Thursday, January 19, 2012

Taco "Cupcakes"

Once again, another find from Pinterest...
(I'm willing to bet that most of these recipes will be found on that website)
which took me to http://www.emilybites.com/
which is where I found the recipe for the MUST TRY, "Taco Cupcakes!"

Not only are these Taco Cupcakes fun but they taste amazing too!
(and not to mention an easy clean up when all is said and done)

Here is what you will need:
  • 1 1/2t chili oil (found near the Asian ingredients)
*I could not find this... it probably was right in front of my face but seriously, never found it. So I just used some Olive Oil... and I don't think I really even needed that!
  • 1/2 lb 95% lean ground beef
*We always use ground chicken when it comes to Mexican dishes... No real reason other then the fact that we prefer the taste! Use either or, it will still be tasty!
  • 1 T taco seasoning
  • 3/4 c canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 16 wonton wrappers (found in the produce section)
  • 5 T + 1t of queso dip or salsa con queso
  • 1 c chunky salsa
  • 1 c reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese
  • Guacamole for serving
When looking at these ingredients, you may notice that I have no queso dip...
I apparently thought I only needed Guacamole (which is a garnish to top the taco cupcakes).
So when I realized I needed some sort of cheesy substitute, I searched my pantry/fridge for anything that would work.

This is all I came up with.
Do not judge me.

Although this canned cheese substance has zero healthy ingredients,
the recipe only calls for about a tsp per "cupcake" so with that being said...
I didn't feel completely guilty! ;)

Before we get started I just want to mention that I did not use the recommended measurements on any ingredient. I used a whole pound of ground chicken and the whole pack of taco seasoning and the whole can of beans. (I just saved the leftover meat mixture for taco's) So don't feel like you need to use exactly what is stated in the ingredients list. Just use your best judgment and don't pack 'em too full!

So, let's get started!

  1. First, pre-heat the oven to 375. Lightly mist 8 cups in a muffin tin with cooking spray and set aside. 
  2. Heat chili oil (or Olive oil) in a saute pan or large skillet over medium-high heat, add the ground beef and taco seasoning and brown beef, breaking it with a spoon. Add black beans and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes until warm.


3. Push a wonton wrapper into the bottom of each of the eight sprayed cups in the  muffin tin. Spoon a teaspoon of queso dip into each wonton wrapper and spread across the bottom.

See, easier then it sounds!


:) cheese.

Follow by spooning some of the meat/beans mixture into each cup (I would say about two teaspoons) and then spooning a teaspoon or so of salsa on top of that. Sprinkle a pinch of the cheese evenly over the top of each cup.


Meat Mixture

Salsa and Cheese

Got it?

Now do it all again, one more time!
Press another wonton wrapper on top and repeat the layering steps with the remaining ingredients.

Just press around the edges, as if you are putting on the top of a pie.

This is what it looks like before you pop it into the oven!

4. Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from muffin tin


Look at that crunchy, cheesy goodness!

Add a little bit of guacamole (or sour cream if you prefer)

And enjoy!
Seriously, you will SO enjoy these!
(and I have to say, if I would have left that "queso cheese substitute" out... it would not have tasted the same!)

I highly recommend you go out and buy these ingredients and make these this weekend!
Out of all the new recipes we have tried this week, this was our FAVE.

Geh, YUM!

162 comments:

  1. Oh boy. I could see doing these in mini-muffins cups as a one-bite appeteaser.

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    1. i did this and it was good! :)

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  2. To Kathy: LOVE that idea.

    I also was these on pinterest. Glad to know that are as good as they look!

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  3. could a person add all the stuff together instead of adding a little cheese and salsa to each cup?? looks yummmmmmmy though

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  4. Sara O - I don't see why that would not work.... If you try it, let me know how they turn out!

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  5. Looks like a good super bowl party finger food! Can't wait to try them

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  6. I just made this recipe and I used Campbell's - Healthy Request Condensed Soup Cheddar Cheese instead of the processed cheese that you used above. Just an idea.

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  7. PS...where did you find the wontons?

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    1. wonton wrappers are found in the produce department near the snow peas and bean sprouts :)

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  8. Megab E.S. - that is a good idea! I found them in the produce section... Depending on the store, sometimes they are next to the bagged lettuce!

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  9. I found this page through Pinterest too... I CAN NOT WAIT TO TRY THESE and I know the hubby and the boys will love em!

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  10. How is this low-carb? Is there a certain brand of the wonton wrappers that is low-carb? What I am seeing is not. Maybe ok for maintenance?

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    1. I don't believe I mentioned anything about this recipe being "low-carb," did someone else? Sorry for the confusion.

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    2. Do you think the taco cupcakes could be frozen and bake
      just before serving--minus the topping?
      Thanks for your time.

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  11. I saw something similar on Aarti Party on the food network, except she made them as little lasagnas!

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    1. I actually have the stuff to try those this week!! I bet they will be just as tasty!

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    2. Made these tonight. Can't wait for my husband to come home so I can cook them. Thanks for the recipe.

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    3. I have made both...what a big hit with my kids!!

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  12. That looks and sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. That looks and sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Thanks for sharing this,do you know if it will freeze well?

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    1. I have not tried freezing them!! I may have to make a couple extra next time and try it out!

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    2. Have you tried freezing them yet?

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    3. I made these this evening...except I put onion in mine,....They were awesome even tho I forgot the taco seasoning!! LOL...I couldn't find the chili oil either....went to Walmart..I'm gonna keep this recipe!!!

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    4. Chili oil may be found in the Asian section of the grocery store. Or you may have to find an Asian grocerry store. They'll have it for sure.

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    5. Easy Recipe for Asian Chili Oil
      2 cups olive oil
      4 teaspoons dried crushed red pepper flakes

      Combine the oil and crushed red pepper flakes in a heavy small saucepan. Cook over low heat until a thermometer inserted into the oil registers 180 degrees F, about 5 minutes.
      Remove from heat. Cool to room temperature, about 2 hours. Transfer the oil and pepper flakes to a 4-ounce bottle. Seal the lid. Refrigerate up to 1 month.

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    6. I tried a couple of different freezing combinations, and here's what worked:
      -Make the cupcakes as directed, including the baking part (just be sure not to over bake - take them out when they're lightly browned.
      -Let cool, then put the individual cupcakes in a freezer bag.
      -To reheat, bake from frozen for 15 min or so at 350* until they are warmed through.

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  15. I know what I'm making tonight! Thanks for the step-by-step instructions!

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  16. looks good i will try them this weekend. I make something similiar using pre made biscuit dough. Flaten out and line the bottom of the cupcake pan then fill with what ever you want. I use left over spagetti sauce and peperoni.

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  17. Our family loved this recipe! I substituted Morning Star "soy crumbles" instead of beef/chicken.(These crumbles cam be found in the frozen food section) Delicious:)

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  18. This looks amazing! Found you by someone pinning this on Pinterest! I will try this and thanks for sharing!!

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  19. found you on pinterest. making this for dinner! love your blog, by the way!

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  20. These are filled and waiting in the fridge. As soon as we get home from school, we are popping them in the oven! Thanks for pinning!

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  21. I can't wait to make these! Thanks!

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  22. What's a wonton wrapper ? We live in South Africa and I don't know what the equivalent is ?

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    1. A wonton wrapper is a thin, almost pasta-like sheet used to make spring rolls and egg rolls in Asian cooking. I'm not sure what you might have in South Africa, but you could substitute Filo dough or even corn or flour tortillas.

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  23. I am SO excited that everyone has enjoyed this recipe!! Do you have left over wonton wrappers? If so, tomorrow I will post a recipe for "Breaksfast Cupckes!!"

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    1. Gabrielle- Do you think using corn tortillas would be too heavy and not maintain its shape? Jim

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  24. cannot wait to try that. making the tacos tomorrow night for dinner.

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  25. I made them last night. Huge hit at my house!

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  26. I will have to share this with my sister because they do "Taco Tuesday" at there house and this would be a hit!! Thank you for sharing..

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    1. We, too, have Taco Tuesdays. I have a picky eater among my 4 kids, so I am always looking for something different for the rest of us to try while he has his regular Tuesday taco fix. Thank. You.

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  27. This looks like just the thing I need to make for my grandbabies when the come up on Fridays and Mommy and Daddy go bowling. They..the taco cupcakes..look so good, I can almost smell them. Great photograpy job! Thank you for sharing. Don't know about this URL thing, so you can use my name, Susie Davis Houchin from Joplin, Missouri!!

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  28. They are awesome. My little guy couldn't get enough. He asked if every Tues. could be taco cupcake night. LOL

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  29. Hi, I'm new to your blog and I have to say... yum!! I'm going to try this recipe for Super Bowl Sunday! Thank you and I'll be back to check out your other recipes!

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  30. Add frozen corn to meat/bean mixture! Awesome!

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  31. I found you on pintrest and made the receipe as a dry run today for the superbowl...I'm going to be the star! At my Kroger, they have a "natural foods" section and I found the wonton wrappers in the refrigeraterated compartment there. Look for that section in a store if you can't find them with the produce!

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  32. Are the wonton wrappers sold at regular grocery stores?

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    1. I believe so, yes. I have found them at every store I have gone to! Check in or near the produce section... I hope you find them!

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  33. I made these for dinner tonight and they were a huge hit! Any idea on a approx. calorie count? I used your suggestion using ground chicken and also reduced fat cheese. Thanks a bunch!

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    1. These are originally from my blog and I list the nutrition information! You can find it here: http://www.emilybites.com/2011/08/taco-cupcakes.html

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  34. I just made these as well! I cut up the meat from a rotisserie chicken instead of using ground beef or chicken, and I used a can of Rotel instead of salsa. Then, I put the chopped chicken in a skillet with the beans, taco seasoning, and a little water to give it some moisture. I must have filled mine way too full, because there definitely wasn't enough room for a second layer. I topped the first layer with another wonton wrapper and a little bit of cheese, and they look yummy! Another great "Pinterest" recipe!

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    1. Love your ideas!! I may need to use your recipe next time!

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    2. Since so many people make variations to the recipes, you can go to http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-calculator.asp and put in your customized version of the meal... It'll come back with the nutrition information.

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  35. I could not find the wonton wrappers anywhere, I'm making them tonight and I'm going to try using the pillsbury cresents and just filling the tins with them. I searched for like a half hour in the grocery store and I couldn't find them anywhere!

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    1. How did they turn out with the pillbury cresents?? Sorry you had a hard time finding the wonton wrappers :(

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  36. I made these tonight and they were amazing! I couldn't find chili oil either but I like things spicy, so I used Sriracha sauce. My hubby was a little skeptical of this recipe, but became bought in once they came out of the oven. Loved them - we will definitely make these again! Thank you!

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  37. Made these for the first time tonight! Going to be a new staple in our house. They were REALLY easy to make. Can't beat quick, simple and tasty!

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  38. Going to make some, they look yummy!!

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  39. Thanks for sharing! I made these last night and they were great. I linked to you on my blog. So I thought you may like to see it.

    Pretty Fine Day: Taco Flowers (AKA Taco Cupcakes)

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  40. I tried these tonight and LOVED them! Thanks!!! :)

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  41. These are currently in my oven!! Can't wait!!

    Lauren J

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  42. These sound delicious and easy but in Australia - not sure what cheesy dip to use. Is it just like a cheddar cheese spread? We don't have either examples you gave. Or is it more like cream cheese or something?

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    1. It's any cheddar cheese type spread.

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  43. Oh ok, I just googled queso dip. I've never seen it here but I found a recipe for it which was just a cheddar cheese spread, salsa, sour cream, butter and corn flour. Does this sound right? Maybe I'll just use the cheddar spread cos I'm feeding a toddler too so prob best to keep the favour fairly mild. Great recipe thanks! The possibilities with the muffin tray are endless. My mum butters both sides of a slice of bread, presses it into the muffin tin and bakes with fillings like cheesy tuna or bacon and egg etc... Easy and yum!

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    1. My understanding of "Queso Dip" is a mixture of any sort of cheese and salsa. Hope you were able to come up with something good :)

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  44. do these only taste good hot? would it be ok if i made them for a super bowl party and set them out, or would they not be as yummy?

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  45. My family is raving but the bottom of my cups were not crunchy. Did anyone have this same issue? Did I just not cook long enough? Tops are crunchy. Thoughts?

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  46. Has anyone made these in mini muffin tins? I'd really like to try them as an appetizer for the Superbowl, but figured mini tins would go farther.

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  47. The family said these were to die for!! Thanks!!!

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  48. would like to make these for a super bowl party this weekend, but with needing to bring to someones house and unsure of oven space...how do you think they will "hold up" with cooking and then warming up later?

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  49. Can't wait to try this for Super Bowl
    thank you

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  50. We will be trying these for Super Bowl!!! Your blog look fantastic. Thank you and your husband for all you do for our country.

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  51. We are doing this for the Superbowl too! Thanks for the tips!

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  52. I am making these tonight and have tons of stuff leftover. I am thinking of making 12 more, baking and freezing individually for after school snacks, etc. I read every comment and didn't see anyone who had froze them yet. I will let you know how it works out. Thanks for the great recipe.

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    1. Thank you Monica!! Seems like a lot of people are interested in knowing how they will turn out, myself included!

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  53. aMaZinG!! going to serve them tomorrow for superbowl party!

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  54. Made these today with crockpot pulled chicken taco meat. Used the chili oil and reheated the already prepared meat with the black beans and then followed the rest of the directions. They were a big hit. Will be making these again. ~M. Elton

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  55. I tried these tonight for our Super Bowl Party and they turned out AMAZING!!! They were sooo delicious and everyone loved them!!! Mine even turned out exactly like the original pictures... and that never happens!!! My only recommendation is to be sure to put sour cream and guacamole on top before serving... it made it even more wonderful! Also, don't scrimp on the queso! If you try these, you WILL LOVE THEM!!! I don't think it's even possible to mess them up, but I'm pretty sure even if you mess them up, they will still blow your mind! Thank you so much for the recipe... it is our new favorite and I have already shared it with many friends and family!!! :-)

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  56. I've made these twice now and they are awesome! But had some issues with the bottom being soft, mushy like, the top was crunchy and I even baked for 10 minutes longer, hoping the bottoms would crisp up. Anyone else having this issue? I even place pan on bottom rack of oven for 5 minutes, but still soft. Anyone have any ideas?

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  57. Using the leftovers to make these tonight! Can't wait to pull them out of the oven! :)

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  58. Using the leftovers to make these tonight! Can't wait to pull them out of the oven! :)

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  59. Just made these for supper tonight. Oh my are they ever good. I used ground turkey instead of beef. I will definitely be making these again. Thanks for the great recipe.

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  60. I just made these and they are great! The only thing is that the wontons don't come out crispy so after we made the first 6, we made 6 wontons by themselves so we could have little crispy bowls. Yum!!

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  61. making these right now!

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  62. I added some Spanish style rice to the mix in my layers on my second batch and they are so great! :) I'm loving everybody's little tweaks that keep adding to an.already great and easy dish! Thank you!:)

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  63. Love the idea! I think I'll try a variation of that in the next couple of weeks!

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  64. Did you use mega muffins tins? As the picture looks like a mega muffin tin.

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  65. Nope, just a regular ol muffin tin!

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  66. These look so good-and great for portion control!

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  67. Making them right now!!! So excited!!

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  68. Would it be okay to cook the meat in Vegetable Oil instead of Olve Oil? Might be a stupid question but I am always afraid to change up recipes, lol. I am even using your Jalapeno Cheddar by Fritos because I am sure my husband will love that.

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    1. Most definitely!! :) I am the same way sometimes!

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  69. Love that you include pictures and your commentary is wonderful!!! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe!

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  70. Making these for dinner tonight, however, I am using the smallest tortilla instead of the wonton wrappers (I couldn't find them) and they look awesome so far. Can't wait to dig in!

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  71. I just wanted to let you know me and my boyfriend make these almost every week! yuuummm!!

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  72. I made these for Superbowl and they were a huge hit! I loved them. Thank you so much for the step by step picture guide. That is a PLUS for me!

    ~Michelle

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  73. I am making them right now...and I was able to find wonton wrappers in Midland, TX! They were with the soy-substitution section (soy hotdogs, cheese, etc.)

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  74. Dave from Nottingham EnglandMarch 3, 2012 at 2:02 AM

    They look fantastic, I'm going to try and find equivalent english ingredients and give them a go.

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  76. Tried these last night...fun to make and very yummy....I used refried beans instead of black beans and mixed them in with the meat. Very good. Will try the lasgna cupcakes next week.

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  77. Wonderful idea..definately gonna try!!

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  78. May I use your picture on Pinterest?
    Thank you!

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  79. My bottoms were soft too (tops were crunchy)... I used silicone muffin pans - would that have caused it?

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  80. This looks so yummy.My husband retired from the USMC in 1998 after 22 years.We lived all over and one of my favorite duty stations was at El Toro.We moved 18 times.I still get the wanderlust!

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  81. These are very delicious!! I make them with black olives instead of beans and I used shredded ckicken in the crockpot (2 chicken breasts, jar of salsa and taco seasoning) instead of ground meat. I also skip the queso cheese, they are great!! Thanks for the idea!

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  82. I made this for dinner tonight and they were a HUGE HIT! My 11 year old son ate 4 of them! He and my hubby had a fight over the remaining 4 (I doubled the recipe). They decided that daddy will take 3 for lunch and leave one for a "home from school snack". :)

    Excellent recipe - thanks for sharing.

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  83. Gabrielle,

    I would love to look at some of your other recipes and stuff on your blog but I can barely read the light blue small font. Any chance you could maybe use a darker tint?

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  84. WOW~! I made these tonight for my son and I. I have to say they are awesome!!!

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  85. so has anyone tried freezing them yet?

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  86. These look YUMMY! Definitely going to try!

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  87. I found other recipes for this - but liked your story along with the recipe the best ! Enjoy the adventure ! I think I will try my breakfast tacos made this way !

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  88. I just made them for dinner and they were a big hit! Thank you.

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  89. We had these darling cups of deliciousness tonight for Cinco de Mayo!
    We're vegan, so substituted here and there, including using whole wheat tortillas cut in 1/6ths instead of the wonton wrappers.
    Thanks for sharing a yummy, fun and easy recipe!

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  90. oh looks so good ..Mexican food is my favorite food

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  91. No one has addressed the issue with soggy bottoms - making these for Bunco tomorrow night and want them to turn out well!!

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    1. The queso makes the bottoms soggy. It's sorta liquidy which prevents the wonton from crisping. I don't like that kind of cheese...too many additives, so I'll just use cheddar at the bottom.

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  92. I made these tonight and they were sooooo good! I just used some Mission brand cheese dip, and did not use salsa (not always a fan if warmed salsa). Before eating, we topped with guacamole, sour cream, and chopped tomatoes. A-mazing!

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  93. Just finished eating these for dinner tonight. My husband loved them! He never likes Mexican food, but I do so I'm so glad he likes these. Thanks!

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  94. Jennifer did they turn out ok for bunco? have it in July and these look like just the ticket for me!

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  95. These look do delicious!! I am going to try them out very soon!!

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  96. sounds good. making them tonight

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  97. Does the recipe only make 8 muffins if you use lb of meat?? I'm making for dinner Friday night!! Looks delicious!!!

    Vicki

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  98. These are soooo yummy!!! My family loves them and it got added to our families cookbook :) Thank you for a new recipe that is not the same ol' same oh!!! :)

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  99. I tried these at a birthday BBQ. They were a hit! Everyone loved them and wanted more. I found that they are much better when served hot from the oven. I'll definety make these again. Thanks for the step by step instructions, very helpful.

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  100. trying these tonight! my boyfriend is so excited! :) thank you!

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  101. My boys lik to rate my dinners 1-10. These got double thumbs up and a perfect 10!

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  102. Re: soggy bottoms, I believe the cheese is making the bottom soggy. I would try to double the wonton wrapper before adding the cheese and make sure your beef mixture is dry not runny. Hope this helps

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  103. I know what we are having for dinner, these sound DELICIOUS!!! Found you on Pinterest, thank you for sharing!

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  104. Making a bunch right now and am planning on freezing most of them. Will let yall know how they turn out after we try them, probably in a few days. I have made these several times before and I have learned if you just use less cheese dip on the bottom layer, the bottom will turn out crispier.

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    1. how did they do after being frozen??

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    2. Forgot to come back here and post! They did great! They definitely don't have as much moisture when reheated, so I will use more queso dip next time I make them to freeze. To reheat, I just put them on a cookie sheet in a 350 oven until they browned. When I made them before freezing, I took them out a little early to ensure they wouldn't get too brown when reheating. I would definitely saying freezing the taco cupcakes is a SUCCESS! :)

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  106. Tried this for the Super Bowl and they were a hit! I didn't see until just now that I was supposed to double the layers - whoops :) They were great even as a single layer cupcake and, easier to eat that way - almost a one-bite appetizer! Great, great recipe and it's a crowd pleaser!

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  107. Made these tonight! They were absolutely delicious despite the soggy bottoms! We will definitely be playing around with recipe so we can have these every month!

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  108. Hi there! Thanks for the great recipe and step by steps! Mine are in the oven right now and I am worried that I may not be able to get them out of the oven in a clean and pretty fashion. I think they may be a little too full? Anyway - any ideas from anyone on how to get them out and still have them intact? Thanks!

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  109. Made these tonight n they were so good!!! We didn't have a problem with the bottoms being soggy and my husband prefers them this way now over the traditional way of tacos!!! Very ggood and very pleased with how they turned out. Thanks for the recipe n will defiantly be making again :)

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  110. I wonder if these would be freezable if you made a mass production???

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  111. Thank you! My daughter ate three for breakfast! She has decided every Tuesday will be "Taco Tuesday" and she can even make them herself. It will work with just browned ground beef (seasoned with taco packet), cheese and black beans. Love the mini-lasagne idea, too. Must experiement.

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  112. I've made these several times and they are always a big hit. My husband loves them and so do I! So easy and the ingredients can vary according to what I have in the fridge or pantry.

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  113. wow these are so good

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  114. Very yummy! My family flipped for these!

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  115. mmmmmmm so good !!!!

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  116. Love the dish :)

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  117. So, after filling a wonton wrapper with the good stuff, you put another wonton on top of it and di it again?

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  118. I couldn't find wonton wrappers, so I used empanada rounds instead and made a deep dish version, rather than 2 layers. I also used ground chicken instead of ground beef. Very yummy and a very big hit!

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  119. I couldn't find wonton wrappers so I used empanada shells instead and made it deep dish vs. 2 layers. I also used ground chicken instead of ground beef. These were a big hit with my guests!

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  120. Hey I'm mexican! :D It sounds kind of Mexican chilaquiles but in a muffin! I will try this using real tortillas with tomato sauce instead of wontons for a real mexican swap. Empanada shells it's a great idea too. I think chicken is better than beef and we use chicken in chilaquiles
    To make the best guacamole ever, try to add some tomatillos or green tomatoes. The flavor is soooo good!
    You can chop tomatoes, onions and a small chilli in the top too! Sorry for my bad english!

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  121. I'm mexican and this is my ideas!
    You can use real tortillas with tomato sauce instead of wontons, for a real mexican swap (Kind of mexican chilaquiles). Chicken is perfect! we use chicken in chilaquiles, and use manchego cheese!. For make a better guacamole, try to add some tomatillos or green tomatoes, makes guacamole delicious! And for the top you can chop tomatoes, onions and a small chilli over the guacamole! I know without the wontons we can't have the muffin-shape but anyway could be a good idea, sorry for my bad english!

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  122. Just made these and they were amazing! So easy and full of flavor!

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  123. I made these tonight and they were very yummy. I did not have queso and do not really like it. I used shredded cheese instead on the bottom and on the top. They turned out great. Thanks for sharing!!

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  124. Thanks For Posting !
    Nice & informative Blog .
    it looks so yummy...i wish i could taste it..slurp!!!I love your blog.The funny part is it is my favourite pastime to go through all the images in your blog, very good presentation and awesome cooking skills.
    Frozen Meat Poultry

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