Recipe Box, Strawberry Margarita Dessert Tacos

One of the treats we enjoyed over the 4th of July was Strawberry Margarita Dessert Tacos

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Now, they aren’t exactly red, white, and blue, but that’s what the blue and white plate is for, to make them look more patriotic!

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They are red and white though…and very pale green…

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The fluffy margarita filling is enclosed in a crunchy, golden “taco” shell

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and topped with some strawberries, aka tomatoes, and coconut shreds, aka cheese.  Okay, enough temptation, let me show you the ropes!  It’s not hard, but there are 3 steps.


Step 1: Make the pecan lace shells.  First you make the cookie shell batter by finely chopping pecans and then mixing it with a sugar syrup, vanilla and flour.
You need a silpat {a non stick rubber liner for a cookie sheet} or a well greased foil lined cookie sheet.  Only make 3-4 cookies at at time because once they are done you must quickly get them draped over a spoon handle to form the shells before they cool.  Be careful to keep the cookies small, 1 level teaspoon of batter will yield a nice bite size taco.


After the cookie shells bake for 8 minutes or until golden, quickly slide silpat or foil from hot pan and let cool on counter for 30-60 seconds.  Carefully peel each cookie from sheet and immediately drape over spoon handle that has been elevated by 2 coffee mugs.


Repeat until all shells are made.


These can be stored in a air tight plastic tub for up to 5 days.


Now for the filling, which is super easy…


You just melt the gelatin into the tequila and orange liqueur by stirring it over medium heat for about 1 minute.  Then add food coloring and lime juice and rind.


Beat the whipping cream until foamy, add the liquor mixture and beat until stiff peaks form.  Have a taste! Did your eyes roll?  Oh yeah!

This will keep in the fridge, covered for up to 5 days too!

Good news/Bad news is that these CANNOT be assembled in advance, they must be assembled right before serving or the shell will get soggy, and you will have a mess when you bite into it.   But the good news is that it only takes seconds to put a spoonful of filling into the shells and sprinkle them with strawberries and coconut!

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And, Yep!  You guessed it, you will be a rock star!


Creamy strawberry margaritas in a crispy pecan lace cookie taco shell
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 tacos


Pecan Lace Shells

  • 2 T firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 t butter melted
  • 2 T light corn syrup
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 1/4 c finely chopped pecans
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla

Margarita Filling

  • 1 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 2 T tequila
  • 2 T orange liqueur
  • 2 tsp grated lime rind
  • 1/4 c fresh lime juice
  • 3 drops green food coloring
  • 4 drops yellow food coloring
  • 1 1/2 c whipping cream
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • chopped strawberries and shredded coconut for garnishing


  • Sprinkle gelatin over tequila and liqueur in small sauce pan and let sit 1 min.
  • Cook over low heat, stirring until gelatin dissolves.
  • Stir in rind, juice and food coloring.  Cool.
  • Beat cream til foamy, gradually add sugar and gelatin mixture, beating until soft peaks form.  Cover and chill.
  • Cook sugar, butter and syrup in a saucepan over high heat, stirring constantly until mixture boils then remove from heat.
  • Add flour, pecans and vanilla, mixing well.
  • Drop batter by level tsps onto a silpat or  well greased baking sheets spacing 3 inches apart.
  • Do not bake more than 3 at a time.  Bake at 350 for 8 min or til golden.
  • Cool pans on wire rack 1 minute.
  • Grease handle of long spoon and lay across 2 mugs.
  • Working quickly, place cookies over spoon handle allowing ends to drape and resemble taco shells.  Cool and repeat.  Makes 12.
  • Spoon into shells right before serving and garnish with strawberries and coconut.  Makes enough filling for 24


NOTE: Assemble right before serving, cannot be assembled in advance or cookie will fall apart!  Filling can be stored covered in refrigerator for up to 5 days.  Store shells in an air tight container up to 5 days
Keyword Cinco de Mayo, dessert tacos, fancy dessert, pecan lace cookies, strawberry margarita tacos



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24 Responses to “Recipe Box, Strawberry Margarita Dessert Tacos”
  1. lulu says:

    You’ve got me drooling. I’ve made a filling similar to this for a margarita pie but never thought of a dessert taco. You did good on this one. Does making the cookie shells take a little time to say nothing of practice?

    • Thanks Linda, the cookies are actually easy to make, the big trick is peeling them off the silpat or foil at just the right moment, cool enough to stay together but still flexible enough to form the shell. You’ll get the hang of it in no time. The best part is that you can make them days ahead, I hope you’ll give it a try, it is fun and such a delicious sweet bite to finish a meal. Jenna

  2. WOW WOW…this is a must try for this summer. Very unique my friend…but then you are always pulling something out of your creative hat♥

  3. Yes please!!!!!!!!!! What a fun recipe! And your photography is AMAZING!!!!!!!

    Happy day to you!

  4. What a divine looking dessert!

  5. laurie says:

    Oh My! I am drooling. That is such a unique dessert, and it looks delicious. I could surprise everyone with these sweet tacos. I’m saving this recipe. Thank you for sharing it. laurie

  6. In a word…yum!

  7. Decadent ! And the photos are great !

  8. a quiet life says:

    now that is a wild recipe!

  9. Joy2Journey says:

    Pinning from Debbiedoos Pinning Party These look amazingly yummy!!!

  10. Lorraine says:

    What a beautiful and delicious looking dessert! So summery too.
    Enjoyed stopping by and perusing a few of your posts 🙂

    Kindly, Lorraine

  11. Mary says:

    These look & sound amazing Jenna! I’m game for any kind of margarita 🙂

  12. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Oh what a treat these would be. They look fabulous and sound soooooooooooooo good. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. I need to try these for sure. Hugs, Marty

  13. Rattlebridge Farm -- Foodie Friday says:

    So delicious, fluffy, and divine–and a new-to-me recipe. What fun!

  14. ang says:

    I’m stopping by from The Inspiration Exchange today – this is such a unique idea. I think it would be awesome at a Cinco de Mayo party – I’m pinning this to that board 🙂
    – Ang

    • they would be great for a fiesta theme! Just remember to assemble right before serving, or let your guest assemble them like they would at a taco bar! I wanted to use diced peaches for “cheese” but I didn’t have a ripe one. Thanks Ang!

  15. lovebakesgoodcakes says:

    This sounds wonderful! I’m digging the filling 🙂 I would love to invite you to share at my party –

  16. This is one of the prettiest and most interesting recipes that I have run across. There isn’t anything I don’t love about it but I especially like the pecan shells. Your recipes are truly an inspiration and work of art. Thanks so much for sharing on the BBQ Block Party.
    Terri Henkels from Easy Life Meal & Party Planning

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