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Taco Salad with Homemade Tortilla Bowls

Taco Salad served in Homemade Tortilla Bowls-the best way to eat taco salad! 

Taco Salad Recipe

 Looking for a quick and easy dinner recipe? We’ve got you covered today! We are sharing one of our favorite weeknight meals-Taco Salad with Homemade Tortilla Bowls.

Taco salad has always been one of my favorite meals, I could eat it every night. Josh gets a little bored with taco salad though. I think it’s the salad thing. He never complains, but I can tell he isn’t thrilled when I say taco salad is on the dinner menu:) If I tell him we are having Taco Salad with Homemade Tortilla Bowls, he gets excited. It’s amazing what a simple Homemade Tortilla Bowl can do! These bowls are magic!

Taco Salad with Homemade Tortilla Bowls on A fun way to serve taco salad!

So how do you make these fancy schmancy bowls? It’s really easy, I promise. All you need are burrito sized flour tortillas, cooking spray, and oven safe bowls. Place the tortillas in greased oven safe bowls and bake them until crispy! They will only take about 15 minutes to crisp up.

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And if you want to make the tortilla bowls extra special, you can add a little cheese! Sprinkle shredded cheese in the center of the bowls a few minutes before the bowls are done baking. The cheese gets nice and melted. No wonder Josh loves these bowls so much. Look at that cheesy goodness!

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We fill our tortilla bowls with our favorite taco salad fixins’! Our favorites include: lettuce, black beans, tomato, green onion, cilantro, shredded cheese, and avocado. I also like to add a big dollop of Creamy Avocado Dip for the dressing. Go wild and add your favorite taco salad toppings. We always go the vegetarian route, but you can add chicken, beef, or pork!

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Jazz up taco salad night by making Homemade Tortilla Bowls! They are fun to make and fun to eat! And the best part, you don’t have to do any dishes. You eat your bowl so clean up is a breeze!

Go bowl crazy and and make Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Ice Cream Bowls for dessert! Gotta love these edible bowls!

Taco Salad with Homemade Tortilla Bowls on One of our go to meals!

Taco Salad with Homemade Tortilla Bowls

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Make homemade tortilla bowls to serve up your favorite taco salad! These bowls are fun to make and fun to eat!


For the tortilla bowls:
6 oven safe bowls
Cooking spray
6 burrito size flour tortillas
Shredded cheddar cheese, optional

For the taco salad:
Black Beans, rinsed, drained, and heated
Tomatoes, diced
Green onion, chopped
Cilantro, chopped
Shredded cheese
Creamy Avocado Dressing


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Coat the inside of oven safe bowls with cooking spray. Gently press tortilla inside bowl. Place bowls on two large baking sheets. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until evenly browned. If using cheese, remove tortilla bowls from oven 2-3 minutes before they are done baking. Sprinkle with cheese and return to oven. Finish baking until cheese is melted. Let tortilla bowls cool in bowls for 5 minutes before transferring to wire cooling rack.

3. Fill the tortilla bowls with your favorite taco salad fixings! We like to use lettuce, black beans, diced tomatoes, green onion, cilantro, shredded cheese, and creamy avocado dressing.

Note-you can make the tortilla bowls in advance. They will keep in an air tight container or Ziploc bag for up to 2 days. You can also add shredded chicken, beef, or pork!

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57 Responses to “Taco Salad with Homemade Tortilla Bowls”

  1. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — October 23, 2013 @ 3:28 am

    What a fun way to eat a salad! And I love that avocado dressing too!

  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — October 23, 2013 @ 6:16 am

    I love the look of this! I need more tacos in my life!

  3. I just love making these taco bowls for my family! I feel like I get more out of the salad than a burrito. Beautiful salad!

  4. Kevin @ Closet Cooking — October 23, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    Now that is how to do a salad!

  5. Suzan @ The Lazy Suzan — October 23, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    These look soooooo good! Beautifully presented and photographed.

  6. Tieghan — October 23, 2013 @ 9:05 am

    These look delicious!! Kind of a perfect meal!

  7. Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective — October 23, 2013 @ 9:16 am

    Oh, yum!!! May just have to make these for lunch today! :)

  8. Julie @ Table for Two — October 23, 2013 @ 9:20 am

    so much more fun than a regular bowl for salad!

  9. HeatherChristo — October 23, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    Perfect Vegetarian Week night meal- I love it Maria!

  10. Cookbook Queen — October 23, 2013 @ 9:56 am

    Edible bowls are the best kind!! Love these!!

  11. Marian (Sweetopia) — October 23, 2013 @ 9:59 am

    Amazing! Love this idea!

  12. I love taco salads and these bowls look absolutely perfect. I do like the idea of putting some cheese in the bottom and letting it melt. My favorite toppings would have to include refried beans and a little seasoned beef.

  13. Erica — October 23, 2013 @ 10:19 am

    LOVE! This is one of my most favorite dinners. Gotta love an easy and healthy taco bowl

  14. Bonny @ Clever Hen — October 23, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    Wow! that looks really TASTY! Can’t wait to make my own taco bowls.

  15. I usually just crush up a couple taco shells for the base of my taco salad, I love this idea so much more!

  16. Aimee @ Simple Bites — October 23, 2013 @ 11:20 am

    Delish!! Now I’m craving a big salad.

  17. Taylor @ FoodFaithFitness — October 23, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    I always wondered how to make those awesome tortilla bowls! This salad looks so good and fun to eat…love that I can eat the whole thing! (bowl included!)

  18. Belinda @themoonblushbaker — October 23, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

    The best part about these is there is no washing up! Simply divine!

  19. Olena@iFOODreal — October 23, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    Love the bowls!

  20. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — October 23, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    Love the homemade tortilla bowls!

  21. Jenny Flake — October 23, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    What a fun dinner!! Love!!

  22. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — October 23, 2013 @ 12:37 pm

    I hadn’t thought about adding cheese. Great idea.

  23. My favorite! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Jess — October 23, 2013 @ 2:20 pm

    Weird, I almost made these last night but I wasn’t feeling confident that the tortilla bowls would turn out so I just went with burritos. I’m definitely trying these out on the next taco night!

  25. Laura @ The Rookie Cook — October 23, 2013 @ 2:37 pm

    Love the fun taco bowl idea! Now I’ve got to get to work making some homemade tortillas!

  26. Oooh that creamy avocado dressing looks like the perfect combo of guacamole and sour cream. I’ll definately be replacing that for the guac and sour cream next time we have mexican because I alway feel like I’m over doing the sauces when I use both! And the tortilla bowls with the cheese in the bottom is brilliant!!

  27. Honey What's Cooking — October 23, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    so so delicious. there is this place in Jersey I go to and they make the best tortilla bowls, of course it’s deep fried, and I tell myself I won’t eat the bowl and then I eat the whole thing and the salad. Sigh! Need to bake a bowl soon. :-)

  28. What a great idea for jazzing up weeknight meals! Absolutely love this, Maria. Pinned!

  29. ATasteOfMadness — October 24, 2013 @ 12:28 am

    Oh wow. This looks great! I love anything with avocado in it!

  30. Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies — October 24, 2013 @ 7:05 am

    Anything in an edible bowl is a win in my book! And I loved that you sprinkled cheese in the bottom of this tortilla bowl. It’s like eating a giant nacho! : ) Thanks for the inspiration!

  31. marla — October 24, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    I have never done anything like this & I must ASAP!

  32. Ruby @ The Ruby Red Apron — October 24, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    I’ve gotta try this. It looks amazing and delicious! I’ve never made tortilla bowls before!

  33. Sara — October 24, 2013 @ 6:22 pm

    That sound so amazingly good! You guys always have the best recipes!

  34. My kids would love the Homemade Tortilla Bowls! Yum!

  35. nest of posies — October 24, 2013 @ 9:15 pm

    these looks so good. one of my favorite dinners.

  36. Maegan @ The BakerMama — October 25, 2013 @ 12:52 am

    These would be perfect to serve to a crowd at a dinner party with a spread of fixins’! Love the homemade tortilla bowl and your creamy avocado dressing!

  37. Julia — October 27, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

    I made these for ‘date night’ & added some minced chicken that I added a few spices to – the hubs & I LOVED it! Will definitely be making this again :) Thanks Maria & Josh!

  38. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — October 28, 2013 @ 7:05 pm

    Absolutely the best way to serve taco salad! Fantastic!

  39. virginia roy — October 29, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

    PURE GENIUS!!!!! Thanks for a colossal idea for my next family gathering!

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