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Oct 3, 2011 07:49 AM

"Tortilla Chip" Ice Cream

I had a couple of stalks of corn (actually more than a couple) sitting in my fridge just screaming to be used.

So I figured what better use of corn than to make ice cream, right?

But I've done corn ice cream.

But I've never done "Tortilla Chip" ice cream.

Sufficiently intrigued I took out my handy-dandy ice cream maker and set about making corn tortilla ice cream.

Cook the corn, remove niblets, puree niblets in food processor, strain and reserve the liquid. (By the way, this corn juice is fabulous and reminds me of those canned corn juice drinks you find in China.)

Add the "corn liquid" to your basic custard base, then add a good amount of kosher salt and Lawry's taco seasoning, then add it all to ice cream machine, and right before the last hour of freezing incorporate crushed tortilla chips (from Costco).

Voila, tortilla chip ice cream.

I'm thinking next time I can add some V8 Juice, maybe some purred avocado and make a "Nacho Ice Cream". The color certainly would be gnarly, but I bet it would taste kind of, well, cool.


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  1. I'm all for this, good mix-ins, but what is your assessment of the flavor?

    Poster kattyeyes made corn gelato last year, and Caitlin McGrath commented on Mario Batali's Corn Gelato recipe in Molot Gusto in a COTM thread, but there was no addition of chips or taco seasoning in either.

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    1. re: bushwickgirl

      It was very good.

      It tasted like cold tortilla chips. Honestly.

    2. You have far too much energy for someone's who's just experimenting. Was it a sweet ice cream? I wonder how it would be if you coated the ice cream in chopped tortilla chips and then deep fried it so you'd retain the crunch of the tortillas. Top w/ avocado and V8 juice like a sundae, or even Costco's mango salsa. It could be really bad or really good (I'm leaning towards the bad side, I have to say).

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      1. re: chowser

        No, not a sweet ice cream. A savory one, definitely.

        Like I said up above, I was trying to replicate what a tortilla chip would taste like in ice cream form.

        I think next time I might serve this in one of those edible taco bowls, or maybe just a hard taco shell, and drizzle with some bitter chocolate syrup spiked with chili flakes.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Did the chips get soggy? If they did, what about coating in chocolate?

          1. re: paprkutr

            Chips did get soggy.

            I'm trying to avoid making it too sweet, which is why chocolate covered chips were not tried. I'm really really trying to replicate a tortilla chip flavored ice cream. Weird, I know.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              I was going to suggest some jalapenos, cilantro, and some of the corn then serve in taco shell

          2. re: ipsedixit

            Ooh, the edible bowl idea with choc syrup and chili flakes sounds good. I love your creativity!