Your typical taco has seasoned meat, cheese, lettuce, tomato, salsa, a taco shell. If you're feeling fancy, you might add some sour cream, guacamole, or refried beans. So, how do you make your tacos stand out? That's easy...it's in the shell.
There are two types of shells to make your mouth water.The key is to buy them fresh.
- Flour tortillas-buy only the uncooked ones. They are usually in the dairy section. In some stores they're in the meat section. You can buy in bulk and freeze these in amounts you typically use in one meal. Take them out in the morning to thaw. Spray the pan lightly with cooking oil and turn the burner onto medium-high heat. Cook for about 20-30 seconds on each side. Keep warm until it's time to eat. They are best if eaten immediately.
- Corn tortillas-buy a big pack of them and freeze them, too. There are two ways to prepare them. One way is to simply put a touch of butter or oil into a frying pan and heat them up. Make sure you get good quality tortillas or they'll be dry and thick and nasty. It only takes about 20 secs. The other way is to fry them in an inch of oil. The longer they are in the oil, the crispier they will be. Keep them flat for tostadas or bend them for traditional shaped tacos.