Step 1 – Prepare Your Equipment
Heat your oven to 400°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2 – Sprinkle Your Cheese
Sprinkle your shredded cheese—whatever flavor you like—in a circular shape onto a baking sheet, about 1/4 cup per 6-inch taco-shell-to-be.
Step 3 – Bake the Shells
Bake your shells for 5 to 7 minutes, keeping an eye on them so that they don’t burn (you will, however, want the edges to brown slightly). For a less crunchy taco shell like this one, go for 5 minutes. For a harder shell, go for 7.
Step 4 – Form the Shape
Take your taco shells out of the oven and, using folded paper towels or hand towels so you don’t burn your fingers, fold them over wooden spoon handles. Allow them to cool into shape over the spoon; a bunched-up towel works to hold the spoons in place and keep them upright.
Make sure the shell has cooled completely before you remove it from the spoon, or you might end up with a limp taco—and nobody wants that!
Step 5 – Then Dive In, Shell First
Enjoy your new cheese taco shells with a whole array of fillings: scrambled eggs and crispy bacon in the morning; traditional ground beef filling at suppertime; roasted veggies for a hearty snack; the possibilities are endless.