I've never fried my own tortilla chips or taco shells before, until last night! So easy to do and much better than store bought. I used a tall sided pot for the frying and still ended up with grease over the stove-top, but that's okay, it was worth it. The kids loved the homemade taco shells. They were kind of like a puffy-taco, really crunchy and not overly hard like the boxed kind. I used store bought corn tortillas and metal tongs to help hold one side of the tortilla up to make the taco shape. I did this right before serving, but I think they would hold up well enough to be made ahead of time. I also left some of them flat for tostadas and cut some into chips. Delicious!