Skip the forks in favor of your fingers with a party-friendly recipe for Easy Taco Salad Cups.
I often gravitate toward the miniature version of traditionally not-so-miniature foods. Add to the fact that they’re made in a muffin tin and I pretty much can’t resist mini/tiny/bite-size iterations of everything from Oatmeal Cups and Egg Muffins to Cheesecake Brownie Bites and Pizza Pockets.
Miniaturize it and make it in a muffin tin and I am sold!
Easy Taco Salad Cups take a page out of my all-time fave appetizer playbook: swap tortilla shells for wonton cups.
The wontons provide the party-perfect size for serving, while also maintaining that necessary crunch of a classic taco bowl.
I’ve opted for ground beef with taco seasoning, cheese, and a dollop of guac and salsa, but you could fill up these handheld snacks with any taco fillings, including carnitas (this quick Instant Pot recipe is my go-to), carne asada or ground turkey.
Best of all, you can make the taco cups a day in advance and prepare all of your fillings then assemble them right before serving. It’s a party in your mouth and in your hand!
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Easy Taco Salad Cups
- Cooking spray
ground beef or turkey
shredded Mexican cheese blend
finely shredded iceberg or romaine lettuce
homemade or store-bought guacamole
homemade or store-bought salsa
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Arrange the wonton wrappers in a 12-cup muffin pan then spray them lightly with cooking spray.
Bake the wonton cups for 5 minutes then remove them from the oven and set them aside.
Add the vegetable oil to a medium sauté pan set over medium-low heat. Add the ground meat and cook it, breaking it apart with a spatula, until it is browned and cooked through. Add the taco seasoning and stir to combine then remove the pan from the heat.
Assemble the taco cups by diving the ground meat evenly among the wonton cups. Top the ground beef with the shredded cheese, shredded lettuce, and a dollop of guacamole, salsa and sour cream then serve.
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Easy Taco Salad Cups
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 3g
Total Carbohydrates 6g
Dietary Fiber 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.