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Fried Ice Cream Bowls

Sooooo… I’ve got something really naughty to share with you today. Hope you don’t mind. I’m serving up Sweet Lime Fried Ice Cream Bowls with Coconut Ice Cream and Grilled Pineapple, to ensure we end the summer with a little excitement. 

Fried Ice Cream Bowls with Coconut Ice Cream and Grilled Pineapple #fried #icecream

I’ve posted healthy recipes here on A Spicy Perspective.

Lots and lots of healthy recipes.

So I’m not going to allow myself to feel one stitch of guilt over serving up deep fried ice cream bowls coated in tangy-sweet lime sugar.

We need to live a little, you know?

Making Fried Ice Cream Bowls with Coconut Ice Cream and Grilled Pineapple #fried #icecream

I mean what could possibly satisfy a sweet tooth better than creamy tropical ice cream, topped with sweet fresh fruit, served in a bubbly crunchy sugared bowl?

I can’t think of a single thing…

Deep Fried Ice Cream Bowls with Coconut Ice Cream and Grilled Pineapple #fried #icecream

This concept started back in June when I visited my friends at Old El Paso in Austin, Texas. We had a cooking challenge one night, and on a whim I took Old El Paso Stand ‘n Stuff Tortillas and deep fried them to hold ice cream.

Now I don’t deep fry very often, but this was one of those situations when a little hot oil made all the difference.

Easy Fried Ice Cream Bowls with Coconut Ice Cream and Grilled Pineapple #fried #icecream

Old El Paso Stand ‘n Stuff Tortillas are tasty and practical for all sorts of tacos and savory dishes, but who knew they were so fabulous in dessert?!

Just look at that crispy goodness coated in fresh lime sugar.

Sweet Lime Fried Ice Cream Bowls with Coconut Ice Cream and Grilled Pineapple #fried #icecream

The limey sugar gives the fried ice cream bowls a tropical quality, so they are perfect to serve with your favorite tropical ice cream… Mine is coconut.

But of course you could substitute cinnamon for the lime zest to make cinnamon-sugar fried ice cream bowls.

Or you could get really crazy and make a cayenne sugar to spice things up!

Sugar Fried Ice Cream Bowls with Coconut Ice Cream and Grilled Pineapple #fried #icecream

Top the fried ice cream bowls with sweet grilled pineapple and you have a treat that tastes like it could be served in paradise.

Fried Ice Cream Bowls

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes


  • 1 package Old El Paso Soft Flour "Stand 'n Stuff" Tortillas
  • 36 oz. oil for frying (vegetable, peanut, coconut)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of 3 limes
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 gallon coconut ice cream
  • 1 fresh pineapple


  1. Pour the oil in a 4-6 quart sauce pot and place over medium heat. Preheat the grill (or a grill pan) to high heat.
  2. Pour the sugar in a large bowl. Add the lime zest and salt, then mix well.
  3. Cut the pineapple into wedges, and remove the outer peel and core. Then place the pineapple wedges on the grill and grill for 1-2 minutes per side, until char marks form. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Once the oil is hot, use tongs to place one Old El Paso Stand 'n Stuff Tortilla in the hot oil at a time. Push it down underneath the oil, then flip over so the outer edges fry. This process should take 10-30 seconds to reach a golden brown color on all sides.
  5. Pull the tortilla bowl out of the oil and quickly dip in the lime sugar, coating on all sides. Repeat with the remaining tortillas.
  6. To serve: Scoop two ice cream scoops into each tortilla bowl and top with grilled pineapple. YUM!

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Old El Paso. All opinions are my own.

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20 Responses to “Fried Ice Cream Bowls”

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted August 13, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Oh man!! Such a great way to eat ice cream! This looks great!


  2. Heather Christoposted August 13, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Sommer- we totally do this at our house!! It is a such a great GF solution to my kids having an ice cream cone- I love that you put lime zest in there too- brilliant!


  3. Naomiposted August 13, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Nope, no gilt here! I’ll take two or a few servings.


  4. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted August 13, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Those look so good and what a great flavour combo!


  5. Tieghanposted August 13, 2014 at 6:55 am

    These are just genius and I too would not have an once of guilt! just Yum!


  6. Ali | Gimme Some Ovenposted August 13, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Hey, I recognize these guys! ;) SO GOOD!


  7. Mariaposted August 13, 2014 at 7:20 am

    What a fun dessert!


  8. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted August 13, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Now, this is what I call a dessert! I’ll be over in 5!


  9. Liz @ Floating Kitchenposted August 13, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Absolutely in love with this, Sommer! What a fun idea. I bet this would be so great for a party!


  10. Gabyposted August 13, 2014 at 9:10 am

    What a fun summer dessert!


  11. Chelsea @ A Duck's Ovenposted August 13, 2014 at 11:09 am

    This is absolutely BRILLIANT! I never ever would have thought to do this, and it’s a much easier alternative than fried ice cream! I also love the idea of your lime sugar. Thank you!


  12. Amandaposted August 13, 2014 at 11:25 am

    What a fun recipe!


  13. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addictionposted August 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    What a great idea! Perfect way to serve ice cream!


  14. Jennaposted August 13, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Naughty indeed! these look like such a fun treat! I know my daughter will love this idea.


  15. Beth @ bethcakesposted August 14, 2014 at 8:49 am

    Wow! What a fun ice cream bowl. :) I love all these flavors together. I bet that coconut ice cream is perfect with the lime sugar and grilled pineapple!


  16. Nicole Lindstrom | Simply Happenstanceposted August 14, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Holy yumminess this sounds amazing! It looks very restaurant style, I want!


  17. Annposted August 15, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I like it, what an original idea!


  18. Barbara @ Barbara Bakesposted August 18, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Such a fun idea. I’ll have to look for the Stand and Stuff tortillas.


  19. Opalposted September 28, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    This looks so fun to do Im going to try this too! Ty


  20. Shirleyposted March 31, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    looks yummy, can the bowls be made in advance?


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