Let me just be clear from the start — the tortillas themselves are not homemade. I’ve actually never made my own tortillas, but if you’re looking for an authentic homemade tortillas recipe, look no further than my lovely friend Lori.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, if you’re looking for an easy way to make crispy and delicious tortilla bowls (sweet or savory), you’ve come to the right place!
Making homemade tortilla bowls is incredibly easy, and they’re a versatile and fun way to serve a variety of foods. Plain tortilla bowls are perfect for salads or as taco shell bowls (try this yummy beef barbacoa recipe!). Sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, they’re a delicious after-school snack, when filled with yogurt or fresh fruit, or as a dessert with pudding or ice cream. My kids are crazy for them both ways!
How To Make Tortilla Bowls
To make basic homemade tortilla bowls, all you need is a package of 6-inch flour tortillas and some melted butter. I prefer salted butter, but unsalted will work just fine, too.
Start by brushing both sides of each tortilla lightly with the melted butter. Lightly is the key word here — don’t saturate the tortilla, because the bottom of the “bowl” will be soggy and disappointing.
There are two ways you can form the bowls. I started by draping the buttered tortillas over some small Pyrex bowls set on a cookie sheet. After baking for three minutes, the tortillas should be pliable, and you can flip the bowls over and press the tortillas down into the bowls so they fold up and form a cup shape. Alternatively, you can use the same method with a jumbo muffin tin.
After forming the bowls, place them back into the oven to bake for another 10-12 minutes.
Cinnamon-Sugar Tortilla Dessert Bowls
If you want to make the sweet cinnamon-sugar tortilla dessert bowls, you simply need to sprinkle both sides of each tortilla with cinnamon and sugar after brushing them with with the melted butter. Then form and bake as I mentioned before, until the tortillas are crisp and golden at the edges.
At this point you just need to resist the temptation to eat them all before filling them with something yummy. Hands off for now, please!
Let the tortilla bowls cool on a wire rack completely before serving. You can make them up to a day ahead — just store them in an airtight container!
What’s your favorite way to fill a tortilla bowl?
If you like this simple tortilla bowl recipe, you’ll probably also love this easy chocolate balloon bowls recipe! Both are a fun way to make a simple fruit or ice cream dessert feel special.