Taco cups are just what they sound like – cheesy, savory, bite-sized tacos! These miniature taco cups are a fun finger-food version of a classic family dinner.
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If you’ve ever wanted to serve tacos to a crowd, but were apprehensive about the mess, then you have to make these easy taco bites! Baked tortilla cups are filled with a taco-spiced cream cheese mixture and topped with all your favorite taco toppings to create these miniature taco bites.
The unique cup-like shape of these bite-sized tacos ensures that all the fillings stay inside the tortilla! It’s the perfect no-mess food for parties or after-school snacking.
I like to garnish my taco cups with some tomatoes, lettuce, and shredded cheese, but you could also top them with your favorite Mexican sauces and freshly chopped veggies. I typically make these easy taco cups as an appetizer, but you could also add some protein and serve them as a novel entrée. These taco bites are so creamy and savory, you’ll find it hard to just eat one!
Ingredients to Make Taco Cups:
- Flour Tortillas – When cut into small circles will act as the base of these bite-sized tacos.
- Creamy Taco Filling – A whipped mixture of cream cheese, sour cream, and a packet of taco seasoning.
- Tomatoes – Fresh and diced. I usually use a few roma tomatoes, but you could also use cherry tomatoes or vine-ripened tomatoes.
- Shredded Cheese – I like topping these taco bites with a classic medium cheddar, but you can use your favorite kind of shredded cheese.
- Shredded Lettuce – Adds a fresh crisp bite to this warm and cheesy dish.
How to Make Taco Cups:
Use a large circle cutter to slice your tortillas into small circles. Place the small tortilla rounds into the cups of a muffin tin. Bake the tortillas until slightly browned on the edges. Set aside to cool.
In a large mixing bowl, whip together the cream cheese, sour cream, and taco seasoning. Fill each baked tortilla cup with a spoonful of the cream cheese mixture. Top your taco bites with the shredded lettuce, fresh diced tomatoes, and shredded cheese. Serve and enjoy!
Notes & Tips:
- Taco Seasoning: You can make your own by combining chili powder, paprika, kosher salt, onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. One packet of taco seasoning is equivalent to about 5 tablespoons of homemade taco spice mix.
- Gluten-Free Option: It’s ridiculously easy to make these mini taco bites gluten free! All you’ll need to do is swap out the flour tortillas for gluten-free tortillas. I like to use almond flour tortillas, but you could also use some cassava tortillas, rice flour tortillas, or common corn tortillas.
- Mix-ins: Looking to turn these poppable taco bites into a hearty meal? Try adding some protein! When you’re assembling these mini taco bites, add some cooked ground beef, ground turkey, shredded chicken, sautéed shrimp, refried beans, or Mexican-seasoned chickpeas on top of the cream cheese mixture. Then, add your garnishes like normal, serve, and enjoy!
- Avoid using canned diced tomatoes to garnish your taco bites. They are very liquidy and will make your mini tacos soggy and messy!
- If you don’t have a muffin tin, you can bake your small tortilla rounds on a cookie sheet and turn these taco bites into tostada bites! The resulting dish will be a bit messier but will taste just as savory and delicious.
How to Store Leftover Taco Cups
I doubt you’ll have any of these taco cups left over, but if you do, you can store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. You can enjoy your leftover taco bites cold right from the fridge.
What can I put on top of taco cups?
Any classic taco topping would be delicious on these mini taco bites! In addition to the tomatoes, cheese, and lettuce, I will sometimes garnish these taco bites with guacamole, sliced jalapenos, diced red onion, refried beans, pico de gallo, corn, or hot sauce.
How many taco bites is enough for dinner?
These rich and creamy taco bites are intended to be an appetizer, but you could totally serve them as a main meal! I would estimate that the average adult would eat 4-5 taco bites if they were served as an entrée with other side dishes. This recipe would make enough taco bites to feed 6 adults dinner.
What goes well with taco bites for dinner?
If you’re wanting to serve this miniature taco bites as an entrée, I recommend serving them with some hearty sides! Spanish rice and refried beans are classic options, but you could also pair them with chips and guacamole or queso, cowboy caviar, or some roasted veggies.
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Taco CupsCourse: Appetizers
8-10 large flour tortillas
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
1 package (5 tablespoons) taco seasoning
1 cup shredded lettuce
1 cup fresh diced tomatoes
1 cup shredded cheese
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use a 4 inch circle cookie cutter to cut circles out of the tortilla shells. Place each circle in a muffin tin, forming to make a cup. Bake for 5 minutes then remove from the oven and allow to cool.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning.
- Fill each taco shell with a spoonful of the taco mixture then top with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and shredded cheese.
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