Chocolate Dessert Tacos

Can I interest you in a taco?  How about a dessert taco?   A chocolate dessert taco?  Yes, I think that sounds like a good idea.

A quick and easy homemade chocolate taco shell that you can load up with your favorite fillings!   Let me tell you, these were downright delicious.   The idea came from a recent copy of Cooking Light Magazine.  Unfortunately most magazines that come into this house just collect dust and end up getting donated for projects at school, but I do try to sneak in some time with Cooking Light when I can.

This issue was full of fabulous taco ideas (and yay, they have them online as well!).  I about fell over when I saw the chocolate tacos.  Um, YES, please!   I had to make them, and I’m pleased to report that they are really very simple and VERY yummy.  My daughter loved the novelty of them, and you can fill them with your favorite ice cream or filling.   Cooking Light made an awesome peanut version, but I went for a nut free version (pesky nut allergy in the house).

I melted some chocolate coating and piped a bit along the edges of our tacos and then dipped them in sprinkles.   After that we simply filled them with vanilla ice cream and toppings.  So simple, but you could really get creative.  Think of it as a sundae, in a taco shell!  Such a fun idea for parties – especially Cinco De Mayo!  Okay, let me show you how I made them.  As I said, they are easy, but a bit specific.   Start off with your ingredients… (CLICK HERE FOR RECIPE)

Mix your dry ingredients, then add your wet ingredients.

The batter reminds me of a very sticky brownie batter.

The recipe says it makes eight, but I did six – which worked out perfectly.

You bake them for about six minutes, and the moment you pull them out you need to carefully get them off of your baking sheet and onto something – a wooden spoon over a bowl works well, in order to create your taco shape.

While they are a bit delicate, I’m happy to report that none of mine broke, they held together very well.  After they cooled I coated the edges in chocolate coating and dipped them in sprinkles.  Because I think everything is better with sprinkles.

Once completely cool, we filled with ice cream and topped with chocolate sauce, sprinkles, M&M’s and other toppings.  There are only like one million different ways you could top these.  I’m thinking I need to try dark chocolate ice cream, caramel, peanut butter cups, whipped cream… you know, for “research” purposes.

Heck, for a healthier version, fill them with bananas or berries!  Or a fun flavored yogurt.  Get creative and have fun!

I should say, these are pretty messy to eat.  Not exactly a walk around and enjoy politely and neatly.  You’ll want to pull up a chair and a plate, but trust me, it will be well worth it.

Recipe From Cooking Light

Chocolate Dessert Tacos


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1.1 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/4 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts, divided
  • 2 2/3 cups vanilla low-fat ice cream


1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Combine first 5 ingredients, stirring well. Stir in egg whites, milk, and vanilla.

3. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Using your finger, draw 4 (5-inch) circles on baking sheet. Spoon 1 tablespoon batter onto each circle, spreading to edges of circle using the back of a spoon. Bake at 400° for 6 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Loosen edges with a spatula; remove from baking sheet. Working quickly, gently drape each taco over suspended wooden spoons, gently shaping into a shell; cool completely. (Shells are delicate and should be handled carefully when shaped.) Repeat procedure to form a total of 8 shells.

4. Combine chocolate chips and oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until chocolate melts, stirring after 30 seconds; stir until smooth. Gently spread about 1 teaspoon chocolate mixture on the top third of the outside of both sides of cooled shells, and sprinkle with about 1 teaspoon chopped peanuts. Spoon 1/3 cup ice cream into each shell. Drizzle remaining chocolate mixture evenly over ice cream; sprinkle evenly with remaining peanuts. Freeze for at least 30 minutes before serving.

And as noted, I made six, not eight as their recipe states, and I only made the chocolate taco shells the way they did, then improvised on decorating and toppings.  Enjoy!   If you want some other fun Cinco De Mayo desserts, make sure to check out…

Margarita Cupcakes With Tequila Glaze And Lime Frosting

And Margarita Cookies With Salty Sweet Tequila Glaze

Chocolate Tacos


    • says

      Erin – make them and do something different with them – I want to see! I feel like I did the most predictable version, mainly based on what I had on hand. They really did end up being easier than I expected them, and not as fragile either. And dang, they are GOOD. Tacos – the new cone? :)

  1. Lindy says

    These look fantastic! I am going to try them this weekend. I think I will cut up my parchment paper and when they come out of the oven I can just lift the parchment paper to drape over the spoon. That way less risk of breakage!

  2. says

    These look WONDERFUL! I am cutting back on my sugars and this doesn’t appear to be the right time to do that! HA! I need to make these as a cheat treat, SOON! I love the idea of filling them with fruit too though- and the sprinkles really do look adorable!

  3. Julie says

    I want to try these with ice cream mixed with smashed pieces of meringue and passion fruit syrup! Yum yum yum

  4. says

    They look really special and delicious, nice idea! However, the fact that helped me take my decision was the one that they are easy to make. Hopefully it will be easy even for an unskilled man who will try to make a surprise for his wife on their wedding anniversary. Thanks for the recipe and keep your fingers crossed for my chocolate tacos :)


  1. […] You can personalize this fun dessert to be more indulgent and chocolatey or come up with a fruity, healthier version. The steps are pretty simple: 1) Make the batter, 2) Bake and shape into tacos, 3) Fill with deliciousness! You can find the full list of ingredients and recipe here. […]

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