Taco Ranch Bites

Taco Ranch Bites – seriously delicious!! Only 6 ingredients! Ground beef, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes and green chiles, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing, and phyllo tart shells. Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later. I always have a batch in the freezer for a quick snack! Great for tailgating and parties! I never come home with leftovers. Everyone LOVES these cheesy taco bites. #tailgating #taco #beef #ranch #appetizer #partyfood #freezermeal

Taco Ranch Bites - seriously delicious!! Only 6 ingredients! Ground beef, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes and green chiles, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing and phyllo tart shells. Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later. I always have a batch in the freezer for a quick snack! Great for tailgating and parties! I never come home with leftovers. Everyone LOVES these cheesy taco bites. #tailgating #taco #beef #ranch #appetizer #partyfood #freezermeal

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It is FINALLY college football season. This weekend all the big dogs are playing. It’s like Christmas at our house! I’m making lots of food for us to snack on while watching all the games. These Taco Ranch Bites are definitely on the menu! Taco Meat, ranch dressing, cheese, and diced tomatoes and green chiles baked in phyllo tarts. Seriously delicious! I ate WAY TOO many of these things when I created them. I can not wait to make this again this weekend!

Taco Ranch Bites - seriously delicious!! Only 6 ingredients! Ground beef, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes and green chiles, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing and phyllo tart shells. Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later. I always have a batch in the freezer for a quick snack! Great for tailgating and parties! I never come home with leftovers. Everyone LOVES these cheesy taco bites. #tailgating #taco #beef #ranch #appetizer #partyfood #freezermeal

How to Make Taco Ranch Bites

As I said, these taco phyllo bites are super easy to make. Just combine taco meat, ranch dressing, and cheese. Spoon the taco mixture into some frozen phyllo cups and bake. Just a quick note – this is made with phyllo tart shells. Look for the phyllo tart shells in the frozen dessert section – near the puff pastry.

You can make these tarts ahead of time and refrigerate or freeze for a quick snack later. I keep the trays and boxes of phyllo tarts and just freeze them in that. Works great! You can bake them from frozen – just add a minute or two to the cooking time.

Taco Ranch Bites - seriously delicious!! Only 6 ingredients! Ground beef, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes and green chiles, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing and phyllo tart shells. Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later. I always have a batch in the freezer for a quick snack! Great for tailgating and parties! I never come home with leftovers. Everyone LOVES these cheesy taco bites. #tailgating #taco #beef #ranch #appetizer #partyfood #freezermeal

Taco Ranch Bites are Great for a Crowd

We LOVE these easy Taco Ranch Bites. This recipe makes 75 bites, so it is perfect for a crowd!! These bites taste great hot out of the oven or room temperature. Give these a try for your next party! I promise there won’t be any leftovers!! YUM!

Taco Ranch Bites - seriously delicious!! Only 6 ingredients! Ground beef, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes and green chiles, cheddar cheese, ranch dressing and phyllo tart shells. Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later. I always have a batch in the freezer for a quick snack! Great for tailgating and parties! I never come home with leftovers. Everyone LOVES these cheesy taco bites. #tailgating #taco #beef #ranch #appetizer #partyfood #freezermeal

Taco Ranch Bites

Yield: 75 tarts
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Taco Ranch Bites – seriously delicious!! Only 6 ingredients! Ground beef, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes and green chiles, cheddar cheese, ranch, and phyllo tart shells. Can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze for later. I always have a batch in the freezer for a quick snack! Great for tailgating and parties! I never come home with leftovers. Everyone LOVES these cheesy taco bites. #tailgating #taco #beef #ranch #appetizer #partyfood #freezermeal

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 (1-oz) package taco seasoning
  • 1 (10-oz) can diced tomatoes and green chiles, undrained
  • 2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 (8-oz) bottle Ranch dressing
  • 5 (15-count) frozen phyllo tart shells

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • In a skillet, cook ground beef until no longer pink. Drain fat.
  • Add taco seasoning and diced tomatoes and green chiles. Stir and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Combine shredded cheddar cheese, Ranch dressing, and taco meat.
  • Spoon taco meat mixture into frozen phyllo tart shells. You can freeze for later at this point.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, until cheese melts. (Add 2-3 minutes to the baking time if baking frozen tarts).

Notes:

Can freeze tarts unbaked for a quick snack later.
You can find the frozen phyllo tart shells in the freezer section near the puff pastry.

Steph

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  1. So good & so easy! I couldn’t find tart shells so just used 5 layered sheets and cut them into squares. Put them in muffin tin & good to go. So tasty! Nice to have a new go to appi!

  2. Do you think after cooking, these could be left on warm in the oven for a bit? Or do you think this would overcook the shells?

  3. These are soooo good, people! The tasty taco filling and crispy fillo cups, that can be dressed up (i.e., chopped black olives, green onion, tiny dollop of sour cream, etc.) OR just as-is. Everyone loved them!!
    — Note:. If storing leftovers in refrig, the fillo cups tends to absorb a bit and loses the crispiness…fyi. Wonder if re-heat at higher temp might have worked better? Will try that next time. ……Thank you, Stephanie, for the recipe share!

  4. I cannot find the frozen shells anywhere. Are they raw or precooked. I found some precooked ones on Amazon but I'm thinking yours were raw. I did find the rolled sheets at Safeway, maybe I can make that work. Where do you purchase yours?

    1. I buy mine at Walmart, Target & Publix. They are in the freezer section by the puff pastry. I believe they are already baked.

  5. I live in Newfoundland, Canada. And so far i can’t find the shells but can find the sheets. Would it work using a small cookie cutter and placing them in a mini muffin pan??

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