I absolutely love Pinterest for finding amazing dishes that real people are cooking and sharing the recipes for. I have found some new family favorites (like the Cowboy Casserole) and enjoyed experimenting with new ideas and making up new concoctions.
Months ago when I saw the Taco Cupcakes I knew I wanted to try it out. But, like most things on Pinterest, I repinned... and never looked at again. This week while shopping I noticed a package of won tons and remembered the Taco Cupcakes. I grabbed my iPhone - with the Pinterest app - and next thing I knew I was grabbing the ingredients. There were about 5 different pins for Taco Cupcakes - all with a little bit different ingredients. So in true Diva fashion I just basically threw them all together in one. It was perfect.
Why Taco Cupcakes? Besides the fact that they are absolutely ridiculously delicious, they are CUTE. And remember my Lasagna Muffins? It's PORTION CONTROL PEOPLE. Eat one... two at the max... and voila!
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- 1lb ground chuck
- taco seasoning
- 1 can black beans, drained
- 1 cup water
- 1 jar chili con queso
- 1 jar mild salsa
- 1 package won top wrappers
- shredded cheese
- sour cream or guacamole (optional)
Brown your meat and drain well. Add water, taco seasoning, and black beans. Let cook down until all water is dissolved. (this part is important - too watery and your wontons wont hold up right. TRUST ME) Set aside.
Grease your muffin tin and gently press a wonton wrapper into each muffin. Try not to poke holes in them with your nails like yours truly did. Then begin by putting in a layer of chili con queso, then meat mixture then salsa. Add another wonton wrapper and repeat, topping "cupcake" with shredded cheese. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and wonton wrappers are brown and crispy.
Let cool for a few minutes before adding the "icing" of sour cream or guacamole. (or both!) Serve with homemade Spanish Rice.
For those of you who learn better with pictures:
The girls absolutely LOVED these little "cupcakes" and even my Dad came over to say hi and enjoyed one himself. And I always share my concoctions with my neighbor, whose boys attacked the plate upon my arrival. (funny, it was "taco night" at her house too)
I loved how they easily fit right into a large Tupperware container to save for lunch tomorrow, and I was able to really monitor the amount that I ate, because it was really only the size of a cupcake.
Next time I am going to add in some corn and maybe some Rotel - kinda like my Taco Soup .... but in a cupcake!