Tortilla Bowls


In this homemade recipe, we show you how to make corn tortilla bowls using the underside of a muffin tin as a mold and baking them to create individual taco serving bowls.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
8 taco “bowls”

How Do You Make Tortilla Bowls?

Store-bought tortilla bowls are usually deep-fried. For a healthier version, we bake corn tortillas on the underside of a muffin tin until they're crispy. The first step is to heat the corn tortillas until they're warm. Warming tortillas makes them pliable and prevents them from cracking and breaking. You can warm tortillas in the oven, on the stove or in the microwave.

How Do You Use Tortilla Bowls?

Make taco bowls for a healthy and fun way to serve taco filling! Try our Chicken Taco Bowls, which are filled with a zesty green salsa chicken filling. Fill the tortilla bowls with Taco Salad, make Chipotle-Lime Cauliflower Taco bowls or High-Protein Breakfast Taco bowls. For shrimp taco bowls, try our Shrimp Tacos with Avocado Crema recipe, and check out more healthy taco recipes for further inspiration.

Can Tortilla Bowls Be Made Ahead?

Yes, you can make them ahead and store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. Warm and re-crisp them in the oven at 375°F before using.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • 8 6-inch corn tortillas

  • Canola oil cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

  2. Heat tortillas until warm (see Tips). Coat each side of 4 tortillas with cooking spray. (Keep the remaining 4 tortillas covered.) Turn a 12-cup muffin tin upside down. Nestle a tortilla in the space between 4 cups to form a "bowl." Repeat with 3 more tortillas, making 4 bowls total. Bake until firm and beginning to brown, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with the remaining 4 tortillas.

    Tortilla bowls


Muffin tin with 12 (1/2-cup) cups, wire rack


Warming tortillas prevents them from cracking and breaking. Here are three ways to warm your tortillas:

In the oven: Wrap stacks of 8 tortillas in foil; place in a 375°F oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

On the stove: Turn a gas or electric burner on high. Using tongs, slide one tortilla at a time over the burner for a few seconds, alternating sides, until it's softened and beginning to char. Cover tortillas to keep warm.

In the microwave: Wrap a stack of 8 tortillas in a barely damp, clean kitchen towel (or paper towel); microwave on High for 30 to 45 seconds.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

117 Calories
7g Fat
12g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 117
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 12g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 1g 3%
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Vitamin A 1IU 0%
Folate 1mcg 0%
Sodium 16mg 1%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 17mg 4%
Potassium 45mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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