The Original Chi-Chi's Mexican Fried Ice Cream

"This is the original Chi-Chi's Mexican Fried Ice Cream. You can serve this on the fried flour tortilla sprinkled with a cinnamon sugar mix as it was done in the later years or in a sherbet glass as it was in the early 80's. At one point we even offered these in chocolate and strawberry as well. Prep time is for the ice cream ball to harden."
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Ready In:
1 ice cream ball




  • Form 4 oz. of French vanilla into a ball.
  • Roll the ball of ice cream in the cinnamon sugar mixture until completely coated.
  • Roll in corn flake crumbs till coated.
  • Place in the freezer to harden.
  • Place the hardened ice cream ball in a fry basket and deep fry for 2 seconds at 350 degrees fahrenheit.
  • FOR THE SHERBET GLASS(the early years):

  • Put a dollop of whip cream in the bottom of the glass.
  • Place the fried ice cream ball on top of the dollop.
  • Drizzle a small amount of honey over the top of the ice cream ball.
  • Place 8 whip cream rosettes around the ice cream ball and one on top.
  • Top with a maraschino cherry.
  • Enjoy!
  • FOR THE TORTILLA (the later years):

  • Deep fry a tortilla flat until crispy.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon sugar mixture.
  • Follow the instructions for the sherbet glass.
  • Enjoy!

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  1. I rolled it in cinnamon toast crunch cereal and drizzled it with chocolate syrup. 8 thumbs up from the 4 of us.
  2. You cracked the code! My wife and I have been talking about how much we miss Chi Chi's; the steak Chahitas for 2, Hacienda style, the salad in the tortilla shell with ranch dressing and, of course, ending with the famous fried ice cream with honey drizzled over it, whipped cream, and a cherry on top. We tried a version at a different restaurant and were very disappointed. So I saw this recipe and decided to try it. It was perfect!!! Sooo good and just like we remembered. Thank you for posting this.
  3. This tastes exactly like Chi-Chi's. This is the best dessert ever. Thank you for the recipe.
  4. Absolutely love this, so easy, but always impresses guests
  5. Chi-Chi's Fried Ice Cream is my husband's favorite dessert ever, and since the chain shut down he has missed it tons. Any other that we tried just didn't compare. I surprised him with this and he was ecstatic! It is delicious and tastes just like Chi-Chi's. Thank you for this recipe (and the Pollo Magnifico too)!


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