Savory Truffle Mini Taco Shooter

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I do enjoy a nice occasional taco. But I have to say it is not something I grew up with so I often do not think of making or ordering tacos. In Montreal there are not tons of Mexican restaurants and the ones we do have tend to be fancier than faster(er) food fare. So why would I order a taco if I can try something elaborate. This was the thought process that went on in my head after reading July’s Creative Cooking Crew challenge: Tacos, make it your own … take it someplace it’s never been!

I wanted to make something that was not a taco in a traditional meal setting and I was fine if it did not contain all the usual standard ingredients. But I did want to play with a taco concept and highlight a few typical Mexican ingredients. After a lot of brainstorming I settled on this Savory Truffle Mini Taco Shooter creation.

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tomato mezcal cocoa shot glass

The concept was inspired by the one bite taco shrimp cocktail I found here and I ran with it adding my own personal touch. My focus here is on two underused ingredients: cocoa in a savory context and mezcal.

Mezcal is a distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant (a form of agave) native to Mexico. The word mezcal comes from Nahuatl mexcalli and ixcalli which means “oven-cooked agave”. Mezcal is generally consumed straight and has a strong smoky flavor.

mini taco shells

There are a few Mexican dishes that use the cocoa bean as a savory component, such as mole sauce and tejate. Usually the dried and fully fermented fatty bean is used to extract cocoa solids and cocoa butter. In the recipe we find cocoa nibs, small piece of the roasted bean; and dark chocolate which is mostly made of cocoa butter, sugar and cocoa.

savory truffles

I am an adept at trying unusual mixes and recipes. This one does require an open mind when sampling but it does work. I was really taken by surprise by the various flavors my brain was trying to process. The truffles, even if savory, kind of thrown your tastebuds off when mixed with flavors like mezcal, coriander and tomatoes. But if you give it a chance it makes for a most wonderful and intriguing appetizer.

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Savory Truffle Mini Taco Shooter

Rating: 51

Yield: 12 shoorter appetizers

Ingredients

  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • 3 oz dark chocolate
  • cocoa nibs, coarsely ground
  • ground chili pepper, to taste
  • 4 corn tortillas
  • oil for frying
  • lime juice
  • 12 oz cup tomato/vegetable juice
  • 6 oz mezcal (or tequila)
  • 1/3 cup guacamole
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro
  • 6 red onion, julienned to get 3 inch pieces

Directions

  1. Bring cream cheese to room temperature. Melt chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler. With a fork mix cream cheese and melted chocolate together until smooth. Place in the fridge for a bout 15 minutes if the mixture is to warm to roll. Roll the mixture into 12 truffles.
  2. Mix cocoa nib and chili powders together. Roll the truffles in the powder mix, and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Put powder mix aside.
  3. Heat oil in a small skillet over med-high heat. Cut tortillas in a circle slightly bigger than the top of your shot glasses. Fry tortillas, folded in half and keeping the shape with a fork by pressing down, in oil for about 20 seconds per side until firm a bit. Press with paper towels to remove excess oil.
  4. Wet the shot glass rim with lemon juice and dip the rim of the shot glass in the remaining powder mix.
  5. Mix mezcal and tomato juice together. Pour 1.5 oz of the mix into each glass. Set aside
  6. For each tortilla spread guacamole on top, add an onion stick, then a truffle, and sprinkle with cilantro.
  7. Place topped tortilla on top of each filled glass. Serve. Makes 12 appetizers.
http://www.cheapethniceatz.com/savory-truffle-mini-taco-shooter/

Thank you Lazaro Cooks and Foodalogue for this month’s fun challenge. Check out what the other members have created on our Pinterest board by clicking on the banner below.

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I have submitted this recipe for July’s YBR

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Guest
1 year 25 days ago

So creative and beautiful Evelyne <3

Guest
1 year 29 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous…very creative Evelyne. I love all the flavors in this taco and yes, nice shooter.
Have a great weekend 😀

Guest
1 year 1 month ago

OMG! I would not be able to stop with just one! This has my favorite combination – chile pepper and chocolate!! Fabulous shooters!

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1 year 1 month ago

Very, very unique! I found you via YBR.

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1 year 1 month ago

Ha! I’ve seen the photo but not read your post yet and was wondering what the savory truffle was made from (perhaps liver?!) I didn’t realize you were going to use chocolate in a savory application. It sounds crazy but good! Avocado is a great medium, I’ve found, for sweet and savory. Well done, girl!

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Victoria
1 year 1 month ago

What a really cool concept! I love that you use chocolate in a more savory application, as in mole. Yum :)

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1 year 1 month ago

So creative and beautiful pics. Loved this.

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1 year 1 month ago

Wow and Now I would call this soooo creative. Lots of thought went into this and the photography is stunning.

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1 year 1 month ago

those mini tacos are seriously too cute, i definitely could devour many right now!

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1 year 1 month ago

What an elegant appetizer! You are so creative!

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1 year 1 month ago

Very creative Evelyne! I love Mexican too and here in Athens we also do not have tons of Mexican restaurants!

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1 year 1 month ago

You are right that it will take an open mind to conceptualize these flavors, but the way you’ve made it all look will be a big help.

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1 year 1 month ago

You be crazy girl!! I love this! A good drink as an appie-teaser is always high on my list for starters. I found a place in Toronto who did something similar but it was full meal size with lobster tails, chorizo and even a slider on a stick!!!! CRAZY right?? Yours is much more palatable :)

…I might add tequila to mine 😉 But that’s no surprise.

Guest
1 year 1 month ago

These are great kitchen creations, Evelyne.
Very inventive and beautifully presented.
“Que viva Mexico” with the Evelyne touch :)

Guest
1 year 1 month ago

So avant garde and creative. Nice presentation too. I love it!

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1 year 1 month ago

wow, never even heard or know there’s such a think called savoury truffle.
this recipe is must try!!!

Guest
1 year 1 month ago

Love all your creations but this time you have outdone yourself. What an amazing idea! And it looks super gorgeous too!

Guest

You are always so creative Eve! I bet your mind never stops working 😀

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1 year 1 month ago

This is the most creative taco recipe EVER! The combination of cream cheese chocolate truffle and guacamole is genius..you rock the taco world!

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1 year 1 month ago

Wow! This mini taco looks fantastic,Evelyne! What a great idea… you are so creative!I miss the CCC :(

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1 year 1 month ago

Wow, you definitely took it someplace it’s never been before. Way to go! Very creative!