Have you seen those tortilla bowl makers advertised on infomercials? I have been wanting them because they just looked so cool. I could just imagine parties at my house where I had dips made in these cute little tortilla bowls like they showed in the commercial.
But I have learned the hard way never to call to order from those infomercials because they drive you nuts with the upsells. The $10 product you originally want to buy ends up being $80 after all their “free with just shipping and handling charge” extras.
So I looked on good old trusty Amazon to see if they had them on there. Lo and behold, they do! So I bought a set. Now the thing I don’t like is that they only give you 2 molds. 4 would be better. And when I got mine, there weren’t any instructions at all on how to use them. But I figured it out on my own pretty easily.
After I used them a few times I went and read the reviews and found some more ways to use them. A lot of folks spray them first with non stick spray or brush olive oil or butter but you don’t need to do that at all.
I used Ortega flour tortillas in the 8 inch size. I haven’t tried corn tortillas yet but several folks said if you use the corn tortillas, you should microwave them first for about 5-10 seconds to make them softer.
Another tip is before you bake these, poke a hole in the bottom of the tortilla with a fork or a toothpick so they won’t bubble up while baking.
These things are a dieter’s dream! You can have a yummy crispy shell without all the fat from a deep fried shell. You can make them even healthier by using whole wheat wraps or tortillas.
So all you need to do is to pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Drop a tortilla into the metal bowl.
Lightly push into the crevices if you need to but it pretty much lays correctly in the bowl as soon as you lay it in.
Then bake it for 10 minutes or until golden brown. You really need to keep an eye on them the first time as ovens vary greatly. In the reviews on Amazon, people were baking them from 5 minutes to 30 minutes and from 350 degrees to 400 degrees. So just use your best judgement for your oven. I find10 minutes at 375 works best for me.
When you take them out of the oven, let them cool for a minute or two before taking them out of the baking bowl.
You can tell by the picture here that I didn’t prick these before baking and they bubbled a little. They were still quite tasty though.
Here’s one where I did prick the bottom first so you can see the difference.
Okay so what I have done with these little yummy bowls? So far just 2 things. I made our bi-weekly taco salad in it.
And then I made some dessert bowls by brushing them with melted butter and then sprinkling sugar and cinnamon on them before baking. When they came out of the oven and cooled a little, I drizzled some chocolate syrup in the bottom and added a few scoops of vanilla ice cream. I wish I had gotten pictures of that. They turned out so pretty and were really yummy.
Here’s the picture of that:
I also saw in the reviews where someone did the same but instead of brushing melted butter, they brushed a little orange juice before sprinkling with the sugar-cinnamon combo. The lady said you really didn’t taste the orange juice after it was baked,. So that’s an option if you want to save some calories and fat.
These would make great diet desserts by doing the orange juice thing as described above and then filling with yogurt and fruit.
Another idea I got was to use the baking bowl to bake individual meat loafs. I want to try that!
Someone else uses them as a breakfast bowl and fills them with scrambled eggs. Sounds yummy!
Some use them as bowls to hold individual servings of chili or soup. I’ll try that when the weather turns cooler and we start eating more chili and soup.
They would make great individual serving bowls for a luncheonette. Just fill with chicken or tuna salad.
For parties, you could fill them with candy or dips.
Oh, another tip. If you are going to be gone during the day and can’t be home to make dinner, have some of the shells made up ahead of time and just store in a gallon size plastic bag. Then have the fixings already prepared and stored in tupperware containers. When you get home, dinner will be ready in less than a minute!
Another tip: these usually don’t need cleaning unless you use cooking spray on them (I don’t-they don’t need it) but if they do need to be cleaned, wash them by hand. Someone in the reviews on Amazon mentioned when she put hers in dishwasher, there was a little rusting on the edges.
If you want more ideas and recipes, I found this site that has some good ones here.
If you want to order some of these for yourself, you can get them from Amazon here.
Have you used these before? If so have you made anything I haven’t listed here? If so please leave a comment. I’d love more ideas on how to use these bowls as I’m in love with the baked tortilla shells now.
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