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Spice It Up!

Tacos pop up around the world in so many variations; many of them far from the authentic versions you'd find in Mexico. A warm, soft corn tortilla with fillings of any kind is hard to beat, that's for sure. For a change, though, here's a fun way to use flour tortillas, cut to size, and pressed into a muffin tin. Filled with taco meat and topped off, they're a great little baked appetizer or a tasty meal with favorite sides.

I've included a homemade seasoning blend using pantry staples and adapted to our particular tastes. It's just as tasty as packet mixes and so simple, too. Sure, we'll just claim our muffin tin tacos as Tex-Mex and enjoy with family and friends - kids will love them, too!

Muffin Tin Tacos
(12 individual tacos)

1 pound ground hamburger
½ onion, diced
1 large jalapeno, diced
¾ cup water
Seasoning mix (see recipe below)
12 flour tortillas
2 cups shredded cheese
Shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes for topping.

--Cook the ground hamburger thoroughly, drain and return to a clean skillet.
--In a separate skillet, saute the diced onion and jalapeno and add it to the hamburger.
--Blend in the seasoning and toss to coat.
--Heat the mixture on high and add water; reduce and let simmer on med/low for about 10 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
--Cut 4-inch diameter circles out of the flour tortillas. A standard margarita glass is about the right size for measuring and a pizza cutter gets the job done quickly. (Bake the leftovers for extra chips.)
--Wrap tortilla circles (3 to 4 at a time) in a wet paper towel and microwave for 30 seconds to soften.
--Mold the circles into a lightly greased muffin tin.
--Add a layer of shredded cheese in the bottom, add about 2 tablespoons of meat mixture, then top with cheese.
--Bake in a preheated oven at 350ºF for 20 minutes.

When they're done, just pop them out and add your favorite toppings, including lettuce and tomato. Add a dollop of salsa, fresh or jarred, if desired.

Taco Seasoning Blend
(for 1 pound ground beef)

1 Tablespoon flour
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon oregano
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
pinch of salt if desired


Other recipes by Cindy:

Grilled Shrimp Tex-Mex Tapas
Chiles Rellenos de Elote
Arroz Rojo with Portobellos
Queso Fundido
Beef Enchiladas with Ranchero Sauce
Sopa de Elote (Corn Chowder)
Tex-Mex Breakfast Migas

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Comment by Coleen rapier on September 2, 2014 at 11:06am

These are the best!  Easy to eat and great to take to work as a snack or lunch.

Comment by Cindy Kennedy on February 6, 2011 at 1:49pm

Thanks, everyone!

Connie, venison or bison would a great substitute. The taco seasoning mix can handle the heartier flavors just fine.


Ligia - corn tortillas will work fine; microwave in a damp paper towel until they're soft.

Comment by Ligia Vargas on February 5, 2011 at 6:26pm
They look wonderful.  I'd like to know if I could make them with corn tortillas, my daughter has Celiac Disease and can't have flour tortillas.  Thanks!
Comment by Carmen Medina-Valentin on February 5, 2011 at 2:05pm
DELICIOUS this is a great idea!!!!!!
Comment by Erica D. Walker on February 4, 2011 at 11:42pm
A must try for the next time I have taco night... looks so delish!!!
Comment by Maydel Santana-Bravo on June 1, 2010 at 10:02pm
This looks like an absolutely brilliant idea! I'm going to have to find a party to bring this to. Thanks!
Comment by GMG on June 1, 2010 at 6:46pm
Cindy, let me tell you....fantastic,we did it with grilled chicken and smashed baked tomatoes....aah....delicioso
Comment by Cindy Kennedy on June 1, 2010 at 11:18am
Thanks, everyone! They're still good the next day, too.

Carolyn, my largest cookie cutter wasn't big enough. But any 4-inch dia.one will be a perfect fit.

GMG - let me know what you thought of them. I'll be posting a variation of them in a day or so.
Comment by Veronica Shine on June 1, 2010 at 8:35am
This looks wonderful!!!
Comment by GMG on May 31, 2010 at 1:01pm
Cindy, let me try this tonight with my family, looks easy and no fats!

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