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Apple Pie Tacos

Introduction to Apple Pie Tacos

Apple Pie Tacos are a delightful twist on traditional apple pie, combining the beloved flavors of apple pie with the fun, crispy texture of tacos. This recipe offers a step-by-step guide to creating these unique and delicious treats that are sure to be a hit at any gathering or dessert table.


Ingredients

For the Taco Shells:

  • 6 to 8 (6-inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Vegetable oil for frying

For the Apple Pie Filling:

  • 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For Serving:

  • Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (optional)
  • Caramel sauce (optional)

Instructions

1. Prepare the Taco Shells:

  • In a shallow bowl, combine the granulated sugar and ground cinnamon.
  • Heat vegetable oil (about half an inch deep) in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Dip each tortilla into the hot oil for a few seconds on each side until pliable.
  • Immediately transfer the tortilla to the cinnamon-sugar mixture, coating both sides generously.
  • Fold the tortilla in half and hold until it crisps up and holds its taco shape. Set aside on a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

2. Make the Apple Pie Filling:

  • In a large skillet or pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Add the diced apples and sauté for 3-4 minutes until they start to soften.
  • Sprinkle brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lemon juice over the apples. Stir to combine.
  • Cook for an additional 5-7 minutes until apples are tender but not mushy, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Set aside.
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Tips for Perfect Apple Pie Tacos

  • Choosing Apples: Granny Smith apples work well due to their tartness, but you can use your favorite baking apples for a sweeter filling.
  • Taco Shell Crispiness: Ensure the oil is hot enough before frying the tortillas to achieve a crispy texture.
  • Filling Consistency: Cook the apple filling until it’s soft enough to bite into but still holds its shape within the taco.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1: Can I make the taco shells in advance?

  • Yes, you can prepare the taco shells a day ahead and store them in an airtight container. Re-crisp them in the oven before filling.

Q2: Can I use pre-made taco shells?

  • While you can use store-bought hard taco shells, they won’t have the same texture as the homemade cinnamon-sugar tortillas.

Q3: How do I store leftover apple pie tacos?

  • Store leftover apple pie tacos (unfilled) in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. Reheat the shells before serving.

Q4: What other toppings can I add?

  • Besides whipped cream and caramel sauce, try a sprinkle of chopped nuts or a drizzle of chocolate sauce for added flair.

By following this detailed recipe, you’ll create a delightful dessert that’s as fun to make as it is to eat. Apple Pie Tacos are perfect for entertaining or simply treating yourself to a unique dessert experience. Enjoy!