Cheesy Taco Cups

I’m all about bite size everything. Bite size brownies. Bite size sliders. And of course, these bite sized cheesy taco cups. My husband calls them open-faced beef and cheese empanadas. I call them Cheesy Taco Cups, because they have all of the flavors of tacos smothered in some homemade queso. We can both agree to call them addicting.

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Cheesy Taco Cups

Makes about 36 mini taco cups

Shopping List

  • About 12 taco or fajita size flour tortillas, cut with a 2” round to make 36 mini discs

  • 1 lb ground meat of choice; such as beef or turkey

  • 3 tsp dark chili powder

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1 tsp kosher salt

  • 1 tbsp butter

  • 1 tbsp AP flour

  • 2/3 cup milk

  • 5-6 white American cheese such as Land O Lakes

  • Shredded Mexican blend cheese, for sprinkling

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

If you haven’t already, use a 2” round biscuit cutter to cut out 36 mini discs out of your flour tortillas.

Spray a mini muffin tin with non stick spray. Place the mini tortilla rounds in each muffin space. Place in the preheated oven for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Brown the ground meat with 1 tsp of salt, 3 tsp of chili powder, 1 tsp of cumin, and 1 tsp of garlic powder. Drain the fat from the meat if necessary.

In a separate sauce pan, melt 1 tbsp of butter. Once melted, whisk in 1 tbsp of AP flour. Whisk continuously until the roux is a light golden color. Slowly whisk in the 2/3 cup of milk, whisking away the lumps as you go. Bring the heat to medium high, whisking occasionally, until the milk looks fairly thick. Crumble in 5-6 slices of white American cheese and whisk until the queso is smooth.

Next, spoon the beef into the queso and stir until combined.

Grab either a teaspoon or a two teaspoon measuring cup and place about 1.5 tsp of filling on each tortilla in each muffin tin. Sprinkle a pinch of shredded cheese on each cup.

Place back in your 350 degree oven for another 5 minutes. Serve with hot sauce, sour cream, or just eat them like popcorn.

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