Transform Tortillas Into A Savory Cone For Mess-Free Tacos

If taco Tuesday is your favorite day of the week, then this viral tortilla cone trick is the upgrade you didn't know you needed. It not only puts a fun twist on basic tacos, but also makes them far less challenging to eat. Whether you like to make them at home or order from a taco truck, eating them can get messy. Their crispy shells tend to crack in all the wrong places, and the fillings inevitably end up spilling out of the open ends. Even soft tacos can spill out the sides if you're not careful. Transforming tortillas into a cone does away with the mess by making tacos easier to hold, and there's only one opening you have to worry about. 


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The concept is simple enough, as is its execution. Instead of forming tortillas into the traditional folded-over U-shape, you roll them to create a 3-dimensional cone. They end up with a round opening at one end and a sealed pointy tip at the other. Once you add in all your fillings through the opening, they'll stay put without falling out thanks to the bottom being closed — messy taco problems solved.

You can cook these in a variety of ways ... oven baked, deep fried, air fried ... and the sky's the limit as to what you can fill them with. Load them with traditional savory taco ingredients, pack them like burritos, stuff them like pizzas, or even make them sweet for a twist on dessert.

How to make handheld tortilla cones

You can make your cones from homemade or store-bought tortillas. You can't go wrong with plain flour, but you can also try switching things up with corn, spinach, sun-dried tomato, or whole wheat tortillas. You can also play around with the size of these handhelds by opting to make them from large tortillas for an entree or use the smaller variety for kids or appetizers — full-sized tortillas can also be cut in half for a mid-sized snack. 

Lightly coating one or both sides of your tortilla with a spread of butter or oil will help them get nice and crispy. Sprinkling on some herbs or spices is optional but highly recommended — this pro move will add flavor right into the cones. Taco seasonings are perfect for this purpose. To create cones, all you need to do is roll your tortilla inwards at a slight angle. First, cut a slit from the center to one edge to create a starting point, then the tortilla will naturally curve into a point once you start rolling. 

Securing the outer lip of your cones with toothpicks will help them stay closed while cooking. You can also fill their centers with a wad of aluminum foil so they'll hold their shape. Use your preferred method to crisp them up, then just remove the toothpicks and foil before adding your delicious fillings.

Tortilla cone filling ideas for tacos and more

Tortilla cones are a truly versatile canvas for creating culinary works of art. As for tacos, the classic fillings will make for a guaranteed hit. Shredded cheese, ground beef or veggie meat, chopped tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream, and salsa are all you need to make any day of the week into a flavorful fiesta. Prefer fish tacos? Stuff your cones with strips of battered and fried cod along with some spicy slaw.

Opt for more authentic Mexican creations with al pastor or saucy birria tacos. Burrito fillings work great here too ... try rice and beans with carne asada, carnitas, barbacoa, or shredded adobo chicken. Top with jalapeños and a squeeze of lime. Fajita-style strips of grilled steak and peppers are another mouthwatering version.

Cones aren't limited to just tacos either. Fill them with tomato sauce, shredded cheese, pepperoni or crumbled sausage, and some fresh basil for a portable pizza pocket. These can be baked prefilled to get the cheese properly melted. Make breakfast burrito cones with eggs, cheese, bacon, and potatoes. 

Salads and sandwiches are more fun in crunchy cone form, as are kebabs, falafel and hummus, and chicken tenders with barbecue sauce or ranch dressing. For an entirely different take on an ice cream cone, top butter-coated tortillas with cinnamon and sugar before heating, allow to cool, then fill with ice cream, sliced bananas and strawberries, and top with chocolate sauce.