Tortilla Salad Bowl
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Tortilla Salad Bowl

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Mexican Tortilla Salad Bowl is one of those dishes I always see at restaurants. It’s the perfect thing to order for lunch on weekends because it’s not like a traditional salad, has so many flavors, fresh veggies, beans, cheese, and that crunchy outer layer gives this dish a special place in my salad list. But why to wait for going out and order it when you can make this simple fancy dish at home.

The only cooking involved is heating up the tortillas to turn them into bowls and sauteing veggies (which is totally optional). The rest of the ingredients can just be thrown together and tossed into a salad. I love piling the ingredients into the tortilla bowls to fill them with flavor.

At restaurants, taco salad bowls are made by deep-frying extra-large flour tortillas in a specially-shaped frying basket. So today I’m going to show you a step-by-step process to make crispy salad bowls at home, without deep-frying!  Yeah, you heard it right, without deep frying. We will be air-frying them with only a few drops of oil, you may even bake them in the oven.

Delicious!!!! Omg amazing!!! Perfect for a weekend dinner!!! so yummy! It’s perfect for a hot summer night when you didn’t feel like heating up the house with the oven. I added cheese for a little something extra. Serving Salad in these perfect-looking tortilla bowls will really complete the salad. Making these tortilla bowls at home in the air-fryer is so easy. You may even prepare them in advance. All you need are soft tortillas and a bowl!

I would definitely recommend everyone to make this and I am pretty much sure you definitely gonna make this again! This was the best salad ever! I would never believe that salad could taste so good! If you are bored of eating regular salad and would like to try something new, healthy, delicious, and full of nutrients salad then I will recommend making Bean Salad too. You will definitely love it.

Preparation Time: 5mins  ∏  Cooking Time: 15mins  ∏  Servings: 2-3

Level: Beginners (Easy)  ∏  Measurement: 1 Cup ≡ 250 ml ≡ 250gm

Ingredients Checklist:

How to make Tortilla Salad Bowl:

For Tortilla Bowls

Step1: Preheat the air-fryer at 400Deg F for 2-3mins. Brush tortillas with olive oil.

Step2: Take oven-safe bowls and grease it with some oil to coat the surface.

Step3: Press each tortilla into a greased bowl. Making the folds so that it will shape like a bowl.

Step4: Air-fry them at 400Deg F for 10-12minutes. After 5 mins take out the bowl. Wear gloves and carefully remove the lightly fried tortilla and again keep them for air frying without bowl. This time keep them upside down. Alternatively you may bake them in oven at 400Deg F for 12-15 mins.

Step5: Once they turn golden brown. Take them out. Let the tortilla bowls cool. Repeat with the remaining tortillas. Now you’ve got some crisp, homemade tortilla bowls for your tasty taco salad.

For Salad:-

Step6: In the meanwhile, we will saute veggies and prepare the dressing for the salad. Sauteeing veggies are totally optional you may directly add veggies to the salad. But if you like to do so then heat a pan and add 1 teaspoon olive oil. Then add minced garlic and saute it for a min followed by adding the onion.

Step7: Lightly toss the onion then add chopped red and green bell pepper (capsicum). You may add any veggies of your choice.

Step8: Saute everything for just 1-2mins. Do not overcook the veggies.

Step9:  Sprinkle some salt, pepper, chilly flakes and taco seasoning (optional). Remaining salt & pepper we will add in dressing.

Step10: Mix everything well and turn off the flame. Keep aside and let it cool.

For the dressing:-

Step11: In a bowl or liquid measuring cup, combine the olive oil, lime juice, minced garlic, cumin powder, red chilly flakes, honey/sugar, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
Step12: Add fresh coriander. I love to add 1/2 teaspoon of tomato ketchup to the dressing it gives a little tangy-sweet taste, you may skip this if you want. Dressing is ready.
Step13: In a large bowl add boiled beans, chickpea, sauteed veggies. Add chopped cucumber, avacado, tomato, boiled sweet corn, Jalapeños.
Step14: Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. The salad is ready.

For Sour Cream:-

Step15: In a bowl take 2 teaspoons of sour cream. Add finely chopped spring onion greens, salt, pepper, mustard powder, minced garlic and some sugar. Whisk together.
Step16: Place tortilla bowls on serving plates. Fill each tortilla bowl with the salad. Top each with sour cream dressing and cheese. Enjoy.
Tortilla Salad Bowl


  • Once you take the tortilla bowl out of the air-fryer it will be soft, but after cooling for 5 mins it will become hard and crispy.
  • If you didn’t have tortillas you may serve salad with chips and it will just be fine.
  • You may prepare tortilla bowl in advance just keep them in an air-tight container.
  • You may add any veggies of your choice.
  • Sauteeing veggies are totally optional you may directly add veggies into the salad.
  • For an extra kick add more jalapeños and olives.


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