These deep fried tacos are a perfect way to add a delicious and crunchy spin to your taco night meal. Made with just 3 ingredients, these fried tacos are easy to make and absolutely delicious.
We love making this fried tacos recipe when we want something a little different and unique. By frying up tortilla shells in oil they become chewy and crunchy which pairs well with any filling of choice. Why buy crunchy shells from the store when you can make your own?
These deep fried taco shells may not be a weekly item on your menu but once you try your favorite taco recipe with these shells you may want to repeat it often. While the flavors and textures of your favorite meal may change, there’s not much added work to taco night to get these great results making it an easy upgrade for fun dinners.
Ingredients needed for fried tacos
Oil: You will need about 2 cups of oil. Canola oil, vegetable oil, and corn oil all work great.
Taco filling: Use about 2 cups of any prepared taco filling that you have on hand. Some great taco fillings include seasoned chicken taco meat, ground beef taco meat, or even fish. Making fried fish tacos is a wonderful idea because the crunchy chewy shell and the soft fish inside work well to create a fun spin.
Corn tortillas: Using corn tortillas (either white or yellow) will work best for frying because they crisp up and hold together well in the hot oil.
How to make deep fried tacos
- Heat your oil in a large skillet. The oil in the pan should be at least 1 inch deep.
- Let the oil rest over medium heat until it shimmers. Toss a tiny piece of tortilla into the oil to test if it is hot and ready. The oil should become bubbly around the tortilla piece.
- Warm your tortillas in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
- Place about 2-3 tablespoons of the cooked taco filling into the corn tortilla but do not overfill the tortillas.
- Fold the tacos in half using tongs and then carefully place the tacos on one side in the hot oil. Hold it in place briefly until you are sure that the taco will remain in place and not move.
- Add about 2-3 tacos per pan but do not overcrowd it.
- Flip your tacos once they have become golden brown on the side in the oil. Allow the other side to cook until golden brown as well.
- Remove the tacos and place them onto a paper towel lined plate. This will help to absorb excess grease.
- If you want to keep the tacos warm, preheat an oven to 200 degrees F and place the tacos in there until you are ready to eat.
Tips for making fried taco shells
While frying oil can be a bit of a hazard thanks to splashing grease, there are a few things you can do to make it a bit safer and less messy. For example, using a taller-sided pan will help to prevent a lot of the splashing oil from getting all over the stovetop. Another tip is to not turn the heat up too high because higher heat will splatter more.
Taco toppings: After you’ve fried your tacos to crunchy golden perfection, add your favorite taco toppings. These tacos go great with anything from sour cream to salsa, lettuce, and more!
Deep Fried Tacos
- 2 cups oil
- 2 cups taco filling cooked
- 12 corn tortillas
- Heat the oil in a large skillet, it should be about 1-inch deep.
- Let the oil heat over medium heat until shimmering. Toss a small piece of tortilla in the oil to test if it is hot enough. The oil should bubble around the tortilla.
- Warm the tortillas in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
- Put 2-3 tablespoons of taco filling in the corn tortilla. Do not overfill the tortillas.
- Fold the tortilla in half and using the tongs, *carefully* place the taco on one side in the hot oil. Hold it in place briefly until you are certain it will stay put.
- Add 2-3 tacos to the pan but don't overcrowd it.
- Flip the tacos once they are golden brown on the side in the oil so the other side can cook.
- Set the cooked taco on a paper towel lined plate to drain.
- If you want to keep the tacos warm, preheat an oven to 200ºF and keep them in there until ready to eat.
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