8 Reasons You're Eating Tacos All Wrong

8 Reasons You're Eating Tacos All Wrong
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8 Reasons You're Eating Tacos All Wrong

Have you been eating tacos all wrong? Read on to find out.

Heat Shells for Pliability

According to Livestrong, you should line a plate with a damp paper towel and top with up to six taco shells. The steam caused by the damp paper towel will make the shells more flexible as they cook—and they'll be less likely to break!

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Never Overstuff

While extra guacamole always sounds like a good idea, too much filling can ruin a taco! If you think you are cutting it close, you probably are. Instead, save some of the filling for a second taco or for a taco salad the next day.

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Pinch the Top

To hold a taco properly, pinch the top between your thumb, index and middle finger. Feel free to add your ring finger for extra support, especially for a large taco! And whatever you do, do not eat it with a fork and knife. According to CNN, in Mexico, it is thought to be a bit snobby.

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Use Your Fork as a Stand

Keep hard-shell tacos upright on your plate using a fork as an anchor. DIY For Life shows you how. This simple tip let's you fill the shell easily and is a great way to keep the filling inside before you take your first bite!

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Make a Lettuce Liner

In case your hard-shell taco breaks, an internal lettuce wrap is there to save the day and keep your filling in place.

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Use a Skewer to Keep Tacos Upright

Food Republic recommends using a bamboo skewer to keep soft shell tacos from spilling out all over your plate. Check it out.

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Use a Muffin Tin

Muffin tins seem to be the answer for everything! For tacos, get a great shell shape by baking tortillas in the muffin tin or even by baking them on the back side of the tin.

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Make Your Own Seasoning

Family Fresh Meals recommends using chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, crushed red pepper flakes, dried oregano, paprika, ground cumin, sea salt and black pepper -- spices you likely already have in your cupboard! Best of all, it takes just three minutes.

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There are foods that some people make a mess while eating, and then there are foods that everyone makes a mess eating. Tacos historically fall within the second camp.

With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, we look at the best way to enjoy the Mexican favorite. If you've ever wondered how to eat a taco without the filling falling out, the hard shell cracking or the constant drip of salsa or hot sauce onto your plate, we've got you covered.

Check out the slideshow above to learn the right way to eat a taco.

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