taco shells are so fun! Easy AND impressive, too, the perfect combo!

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