By Carl Hanson

The crispy-crunchy baked tortilla bowl is a thing of delicious beauty. And there's just so many tasty ways to fill 'em up. Taco salad is one way to go, of course. But there are plenty other options. Basically, if you can top a tostada, stuff a burrito, or fill a taco with it, you can add it to your tortilla basket. All that and more! Because this tortilla is also a bowl, you can fill it with stews, chilis, and dips!

Making your own crispy tortilla bowls is pretty easy. Brush a little vegetable oil on ordinary flour tortillas and press them over a ramekin. Then cover with foil to shape the baskets and bake them, removing the ramekin midway through baking and repositioning the foil to achieve peak crispness. Once the tortilla bowls cool down, the fun really begins, as you fill them with delicious food!

See how to make Chef John's Baked Tortilla Bowls:

Chef John loads his up with lettuce, pinto beans, shredded cheese, carnitas, tomatillo sauce, tomatoes, red onion, sour cream, chopped cilantro, and avocado. Here are more recipes for your crispy baked tortilla bowls:

Turn your tortilla into a chili bowl. A pinch of cinnamon, a little unsweetened cocoa powder, and a bottle of beer create a deeply flavorful chili.

Beef, Bean, and Beer Chili
Photo by Chef John

Forget the pastry part of pot pie, and give it a Tex-Mex twist. Pour the hot pot-pie mixture into the baked tortilla. Top it with crumbled tortilla chips if you like.

Chicken Pot Pie II

Wake up to delicious ranch-style eggs in a crispy tortilla bowl! For an egg-free option, try these Ultimate Tofu Breakfast Burrito Bowls.

Use your crunchy tortilla as a bowl for easy cheesy dipping. Then eat the dishes. "Addictive," raves bd.weld. "So easy, so good. I used sharp Cheddar cheese and this turned out perfect."

tortilla chips covered with nacho cheese sauce and garnished with jalapeno slices
Real Nacho Cheese Sauce | Photo by bd.weld
| Credit: bd.weld

Pork simmers with potatoes in a tomatillo sauce featuring garlic, jalapenos, poblano peppers, cilantro, and chicken stock.

Pork Chili Verde (Green Pork Chili)
Photo by Chef John

Fill the tortilla bowls with a bed of shredded lettuce and then top with spice-rubbed grilled chicken breast, black beans, avocado, and salsa.

Grilled Chicken Taco Salad
Photo by Stirring up Trouble

Check out our complete collection of Tex-Mex Recipes.