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Taco Bites make the best mini appetizers in minutes. Made out of wonton wrapper cups, beef, cheese, and traditional taco toppings, they're the perfect party finger food.
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Table of Contents
  1. Mini Taco Bites Appetizer
  2. Why We Love Mini Taco Bites
  3. Taco Bites Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Taco Bites
  7. Make It A Meal
  8. Tip From Our Recipe Developer
  9. Storage
  10. Frequently Asked Questions
  11. Taco Bites Recipe

This mini Taco Bites recipe is a fun and festive twist on the traditional taco, created as a cute appetizer instead of the main Mexican meal. Easy to prepare in 10 minutes, wonton wrapper cups are the perfect vehicle for loading with layers of seasoned beef, cheese, and your favorite taco toppings.

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Mini Taco Bites Appetizer

Our easy Taco Bites are a unique take on a favorite finger food, simply made into mini taco cups and assembled as an appetizer.

Wonton taco cups bake perfectly crisp and crunchy in muffin tins, then you can have fun filling them with your favorite meat, cheese, and taco fixings.

Bite-size tacos are filled with the same classic ingredients and south-of-the-border flavors, but because they are served in mini taco “shells,” they are much less messy!

Perfect for game day, tailgates, or Cinco de Mayo parties, these mini taco appetizers are adorably delicious!

Why We Love Mini Taco Bites

  • Quick and easy to make.
  • Uses simple traditional taco ingredients.
  • Versatile recipe has the perfect shell vehicle for filling with your favorite ingredients and flavors.
  • Perfect appetizer for game day gatherings, Cinco de Mayo celebrations, potlucks, or holiday parties.
Taco Bites ingredients

Taco Bites Ingredients

  • Wonton wrappers
  • Lean ground beef
  • Water
  • Mild taco seasoning or your favorite homemade taco seasoning
  • Shredded fiesta blend cheese
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Pico de gallo: Feel free to substitute chunky salsa or my Easy Homemade Salsa for the pico de gallo.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Serve It Spicier: 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 or add hot sauce on top of the finished taco bites.
  • Make With Other Meat: You can substitute ground turkey, ground chicken, or even ground pork for ground beef.
  • Taco Toppings: Top your tacos with shredded lettuce, shredded Mexican blend cheese, chopped onion, jalapeños, sour cream, guacamole, fresh lime, diced tomatoes, chopped cilantro, hot sauce, diced avocado, corn salsa, or any of your favorites.
  • Vegetarian Version: For a vegetarian version, simply omit the meat and use a meat alternative, black beans, refried beans, pinto beans, or cooked lentils instead of the beef.
  • Create Your Cups: If you can’t find wonton wrappers, flour tortillas cut into quarters would make a great substitution. You can even use Scoops tortilla chips for a no bake option.
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  • Regular-size muffin tin
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1½ to 2-quart saucepan or small nonstick skillet
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How to Make Taco Bites

  1. Create Your Cups: Press 1 wonton wrapper into each muffin tin opening. Overlay the second wrapper and press it into the first wrapper. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes or until the wrappers are golden brown.
    Pro Tip: The tips of the wonton wrappers may get a deeper golden color than the bottom.
  2. Brown The Beef: Cook the beef, breaking it into small pieces, until it is no longer pink. Add the taco seasoning and the water, stir to combine, and simmer for just a few minutes.
  3. Assemble The Appetizers: Add taco meat to each of the baked wonton cups and top with your favorite taco toppings. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Make It A Meal

Taco bites are not only an easy appetizer option, but they can also be made as a part of the main meal. Serve your bites for dinner alongside some Spanish Rice, Cauliflower Fried Rice, Mexican Cole Slaw, Elote Salad, or Mexican Street Corn. And for dessert, try my Mexican Ice Cream!

Tip From Our Recipe Developer

  • For easy removal of the wonton cups, you can run a knife around the edge of each muffin tin.
  • You can make a taco bite bar and let your guests fill their own cups with their favorite taco topping. It’s a fun way to feed a crowd!

Storage

  • To Store: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Taco Bites with toppings

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I prepare Taco Bites in advance?

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.

What else can I do with taco meat?

Taco meat is the perfect filling for so many other Mexican-inspired meals. Check out my Taco Pasta, Sheet Pan Tacos, and Taco Lasagna for more tasty twists on the traditional taco recipe.

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More Easy Appetizer Recipes

4.88 from 8 votes
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Taco Bites

Serves — 12
Taco Bites make the best mini appetizers in minutes. Made out of wonton wrapper cups, beef, cheese, and traditional taco toppings, they're the perfect party finger food.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins

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 8-10 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 ½-1 tablespoon of shredded lettuce over the cheese layer.
  • Spoon 1-1½ teaspoons of the guacamole over the lettuce.
  • Spoon a 1 teaspoon dollop of the sour cream into the center of the guacamole.
  • Spoon 1-2 teaspoons of the pico de gallo on top of the sour cream. Serve immediately.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Tips:
  • For easy removal of the wonton cups, you can run a knife around the edge of each muffin tin.
  • You can make a taco bite bar and let your guests fill their own cups with their favorite taco topping. It’s a fun way to feed a crowd!

Nutrition Info

Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 256mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 275IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. 5 stars
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