Taco Cups are a fun appetizer OR a different way to enjoy taco night! Done in under 30 minutes, this finger food is savory and delicious. Load taco cups up with picante flavored meat, beans and cheese, then toppings of your choice, such as lettuce tomatoes, sour cream and cilantro!
Original recipe posted: April 2019 | Recipe update: December 2019
It is no secret that I love everything relating to Mexican food and drink. Margaritas, 7-layer dips, guacamole, enchiladas.. I want it all. Pronto. Every year when Cinco de Mayo approaches I start thinking and dreaming up delicious Mexican food creations.
This year I had the thought to transform tacos into a finger food! Fun! And how perfect for parties because there is nothing that screams PARTY louder than finger-food fare. Make these super easy, super yummy, customizable Taco Cups for your next Cinco de Mayo or summer (or winter!) party. Set out a handful of toppings so guests can add what they like. A few topping suggestions: sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, lime wedges, avocados, guacamole, salsa and taco sauce!
TACO CUPS ARE EASY TO PREPARE – WATCH THIS QUICK VIDEO TUTORIAL!
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HOW TO PREPARE TACO WONTON CUPS
These are a fun and different way to serve tacos in just a few bites and without the mess. These are perfect wonton tacos for parties!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray. Place 2 wonton wrappers in each muffin cup (stagger the wrappers!), pressing all the way down to the bottom and up the sides.
Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add taco seasoning and water and cook until liquid has reduced. Scoop 2 tablespoons of the meat into each prepared wonton cup. Top with a small handful of shredded cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese has melted and the edges of the wonton wrappers are golden brown.
Remove from oven and top each cup with your favorite taco toppings: lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, black olives, green onions and cilantro.
Add a can of Rotel with green chilis and diced tomatoes into the hamburger along with the taco seasoning or in place of taco seasoning. This will keep your meat moist and flavorful!
To make your taco cups vegetarian, you can replace taco meat with refried beans. Or just add a dollop of beans to the cup with the meat by placing it inside the wonton before your meat.
MEAL PREP – MAKE AHEAD FREEZER RECIPES
This is a great meal/appetizer to prep ahead of time. After purchasing your meat from the grocery store (or having it delivered from Instacart!), turn it into taco meat! Cook a pound or two of ground beef, add taco seasoning and 1/2 cup water or broth and let the mixture thicken for a few minutes. Once it cools, place it into a resealable freezer bag and place in a flat layer in the freezer. Pull it out when you’re ready to use the taco meat in Taco Cups or Baked Tacos!
FAVORITE CINCO DE MAYO RECIPES
Here are a few of my favorite recipes to make for your next Cinco de Mayo gathering!
Easy Baked Churros – Make Churros the easy way by baking them in the oven! Baked Churros are a great snack or dessert to enjoy on Cinco de Mayo or any time of the year.
Fresh Spicy Salsa – Fresh homemade spicy salsa is hands down better than anything from the store. Even better than at a Mexican restaurant! This pico de gallo offers great texture and is delicious on all kinds of foods.
Chicken Jalapeno Dip – Meat, cheese and spice in a single hot dip! Serve with chips at your next gathering and you’ll be the most popular person at the party. Cater spice to your liking!
Chicken Tortilla Soup – This Instant Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup is the BEST! It is packed with flavor, it is super easy to make and it tastes like it’s been cooked low and slow all day long.
Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers – Indulgent, spicy and totally delicious, these bacon-wrapped and pepper-stuffed peppers are a delicious appetizer or snack!Enjoy this delicious little finger food, friends!
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Easy Taco Cups
- 24 wonton wrappers
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 oz. packet taco seasoning or 2 tbsp homemade taco seasoning
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded lettuce
- 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes halved
- sour cream, cilantro and taco sauce for topping
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and coat a 12-cup muffin tin with cooking spray. Place 2 wonton wrappers in each muffin hole (stagger wrappers), pressing all the way down to the bottom and up the sides.
- Cook ground beef in a skillet over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Add taco seasoning and water or broth and cook until liquid has reduced. Scoop 2 tablespoons of the meat into each prepared wonton-lined cup. Top with a pinch of cheddar cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until cheese has melted and the edges of the wonton wrappers are golden brown.
- Remove from oven and top each cup with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and cilantro. Serve immediately!