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Volume II
April 29, 2003

Lean Tortillas

Cut the fat and calories in your Mexican cooking by baking instead of frying tortillas. You'll find directions for taco shells, chips, strips, or cups to be used for all your Mexi-cuisine needs. Also, you should consider making delicious and nutritious tortillas at home with your own Tortilla Maker!

Taco Shells
Spray corn tortillas with butter-flavored non-stick cooking spray. Drape over two rungs on the middle oven rack. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 350-degrees F. The tortillas will first soften and then crisp up, so wait for them to get to the crispy stage before removing them from the oven.

Tortilla Chips or Strips
Cut either corn or flour tortilla into triangles or strips (a pizza cutter works great for this). Spread out on a cookie sheet, in a single layer. Spray with butter-flavored non-stick cooking spray on both sides and sprinkle with salt if desired. Bake at 350-degrees for 8-10 minutes (for chips) or 5-8 minutes (for strips) or until crisp.

Chalupa Shells
Spread tortillas in a single layer on cookie sheet and spray with non-stick cooking spray on both sides. Bake at 350-degrees F. for 10-15 minutes or until crisp.

Tortilla Bowls
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Spray tortillas on both sides with cooking spray. Soften tortillas directly on oven rack for 1 minute (or soften in microwave). Remove and shape by pressing small tortillas (5-6 inches) into muffin cups or 12-ounce ovenproof dessert cups. For bigger bowls, press 8-10 inch tortillas into large ovenproof bowls. Bake 12-15 minutes or until crisp (and lightly brown if using flour tortillas). Use small tortilla cups to serve salads, desserts, salsas or toppings. Use large bowls for taco salads.

Tortilla Maker
We got a Tortilla Maker and started making our own fresh, homemade tortillas. They were GREAT! Everyone loved the taste and texture. We got so much great feedback that we decided to contact the manufacturer and resell them at a VERY low price. Click here to find out how to get your own Tortilla Maker!

* DVO welcomes your kitchen hints and cooking or nutrition questions! Email us and we'll post your hints and Q/A's in upcoming newsletters! *

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