Tuesday, May 3, 2011

taco embeleso

the only dessert taco i know about is the drumstick in taco form sold at the infamous taco bell. hardly vegan. i'm too lazy to make fried ice cream so forget it. i do have something way cooler than either one of those things.

is it just me, or does this dish look a little um, dirty? this is my entry for the coconut bliss vida vegan con giveaway this year. i'm crossing my fingers like a kid with a vegan willy wonka dream of making it to the conference.(((whistling "i've got a golden ticket!"))) as you all know, i cannot make it there this year because i could not afford the ticket. our animal companions needed vaccinations, and both cars needed minor work. that easily ate $250+. i can't call myself a good vegan if i don't take care of my animals, right? so, i'm not going to sit and pout about it--i'm taking serious vegan action and get cooking. i thought i'd enter this contest and jess's song contest with dashing hopes. will it work? i can only hope. if i do make it, i've had a generous offer from someone who will help me with funding for travel, shelter, and food. isn't that beautiful?

know what else is beautiful? this dessert taco. i've been racking my brain for a name that is catchy and funny. no dice. but when i tried coconut bliss, i couldn't get the word bliss off my tongue. so i went with taco embeleso, which translates to taco enchantment.

dude, i was beyond enchanted with the ice cream all by itself. coconut bliss is hands down the CLOSEST THING to real rich and creamy ice cream, no joke. i used pretty much the last $6 in my bank account to buy it for the recipe, but it was worth every penny. there's only one local place that carries it, and they only carry the vanilla, coconut, and chocolate, so my options were limited for dessert creations. so i thought!

jewbacca's taco embeleso (serves one hungry me, or a loving couple)

you'll need:
  • a cinnamon sugar tortilla-*our grocery store bakery makes vegan ones.
  • 1/2 t of earth balance, divided in two 1/4 t portions
  • 1 t of brown sugar
  • 1/4 c chocolate chips
  • 2-3T of your favorite non-dairy milk
  • additional cinnamon sugar
  • FRESH pineapple slices
  • coconut bliss, vanilla island flavor

first things first: start grilling that pineapple. get out a non stick skillet, set to 5 and put EB in it. get the pineapple good and brown, then add the brown sugar. once cooked, set aside in a small dish. now grill the tortilla in the remaining 1/4 t of EB, making sure to brown both sides. sprinkle both sides generously with add'l cinnamon sugar and set aside to cool. in a double boiler, melt chocolate chips and add the non dairy milk until you get a nice smooth sauce. you could always use a vegan chocolate syrup if you so desire. once your tortilla has cooled, assemble the taco like this: tortilla, two big scoops of CB vanilla island, pineapple, and chocolate sauce. don't be surprised if your tongue turns into a mariachi band.

when you're done, don't forget to lick the plate.


Allysia said...

Best of luck winning that ticket! I won a ticket from Tami over at Vegan Appetite...due to complete random chance, alas. :) Hope you get it!!

Monique a.k.a. Mo said...

Wow. I really wish my store sold cinnamon sugar tortillas!

Best of luck to you!!!

missmuffcake said...

I remember ice cream tacos!

Also I have the same heart plates!

Anonymous said...

Mmmm tacos! What an amazing treat, I totally licked my plate :)