Yes, Fruit Tacos are an actual thing. If you have never tried them, you definitely need to serve them to your taco-loving kids, and I guarantee they will be a huge hit. Your family can’t resist the fresh strawberries, blueberries, whipped cream, and chocolate.
Taco Tuesday is a ritual in many homes every week, including mine! Sooooo…why not take that to an all new level and have tacos for dinner AND dessert?
Mmmmm, my tummy’s grumbling in anticipation!
Gather up all the fresh fruit in your house and see what kinds of delicious creations you or the kids can come up with. You already have the taco shells on hand, right?!?! 😉
Fruit Tacos are just a super fun new twist to make your meals simple and easy. Of course, you can serve these any day or night of the week. And, like Cakesicles, they make pretty amazing party desserts!
Your kids’ friends will love these too when they stop by after school for a snack, for a birthday party or gathering. Both kids and adults are going to love these delicious fruit tacos.
Ingredients Needed for Fruit Tacos
- Flat Bottom Taco Shells – the flat bottom shells work best so the filling and berries don’t fall out.
- Butter – because everything is better with butter.
- Decorating Sugar – decorating sugar is simply more coarse than regular sugar. It comes in lots of great colors, too.
- Heavy Whipping Cream
- Cream Cheese
- Powdered Sugar
- Vanilla Extract – Clear vanilla extract is mostly used in frosting and filling recipes. This is to keep the color as natural as possible.
- Fresh Strawberries & Blueberries – you can swap out any berries you want.
- Chocolate Chips – enough said.
For the complete list of ingredients and amounts, grab the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post!
How To Make Fruit Tacos
Just follow these simple directions to make these awesome easy dessert.
Place taco shells on a baking sheet and heat in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.
Brush the outside of the taco shell with melted butter. Then sprinkle the outside of the shell with decorator’s sugar. (Hold the shell over a bowl to catch the sprinkles that don’t stick.)
With an electric mixer, whip heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form.
In a separate bowl, whip cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar until fluffy.
Fold the cream cheese mixture and cream together.
Using a pastry bag and large piping tip, pipe cream mixture into taco shell filling to about 2/3 full.
Place sliced strawberries on one half of taco shell and blueberries on the other half.
Melt the chocolate chips and 2 tbsp cream in the microwave adding additional cream if needed to make it drizzle consistency.
Drizzle chocolate across cream, berries and taco shell. Chill for about an hour before serving.
Recipe Notes And Tips
- If you make homemade whipped topping, make sure you refrigerate it for at least 20 – 30 minutes before using. It will hold up better in the shell when you put the fruit on top.
- Heating the taco shell will help the sprinkles adhere to it better and make it crispier, but it is not necessary to heat the shell if you don’t want to.
- In addition to the sprinkles, adding chopped peanuts, pecans or walnuts will add a great nutty flavor.
Fruit Taco Variations To Try
Taco Boats – The stand and stuff taco shells work great for this recipe but another fun twist would be to use the hard shell flat bottom taco boats. These would be perfect for the younger kids in your family and easier for them to eat.
Try Other Fruit – Strawberries and blueberries are a favorite for my kids but raspberries, blackberries, mango, kiwi, pineapple or mandarin oranges could also be great substitutes.
Different Sauces – And, instead of regular chocolate chips, why not try white chocolate or caramel sauce as your topping. Add a dash of cinnamon to really make it all pop! YUMMMMMM!!!
Here are some common questions I see from some readers and their answers.
How long can I store my Fruit Tacos?
Once you have assembled your fruit tacos it is best to serve them right away. The fruit and whipped topping will quickly start to make the taco shell soft and eventually too soft on the bottom to hold and eat.
However, each ingredient can be stored separately in its own air-tight container until ready to serve and build your taco.
Can Fruit Tacos be frozen?
No, not really. When frozen fruit is thawed it will have a large amount of water in it which will not allow the taco shell to hold up.
How many fruit tacos will this recipe make?
That is totally up to you. If you are serving just your family, you might only need to open one box of taco shells.
However if you are making these for a party or gathering, you can buy the exact number of shells that you need or want. Just remember to have extra fruit, toppings, and whipped cream on hand to allow for the extra people.
Check Out These Other Delicious Dessert Recipes
If you love these easy fruit tacos, you’ll also love these other ideas!
- Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream
- Very Best Fresh Berry Chantilly Cake
- How to Make Apple Nachos
- No-Bake Berry Cheesecake Parfait
- Lip-Smacking 3-Ingredient Homemade Blueberry Popsicles
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- 6 flat bottom taco shells (ie Stand N Stuff)
- 4 oz butter, melted
- 1/2 cup decorating sugar (a large crystal sugar)
- 2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (clear extract will make a whiter cream)
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips, semi-sweet or milk chocolate
- 2 tbsp cream
- In a 350 degree oven, heat taco shells for 10 minutes.
- With the melted butter, brush the outside of the taco shells.
- Sprinkle the outside of the taco shell with decorators sugar. (Hold the shell over a bowl as you sprinkle the sugar to make for an easier clean-up.)
- Whip the cream with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
- In a different bowl, whip powdered sugar, cream cheese and vanilla until fluffy.
- Fold cream cheese mixture into whipped cream.
- Pipe the cream mixture into shell filling about 2/3 full using pastry bag and large piping tip of your choice.
- Place strawberries on one end of the shell and blueberries on the other end.
- In the microwave, melt the chocolate chips with 2 tbsp cream. Add a little extra cream if you want it to be able to drizzle the mixture.
- Drizzle the chocolate over the top of the fruit and cream in the taco shell and chill for at least 1 hour.