Taco Tuesday is an actual “thing” at our house.
I love Taco Tuesday because tacos are a quick and easy meal to make that my entire family enjoys eating, which has become a little more difficult since my son became a vegetarian (FYI, we use soy crumbles instead of actual meat).
The kidlets love tacos not only because they can eat it with their hands but they can customize them to their own tastes, which can sometimes run a bit peculiar. For example, my son puts ketchup on his tacos instead of salsa; I kid you not, but his love of ketchup on everything is a whole other blog post….
Anyway, this week I decided to change things up and instead of having tacos for dinner, I’d serve them as dessert.
Yes! I mean who says that tacos have to be savory? Many of the things my family loves about tacos – that they’re quick and easy to make and can be eaten with a variety of toppings can also make it the perfect option as a sweet treat.
All I did was lightly bake some store bought mini soft flour tortilla boats. By baking them, I was able to firm the tortillas up to transform them into little pastry crusts. After letting them cool, I hand dipped them in melted chocolate, and they became the perfect vessels for ice cream sundaes.
And as for the chocolate, that is not the place to skimp in this recipe. You want chocolate that is rich and velvety to give your desert, though simple, a decadent taste.
I used Sugarpova Premium Chocolates, which comes from international tennis superstar Maria Sharapova’s brand of premium candies. Her chocolates are made from natural ingredients, free from GMOs and certified both kosher and halal. They come in a variety of flavors including milk and dark chocolate solid bars, dark chocolate with toasted coconut and milk chocolate with strawberry, the company reports. The 3.5-ounce bars retail between $3.99 to $4.99, depending on the flavor, and are available at www.sugarpova.com.
I melted the chocolate with a little bit of heavy cream in a bowl that was wide enough to let me dip the baked flour tortilla boats in. After dipping the baked taco boats in the chocolate, I placed them on a cookie sheet and placed them in the fridge for about 10 minutes until the chocolate hardened.
From there all you have to do is fill it up with your favorite flavor ice cream and toppings, like caramel sauce, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings.
You can have fun with it and set up your own dessert taco bar, featuring different flavors of ice cream and a variety of toppings including nuts, cherries, crushed cookies to little candy bits. The options are limitless!
So here’s my recipe for Barquitos de Taco en Chocolate (Little Chocolate Taco Boats):
- 1 package of mini-sized soft tortilla taco boats
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 3.5 ounces Sugarpova Premium Chocolates, any flavor (I used the milk chocolate)
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- Ice cream, any flavor (I used vanilla)
- Ice cream sauce, any flavor (I used chocolate & butterscotch)
- Ice cream toppings – such as whipped cream, chocolate shavings, etc.
1 – Heat your oven to 375°.
2 – Line a baking sheet with a Silpat, parchment paper or tin foil
3 – Take the melted butter and lightly brush it on all sides of each soft tortilla taco boat and place boats upside on cookie sheet.
4 – Bake in over for 8-10 minutes or until the tortilla taco boats are lightly browned on edges and have firmed up.
5 – Remove from oven and cool for 10-15 minutes.
6 – Break up chocolate into small pieces a bowl, wide enough to dip the baked tortilla taco boats in.
7 – Heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring it to a boil, being careful not scalding the cream.
8 – As soon as the milk has boiled, pour it over the chocolate in the bowl and whisk until the chocolate is silky and smooth.
9 – Dip the top (the open side) of the cooled baked tortilla taco boats into the chocolate.
10 – Place the chocolate dipped baked tortilla taco boats on a cookie sheet and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes until the chocolate sauce sets.
11- Scoop ice cream into the chocolate dipped baked tortilla taco boats and top with ice cream sauce, whipped cream, a chocolate square and chocolate shavings.
And oh so delicioso!
Now it’s your turn to share. Do have weekly theme night meals? Which one do you like the best?
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