Taco Shells and Seasoning

I enjoy trying out new recipes and seeing what things I can make at home rather than buying pre-made at the store. So tonight I made my own taco seasoning and flour tortilla shells.  The seasoning was just right, but I will admit I have some more work to do on the shells. The shells ended up being a bit thicker than I would have preferred, but the taste was ok!  Here are my finished shells and the seasoning mix (sorry but I don’t have the art of food photography down just yet:) plus the recipes!


Taco Seasoning Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Tsp Paprika
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt


Mix all ingredients together well. This amount made enough to mix with 1 lb of Ground Beef and 1/4 cup water to make the taco flavored meat.

*Adapted from here

Flour tortilla shells:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • 1 1/2 cups water


Combine first 3 ingredients.

Using your fingers, work shortening into flour until its evenly dispersed and crumb like.

Pour water in and mix until a ball of dough is formed.

Lightly flour your work surface and knead the dough 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic.

Let rest covered with plastic wrap for 20 minutes.

Divide dough into 8-10 equal pieces.

Roll each piece out into a circular shape…as thin as you can. This is where I had a hard time!

Cook each shell on a hot griddle (medium heat) until lightly browned. Flip and brown the other side too!

*Adapted from here


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