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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Taco "Cupcakes"


A while back I made some lasagna cupcakes - individual lasagnas made with won ton wrappers instead of pasta noodles.  They were great!  I had so much fun making the lasagna cupcakes that I decided to make some taco cupcakes.  

I kept this pretty simple.  I used my basic taco meat recipe and just added some black beans.   You could add some green peppers or olives if you really wanted to jazz it up.  We topped the cupcakes with some homemade salsa and sour cream.  I didn't have any lettuce or I would had added lettuce on top too.  We served the cupcakes along side our favorite Mexican Rice.  This was a great twist on regular tacos.  We both loved it!




Taco Cupcakes
makes 18 cupcakes
(Printable Recipe)

1 lb ground beef
1 packet taco seasoning
2/3 cup water
1 can black beans, drained
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
36 wonton wrappers
your favorite taco toppings - salsa, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, etc
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375.

Brown the meat in a skillet and drain off fat (I use a collander). Return the meat to the skillet; add the taco seasoning, water and black beans.  Mix and simmer for 5-10 minutes, until water is absorbed.

Spray 18 regular muffin pan cups with cooking spray.  Place one wonton wrapper in each muffin cup.  Divide half of the taco meat between muffin cups.  Sprinkle half of the cheese over the cupcakes.  Repeat layers - wonton, taco meat and cheese.  Bake at 375 for 20 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.  Top with your favorite taco toppings.

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39 comments:

  1. Really cool idea. And good to eat.

    I've been making a sausage, ranch, cheese wonton appetizer for years. They are always requested at parties. We've been told to drop them off even if we don't plan to come to the event...

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  2. Brillant! My kiddos would love these. Can't wait to try them!
    Bree
    www.skinnymommy.com

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I look forward to making this for our family.

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  4. Just found your blog! Everything looks amazing -- and totally my kind of cooking! And most importantly, WDE!

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  5. I am going to finally get around to trying these with pulled pork and bbq style toppings.

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  6. Made these Saturday night for hubby and kids. My daughter in law loved them. Very easy to make and taste great! My kind of recipe.

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  7. These look soooo yummy! I know my kids will love them :) Thanks for the great idea!

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  8. sounds great cant wait to try itthank you

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  9. Found these on Pinterest and made them tonight. Awesome! Tasty and easy. The kids even ate them. Definitely a repeat at our house.

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  10. great idea! I wish Wonton wrappers were GF!

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  11. These are AMAZING! THANK YOU!! I could eat 'em EVERY night! I think my husband loves me even a little bit more tonight! Can't wait to try some more of your stuff! Thanks for doing what you do!

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  12. Brinlee - thank you so much! SO glad your family liked this!

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  13. So even though I was at the store to get ingredients for these tacos, I forgot the meat. Luckily we had chicken thawed out! These are amazing and we'll definitely make them again.

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  14. Oh goddess how I love the look of these! So simple! My three were only asking me for tacos yesterday evening! Thank you!

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  15. I made these last night and they came out exactly like this! Everyone enjoyed them and it was awesome :)

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  16. These look amazing! We love Mexican in our house, so there are a must try! Thanks for sharing !

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  17. Any tips on reheating these? I'm wanting to make these for a pot luck at work! They look delish!

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  18. Suzy - I think you could microwave them and they would be ok. It would be best to reheat in the toaster oven if you have one - that way they would be crispy

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  19. I made them tonight and they were tasty! I think I'd go 20 mins at 350 next time or maybe 17 at 375 - in my oven, it made the tips too a bit too crispy.

    I made a simpler/kid friendly version - browned the meat and added mild taco sauce before adding to the layers. I just did the beans and rice on the side since my kid won't eat them inside stuff.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hillison/6281716318/sizes/m/in/photostream/

    I don't know why I never played with wonton wrappers before - so fun!

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  20. Super recipe and such GORGEOUS PICTURES!!!! Mmmm, the family is gonna love these tonight!

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  21. Just made these! yum! ive been making a sausage ranch red pepper flake version for years but this was really good if ur in the mood for tacos which i was :) tysm! everything u post is amazing!

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  22. O i also added a pack of taco bell rice to the meat mixture on my second batch gave it a little something extra other then that i didnt even add sour cream! yum thanks again! :)

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  23. Thanks for the idea, this is really good. I added cilantro to the toppings, its a great.

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  24. Thanks for the idea, this is really good. I added cilantro to the toppings, its a great.

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  25. Do you think cut-to-fit corn or flour tortillas would work instead of the wonton wrappers?

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    1. Lksnky - absolutely! I think corn or flour tortillas would be good.

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  26. LOVE these! Looking for advice though. Mine don't get brown/crispy on the bottom, just kind of mushy. Thought maybe I used too much nonstick spray the first time so I used less tonight with same results. I also tried cooking them a little lower in the oven. Any advice or tips?

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  27. JG:

    Try putting your empty wonton wrappers in the oven for 5-7 minutes before you put the filling in.

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  28. Hi just stopping over to say I made your cupcakes and we both enjoyed very much. I have them posted on my web page
    thewednesdaybaker.blogspot.com
    thank you for a nice recipe.
    andi

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  29. I will be making these for my next book club!! I want one now!

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  30. Making these for dinner tonight, thanks for sharing!

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  31. made these tonight, they were Wonderful! I only made 24, but that was plenty for our family of 4, and I only did one layer of meat/cheese mixture...sharing the link to your website as I type! Thanks for the great, easy-to-make recipes! They make me look like a gourmet chef ;)

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  32. I would love to serve this at a tailgate. How would you reheat them? KLA

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  33. Kerri - I would wrap all the cupcakes in foil and heat them for about 15 minutes at 350 or 400. Enjoy!

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