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I have tried a couple ways to do this and they have been OK. Of course, when I worked in industrial kitchens, using a deep fryer and a stainless steel potato masher (but larger) was ideal, but neither of these tools are available in my home kitchen.

So basically, I have a 12-15 inch flour tortilla I want to make into a fried bowl for a nice salad. Any ideas?

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Try brushing the tortilla with oil, and baking it upside down over a steel bowl.

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This seems like a good idea. I will try this. – nicorellius Sep 9 '10 at 18:23

JustRightMenus touched on this topic in this answer to a similar question.

Quoting that answer:

you can make your own shell for taco salad by placing a large flour (burrito-size) tortilla in an oven-safe bowl (shaped however you'd like) and putting a big ball of tinfoil inside it. You can also do the opposite - place the bowl upside-down and drape the tortilla over it. Either way, Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes until it's lightly browned, and you're done! When you remove the tinfoil and the bowl, the tortilla will hold its own shape.

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I do the bake-in-a-bowl version every time I make taco salads. Depending on how crispy you want the shell, just keep an eye on it in the oven. – JustRightMenus Sep 9 '10 at 18:56

If you're going to fry in oil, then just use a ladle to get the bowl shape you desire. I've done that in the past with good results.

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I have tried this and it works OK, but not as well as I would like... – nicorellius Sep 9 '10 at 18:23

I've seen a posting somewhere that used a muffin pan, putting it upside down and placing smaller tortillas in between the crevices before baking. They look great, wavy, just like they serve in the restaurants!

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Probably something like this: But don't they look better if you just use the actual muffin cups? – Jefromi Jul 27 '12 at 23:40

I somehow acquired a "tortilla bowl maker" as a gift. It looks something like this: It's essentially a metal mold with ridged sides on the "bowl". We baked flour tortillas on it, but the results were . . . "eh". You may have better luck making bowls from corn tortillas, though.

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Cool! I have never seen one of those... Pretty nifty. I'm sure it would work with one of these other techniques mentioned here... – nicorellius Sep 9 '10 at 22:10

I brushed both sides with oil and put IN a bowl and microwaved it. It tasted fried and crispy.

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You can order tortilla bowl fryers on line. They are round shaped with ridges & a really long handle for deep frying, just be careful of the size, a 6" was too big for my deep fryer.

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