To make a puffy taco shell, you use masa to make a round tortilla and deep fry it in hot oil. While it's frying, you gently poke a spatula into the tortilla so the sides fold up similar to the shape of a traditional hard taco shell. Use your spatula to splash a little oil to the top of the tortilla, which will help it puff up.
You have to be careful that the tortilla does't break apart in the oil, but it wonÃ¢t take long for you to get the hang of it.
When the taco is done cooking, remove it from the oil, drain it, and it's ready to be filled. You can fill a puffy taco with ingredients similar to hard-shelled tacos, or make your own meat and vegetable combinations.
Puffy tacos are popular in Mexican restaurants in Texas and California and have been featured on the Food Network. And the Puffy Taco is a mascot for the San Antonio Missions Baseball Team.