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Apple Pie Tacos is a fun and tasty twist on the classic fruit-filled pie. This quick and easy dessert is a delicious combination of crispy, soft, sweet, and cinnamon in every single bite.
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Table of Contents
  1. Apple Pie Dessert Taco
  2. Why We Love This Apple Pie Tacos Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Apple Pie Tacos
  7. Tips From Our Recipe Developer
  8. Storage Tips
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Dessert Recipes
  11. Apple Pie Tacos Recipe

Apple Pie Tacos are a tasty twist on the classic apple pie recipe and turns a traditional Mexican meal into a hand-held dessert meant for after dinner. This cinnamon sugar-coated tortilla loaded with apple pie filling from a can is ready in under 20 minutes using only 6 simple ingredients.

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Apple Pie Dessert Taco

Apple Pie Tacos are so quick and easy to make in less than 20 minutes, it will become your new favorite fall recipe that will replace the classic apple pie!

It’s as simple as baking a buttery, cinnamon sugar coated flour tortilla into a taco shell shape, stuffing it with an apple caramel mixture, and cooking it into the perfect contrasting crispy, crunchy, soft, and gooey combination.

This shortcut recipe not only uses a can of apple pie filling to save time, but it also bakes the taco shells in the oven instead of frying them for fewer calories (on the backside of a muffin pan).

Why We Love This Apple Pie Tacos Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make.
  • Uses 6 simple ingredients.
  • Unique spin on a supper staple with a caramel apple filling sits inside a sweet crispy shell.
  • Fun finger food that makes a delicious fall dessert.
  • Perfect treat for a party, Cinco de Mayo celebration, or Taco Tuesday (or any day of the week).

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Apple Pie Tacos with apple pie filling

Ingredients

  • Salted butter: You can also use unsalted butter for this recipe but I recommend adding a pinch of salt to help balance the flavors. 
  • Light brown sugar: Light brown sugar: You can substitute granulated white sugar if you like, though it may not stick quite as well to the butter. You can also use dark brown sugar but it will be harder to tell when the tacos are ready. 
  • Cinnamon
  • Street taco flour tortillas: In the event that you cannot find street taco flour tortillas, you can use any flour tortilla and use a 5 inch round cookie cutter to cut out the “taco shell”.
  • Apple pie filling: You can also use a homemade apple pie filling if you prefer. 
  • Caramel sauce

Substitutions and Additions

  • Tasty Toppings: For extra sweet flavor, top your taco with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or a drizzle of caramel sauce.
  • Great Garnishes: If you want to up the flavor-factor and texture of this recipe, you can garnish it with mini-chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or caramel bits.
  • More texture and Taste: Add in some chopped walnuts, almonds or pecans to the apple caramel mixture or sprinkle some on top as a garnish for a bit of extra crunch and flavor. 
  • Fruit Filling: You can customize the type of Pie Taco you make by using your favorite pie filling, such as cherry, strawberry, or blueberry. Depending on the new pie flavor, you may want to omit the caramel sauce or substitute a white chocolate sauce instead. 
  • Muffin or cupcake tin
  • Shallow dipping bowls
  • Plate
  • Measuring tools
  • Mixing tools
  • Mixing bowl
Apple Pie Tacos with ice cream
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How to Make Apple Pie Tacos

Apple Pie Tacos is a quick and easy way to turn a traditional taco dinner into a delicious dessert. Each crispy sweet shell is filled with a caramel fruit mixture and served warm from the oven with a scoop of ice cream or a drizzle of caramel sauce.

  1. Coat The Tortillas: Dip both sides of the tortillas into melted butter, and spread the cinnamon-sugar mixture on top until coated. Shake off the excess sugar and repeat on the other side.
    Pro Tip: You will have a thick cinnamon-sugar layer on both sides of your tortilla.
  2. Bake: Place the tortilla in between the upside-down muffin tin indents to form a taco shape. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-7 minutes or until the “tacos” have puffed slightly and are holding their shape but are not golden brown yet.
  3. Prepare The Pie Filling: Place the apple pie filling in a bowl and cut the apple slices into bite-size pieces. Add the caramel sauce and stir until combined.
  4. Assemble: Break any bubbles on the inside of the partially baked shells and fill with the apple pie filling mixture.
    Pro Tip: You want a good amount of filling but not so much that it spills out of the taco. 
  5. Cook: Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the tacos are golden brown and the apple pie filling is hot.
  6. Serve: Allow the tacos to cool for 3-5 minutes. Serve warm, garnished with vanilla ice cream and drizzled caramel, optional. Enjoy!
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Tips From Our Recipe Developer

  • Drizzle some chocolate sauce over the top of your tacos once they come out of the oven for a bit of color and an added layer of flavor.
  • I used the street size flour tortillas, but if you want to make them mini, you can try the small 8 inch rounds or even use Flatout Foldits.

Storage Tips

  • To Store: To store any leftover tacos, loosely cover them and keep them on the counter for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Apple Pie Tacos on a plate

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make my own apple pie filling instead of buying the canned version?

Yes, you can absolutely make your own homemade apple pie filling on the stove top. Some of my favorite apples that make a flavorful filling are Granny Smith, Honeycrisps, Jonagolds, and Golden Delicious.

How should I store my Apple Pie Tacos?

I recommend eating these Apple Pie Tacos fresh as they do not store well.
You can loosely cover them and keep them on the counter for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, however, the taco shell will lose the crispiness and be much harder to eat.
Even if you reheat it in the oven it may not fully crisp up again.
If you choose to make fewer Apple Pie Tacos, the filling can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Your best option is to make them fresh each time you’d like to enjoy them! 

How do I turn the soft tortillas into crunchy taco shells?

First, turn a muffin pan upside down. Once you’ve buttered and covered the tortillas in cinnamon sugar, your will slide the shells in between the muffin cups for baking.
This recipe makes 6 street-size tacos, but if you want to make them mini, a 12-cup muffin pan can hold about 24 mini tacos shells upright.

Apple Pie Tacos with caramel sauce

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Apple Pie Tacos

Serves — 6
Apple Pie Tacos is a fun and tasty twist on the classic fruit-filled pie. This quick and easy dessert is a delicious combination of crispy, soft, sweet, and cinnamon in every single bite.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup (½ stick) salted butter melted
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 6 (4.5 inch) street taco flour tortillas
  • 20 ounce can apple pie filling
  • cup caramel sauce
  • Vanilla ice cream optional garnish
  • Extra caramel sauce optional garnish

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and set out a cupcake or muffin tin, upside down.
  • Place the melted butter in a shallow bowl for dipping.
  • In a second shallow bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and cinnamon until well combined and all lumps have been broken up. Set a small plate next to it.
  • Dip each tortilla into the melted butter, covering both sides with the butter, and then allow the excess to drip off, shaking the tortilla gently.
  • Place the buttered tortilla on the plate and scoop some of the cinnamon sugar mixture onto it and spread it all over.
  • Gently shake the excess sugar back into the bowl and then repeat on the other side of the tortilla. You will have a thick cinnamon sugar layer on both sides of your tortilla.
  • Place the tortilla in between two muffin tin indents to form a taco shape.
  • Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  • Bake for 5-7 minutes or until the “tacos” have puffed slightly and are holding their shape but are not golden brown yet.
  • While the tortillas are baking, place the apple pie filling in a medium sized mixing bowl and cut up any large apple slices into bite size pieces with a spoon, knife, or kitchen shears.
  • Pour in the caramel sauce and stir the mixture together until well combined.
  • Remove the partially baked shells from the oven, break any bubbles on the inside and scoop in 1-2 large spoonfuls of apple pie filling mixture. You want a good amount of filling but not so much that it spills out of the taco.
  • Place the tin back in the oven and cook for an additional 3-5 minutes or until the tacos are golden brown and the apple pie filling is hot.
  • Remove the shells from the oven and allow to cool for 3-5 minutes.
  • Serve warm, garnished with vanilla ice cream and drizzled caramel, optional.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
To store any leftover tacos, loosely cover them and keep them on the counter for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Tips:
  • Drizzle some chocolate sauce over the top of your tacos once they come out of the oven for a bit of color and an added layer of flavor.
  • I used the street size flour tortillas, but if you want to make them mini, you can try the small 8 inch rounds or even use Flatout Foldits.
  • Add in some chopped walnuts or pecans to the apple pie filling and caramel mixture or sprinkle them on top as a garnish for a bit of extra crunch and flavor. 
  • If you want to up the flavor and texture of the recipe you can garnish it with mini-chocolate chips, white chocolate chips or caramel bits. 
  • Change up the type of Pie Taco you make by using a new pie filling such as cherry, strawberry or blueberry. Depending on the new pie flavor you may want to omit the caramel sauce or substitute a white chocolate sauce instead.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 374mg | Potassium: 126mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 278IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 2mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. I have not made it but it looks so delicious and easy to make. I like the versatility of being able to change to filling to other than just apple too.