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Get ready for summer with these deliciously crispy gluten free choco tacos! Load these cookie taco shells up with your favorite ice cream flavor, drizzle with chocolate, and toss on a few sprinkles. This is the perfect gluten free summer dessert taco recipe!

Two gluten free choco tacos ready to eat.

This is a fun recipe for summer or an ice cream bar. Everyone can load up their choco tacos with their favorite ice cream and toppings!

To make the taco shells, I used my popular Gluten Free Pizzelle Cookies recipe. You can make them in lots of flavors, but for these dessert taco shells, I used vanilla to work with any ice cream flavor!

Why These Gluten Free Choco Tacos Are Great:

  1. You can customize the shells to chocolate, vanilla, lemon, or flavor! See the Variations section below for the recipes!
  2. The ice cream taco shells hold up and don’t fall apart on the first bite!
  3. These cookie taco shells are perfect to load with all of your favorite ice cream flavors. Here are some of our favorite ice cream recipes.
  4. These gluten free choco tacos are perfect for summer.
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King Arthur, Measure for Measure Flour 3 lbs

This is one of my favorite gluten-free flour blends for cookies, cakes, pie crust, biscuits, and muffins! (Do not use this flour blend for yeast recipes.)

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Ingredient Notes:

Photos of the ingredients used to make the dessert tacos.
  • Gluten Free Flour Blend – I made this recipe with King Arthur’s Measure for Measure Gluten Free Blend. That doesn’t mean other blends won’t work; I haven’t tested any others in this recipe.
  • Xanthan Gum – If your flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, add 1 teaspoon.
  • Coconut Oil or Butter – You can use either for this recipe, depending on whether you want these to be dairy-free.
  • Eggs – Use size large.
  • Baking Powder – Use aluminum-free baking powder.

Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

Photos of steps 1 and 2.

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, add the gluten free flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to blend the dry ingredients.

Step 2: Soften the coconut oil in a small microwave-safe dish. You do not want the oil to get too hot, or it will cook the eggs.

Add in the eggs and vanilla extract. Use a wire whisk to mix the wet ingredients.

Photo of the taco batter.

Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Use a spoon to mix them together. Scrape the bowl’s side so that all ingredients are mixed in easily.

You can also use a standing mixer with a paddle attachment.

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Pizzelle Maker - Non-stick Electric Pizzelle Baker Press Makes Two 5-Inch Cookies at Once

This is the pizzelle maker I own. It is easy to use, and it heats evenly. I use it to make my gluten free pizzelle cookies, waffle cones, and cookie taco shells.

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Batter in the pizzelle machine.

Step 4: Heat the pizzelle maker according to the manufacturer’s directions. (Each brand is a little different, so using the directions for your particular pizzelle maker is best.

Place a tablespoon or two of cookie dough onto the pizzelle maker. With my brand, I have to use a light spray of coconut oil on the metal plates every few cookies to prevent sticking.

🔑 Sandi says: Place the dough a little offset from the center a little closer to the top so that when you close the lid, it doesn’t push the dough off the pizzelle maker’s edge.

Step 5: Cook for 2-3 minutes, or as directed on the pizzelle maker directions for your model. The cookies will be a golden color. Carefully and quickly remove the pizzelle; they will be hot.

Photo of shaping the pizzelles into taco shells.

Step 6: You want to move quickly because the pizzelle cookies cool quickly; you can’t bend them once they are cooled down. Prop each cookie up between two coffee mugs. The cookie will harden into this U taco shell shape.

After 3-4 minutes, they are cool enough to move to a wire rack to cool the rest of the way.

Fill the dessert taco shells with ice cream, chocolate, and sprinkles. Be sure to check to verify your sprinkles are gluten free! Many are made on shared equipment.

Variations:

Change up the flavor and/or the filling of your sweet tacos! The sky is the limit when making ice cream tacos!

  • Load the cookie taco shells with fruit instead of ice cream! Top with whipped cream.
  • Make chocolate-flavored dessert taco shells by adding 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder, 3 extra tablespoons of sugar, and 3 tablespoons of extra coconut oil.
  • Swap out the vanilla extract for almond or orange extract!
A hand holding up a choco taco filled with chocolate ice cream.

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Can you make these waffle taco shells without a pizzelle maker?

I have not tried it, but I suspect you could roll the pizzelle dough very thinly and use a large biscuit cutter to cut out a circle shape. Cook it in a hot cast iron skillet as you would a tortilla. Fold between two mugs the same as if you were using pizzelles. If you try this, please comment so others know if it works.

How do you store dessert tacos?

The best way to store dessert tacos is to place the shells into an air-tight container. They may soften from moisture. If you need to re-crisp the shells, you can bake them at 300º F for 5 minutes.

How long will these dessert taco shells keep fresh?

These dessert taco shells should keep fresh for up to 2 days in an air-tight container. They truly are best if used the same day as you make them.

Two ice cream filled gluten free choco tacos on a plate.

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Two gluten free choco tacos ready to eat.

Gluten Free Choco Tacos

Sandi Gaertner
Easy gluten free choco tacos are the best dessert tacos! Fill them with ice cream, or fresh fruit.
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5 from 2 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 12 shells
Calories 178 kcal

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Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ¼ cups gluten free flour blend * see note
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder Use aluminum-free.
  • dash salt
  • cups sugar
  • ½ cup coconut oil You can also use unsalted butter.
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your pizzelle maker according to manufacturer directions.
  • In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients and whisk to blend them together.
  • In a small bowl, microwave the coconut oil if it is solid. Melt it until it is just melted and not too hot. Add the vanilla extract and eggs. Whisk to blend the wet ingredients.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix them into a cookie dough.
  • Spray non-stick coconut oil on the pizzelle maker plates if your maker is not non-stick.
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of cookie dough onto the pizzelle maker. Place the dough a little off center towards the top so that when you close the lid, the dough doesn't go past the bottom plate.
  • Cook the pizzelles for 2-3 minutes, depending on the manufacturer's directions.
  • Quickly remove a pizzelle and gently bend it into a taco shape "U shape". Place it between two coffee mugs to set the shape.
  • After a few minutes, place the dessert taco shell onto a wire rack to further cool.
  • Fill the cookie taco shells with ice cream and chocolate, or fresh fruit and whipped cream.

Notes

  1. I made this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure gluten free flour blend. I am sure others will work, but keep an eye on the moisture level of the pizzelle batter. Some blends are starchier than others so if your dough is dry, add more butter or coconut oil.
  2. You can flavor your pizzelles to be chocolate or even orange. For chocolate, add 3 TBSP cocoa powder, an additional 3 TBSP sugar, and 2 TBSP additional butter or coconut oil. For orange add 1/2 teaspoon orange extract and 1 TBSP orange zest.
  3. These dessert taco shells are best the day you make them. You can store them in an air-tight container for up to 2 days, but moisture may make them soft.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 12shellsCalories: 178kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 16mgPotassium: 84mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 59IUCalcium: 44mgIron: 1mg
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