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7 Layer Taco Bowls

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how to make a taco bowl

We have tacos and quesadillas around here quite often.  They are so easy to throw together and I always keep the ingredients on hand.  Here is a great Recipe to help spice up Taco Night.

7-Layer Taco Bowls
(This recipe is really just a little bit of this and a little bit of that, depending on if you are making tacos for 2 or for 8, so use as much or as little as you need.)


  • Tortillas (Fajita or burrito size, depending on how big you want your bowl.)
  • Olive Oil
  • Pre-cooked rice
  • Salsa
  • Cumin
  • Garlic powder
  • Re-fried beans
  • Cooked shredded chicken (you could use leftover ground beef, turkey or pork, flavoring it with taco seasoning is optional)
  • Shredded cheese
  • Chopped lettuce
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Sliced olives (I bought chopped, but sliced would be better)
  • Sour cream (Optional)
  • Guacamole (Optional

1.  Warm your tortillas in the microwave for about 20 seconds.  When they are warmed, the tortillas are less likely to split.

2.  Lightly coat the back side of each tortilla with oil and fold it to fit into the bottom of a muffin tin, as shown (for the mini-size.)

how to bake a taco bowl

To make a larger taco bowl, use an appropriate sized oven safe bowl.  I used my small pampered chef batter bowl and stuck a ball of foil at the bottom to keep the tortilla propped up.

3.  Bake at 425 degrees for about 8 to 10 minutes.  You want the shell to be crispy and lightly toasted.

4.  While your shells are cooking,  mix about 1/3 cup of salsa 1/4 cup of shredded cheese and about 1/3 tsp of cumin and garlic powder into the rice.  These measurements are +/- depending on the amount of rice and how you like your flavors.  Heat the rice in the microwave until the cheese has melted and give it a good stir.

5.  When the shells are out of the oven, layer your ingredients in this order, 1 to 2 tablespoons of each:
Refried beans
Chicken or ground beef
Sour Cream
Guacamole (optional)
Olives (optional


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  1. What a delicious taco bowl! Love all of the layers and ingredients. The idea of baking bowl sure takes the guilt away. 🙂 Love it!

  2. I love the idea of how to make the taco bowls. Thanks for sharing! I found your blog through Skip to My Lou's site. Great idea, thanks again!

  3. joyinthemoments.com says:

    So cool. I have never thought of doing the shells like that. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Simply Heidi says:

    Yummy! I may have to make these for dinner tonight. Thanks.

  5. Amber *SaltTree* says:

    Fantastic 🙂 I love taco's and the like! Looking forward to trying this!

  6. party of four. says:

    These look amazing. I can't wait to try them. I am now the newest member folling your blog. Love it:)

  7. Meg@MegaCrafty says:

    Sounds super yummy- I've never tried making taco bowls but have cut up corn tortillas to make my own baked chips. I developed an allergy to one of the oils used in most bagged chips and fried chip/bread products. I miss the tortilla bowls I used to get salads in at restaurants- I'll definitely be trying to make my own shell bowls now, thanks!

  8. Now this is my kind of dinner. I will definitely be making these. Sounds delish! Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  9. Bake Up, Little Suzy says:

    Love these! What a clever idea.

  10. april@gingerbread says:

    YUMMM…I will have to try those taco bowls! Thanks

  11. How fabulous! I've never seen taco bowls made before – I have to try this one – I'm going to pin it so I can find it again!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  12. Rosemary@villabarnes says:

    I love layers, and I love taco bowls. So, this is fab. Thanks for the recipe.

  13. These look so yummy!! I would love for you to link these up to Wow Me Wednesdays!!

  14. Civil War...and More! says:

    Thank you for the idea. It looks like a lot of fun to make! We will have to try it!

  15. Melissa W. says:

    Sounds DELICIOUS!!! Can't wait to try it!!