The Best Way to Assemble Hard Shell Tacos Saves You from a Soggy Mess

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Hard or soft shell? It’s a question that comes your way at pretty much ever Tex-Mex restaurant out there, including “fast food” joints like Chipotle, and sometimes it can freeze you in your tracks!

Honestly, they’re both delicious. I mean, if you prefer hard shells on your tacos, you might not be eating the most authentic Mexican dish, but hey – who doesn’t love a little crunch to go with their food?

They are, of course, the slightly messier version of an already messy dish (I know if my toddler wants a crunchy shell, I just cringe while I say okay).

If you do the same, there’s some hope: you might be making a mistake during assembly that makes them even harder to eat.

Here’s a little tip that could help you keep your taco together longer.

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Reddit user hyteck9 suggests that, instead of filling your taco with the meat (which can make your shell a bit soggy on the bottom) then veggies, cheese, and ending with salsa, you switch up the order.

I know it sounds crazy, but hear me out: put the cheese on the bottom.

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Then, continue with the beef or chicken or whatever, followed by the veggies and salsa.

If you do it this way, the cheese melts from the heat of the meat and the shells and can act like a sort of glue for a tortilla tempted to break.

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This option, of course, requires that you warm your shells a bit or use hot meat, but come on. You’re already doing that, aren’t you?

Happy eating!