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Mini Taco Cup Appetizers

Layers of seasoned beef and melting cheese are heated in mini corn tortilla cups, then loaded with your favorite taco toppings!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 142kcal

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  • 12 corn tortillas, 4-1/2 inch size 
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 packet taco seasoning or Homemade Taco Seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  • Corn Red Pepper Salsa, sour cream and jalapeno slices for garnish


To Make the Tortilla Cups:

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly mist muffin tin with cooking spray.
  • Place a damp paper towel on a microwave-safe plate. Working three at a time, cover tortillas with a second damp paper towel and microwave for 10 seconds on High power. Tortillas will be Hot!
  • Working quickly, form tortillas into a bowl in the bottom of muffin wells, overlapping the sides, or turn muffin pan upside down and place tortillas between cups to make a shallow bowl.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 10 - 12 minutes, until crisp and starting to brown. Tortillas will continue to crisp as they cool. Leave oven on.

To Make the Filling:

  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown the beef until no pink remains. Use wooden spoon to break up chunks.
  • Add taco seasoning and 2/3 cup water. Stir to combine.
  • Bring beef mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 8 -10 minutes until liquid has evaporated.
  • Divide meat evenly among prepared shells, using spoon to pack down. Sprinkle with cheese. 
  • Return filled shells to oven and bake 3 - 4 minutes until cheese has melted.
  • Garnish as desired and serve warm.


* Nutrition information is for 1 taco cup filled with meat and cheese.


Calories: 142kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 32mg | Sodium: 108mg | Potassium: 187mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Calcium: 86mg | Iron: 1mg

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