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Real Food Recipe: Puffy Tacos and Sopapillas

I am going to let you in on a delicious little trick you are going to be so excited about…especially if you are a mom (or dad) that is always on the look out for delicious, quick {and FRUGAL!} meals.  This meal is one you can prepare in literally 15 minutes. I know, settle down.  It IS an exciting thought that you could have dinner on the table in 15 minutes! AND, are you sitting down? It is REAL food. REAL food FAST.

Puffy Taco -  A meatless meal from WholesomeMommy.com

My puffy taco and delicious dessert, sopapillas, are made the same way… with store bought soft flour tortilla wrappers. It you are really cool, you can make your own whole wheat wrappers on the weekend and use them for this recipe too.  Either way, you’ll be amazed at how you can change the texture and taste of these things doing something really simple: frying them in a little coconut oil.

I call them puffy tacos, but they also go by other aliases – Navajo Tacos or tostadas.

I made these for my mom and dad and my dad asked me twice (in a row) what kind of shells these were.  He enjoyed them so much and I think it blew his mind a little bit that they were just regular ol’ burrito wrappers!

To make a delicious dessert to wrap up the meal I fry another round of tortillas and then drizzle them with honey and then sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar.  Cut them up with a pizza cutter/wheel and watch them disappear!  Be prepared to make a second batch!  They are seriously good and addictive!

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  1. Thanks for sharing the tip. We had puffy tacos in a restaurant many years ago and loved them. Now I can make them at home!

  2. Gina Turley says:

    I’m going to try these next week.
    One question, why coconut oil?

  3. Heather Gutknecht says:

    I have to do low fat due to my pancreas… can I bake them??

  4. Dude! Make your own tortillas! It’s easy, some Mexican women do it every morning.

  5. What kind of tortillas do you buy that aren’t full of chemicals?

  6. Looking forward to making these this week as part of your “real food on a food stamp budget” plan! Thank you SO much for this amazing resource! Just want to clarify one thing… when cooked this way in the crock pot, the beans don’t need soaked ahead of time? Also, about how long do they take?

  7. Becky Owens says:

    Hey Denise,
    Have you ever tried puffy tacos or soapapillas w/ corn tortillas??
    Just curious!

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