It’s finally here, WHOOHOO! The Vegan Virtual Potluck is an eating and drinking celebration brought to you by more than 60 bloggers worldwide. Recipes from the participating bloggers are listed in the order of courses, from amazing appetisers to delicious desserts, so it’s like progressing through a real meal. A huge vegan feast of a meal! I signed up for the Salad course, so you can click on the buttons below to navigate your way to the previous salad dish from Vegans Do It Better or to the next salad dish by Veggie What Now, and then work your way around more than 60 additional vegan dishes! Om nom nom!

For my part in this delicious treasure hunt, I decided to finally make something I’ve wanted to try for ages – taco salad bowls! I was a little nervous about how they’d turn out but they were actually incredibly easy to make. They are also the perfect party food because you can make the bowls ahead of time and even just provide filling ingredients and let your guests assemble their own. Super fun and tasty!

To make the tortilla bowls:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 165C.
  • Warm a fry pan over medium heat and soften the tortillas by heating them in the pan for a minute on each side.
  • Spray oven-proof bowls with oil, and place a tortilla in each bowl.
  • Place bowls in the oven and cook for about ten minutes or until the tortillas are lightly browned.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the bowls.
  • Fill them with your favourite ingredients! I chose lettuce, julienne carrots, chunks of cucumber, cherry tomatoes, fresh corn from the cob, drained Mexi-beans, sliced mushrooms, sliced red capsicum, avocado, salsa, a squeeze of lime, and fresh coriander leaves, mmmmmm… It doesn’t get much easier than that!


And now I’m off to see what everyone else has cooked up! Happy potluck travels, everyone! 🙂 xx

72 Comments on Vegan Virtual Potluck Taco Salad Bowls

  1. Cauldrons and Cupcakes
    May 12, 2012 at 6:24 pm (12 years ago)

    Love the idea of making the taco salad bowls. I think I’m even brave enough to try this one myself!

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm (12 years ago)

      Definitely do – I was surprised by how easy they were and then you can totally brag about it to your friends afterwards! 😉

  2. Potluck fan
    May 12, 2012 at 6:38 pm (12 years ago)

    Yum! I want a wad of the Guacamole from the Watch me lose 150 pounds blog in the appetizer section to accompany this. I am so excited to try the bowls.

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm (12 years ago)

      YES!! I actually made smaller bowls out of corn tortillas first and they would be perfect to hold guacamole and salsa dips!

  3. trueindigo
    May 12, 2012 at 7:12 pm (12 years ago)

    I agree with Potluck Fan, all of these great recipes coming together in one spot are the makings for a super meal!

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm (12 years ago)

      Absolutely! I’ve got a ton of new bookmarks and don’t quite know where to begin! A delicious problem to have! 🙂

  4. luminousvegans
    May 12, 2012 at 8:39 pm (12 years ago)

    This looks amazing…perfect potluck food!

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 2:56 pm (12 years ago)

      haha, it so is, although eating them can get a little messy! Cover up the white carpets! 😉

  5. tearoomdelights
    May 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm (12 years ago)

    They look so good! I imagine they could be fun to eat, too. I might have to try making them soon, they look really professional.

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 2:56 pm (12 years ago)

      They are sooo much fun to eat, although maybe not the most ladylike dish! hehe 😉

  6. Siri
    May 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm (12 years ago)

    These are so cute! Can’t wait to make them!

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm (12 years ago)

      YAY! Let me know how you go. 🙂

  7. An Unrefined Vegan
    May 12, 2012 at 10:01 pm (12 years ago)

    I’m just so impressed – and I’ve only started really – at how beautiful the food has been so far!! So creative and yummy. Your dish is no exception! I want to dive in! Thank you!

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 2:58 pm (12 years ago)

      Thank YOU for organising, Annie! I’ve just been around the whole loop and I’ve had a ball! 🙂

  8. iatelunch
    May 12, 2012 at 11:04 pm (12 years ago)

    Such a perfect summertime recipe!

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm (12 years ago)

      Absolutely. 🙂

  9. The Vegan Kat
    May 12, 2012 at 11:12 pm (12 years ago)

    That’s a great idea, and so simple! Definitely a fun addition to a taco salad 🙂

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm (12 years ago)

      Guaranteed to get the giggles flowing at the table! 🙂

  10. everydayvegangirl
    May 13, 2012 at 12:03 am (12 years ago)

    Did you use small or large tortillas? I think this would work great with both…love taco salads!

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm (12 years ago)

      I used small corn tortillas first but found that they were too small to hold salad. They’d be perfect to hold salsa and guacamole, though!

  11. jasongillett
    May 13, 2012 at 12:25 am (12 years ago)

    Mega YUM! Spectacular salad bowl and your plating is superb!

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm (12 years ago)

      haha, thanks so much, Jason! I’m very new to food photography, so my lovely friend has been helping me. 🙂

  12. Shira
    May 13, 2012 at 12:29 am (12 years ago)

    What a great dish, and one of my faves! Lovely! 🙂

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm (12 years ago)

      Thanks Shira! 🙂

  13. Somer
    May 13, 2012 at 1:21 am (12 years ago)

    We do our taco salad bowls the same way! Great way to cut back on unnecessary oil! That looks sooo good! Lovin’ the potluck!

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm (12 years ago)

      I’m definitely going to do ALL my Mexi salads this way, now that I know how easy it is! I’m loving the potluck too! *drool* 🙂

  14. VeganFling
    May 13, 2012 at 1:24 am (12 years ago)

    Super cute, love this idea!

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm (12 years ago)

      So easy and sure to impress your friends and family! 🙂

  15. keepinitkind
    May 13, 2012 at 1:51 am (12 years ago)

    Looks delish- what a beautiful salad, Bex!

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm (12 years ago)

      Thanks Kristy! It would look sensational next to the gorgeous colours in your salad, too! 🙂

  16. annesturetucker
    May 13, 2012 at 2:06 am (12 years ago)

    Looks really crunchy and tasty – I love cilantro and lime, beautiful!!!

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 3:06 pm (12 years ago)

      mmmmm, I love those flavours too – so fresh and amazing. Enjoy! 🙂

  17. Dudette
    May 13, 2012 at 2:46 am (12 years ago)


    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm (12 years ago)

      hehe, mega-thanks! 🙂

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 3:07 pm (12 years ago)

      YAY! It’s so easy, too! Let me know how you go. 🙂

  18. Kammie
    May 13, 2012 at 2:59 am (12 years ago)

    YES! I love taco salad! Love these

    • vegansparkles
      May 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm (12 years ago)

      Thanks Kammie. 🙂

  19. Food Stories
    May 13, 2012 at 5:33 am (12 years ago)

    Just making my way through the virtual vegan potluck and wanted to say hello 🙂

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm (12 years ago)

      Hello! *waves* 🙂

  20. vegancharlie
    May 13, 2012 at 7:21 am (12 years ago)

    This looks soo fresh and full of goodness. Mmm edible bowl that’s the best idea ever its always nice to have something crunchy in a salad besides the lettuce 😛

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm (12 years ago)

      haha, absolutely! It’s soooo much fun to eat, too! 🙂

  21. emmycooks
    May 13, 2012 at 7:22 am (12 years ago)

    I love taco salads and totally agree that making these bowls makes them proper party fare! I never would have thought to try this but it looks so easy–and I bet they will be popular with the kiddos, too. Thanks!

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm (12 years ago)

      Oh the kids would absolutely love them and they’re easy enough for them to help make them, too! 🙂

  22. Barb
    May 13, 2012 at 7:50 am (12 years ago)

    These look wonderful!!!

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm (12 years ago)

      Thanks Barb! 🙂

  23. veganbloggersunite
    May 13, 2012 at 10:27 am (12 years ago)

    Very creative and appealing. Love it! Please let me know if you’d like a featured guest blogger post on VBU. I’d love to have you. Thanks! L.

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm (12 years ago)

      Ohhhh, thank you so much, I would absolutely LOVE that! 🙂

  24. thecrueltyfreereview
    May 13, 2012 at 12:21 pm (12 years ago)

    So festive looking! It’s nice to see a healthy taco salad!

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm (12 years ago)

      Absolutely! Practically zero fat – just fresh and healthy, NOM. 🙂

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 3:12 pm (12 years ago)

      My pleasure, Jenni! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  25. Richgail Enriquez
    May 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm (12 years ago)

    Cool idea! How did you make them curve like that? Looks great!

    • vegansparkles
      May 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm (12 years ago)

      As you place the warmed tortillas into the bowls, you can just massage them into any shape you like and they stay like that. YAY! 🙂

  26. formerfishtacofanatic
    May 14, 2012 at 3:58 am (12 years ago)

    I have to try these!! I’m hungry just reading this!!

    • vegansparkles
      May 14, 2012 at 2:59 pm (12 years ago)

      hehe, you sure do! Easy, healthy and delicious = 3/3! 🙂

  27. Brittany
    May 14, 2012 at 7:08 am (12 years ago)

    After looking through all the pot luck items, yours was one of my favorites. This looks sooo delicious, and the bowl is something I need to make asap!

    • vegansparkles
      May 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm (12 years ago)

      Awww, thanks Britt! You could use the bowls for all sorts of dips and stuff too. Let me know how you go! 🙂

  28. LindsayODonnell
    May 14, 2012 at 10:42 pm (12 years ago)

    When I saw these photos I actually yelled “YAAAAA-UUUUUM” really loudly.

    • vegansparkles
      May 15, 2012 at 1:21 pm (12 years ago)

      haha, I love it! (and hope you weren’t in the library at the time) 😉

    • vegansparkles
      May 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm (12 years ago)

      Thanks Robin! 🙂

  29. veghotpot
    May 14, 2012 at 11:44 pm (12 years ago)

    fantastic!!! this would look so impressive on a buffet spread. nom nom!

    • vegansparkles
      May 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm (12 years ago)

      It so would and no-one ever has to know how easy it was. 😉

  30. toxicvegan
    May 15, 2012 at 4:31 am (12 years ago)

    Oh my god I used to love taco salad and never thought to make my own! Fab, fab idea 🙂

    • vegansparkles
      May 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm (12 years ago)

      haha, thank you, and they’re soooo much fun to eat. Nice and messy. 🙂

  31. veggiewhatnow
    May 15, 2012 at 8:53 am (12 years ago)

    Such a creative idea! Love it! 🙂

    • vegansparkles
      May 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm (12 years ago)

      hehe, thank you! 🙂

  32. Joyness Sparkles
    May 15, 2012 at 9:33 am (12 years ago)

    Somebody up there must love me…these look amazing! 🙂

    • vegansparkles
      May 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm (12 years ago)

      Full of sparkles. 🙂

  33. jenniferwhetham
    May 16, 2012 at 11:35 am (12 years ago)

    OMG! GORGEOUS! Great pictures– what an innovative presentation! I’m so impressed. Thank you so much for this great idea!

    • vegansparkles
      May 16, 2012 at 2:36 pm (12 years ago)

      haha, my pleasure! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! 🙂