Sunday in the Oven: Mini Taco Bites in Muffin Cups (Vegetarian Friendly)

 
 I have a sick obsession with my mini muffin pan. It's not an outright addiction just yet, but I would be lying if I said the thought didn't cross my mind whether or not every single meal I make could be transformed into miniature muffin versions of the original.

Thankfully this taco recipe works out wonderfully. And unlike most Pinterest-y ideas it won't leave you with that guilty failure feeling - because it's pretty hard to fuck up, they are just tacos in muffin cups for christ's sake they are easy enough for a quick weeknight meal but cute enough to be passed party food.
Kids love them, and they are diet-friendly if you just eat a few.

Plus, switch out the beef for refried beans and they are vegetarian.

Mini Taco Bites

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Ingredients

24 wonton wrappers
1/2 lb ground beef (or 1 cup refried beans)
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chopped lettuce
1 tomato, diced
1/2 cup salsa
Black olives
Jalapenos (optional)
Taco seasoning (or a mixture of 1tsp each cumin, chili powder, paprika and a pinch of cayenne)
1 cup shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
Greek yogurt or sour cream

Preparation

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray 24-cup mini muffin pan with cooking spray, and line with one wonton wrapper in each cup.

In a large skillet, saute onion and garlic in olive oil until golden. Add ground beef and seasonings (if using beans, just heat them separately), and cook until browned.

Layer each cup with a spoonful of meat mixture and top with a pinch of cheese. Bake at 425 for 8-10 minutes until wontons are crispy and golden and cheese is melted. Remove and let cool for 2 minutes, then top with tomato, salsa, lettuce, sour cream (or yogurt), and one or two black olives (and a jalapeno slice, optionally). Sprinkle taco cups with paprika or cayenne if you like a kick. It's easiest to do this while they are still in the muffin pan, then remove, so if you make a mess, it's left behind and not on your serving plate.

You've been warned though, these are addicting. And so much healthier than fast food tex-mex.

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