Chocolate Tacos

A while ago a friend of mine introduced me to the concept of chocolate avocado mousse. I had my first play with it with this mousse cake. But the moment I heard about it, this is the dessert I instantly conjured in my mind. I’ve just been waiting for the excuse to do it: a wait that’s stretched to well over a year, but the wait was certainly worth it.

Cakecrumbs' Chocolate Tacos

I starting having a look around the net for hard-shell chocolate taco recipes, but there really wasn’t one. Most were just covered in chocolate, or were more pancakey. So I had to come up with a way to create a hand chocolate taco shell on my own. There was one obvious solution: chocolate tuiles.

I’ve steered clear of tuiles after my first attempt with them many years ago went horribly. They were sitting in my ‘Too Hard’ basket waiting for the day I became brave enough to try once more. Necessity forced this reunion.

Perhaps this recipe is more forgiving, or perhaps I’ve learnt a lot in the many years since I last tried them, but they were actually really easy.

The first thing you’re going to want to do is make yourself (or buy yourself if you’re not as stingy as me) a template. I used a sheet of acetate (one of my favourite kitchen tools) and cut three 11cm circles out of it. How large your circles are will depend on how large you want the tacos to be. Try to envision them folded over and go from there.

Cakecrumbs' Chocolate Tacos

Then it’s as simple as dolloping a little mixture into the middle of them and using a palette knife (or butter knife if you don’t have one) to smooth it out. When you remove the template you’ll be left with perfectly even circles.

Cakecrumbs' Chocolate Tacos

To shape them, I suspended a bunch of cannoli forms from my bench. You can use anything you have on hand for this, such as a thick-handled wooden spoor or other utensil. Working quickly, you need to remove the tuiles from the oven and drape them over the form to make a taco shell shape. You have no more than 10 seconds once removed from the oven before they will go hard and cannot be maneuvered. They’re obviously quite hot and you’ll probably burn your fingers a lot. It’s something I’m used to and it doesn’t bother me, but for those of you that are more sane than I am you can avoid it by using something like rubber cleaning gloves to protect your digits.

Cakecrumbs' Chocolate Tacos

Once they’re completely cool, which is a matter of minutes, they’re ready to be filled. The tuiles will keep for a few days in an air-tight container so they can be made in advance.

Cakecrumbs' Chocolate Tacos

I filled them with chocolate avocado mousse, and topped it with diced strawberries and golden kiwis. In place of cheese I sprinkled some grated white chocolate.

Cakecrumbs' Chocolate Tacos

The chocolate mousse is really light, fluffy and totally devoid of avocado flavour. You try searching for it on your palate, expecting to taste some kind of savoury, but it’s really hard to pick it. It’s especially difficult without knowing what’s in it. It’s a great dairy-free alternative. It also requires no gelatine to set, making it great for piping. The mousse can be made well in advance and piped into the shells just before serving.

Cakecrumbs' Chocolate Tacos

Of course you can opt for a less-involved dessert option. The tuiles go great with ice cream and will likely do equally well with most other store-bought creamy desserts. Here I simply served it with some raspberry swirl ice cream and sliced strawberries. Make it as simple or as complicated as you want. The tuiles are so delicious and versatile that they’ll fit most any fillings you come up with.


Chocolate Tacos
Stencil Paste
3 free range egg whites (approx 100g)

1 cup (130g) icing sugar

3/8 cup (90g) plain flour

1/8 cup (15g) dutch processed cocoa powder

1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Avocado Mousse

2 ripe avocados

125g dark chocolate

1 tbsp coconut oil

20g dutch processed cocoa powder

1/8 (45g) cup maple syrup or honey

1/2 tbsp vanilla essence

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup cashew butter or peanut butter


finely diced fruit, to serve

grated white chocolate, to serve

Chocolate Tuiles

  1. To make the stencil paste, sift the flour and cocoa powder together in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs whites and sugar together until smooth.
  2. Whisk the flours into the egg mixture; pour in melted butter and vanilla and stir until combined.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for half an hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced/350°F). Line a baking tray or cookie sheet with grease proof paper. Prepare a circular template. Secure cannoli forms or thick-handled utensil so they overhang the bench (it’s easiest to do this by wedging them under a heavy chopping board or similar).
  5. Place your stencil onto the tray and dollop a heaped tablespoon of batter in the centre; use a palate knife or similar to smooth out the paste. Remove the stencil and bake for 8 minutes.
  6. Working with the oven door open and the tray still sitting in the oven, remove the tuiles one at a time and drape over the cannoli form to create a taco shape. The tuiles will harden completely in about 10 seconds once removed from the tray so work quickly and only bake a few at a time.
  7. Repeat the process until you have used up all the batter.

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

  1. Process avocado in a food processor. If you don’t have one, mash it up with a fork then push it through a sieve to rid any lumps.
  2. Place the chocolate with the coconut oil in a bowl set over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Stir until melted and well combined. Combine with avocados.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the chocolate mixture and process/mix until smooth and well combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Pipe the mousse into the tuiles just before serving to avoid moistening the tuiles. Top with diced fruit and chocolate and serve immediately.



20 thoughts on “Chocolate Tacos

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  3. These were very light and refreshing tasting. I loved the replacements of all the typical items on a savoury taco. The photo with the strawberry looks great too.

  4. Such a creative idea, and something that would never have occurred to me! I too have ‘asbestos hands’ as my hubby calls them, from picking up things that are hot – but with a 10sec margin, what else are you going to do?!

    • Haha, exactly! Getting the timing right always takes priority over burning myself. At one stage I was talking to my partner while getting the tuiles out of the oven – I was forming one and it slipped and fell. By instinct I caught it and oh it burned, but saving the tuile was so much more important!

  5. I made these the other week, and they were a huge hit! I made my shells pretty small because I couldn’t imagine eating a full taco-sized one. Good choice on my part because OMG CHOCOLATE ATTACK. Holy cow, they were soooo chocolatey! Amazing! 2-3 bites was just perfect for these. I topped them with kiwi, which went really nicely with the bitter chocolate I used. I’ve still got some of the filling in the fridge so, oh gee, guess I have to make them again! 😀

  6. This recipe is amazing! Made for a get together at a friends house and everyone loved them.
    I did a little trick in shapeing the shells. I cut the paper into squares before baking my tacos so when I took the shells out of the oven I could use the paper as a help in the shaping process. After the shells had cooled I simply pulled the paper of.

  7. You never say how many taco shells or how much chocolate mousse the recipes yield, and I would really like to know. I’m making these for a party, and will need upwards of 24 tacos so I may have to double or triple the recipie but I’m not sure, so if you could add that, that would be great. Thanks 🙂

    • I’m often hesitant to state a number a recipe makes as it always depends on how you make it. In this case, how thin and how wide the batter is spread is going to affect the final outcome. From memory this recipe was at least a dozen.

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