Vegan Taco Salad with Homemade Tortilla Bowls

My awesome little mama has been cooking up a storm for me during my stay in Ottawa and I thought it only fair that I return the favor by making her lunch earlier this week. My mom can make pretty much anything, but she had never made taco salads before. And I know that she loves the taco salad at a certain Mexican fast food joint south of the border. So I figured that homemade taco salads would be a nice little lunch that we could enjoy together.

Homemade vegan taco salad bowls - Super easy and tasty!

I first came across the idea of making my own tortilla bowls over at Emily’s blog, Ordinary Arts. It seemed kind of too good to be true until I Googled and YouTubed my way through dozens of ways to make homemade tortilla bowls. After trying it for myself, I realized that it’s really easy and such a great way to serve and eat salads. I’ve since perfected a method that works best for me, and I hope you’ll try making your own tortilla bowls at home too.

Homemade vegan taco salad bowls - Super easy and tasty!

My mom can’t eat spicy or super-acidic foods, so she opted for a creamy cilantro dressing instead of salsa, and yellow bell peppers instead of red ones. Be aware of your guests’ dietary requirements and adjust topping options accordingly – they’ll love you for it!

Homemade vegan taco salad bowls - Super easy and tasty!

My taco salad, filled with lettuce, black beans, bell peppers, corn, carrots, avocado, cucumber, salsa, cilantro, and green onions.

Filling Ideas

  • Beans (black or kidney are my favorite)

    • Serve them cold
    • Serve them warmed-up
    • Serve them in a refried style, mashed and sauteed with oil and onions/garlic/cilantro
  • Salad greens – Lettuce/spinach/kale, shredded
  • Bell pepper (capsicum), sliced
  • Carrots, shredded/julienned
  • Cucumber, shredded/diced/sliced
  • Corn kernels
  • Mushrooms, sliced and sauteed (portobello¬†are awesome here)
  • Tofu strips, sauteed (to mimic chicken)
  • Rice or Quinoa (with Mexican seasoning)
  • Salsa (store-bought or quickly made with tomatoes, onions, garlic, lime, cilantro, chili)
  • Creamy cilantro dressing (in a blender, whiz soft silken tofu with a bit of water, olive oil, garlic, and cilantro)
  • Guacamole or avocado
  • Vegan shredded cheese
  • Vegan sour cream
  • Fresh cilantro (coriander)
  • Green onions
  • … whatever you have on hand and love in your salads!
  • OR, fill it with Avocado Mango Black Bean Salad

Garden Fresh Gourmet Salsa

I love Garden Fresh Gourmet salsa. If you’re in Canada, you can get a huge container of it at Costco for about $5!

Homemade vegan taco salad bowls - Super easy and tasty! Homemade vegan taco salad bowls - Super easy and tasty!

Homemade vegan taco salad bowls - Super easy and tasty!

Homemade vegan taco salad shells/bowls - Super easy and tasty! Homemade vegan taco salad shells/bowls - Super easy and tasty!

Homemade vegan taco salad shells/bowls - Super easy and tasty!

Vegan Taco Salad with Homemade Tortilla Bowls
 
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Make your own taco shell bowls, and fill them with healthy and tasty vegan ingredients!
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Recipe type: Salad, Main
Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern
Ingredients
  • Flour tortillas (make sure they're vegan)
  • vegetable oil (canola, peanut, etc)
  • Medium oven-safe bowl
  • Kitchen string
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400C.
  2. Find a medium-sized bowl on which you can lay the tortilla - ideally, a bit bigger than the tortilla so that it doesn't go beyond the edge of the bowl.
  3. Flip the bowl over. Brush the tortilla with oil on both sides, and place it over the bowl.
  4. Fold-down the tortilla so that it "hugs" the bowl. Tie a piece of string half-way down, to help keep it in place (easiest if you have help, but I've done it alone too).
  5. Place the bowl on a baking sheet, and bake for about 5-7 minutes, or until it is slightly brown and can hold its shape.
  6. Using oven mitts, remove the bowl from the oven, and carefully remove the tortilla shell from around the bowl. Place upright on baking sheet (with string intact) and bake for an additional 6-8 minutes, until browned inside, but not burnt on the edges.
  7. Remove from oven, remove string, and let cool before filling with desired fillings.

Homemade vegan taco salad bowls - Super easy and tasty!

Other Uses

  • Host a taco salad party! Pre-make all your tortilla bowls the day before, and then set-up a station with all the fixings, so your guests can make their own salads. Kids would love this!
  • Don’t stop at salads. Next time you make guacamole for a party, serve it in a tortilla bowl. Or serve your fajita condiments, such as guacamole and salsa, in tortilla bowls.

Homemade vegan taco salad shells/bowls - Super easy and tasty!

Homemade vegan taco salad shells/bowls - Super easy and tasty!

24 Comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    This is my kind of salad! This looks excellent. Love how you’ve done the taco salad bowls!

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    • vegangela says:

      I know, right?! We’re both big Mexican food fans… I think it’s the best, and makes for perfect salads. Thanks for your comment! :)

      Reply
  2. Laura says:

    Angela, you are amazing! This is so beautiful and healthy. Lucky Mama! And welcome home to North America. <3

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks Laura! I’m loving my time here – it’s so beautiful in Ottawa right now! :)

      Reply
  3. Noelle says:

    Looks fantastic! YUM!

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    • vegangela says:

      Thank you! :)

      Reply
  4. Cherie says:

    This is awesome!! Im loving the tortilla bowls. I cant wait to try this!

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks Cherie! Let me know what you think of it! :)

      Reply
  5. Jamey says:

    Wow. I’m not vegan, but your creations always leave my mouth watering. This is no exception. These look absolutely delicious!

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    • vegangela says:

      Thanks so much Jamey! :)

      Reply
  6. Jodi says:

    In our family we make the taco shells like this all the time! So much better baking it than the deep-fried version at many restaurants. I don’t feel so guilty eating the shell after filling myself with a healthy salad :)

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Jodi – I totally agree! I just wish that I had discovered these sooner. Oh well, I guess I have to make up for lost time, ha ha! :)

      Reply
  7. Nadia says:

    The bowls look super cute! And so perfect for serving a salad to guests!
    I’m so doing it for the next saturday dinner :))) Thank you!

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Nadia – Thanks so much, let me know how they turn out for you! :)

      Reply
  8. I love making taco salad bowls. Like the idea of draping over a bowl – I typically stuff mine down into a bowl.

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Heather – Do they cook evenly when you make them that way? I tried making these a few different ways but found that this way resulted in the crispiest bowls :)

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      • It depends on if I make them in the oven or my toaster oven. Every once in a while I find that the bottoms don’t get quite as crisp. So your method makes more sense.

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  9. Cheryl says:

    Am really excited to make for a small potluck gathering. My husband and I have been trying to go completely vegan for a while now, just need to break free from those old habits. Thought I would use the small tortillas for the potluck.

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    • vegangela says:

      Hi Cheryl – Good luck on going vegan. It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but eventually you’ll get into the groove of it – let me know if you have any questions at all! Good luck also with the pot luck. Let me know how these turn out! :)

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  10. jennifer says:

    yum! these look delicious and i love all the party ideas! i added this to:
    http://fuckyeahvegantacos.tumblr.com/post/17440331333/up-close-and-personal-with-vegangelas-taco-salad

    xotaco!

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    • vegangela says:

      Thank you!! :)

      Reply
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