|September 26, 2022


Are you looking for that perfect appetizer or after-school snack? 

These mini taco cups are warm, satisfying, and ridiculously delicious, yet they won't fill you up and ruin your appetite for dinner. 

Unless you eat several of them – which is entirely possible because they're that delicious!  

You can customize their flavor by adding your favorite taco toppings or having toppings set out for guests to customize their taco cup flavor profile. Diced tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, and Cabot Sour Cream are a few of the all-time favorites.


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What are Taco cups?

Taco Cups are an easy snack to make. They are perfect for parties or a fun dinner night with the kids! These cups pack all your favorite taco fillings inside crunchy wonton cups: juicy beef, tomatoes, lettuce, melty cheese, and cool sour cream.

Tacos are everyone's favorite foods – there are endless ways to mix and match the flavor combinations, and each is totally delicious! Taco cups are a fun way with tacos that use wonton wrappers instead of tortillas. The wontons are stuffed with meat and cheese and baked to crispy, gooey deliciousness.

Taco Cups are filled with simple taco fillings. They're then topped with some shredded cheese. Just bake the cups. Load them up with the other toppings after baking. The usual toppings are tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, cilantro, etc.

Why everyone loves Taco Cups

  • Easy Homemade Recipe – You can use pizza dough, crescent roll dough, or even puff pastry. But homemade pizza dough is also delicious for these mini muffin cups. Using dough bought from outside makes this recipe come together faster.
  • Family Friendly – Taco cups are tasty for kids and adults both. They are a total crowd favorite and are a fun twist for Taco Tuesday.
  • Taco cups are fantastic as an appetizer or dinner – These little taco cups are delicious and perfect for birthday parties, family functions, and game nights.

How do you make taco cups?

A mouthwatering plate of taco cups made with seasoned ground beef, cheese, and wontons, then topped with sour cream, tomatoes, and green onions. Mmmm... delicious, aren't they? 

These taco cups are the perfect appetizer for any taco night! You bake seasoned beef with cheese in layers of wontons in a cupcake pan. Finish it off with your favorite taco toppings. 

How to customize your Taco toppings?

You can place these toppings directly over your taco cups or serve them as sides for everyone to add their own. Here are a few ideas:

  • Skip or swap the beans – You can skip beans if you don't like them. You can also include kidney beans instead of black beans. Serve refried beans as a side. They can make the taco cups too gooey.
  • Try ground turkey – You can swap ground turkey (or even ground chicken!) for ground beef when making taco meat.
  • Add your favorite salsa – You can add pico de gallo or any other favorite salsa to your taco cups. Add it before eating so the taco cups don't get soggy. You can serve tacos with salsa that is more liquid than chunky.
  • Serve With Guacamole – Another super addition! Guacamole or simple slices of avocado are delicious with taco cups.
  • Try With Corn – Plain corn or corn salsa is delicious with taco cups. If you want, you can swap corn for beans in this recipe. 
  • Use Diced Onion – You can use diced small white or red onions.
  • Add Shredded Lettuce – While taco cups are a two or three-bites appetizer, a little lettuce is delicious on top!
  • Try With Queso – A drizzle of warm queso is delicious on top of taco cups.
  • Add Sour Cream – Yes, sour cream is yet another crowd-pleaser!
  • Skip the Cilantro – If you don't like cilantro, try diced green onions or skip it entirely.


    These mini taco cups are warm, satisfying, and ridiculously delicious, yet they won't fill you up and ruin your appetite for dinner. Unless you eat several of them!

    Print Recipe
    • Prep Time: 15 minutes 
    • Cook Time: 15 minutes
    • Total Time: 30 minutes
    • Course: Appetizer
    • Cuisine: Mexican
    • Serves: 12


    • Two teaspoons of olive oil
    • 1 pound ground beef (use lean meat, if you can)
    • Two tablespoons of Peri Peri Cajun seasoning
    • Salt to taste
    • 1-¼ can diced and drained tomatoes
    • 24 wonton wrappers
    • 1-¼ cups shredded cheddar cheese
    • ½ cup sour cream
    • ¼ cup sliced green onions
    • ¼ cup diced fresh tomatoes
    • Cooking spray

    Cooking Instructions 

    • Preheat your oven to 400˚F. 
    • Heat olive oil on medium-high heat in a large pan.
    • Add the ground beef to the pan. Break up the meat with a spatula while stirring constantly. Add taco seasoning (if available) and salt to taste. 
    • Cook the meat until it gets cooked (about 4-5 minutes). Stir in the diced and drained tomatoes.
    • Coat a muffin tin (12-cup) with cooking spray. Keep one wonton wrapper in each muffin cup.
    • Spoon around one tablespoon of meat into each cup and top it with around two teaspoons of cheese.
    • Place a second wonton layer on top of the cheese. Add the remaining meat and cheese to all the muffin cups.
    • Bake until the edges get brown and the cheese melts (10-15 minutes).
    • Top up each taco cup with a small dollop of sour cream. Sprinkle tomatoes and green onions, too, if you like
    • Serve and Enjoy!


    You can swap Ground Turkey (95% lean) for ground beef.


    Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 225mg | Potassium: 158mg | Vitamin A: 215IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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