Mexican Tacos

My son, Nehal relishes his favorite Mexican snack – tacos and I set myself the task of preparing home made taco shells right from scratch using corn tortillas, loaded with a delicious paneer-vegetable-baked beans filling as a tea-time snack and use the left over tortillas to prepare enchilada casserole for dinner. The tacos I prepare at home are Mexican inspired and are no where authentic.:).

Its a simple recipe but does call for quite a bit of preparation work. First I prepared the corn tortillas, the recipe of which I had blogged earlier, and used these tortillas to prepare taco shells, using a taco mould. I bought a very convenient custom made aluminium taco mould/maker with a long wooden handle for Rs.120 (approx $ 2.70) from a cookware store in Vizag.

Taco mould (custom made at a cookware store)

Mexican Tacos Recipe

Prep & Cooking: 45 mts, cooking: 15 mts

Cuisine: Mexican



For filling:
1 1/2 cups chopped mixed vegetables (onions, carrots, beans, baby corn, capsicum, cabbage)

2 tomatoes chopped

3/4 cup grated paneer

3-4 tbsps coriander leaves or parsley finely chopped

pepper pwd or dried red chilli flakes for seasoning

salt to taste

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

home made tomato salsa

home made sour cream (optional)

1/2 cup baked beans (optional)

For tacos:

rolled out corn tortillas

taco mould/maker

oil for deep frying

1 Saute the mixed vegetables in olive oil for 2-3 mts. Next add the grated paneer and saute further for a minute. Turn off heat and cool.
2 Combine the sauteed vegetables-paneer, tomatoes, salt and pepper/red chilli flakes. Filling is ready.

Tomatoes, cabbage, capsicum, sweet corn, carrot, onions, paneer, green peas, baby corn and grated paneer

How to prepare corn tortillas at home

3 To prepare the tacos, roll out corn tortillas into small rotis or approx 6″ in diameter. Use a fork to prick lightly on the rolled out tortillas.
4 Heat enough oil for deep frying in a heavy bottomed vessel. Once hot, slide a tortilla into the oil and immediately place the bottom of the taco mould on the center of the tortilla and press gently into the oil and hold for 12-15 secs. You will find that the tortilla takes the shape of the mould and forms a cup.

5 Remove the mould and cook the shell all over till golden brown. Drain and remove. Prepare with the rest of the tortillas.

6 Now fill the taco shells with 2 tbsps of the paneer-vegetable filling. Top with a tbsp of baked beans followed by a tbsp of salsa, a tbsp of sour cream and garnish with parsley. Crunchy crisp tacos with a delicious filling are ready to be devoured!


You can use any type of filling – vegetables or meat based and top with cheese.

Read more about Mexican Tacos
Interesting article on the history of tortilla and taco


Do visit this website for more information on Mexican recipes and cooking classes. The above recipes were originally prepared by Manju Sethia who designed the taco maker along with 2 other shapes.

Mexican Tacos

  Prepare time:
 Serves: 2

 Main Ingredients:

  •  maize flour


  • Murali

    Photos are very interesting, easy to understand how you cooked

  • Mishmash!

    More than the dish and the photo, this time I am amazed at the effort u have put in for making them !!!!! All home made ingredients !!! Salute u , dear !!!!

  • Coffee

    Thats a wonderfully easy way of making tacos!!!!….Your presentation is awesome Shailaja ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Padmalata

    Nice tempting photos of tacos…Thats really wonderful tool to make tacos at home..we generally buy those here readymade…but yours look so easy way of doing tacos.

  • Jyothi

    Hi Sailu,

    Your tacos looks yummy and beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing…:-)

  • Sharmi

    hey nice to know about that custom made taco mold. looks nice and gives me some ideas too. very simple yet innovative. the taco plate looks really tempting. I am sure Nehal must have enjoyed it.


  • sandeepa

    OMG Sailaja…I am telling you just go and open that restaurant in Vizag and before that take out a patent on those moulds. Did you design them yourself ?

    No, I didn’t design it, Sandeepa.:). My friend got one from Kolkotta and based on that mould, this particular one was custom made locally.

  • shilpa

    You have some patience Sailu. Loved to read abt taco shells. I would not have even attempted making these when I was in India. Now I don’t make it bcos I get ready made :). Your pictures have made me think about it. Thanks dear.

  • Damini

    Those are some cool pictures and i love the recipe. I usually do the taco shells by putting the tacos in the muffin plate and bake them … i guess i do not have patience like you. Great job.

  • anusharaji

    wow sailaja garu

    that looks stunning
    everything from scratch
    gosh u have loads of energy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • padmaja

    u are unbelievable, sailu!
    where did u get that idea from? u are so creative and i was wondering how u got that shape when i just saw the picture!!i can only say that u are an amazing mom!!

  • richa

    that custom made taco mould is something.
    mini tacos look yummy!

  • swapna

    WOW sailu..that is wonderfull!!

  • seema

    Sailu, Lovely presentation as always. Loved your taco recipe… you are very creative and just loved the shape of those bowl like tacos that you managed to get. Your kid must have enjoyed it.

  • prema

    Wow.. u are amazing sailu. U have so much of patience to do the taco shells all by yourself..U are sure a fantastic cook.Thanks for sharing.

  • Radha

    You are one heck of a mom sailu. Your family is lucky to have you. Home made tacos look absolutely delicious. Good work.

  • priya dilip

    Hello sailu .. what an effort to make tacos.. it feels as if it is easy to make them at home… And also am able to feel the sincere efforts behind this blog, at home…
    thanks for sharing

  • Nags

    Hey, this is really an awesome site and i am amazed at how well you have illustrated the process. the pics look really good!

    i just started out on a good blog of my own and learning from a lot of others, u included ๐Ÿ™‚

  • sra

    Sailu, impressive! Which is this store in Vizag that you mentioned?

    Bombay Gas Light Stores.

  • Sneha

    Wow, the tacos look so yummm!! Will try them out over the weekend.

  • Mythili

    You actually got that mould made? Are you awesome or are you awesome? Much too much !!!!!
    What a visual treat this post is … K.U.D.O.S

  • Reena

    sailu, you have put so much effort in making it and it looks so authentic. i love it but never thought of going for so much work. KUDOS GIRL!!!! the pictures are awesome. love your site.

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  • Chinni

    Wow Sailu very nice photos.And we can understand easily.Nice recipes.

  • suman

    lovely recipe.all the more, to prepare at hme with the home ingredients,is great.thanx for sharing a wonderful recipe with us.

  • Chandana

    Hi Sailu,

    Your recipe blog’s amazingly huge…

    I find a wide variety of recipes…

    Thank you for taking the effort.

    I’m a big fan of moong dal snack.. I read it somewhere online which said the dal must be soaked overnight with lots of soda and fried next day in oil..

    But they’re not crisp… They are a bit hard on the jaws..

    Could you tell me where I went wrong? Probably the soda soiled them?Could you mail me your reply?

  • minal

    looks sooooo tempting.
    hats off to you

  • Archana

    Hi Sailu

    I chanced upon your site yesterday while looking for a baingan recipe. I must say that I am very impressed with your lovely recipes, your creativity and the spotless pictures. I agree with some of the other reviewers, please go open that restaurant, write a cookbook and hey what the heck maybe someday your own cookery show. I love experimenting with new recipes and I have tried 3-4 recipes from your blog over the last 2-3 days.

    Happy Cooking !

  • Rupa

    hey ,
    I recently moved to vizag…can you tell me where do you get this taco mould and also some nice departmental stores …..I am currently shopping at Karachiwala in siripuram….

    Taco Mould – Bombay Gas Light Stores, Waltair Uplands. Karachiwala is a good departmental store.

  • Vasavi

    Hi Sailaja garu,

    mi web site chaala bagundhi..nenu Vizag nunche..recently settled in Delhi after marriage. mi recipes esp Andhra style ones..chaala bagunnayi..nenu mi website ni office lo unapudu pani bore kottinappudu chusthu untaanu ๐Ÿ™‚ however i take care so that my manager doesn’t find me surfing ๐Ÿ™‚
    night intiki vellaka konni try chesthanu…naku kobbari chutney (dry ga,podi ga undedhi) elago chepthaara ?

  • Harini

    Hi, this is such a good blog!! I liked the tacos you made. It seems easy…I will have to look for one in Thane! I am enjoying my visit thoroughly!

  • Vyshnavi

    Lovely tacos!

  • sathya senthil

    Love mexican food .Tacos are a great appetizer as u said.Instead of frying we can bake it right ?Put it in the cup cake pan and there it is.