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Layers of taco meat, cheese, and taco toppings are nestled inside crisp wontons to create these tasty taco bites that make the perfect appetizer.
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  1. Taco Bites Ingredients
  2. Substitutions And Additions
  3. How To Make This Taco Bites Recipe
  4. How To Serve
  5. Storage
  6. Why We Love This Recipe
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Take it up a notch with these flavorful taco bites. Delicate wonton wrappers are shaped into cups to create the perfect delivery method for tasty taco meat, melted cheese, and all your favorite taco toppings.

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Taco Bites Ingredients

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If you’re a fan of Mexican cuisine, then you have to try these mouthwatering taco bites. These delectable little morsels pack a big punch of flavor in every bite.

With a crispy shell filled with savory meat, flavorful spices, and your choice of toppings, taco bites are an explosion of flavor that your taste buds won’t soon forget.

You’ll need:

  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • ½ pound of lean ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • 1½ tablespoons of mild taco seasoning
  • 1 cup of shredded fiesta blend cheese
  • 1 cup of shredded lettuce
  • ½ cup of guacamole
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  • ½ cup of pico de gallo

Substitutions And Additions

PICO DE GALLO: You can substitute chunky salsa for the pico de gallo for this great recipe.

SPICY: If you want a spicier alternative, you can substitute medium to hot taco seasoning.

You can also substitute shredded pepper jack cheese for the fiesta blend shredded cheese.

For even more of a kick, you can add hot sauce on top of the finished taco bites. 

GROUND MEAT: You can substitute ground turkey, ground chicken, or even ground pork for ground beef in this easy recipe.

How To Make This Taco Bites Recipe

There are two parts to making these taco bites. First, you will make the wonton shells to serve your taco fixings. Second, you will whip up the seasoned taco meat before assembling the tasty taco bites.

Follow our step-by-step instructions to make this fun twist on a classic.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

You can bake the wonton cups the night before; just make sure to store them in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also make the taco meat the night before. Simply heat the taco meat up just before you are ready to assemble the taco bites.

STEP ONE: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly spray a regular-size muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. 

STEP TWO: Press one wonton wrapper into the prepared muffin tin opening. Overlay the second wrapper and press it into the first wrapper.

Be sure to press the wrappers against the walls of the cups as well as the bottoms. Repeat for the remaining muffin cups.

PRO TIP:

Don’t press too hard on the wontons when placing them into the muffin tin, as you don’t want to tear them.

wrappers pressed against the walls of the cups and the bottom

STEP THREE: Bake for eight to ten minutes or until the wrappers are a golden brown color.

The tips of the wonton wrappers may get a deeper golden color than the bottom.

PRO TIP:

Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your wontons at the lower end of the recommended baking time.

bake the wonton cups until the wrappers are golden brown

STEP FOUR: While the wontons are baking, add the ½ pound of ground beef to a 1½ to 2-quart saucepan (or small nonstick skillet) over medium-high heat.

Stir continuously, breaking the ground beef into small pieces, until the ground beef is cooked through and no longer pink.

STEP FIVE: Reduce the heat to low. Add the taco seasoning and the water. Stir to combine.

Allow the beef mixture to simmer for just a few minutes. Remove from the heat.

taco seasoning and water added to a pan and stirred

STEP SIX: Add one tablespoon of taco filling to each of the baked wonton cups.

taco meat added to the baked wonton cups

STEP SEVEN: Sprinkle one tablespoon of the shredded cheese over the taco meat.

shredded cheese sprinkled over the taco meat

STEP EIGHT: Sprinkle ½ to 1 tablespoon of shredded lettuce over the cheese layer.

STEP NINE: Spoon 1 to 1½ teaspoons of the guacamole over the lettuce.

guacamole spooned over the lettuce

STEP TEN: Spoon a 1-teaspoon dollop of the sour cream into the center of the guacamole.

sour cream spooned into the center of the guacamole

STEP ELEVEN: Spoon one to two teaspoons of the pico de gallo on top of the sour cream. Serve immediately.

pico de gallo spooned on top of the sour cream

How To Serve

These cute little taco cups would make the perfect appetizer for your next gathering, along with our stuffed mushrooms and crab rangoon.

These would also make an easy dinner for your family. Serve with your favorite toppings and a side of homemade Spanish rice.

Corn on the cob or Mexican-style street corn can also be a great addition, providing a sweet and buttery contrast to these flavorful taco bites.

If you’d like to stick with the Mexican food theme, our enchilada cups are a similar recipe that uses chicken instead of beef, and our taco ring is another delicious recipe to try.

Storage

Proper storage ensures that your tasty bites stay fresh and delicious, ready for you to savor whenever the craving strikes.

MAKE AHEAD: Simply follow the recipe as directed and assemble the bites.

Once assembled, cover them tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store them in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

When you’re ready to serve, bake them according to the recipe instructions, and you’ll have freshly baked taco bites without the fuss.

IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftover mini taco bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days. 

IN THE FREEZER: Add the cups to a baking sheet and freeze them for about an hour or until they are frozen solid.

Then, add the cups to a freezer-safe container. They can be frozen for up to two months. 

REHEATING: Reheating taco bites is a breeze and can be done using multiple methods:

  • OVEN: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C), place the taco bites on a baking sheet, and bake for 10-15 minutes or until they’re heated through and the cheese is melty and bubbly.
  • MICROWAVE: For a quick reheat, you can use the microwave. Place the taco bites on a microwave-safe plate and heat on high for 20-30 seconds per bite or until warm.
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Why We Love This Recipe

IRRESISTIBLE FLAVOR: These bites are bursting with the savory and zesty flavors of a classic taco. The seasoned ground beef, melted cheese, and diced tomatoes combine to create a mouthwatering taste that’s hard to resist.

PERFECT PARTY SNACK: Taco bites are the ultimate party snack. They’re bite-sized, easy to handle, and a crowd-pleaser at gatherings.

KID FRIENDLY: Their bite-sized nature and familiar taco flavors make them a fantastic option for family meals or kids’ parties. It’s a fun way to introduce children to different flavors and textures while keeping the meal approachable and enjoyable.

This delicious bite-size dish would make the perfect party treat. They are just the right size for picking up, and rather than dressing them up before serving, you could even allow your guests to add their own favorite toppings to their taco bites.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make these ahead of time?

The cups and taco filling can both be made a day in advance, and you can assemble them right before you are ready to serve.

Can I freeze taco bites?

These mini taco bowls are a great option to freeze. Pop them in the freezer on a baking sheet and once they are frozen, add them to a Ziploc bag or container to store for up to two months. 

Can I add other meat fillings to the wontons?

There are plenty of ways to customize these little bites with chicken or beef filling and any taco toppings you like.

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Taco Bites

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Layers of taco meat, cheese, and taco toppings are nestled inside crisp wontons to create these tasty taco bites that make the perfect appetizer.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • tablespoons mild taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded fiesta blend cheese
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • ½ cup guacamole
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup pico de gallo

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly spray a regular-size muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Press 1 wonton wrapper into the prepared muffin tin opening. Overlay the second wrapper and press it into the first wrapper. Be sure to press the wrappers against the walls of the cups as well as the bottoms. Repeat for the remaining muffin cups.
  • Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the wrappers are golden brown. (The tips of the wonton wrappers may get a deeper golden color than the bottom)
  • While the wontons are baking, add the ½ pound of ground beef to a 1½ to 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. (You can also use a small nonstick skillet) Stir continuously, breaking the ground beef into small pieces, until the ground beef is cooked through and no longer pink.
  • Reduce the heat to low. Add the taco seasoning and the water. Stir to combine. Allow the meat mixture to simmer for just a few minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of taco meat to each of the baked wonton cups.
  • Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the shredded cheese over the taco meat.
  • Sprinkle ½ to 1 tablespoon of shredded lettuce over the cheese layer.
  • Spoon 1 to 1½ teaspoons of the guacamole over the lettuce.
  • Spoon a 1 teaspoon dollop of the sour cream into the center of the guacamole.
  • Spoon 1 to 2 teaspoons of the pico de gallo on top of the sour cream. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • You can bake the wonton cups the night before; just make sure to store them in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also make the taco meat the night before. Simply heat the taco meat up just before you are ready to assemble the taco bites.
  • Don’t press too hard on the wontons when placing them into the muffin tin, as you don’t want to tear them.
  • Oven temperatures vary and may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure they are accurate. Make sure to check your wontons at the lower end of the recommended baking time.

Nutrition

Calories: 144kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 242IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 1mg
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