The Bacon Weave Taco

The Bacon Weave TacoI know that tacos with shells made out of bacon have been done before, but none of the ones I’ve seen looked very appetizing to me. It seems like people sort of took the easy way out when making them and just tossed their bacon over a metal object, made sure the strips overlapped a little so they’d stick together and either baked or deep fried it like that so their shells just end up looking like squares of bacon that had been folded in half. Long story short, most of the bacon taco shells out there just don’t look very taco-shaped.

For my bacon taco shell I started off the same way I did when I made my Bacon Weave Quesdailla, by creating a square bacon weave, cooking it in my oven at 400° for about 15 minutes and then placing an upside down bowl over it and tracing around it with a knife until I was left with a circular bacon weave. After that I hung it over a couple kabob sticks that were balanced across empty beer bottles and left it like that for a few minutes so it would keep its shape. I’m sure that there was probably something better I could have draped it over, but you’ve gotta make do with what you’ve got right?

Since I wasn’t quite sure if beer bottles were safe to put in the oven I swapped them out for a couple pint glasses, put them on a baking sheet, hung my bacon weave taco shell between them and slid it back into my oven for another ten minutes so it could finish cooking.

Granted, I’m sure the beer bottles would have been fine, but I didn’t know if the labels would burn or if the glue that holds them to the bottle is toxic. Then again, when you’re eating stuff like this on a regular basis a little bit of toxic glue should probably be the least of your worries….

In the end my Bacon Weave Taco ended up looking — and tasting — way better than I ever could have imagined. Once it was done baking I filled it to the brim with seasoned ground beef, sour cream, lettuce, tomato and shredded cheese and took a bite. It was completely amazing, and aside from that the shell actually looked exactly like a real taco shell!

102 Comments on The Bacon Weave Taco

  1. @leahysean
    May 13, 2013 at 9:44 am (2 years ago)

    I would try it — hopefully just once though

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    • Gail
      March 5, 2014 at 6:04 pm (9 months ago)

      How do I make this , no recipe here

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      • Nick
        March 6, 2014 at 7:29 am (9 months ago)

        Ummmmm, if you read the blog post I’m pretty sure that you’ll notice that it explains exactly how to make a Bacon Weave Taco.

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  2. Robert Montemorra
    May 13, 2013 at 10:08 am (2 years ago)

    You are my hero! I suspect that you do not use a thick slice bacon. Hard to tell from the picture.

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    • Nick
      May 13, 2013 at 10:09 am (2 years ago)

      Yeah, I used thin sliced bacon and it worked out perfectly.

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      • Robert Montemorra
        May 13, 2013 at 10:13 am (2 years ago)

        Fantastic. . .are you a fan of Nueske’s bacon? I’ve been trying differnt bacons and stumbled upon them a few years ago. . .Now, if I send a present that doesn’t include bacon, I am burned in effigy. . . because NOTHING say’s Merry Christmas, Happy Birth, Father’s, Mother’s, Armistance, Labor, Sun, Mon, Tues, Wednes, Thurs, Fri or Satur, Day like smoked pork products.

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        • Nick
          May 13, 2013 at 10:14 am (2 years ago)

          I LOVE Nueske’s bacon! It’s probably my favorite bacon in the entire world, plus it’s from right here in Wisconsin where I am!

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          • Brenda
            September 8, 2013 at 8:21 pm (1 year ago)

            You’re my hero… you’ve got all my favorites in there! I love tacos and I love B4C0N & CH33Z3… #thatswhatimtalkingabout

        • Erika
          May 13, 2013 at 8:16 pm (2 years ago)

          Now accepting gifts of bacon. Go!

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      • Jobo
        June 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm (1 year ago)

        could you not hang the bacon over an actual taco shell to finish in the oven?

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        • Nick
          June 26, 2013 at 2:41 pm (1 year ago)

          That’s actually a really good idea! I didn’t even think of that!

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          • Neddeb
            November 3, 2013 at 10:07 am (1 year ago)

            why not hang the bacon over a taco shell with sliced cheese on it…kind of like the “crunch” taco they used to have at Taco Bell…hmmmm…

  3. @Drc8285
    May 13, 2013 at 7:22 pm (2 years ago)

    This is what they serve in the cafeteria in Heaven.

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  4. @MikeHockjr
    May 13, 2013 at 7:25 pm (2 years ago)

    My mouth is watering just looking at the picture.

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  5. @shmonovan_1
    May 13, 2013 at 10:50 pm (2 years ago)

    HOLY JESUS, I WANT THIS…

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  6. AP
    May 13, 2013 at 10:51 pm (2 years ago)

    http://imgur.com/gallery/rg2YVpf Not sure if this is you but this person is taking credit for it on imgur and credited for it on tosh.0.

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    • Nick
      May 13, 2013 at 10:56 pm (2 years ago)

      Yeah, I uploaded it to imgur earlier today so I could share it on Reddit, but it’s sort of a bummer that they linked to imgur instead of my actual blog on the tosh.0 website.

      Reply
  7. Robert
    May 14, 2013 at 7:47 am (2 years ago)

    Nick,

    What is your favorite non-special order bacon, basically the over the counter type, find in the local Piggly-Wiggly bacon. (I don’t have Piggly-Wiggly near me, nor have I probably ever been to one, but when discussing Bacon, I found it appropriate)

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    • Nick
      May 14, 2013 at 7:57 am (2 years ago)

      I usually buy Nueske’s, but I think maybe it’s just so easy to find all over the place where I am because it’s made in the same state I live in. Here in Milwaukee though you can find it at pretty much every grocery store.

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      • Robert
        May 15, 2013 at 8:33 am (2 years ago)

        Well, lets just say LUCKY. . .I have to mail order my Nueske’s. . not that it is a bad thing, I just have to plan ahead. I have found a local dairy (they still deliver milk to my house in glass bottles) that makes bacon, that is very good, not Nueske’s, but still pretty tasty. Given options, Nueske’s is my go to as well. Thanks!

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        • JayneSays
          November 16, 2013 at 10:34 pm (1 year ago)

          My father ordered a case of Nueske’s after I introduced him to it. Six months later he called me to let me know how his latest physical went. He said his physician’s main complaint was that he tested positive for Nueske’s.

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  8. charmain
    May 14, 2013 at 9:07 am (2 years ago)

    You should probably put watermarks to copyright your photos… I’ve seen your bacon taco photo twice in my Facebook lineup now without any reference to where they got it!!

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    • Nick
      May 14, 2013 at 9:10 am (2 years ago)

      Yeah, I hate to add watermarks because it totally takes away from the photos, but you’re the fourth or fifth person to tell me that now about this taco. It just sucks that people will just take photos and re-post them without crediting the person they got them from.

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  9. @markgongloff
    May 14, 2013 at 10:53 am (2 years ago)

    Bacon-weave taco shell? I’m listening.

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  10. @McDapper
    May 14, 2013 at 12:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Where you at now, #Doritos Locos Tacos (yes, even you, Cool Ranch tacos)?

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  11. Mike
    May 14, 2013 at 6:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Yeah some guy on iFunny said he made it also.

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    • Nick
      May 14, 2013 at 7:02 pm (2 years ago)

      Seriously? Ugh…. The best was yesterday when some guy called me out saying I “stole” the photo because he’d seen it on Facebook, ha ha.

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  12. @currykidd
    May 15, 2013 at 7:29 am (2 years ago)

    looks so bad and soo good all at the same time

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  13. @B_A_Con
    May 15, 2013 at 9:18 am (2 years ago)

    Now this I can get behind!

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  14. Mizzle
    May 15, 2013 at 11:51 am (2 years ago)

    I’ll take the taco AND the bottle of Spotted Cow! You must be in Wisconsin!

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    • Nick
      May 15, 2013 at 11:52 am (2 years ago)

      Yep! Milwaukee, Wisconsin!

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  15. Christina
    May 15, 2013 at 11:55 am (2 years ago)

    Your bacon taco is showing up everywhere! Kudos!

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    • Nick
      May 15, 2013 at 3:01 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks! It’s just a bummer that most of the people posting it don’t mention where it came from or mention my blog at all.

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      • Kevin 'Demortes' Dethlefs-Moreno
        June 1, 2013 at 4:21 am (1 year ago)

        Hey, just wanted to drop a line that I saw it on facebook, but I googled how to make it and your site popped up the top list. Although it’s not credited to you, it certainly will drive traffic to your site.

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  16. @wallridejesse
    May 16, 2013 at 8:59 am (2 years ago)

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NONO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NONO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NONO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO…

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  17. Chris Hollis
    May 16, 2013 at 10:59 am (2 years ago)

    I think you should find someone to mass produce and market these!

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  18. @BANDC965
    May 16, 2013 at 11:13 am (2 years ago)

    What the hell is? Enough with the crazy bacon creations!!

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  19. Albert Antwon Alverez
    May 16, 2013 at 11:33 am (2 years ago)

    THIS GOOD

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  20. Kevin
    May 16, 2013 at 12:14 pm (2 years ago)

    just how many slices of bacon does it take to make just 1 taco? looks like 10-12 slices. Looks pretty expensive and, not to mention, a clog up of your last good artery.. lol With all that said, Im DEFINITELY gonna make it.. lol

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    • Nick
      May 16, 2013 at 12:16 pm (2 years ago)

      I wasn’t really counting, but I’d guess about 12. Since it was cut into a circle though the slices on the ends aren’t full length slices, so it at least isn’t quite as bad as just eating 12 slices of bacon on their own.

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  21. @squeakytoy
    May 16, 2013 at 11:09 pm (2 years ago)

    I need someone to help me make this.

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  22. @squeakytoy
    May 16, 2013 at 11:09 pm (2 years ago)

    I need someone to help me make this.

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  23. Virginia
    May 17, 2013 at 12:52 am (2 years ago)

    My mouth is watering. Genius. Clearly you are a taco master. Although your pic is on several sites, I was able to get to the source very directly.

    Wish I could have a bite of that taco right now

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  24. @Eric_PR
    May 17, 2013 at 4:46 am (2 years ago)

    Don’t lose faith in humanity. Bacon Weaved Taco shells restore UR pride in human race.

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  25. Penny
    May 17, 2013 at 7:51 am (2 years ago)

    Genius! Definately going to try and make these Bacon Taco Shells!

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  26. @SDBaconFest
    May 17, 2013 at 8:14 am (2 years ago)

    That taco shell is LEGENDARY!

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  27. @rofldrg
    May 17, 2013 at 4:03 pm (2 years ago)

    So hungry after seeing this

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  28. sharkydogg
    May 17, 2013 at 7:38 pm (2 years ago)

    My friend text me the pic and I googled it and got ur blog! I appreciate ur dedication to Bacon. I’m all over it!

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  29. Mark
    May 17, 2013 at 9:28 pm (2 years ago)

    And now it’s made it to “What’s Hot” in Google+ without any credit :(
    Good thing the top two results in google for almost anything related to bacon and taco point in the right direction!

    I do love how you made this post on the same day I made a bacon taco (not nearly as good as this, but it still worked)!

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    • Nick
      May 17, 2013 at 10:27 pm (2 years ago)

      Yeah, it’s pretty much everywhere at this point, but you’re totally right, at least Google searches are pointing people in the right direction.

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  30. Jake
    May 20, 2013 at 2:44 pm (2 years ago)

    “I know that tacos with shells made out of bacon have been done before, but none of the ones I’ve seen looked very appetizing to me. It seems like people sort of took the easy way out when making them and just tossed their bacon over a metal object, made sure the strips overlapped a little so they’d stick together and either baked or deep fried it like that so their shells just end up looking like squares of bacon that had been folded in half. Long story short, most of the bacon taco shells out there just don’t look very taco-shaped.”

    Who cares what it looks like? Is it made out of bacon? Yes. Will it tast delicious? Yes. Will it make a turd? Yes. All you did was lessen the amount of bacon in the taco by cutting the corners off. That means you wasted bacon. FAIL.

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    • Nick
      May 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm (2 years ago)

      I didn’t waste the bacon from the corners, I still ate it. It’s not like I cut it off and just threw it in the trash.

      I care what it looks like because in addition to tasting good, food should be visually appealing. If something doesn’t look appealing do you really want to eat it? I don’t.

      The point was to make a delicious bacon shell taco that actually LOOKED like a taco, because the ones I’ve seen don’t. It’s like throwing a pile of meat and cheese on a plate and calling it a sandwich.

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    • AJ
      May 24, 2013 at 9:42 am (2 years ago)

      C’mon Jake!

      You went through the process of writing something to say that? lol, to me thats a complete FAIL. smh

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  31. @DjMayoral
    May 20, 2013 at 4:28 pm (2 years ago)

    The bacon-weave taco takes gluttony to a whole new level

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  32. @MainMenus
    May 21, 2013 at 12:43 pm (2 years ago)

    Now that’s a Taco!

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  33. @JustinFox360
    May 28, 2013 at 1:30 pm (1 year ago)

    Where do you go from here? Doritos Locos shell on the outside of this?

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  34. @HESHNSON
    May 29, 2013 at 9:21 am (1 year ago)

    the bacon weave taco – this nigga has too much time on his hands- AND bacon-

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  35. Kevin 'Demortes' Dethlefs-Moreno
    June 1, 2013 at 4:28 am (1 year ago)

    Had a comment about this and other bacon dishes you’ve mentioned… You’re the Forest Gump of Bacon….. Yes, I’m a 90’s child….

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  36. @loganheinrich
    June 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm (1 year ago)

    This might be the best thing to come out of Milwaukee.

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  37. @LWilz
    June 2, 2013 at 12:36 am (1 year ago)

    sooooo….this is awesome.

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  38. Astonica
    June 3, 2013 at 10:40 pm (1 year ago)

    Would like this anyways, don’t have a penis! But, I’m not going to throw it up if I eat one, … Great idea!!! I’m not super fat also cause I ‘work out!’ (LMFAO)

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  39. George
    June 4, 2013 at 12:32 am (1 year ago)

    Pls go vegan so I don’t have to accidentally see this grotesquerie second hand on Fb. Thanx in advance from the innocent.

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    • George
      June 4, 2013 at 12:32 am (1 year ago)

      Oh , and you make men look stupid w/ your title.

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      • Nick
        June 4, 2013 at 6:55 am (1 year ago)

        Oh , and you make vegans look stupid w/ your comments.

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    • Nick
      June 4, 2013 at 6:54 am (1 year ago)

      Please start eating meat so I don’t have to wake up and see stupid comments like this one.

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      • Cami
        June 4, 2013 at 9:03 pm (1 year ago)

        Last time I checked, homo sapiens was STILL an omnivore, evolution has not devolved us into herbivores yet! BACON!!!

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  40. Lisa Magoulas
    June 4, 2013 at 6:40 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Nick, I have a friend who her and her hubby LOVE bacon and always share crazy yummy photos. I can’t eat pork and since I’m in health/fitness – she shares with me so I can make healthier versions. I asked her where she got this and she said Pinterest and didn’t know. I googled taco shells made out of bacon and found this very same picture – thus your site. I’ll make sure I link your URL to her post. Hopefully others will do the same. Keep up the great job. Fun stuff – that I can work on a healthier version. :) Warmest regards, Lisa

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    • Nick
      June 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm (1 year ago)

      That’s awesome! Thanks for searching it out and finding my site!

      Reply
  41. Monie
    June 7, 2013 at 12:06 pm (1 year ago)

    for my 18 year old son who is 6’8″ and about 295 lbs….this would be PERFECT. He thinks that salad is his food’s food…..go figure!

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  42. @LWilz
    June 8, 2013 at 6:11 pm (1 year ago)

    I really want to make this

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  43. Sabs
    June 10, 2013 at 5:43 pm (1 year ago)

    Made this for my man he loved it!

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  44. eric
    June 11, 2013 at 11:08 pm (1 year ago)

    omg me and my family would love this thanks now to get my wife to make some

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  45. heidi
    June 15, 2013 at 9:35 pm (1 year ago)

    I am so going to try this tomorrow morning for Fathers Day. I am going to fill with eggs, peppers, onions and cheese! I hope it works, looks so good!

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  46. Duane
    June 17, 2013 at 11:39 pm (1 year ago)

    I am glad I found your site. I believe as you do that visual appeal is part of the process. As to contents have you tried scrambled eggs and hashbrowns in it yet?

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  47. Tiffani
    June 26, 2013 at 12:02 pm (1 year ago)

    Dear LORD! I suggest mass production of these bacon shells…SOON!! It feels like I just found Heaven! Thank you, God, for making pigs & for making people to make BACON SHELLS outta pigs!! Genius idea!

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  48. Meechy McCarty
    July 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm (1 year ago)

    I would truly love to see a video of this in the making!

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  49. Nancy
    July 28, 2013 at 5:08 am (1 year ago)

    Can you imagine? This is probably close to zero carbs, and guess what, I eat strictly low carbs, yes, this must be heaven!

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  50. Nick
    September 18, 2013 at 10:16 pm (1 year ago)

    This is awesome. In the 90s, the Taco Bell by my house in VA did BLT soft tacos. It was a soft taco shell, crumbled bacon, lettuce, tomato, and ranch dressing. I’m going to try this, but I’m going to make it a BLT Taco and only stuff it with lettuce and tomato. I’ll add some ranch dressing for throwback tastebud purposes.

    Thanks for the great taco post! I look forward to eating it!

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  51. Lena
    October 19, 2013 at 2:26 am (1 year ago)

    Thank you Nick!!! In my book you are a GENIUS!!! My Family LOVES BACON and Taco’s. I am going to make this the next time we make taco’s, I will surprise the family with them. I will make them for breakfast for sure, instead of the breakfast burrito’s and fruit. I will do an omelet filled taco shell…now that sounds real good.
    I reposted your bacon taco shell on my facebook page… I gave all the credit to you and your blog.
    Thank you again for your creative idea. You truly are a Genius.

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  52. Mike
    November 13, 2013 at 5:16 pm (1 year ago)

    If you drink good beer like Spotted Cow or Hofbrau, removing the labels is easy. Just put them in the dishwasher. It will take the labels right off. Also a good way to clean bottles if you are brewing your own beer.

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  53. Meeeee
    January 30, 2014 at 10:46 am (10 months ago)

    Hope you got that patented

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  54. amy
    February 7, 2014 at 3:20 am (10 months ago)

    i like it

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  55. amy
    February 7, 2014 at 3:20 am (10 months ago)

    im gonna cook it

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  56. amy
    February 7, 2014 at 3:20 am (10 months ago)

    its gonna taste good

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  57. idk
    March 17, 2014 at 7:20 pm (8 months ago)

    This looks verrrry good! especially for a quick breakfast
    Just make the very good Bacon Taco

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  58. Patrick M.
    April 24, 2014 at 3:38 pm (7 months ago)

    For some reason the word “Weave” in the name is cracking me up. But I’m from Wauwatosa originally so what do I know.

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    • Nick Chipman
      April 24, 2014 at 3:39 pm (7 months ago)

      Small world! Wauwatosa is where I live right now!

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  59. lewis
    April 29, 2014 at 7:17 pm (7 months ago)

    BACON!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :0

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  60. Chef Johnny
    September 9, 2014 at 5:07 pm (3 months ago)

    OMG!
    Must be sent from the sky above. This recipe is going to be my favorite. I mean, who doesn’t love bacon and to add my all time meal, le mac n’ cheese. I definitely have to try this out.
    Question. How does it shell hold up while eating, will it crack and break apart and turn into like a taco/bacon salad?

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    • Nick Chipman
      September 10, 2014 at 7:28 am (2 months ago)

      The fact that the bacon is woven together actually helps the shell stay together really really well.

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