The Tacone

The TaconeQuestion: What’s the worst thing about hard shell tacos? Actually, let me rephrase that. What’s the ONLY bad thing about hard shell tacos? They fall apart when you eat them leaving you with a frown on your face and a plate that’s covered in toppings.

What if it didn’t have to be that way though? What if you could enjoy the crunchiness of a hard shell taco without the fear of it crumbling apart upon first bite? Well, now there is! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Tacone!

I once again pulled out my waffle cone maker — the same one I’ve already used to make wafflecakes, my pizza cone, and my personal favorite, the chicken and waffle cone. This time, however, I combined some corn flour, water and a dash of salt, before flattening out the doughy mixture and nestling it between my waffle cone maker’s two hot plates.

After about a minute and a half I took my partially cooked dough out, formed it into a cone, let it cool a little and then completed the cooking process by dunking it in my deep fryer. A couple minutes later I was left with a crunchy corn taco shell in the shape of a cone.

Next, I gathered up all the ingredients that I wanted inside my taco, mixed them up in a bowl to insure that each bite contained equal amounts of toppings and spooned them into my cone.

I probably should have taken a few more pictures before I started eating this thing, because honestly, they didn’t turn out as good as I would have liked, but I didn’t care. All I wanted to do was take a bite out of the Tacone and see how it tasted, and it ended up being every bit as spectacular as I expected!

Do you know what my favorite thing about my Tacone was though? During the process of eating it not a single thing fell out of it onto my plate! No ground beef, no cheese, no tomatoes and not even a single piece of lettuce!

 

69 Comments on The Tacone

  1. AJ
    July 2, 2012 at 9:39 am (2 years ago)

    I think this is an idea that you need to sell to Old El Paso. Hit up their marketing department!

    What an idea!!!

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  2. Sarah Z
    July 2, 2012 at 10:48 am (2 years ago)

    That is an awesome idea. They finally “invented” the flat bottom taco shell so it seems that this idea would not hit any marketing department for years!

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    • Nick
      July 2, 2012 at 10:49 am (2 years ago)

      True! Also, I feel like those flat bottom hard shell tacos break apart even easier than regular ones because they’re shaped so weird.

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  3. @ChiPhotoGuy
    July 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm (2 years ago)

    Woah! It’s a Tacone – Well done @DudeFoods! #foodiechats

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  4. @amylarrick
    July 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm (2 years ago)

    #creative #food #design

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  5. @peeweeherman
    July 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm (2 years ago)

    What happens when you combine two amazing things: the Tacone!

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  6. @Bucky_5000
    July 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm (2 years ago)

    Here’s one for @Mount_E

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  7. @wrongkate
    July 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm (2 years ago)

    attn Don @TheMotorleague

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  8. @kitty_divine
    July 5, 2012 at 4:38 pm (2 years ago)

    @osubeav & @twd3lr -this up your alley?

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  9. @Kara_Hughett
    July 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm (2 years ago)

    Hey @aaronestrada & @JessicaDamico, let me introduce you to the Tacone!

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  10. @ZenMonken
    July 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm (2 years ago)

    Taco + Ice Cream Cone = Tacone. How is this not a fast food thing? Someone start a food truck.

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  11. Hunter
    July 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm (2 years ago)

    This is AMAZING you are a pioneer

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  12. Bri
    July 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow. I’m trying to imagine what it must smell like. Sugary wafflecone butter goodness plus spicy oniony taconess = ??

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    • Nick
      July 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm (2 years ago)

      It pretty much just smelled like a taco. I used the waffle cone maker to make it, but used different ingredients than I would if I was making an actual waffle cone, so sadly there was no waffle cone smell to it.

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      • hrm
        August 14, 2012 at 2:48 am (2 years ago)

        A taco with a waffle/pancaky tortilla wouldn’t be so bad… waco wouldn’t be bad.

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  13. @CRBrotherton
    July 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm (2 years ago)

    Sweet baby Jesus on a tilt-a-whirl. #OhMyGod

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  14. @jeremyjojola
    July 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I present to you….THE TACONE. CONE + TACO Shell

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  15. @19jackie86
    July 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm (2 years ago)

    @mendezlucy item for future taco truck

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  16. Sonya (@sonyabean)
    July 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Genius. RT @peeweeherman: What happens when you combine two amazing things: the Tacone!

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  17. Barbarossa
    July 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Simply, an eloquent way to eat Tacos, spoon the sour cream on with every bite & U’r gaming,using this idea at the next Sunday big games & Superbowl, & with any luck won’t have to do any dishes…lol
    Oh and @Nick, Yah, the flat bottomed shells do snap apart easier because of the fold, really

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  18. Michael K (@kretchmar)
    July 5, 2012 at 7:30 pm (2 years ago)

    TACO 2.0? RT @peeweeherman: What happens when you combine two amazing things: the Tacone! #design #food

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  19. Cindy (@Grimbliss)
    July 5, 2012 at 11:59 pm (2 years ago)

    genius…not quite a hotdog tree though “@peeweeherman: What happens when you combine two amazing things: the Tacone!”

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  20. Sarah MacDonald (@papersnacks)
    July 6, 2012 at 12:16 am (2 years ago)

    Y.E.S. “@peeweeherman: What happens when you combine two amazing things: the Tacone!”

    Reply
  21. Amanda
    July 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm (2 years ago)

    This is awesome! Now i wish I had a waffle cone maker!

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    • Nick
      July 6, 2012 at 10:29 pm (2 years ago)

      So there’s a restaurant called Tacone, but all they serve is wraps, sandwiches and quesadillas? Awesome…. Aside from the name I don’t see the correlation.

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  22. Benjamin Haner
    July 9, 2012 at 11:40 am (2 years ago)

    While you’re breaking ground with the crunchy shell cone, it appears that this place in BC serves tacones already. http://www.redfish-bluefish.com

    That said, this is a damn fine idea, sir. Damn fine.

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    • Nick
      July 9, 2012 at 11:43 am (2 years ago)

      It’s similar, but it looks like they just take a soft flour tortilla, grill it and sort of roll it into a cone.

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      • Benjamin Haner
        July 9, 2012 at 11:49 am (2 years ago)

        This is what I see as well, hence my pointing out that yours is crunchy. I was informed of this place after forwarding your post to a group of foodie friends. I thought I would mention it as his review of the place was glowing and it shared a name with your creation.

        As indicated before, I would eat the hell out of what you made. Just reading your article has made tacos for lunch an almost near-certainty. Kudos.

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        • Nick
          July 9, 2012 at 11:51 am (2 years ago)

          Yeah, oddly enough there’s also some restaurant chain called Tacone, but they just sell wraps, sandwiches and quesadillas, none of which are even in the shape of cones. Weird.

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  23. (@kapitts) (@kapitts)
    July 11, 2012 at 1:15 pm (2 years ago)

    When a Mission-style burrito is just too damn inconvenient, grab a tacone.

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  24. @tacodelphia
    July 15, 2012 at 5:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Someone start making these in Philly, please.

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  25. @phillydesign
    July 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Solution to the only bad thing about hard shell

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  26. @phillydesign
    July 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Solution to the only bad thing about hard shell

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  27. @GeorgePhiripes
    August 1, 2012 at 12:52 pm (2 years ago)

    An ice cream cone + a taco = the TACONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #WANT

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  28. @davbak
    August 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm (2 years ago)

    I want one.

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  29. @Migor
    August 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm (2 years ago)

    I want one.

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  30. @LAFoodie
    August 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm (2 years ago)

    A crunchy taco shell in the shape of a cone: Tacone. I love this. #tacovations

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  31. @LAFoodie
    August 10, 2012 at 7:39 pm (2 years ago)

    A crunchy taco shell in the shape of a cone: Tacone. I love this.

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  32. @JBranchCNN
    August 10, 2012 at 7:51 pm (2 years ago)

    From the “why didn’t I think of that?” category

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  33. @cmlarr
    August 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm (2 years ago)

    this is ingenious

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  34. @cmlarr
    August 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm (2 years ago)

    this is ingenious

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  35. Antonio
    December 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm (2 years ago)

    I seen this concept on a food truck in Seattle. It was also on the show Eat street. also done on Iron Chef.

    i have made them before as well and are fantastic. Sweet ones with Cin-sugar with fresh fruit salsa.

    Fantastic

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  36. felix
    March 27, 2013 at 11:00 pm (1 year ago)

    Patent infringement: Roger Wylie, Patent Attorney, Seattle, WA.

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    • Nick
      March 28, 2013 at 12:51 am (1 year ago)

      Huh?

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  37. Arthur
    May 22, 2013 at 11:20 pm (1 year ago)

    A woman from Seattle has patented the corn/hard shell cone taco. This is why fried burritos, not tacos are marketed as soft flour tortillas, formed like a cone at every restaurant, food truck, and sports arena…otherwise she would sue them. No person or corporation can make them without her permission.

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    • Nick
      May 23, 2013 at 8:03 am (1 year ago)

      Does she have a restaurant or website or anything? Because after I made my Tacone a guy from Michigan also claimed he had it patented.

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      • Brit
        June 3, 2013 at 6:07 pm (1 year ago)

        I bought her taco’s at Whole Foods, a few years back. They were called Rick’s Organic Volcanic. I believe Roger Wylie is her Patent Attorney in Seattle, WA. You could ask him to confirm?

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